Intrepid is not currently operating any tours that visit Ukraine, Russia or Belarus and tours in these countries have been cancelled for the foreseeable future.
Intrepid condemns the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the Russian government’s aggression towards Ukraine and its people.
Any future decisions to resume operations in Russia will be based not only on the safety of our travelers and the communities we visit, but the stability of Europe and a clear path to peace for all innocent and oppressed people who have fallen victim to this violence.
The Intrepid Foundation has launched an emergency appeal in partnership with Australian Red Cross to provide support (food, water, shelter & medicine) within Ukraine and assistance for displaced people in surrounding counties. We ask that you please consider giving at The Intrepid Foundation Ukraine Crisis Appeal
We hope for a peaceful path out of this crisis soon and are continuing to monitor the situation closely.
Hotel rooms start to look the same after a while, don’t you think? Half the fun of travel is experiencing a destination just like the locals – including where they sleep. Wherever possible, Intrepid uses unique and traditional accommodation to create a truly authentic experience.
Nesvizh Castle: Spend a night in this UNESCO-listed world heritage site and former home of the Radziwill dynasty, one of the riches families in Europe, for a truly unforgettable experience.
Rural farmstay: There’s no better way to learn about rural life than by staying with a local family at their traditional farmstay. Head into the tranquil countryside to get a taste of traditional music and dance, local customs and home-cooked Belarusian dishes.
Trips on or before 31 December 2022
If your Intrepid trip starts on or before 31 December 2022, you must provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19.
If you are unable to be vaccinated for medical reasons, you may apply for an exemption. Exemptions will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. To apply, you must provide a medical certificate from a medical professional.
Children under 18 are exempt. Children aged between 5 and 17 years old must provide proof of either vaccination, recovery or a negative COVID-19 test.
Trips from 1 January 2023 onwards
From 1 January 2023, Intrepid will no longer require travellers to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 (excluding all Polar trips and select adventure cruises).
However, we continue to strongly recommend that all Intrepid travellers and leaders get vaccinated to protect themselves and others.
Specific proof of testing or vaccination may still be required by your destination or airline. Please ensure you check travel and entry requirements carefully.
Entry requirements for Belarus can change at any time, so it's important that you check the Belarus government website or your nearest Belarus consulate for the latest visa information specific to your nationality. You can also find further visa information in the Essential Trip Information section of your chosen itinerary.
Belarus experiences a temperate continental climate, meaning it has four distinct seasons. Winters are cold and snowfall can occur any time between December and March. Summers are warm and pleasant, though thunderstorms can develop on hot and muggy days. So long as you are willing to deal with the occasional thunderstorm, the summer months of June, July and August are the best time to visit, when temperatures can reach highs of 25°C (77°F). Don’t worry about dealing with high season crowds – most travellers are yet to discover this beautiful nation.
Australia: Yes, in advance
Belgium: Yes, in advance
Canada: Yes, in advance
Germany: Yes, in advance
Ireland: Yes, in advance
Netherlands: Yes, in advance
New Zealand: Yes, in advance
South Africa: Yes, in advance
Switzerland: Yes, in advance
United Kingdom: Yes, in advance
USA: Yes, in advance
Travellers from most nations are required to obtain a tourist visa to visit Belarus. You will need to submit a Letter of Invitation (LOV) when applying for your visa. Your passport should be valid for at least six months past your date of departure from Belarus and have a few blank pages for stamps. Please note that visa requirements can change at any time. Contact your local embassy or consulate for the most up-to-date information regarding visa requirements.
If you’re visiting Belarus with Intrepid, please check the Essential Trip Information of your trip to learn how we can help you with obtaining a visa.
It’s customary to leave a small tip of 5 to 10% at restaurants.
Wi-Fi is widely available at restaurants and hotels in large towns and cities but may be limited in remote and rural areas. Some websites are blocked by the government, though major social networking sites, like Facebook or Twitter, should not be affected.
Mobile phone coverage is generally good in Belarus. Ensure global roaming is activated with your service provider before leaving home.
A mix of Western-style flushable toilets and squat toilets can be found in Belarus. Keep in mind that most flushable toilets can’t handle toilet paper. Instead, make sure to put used toilet paper in the bin provided. Public toilets are common but you may need to pay to use them.
Bottle of local beer = USD 0.50
Stolovaya (cafeteria) meal = USD 2
Simple meal at a local restaurant = USD 7
Sit-down dinner at a nice restaurant = USD 15-25
Tap water is generally safe to drink in Belarus. For environmental reason, try not to buy bottled water. Instead, bring a reusable water bottle to fill during your trip.
Credit cards are usually accepted by hotels, large retailers and tourist sites but are less commonly accepted at markets and smaller cafes and hotels. It’s a good idea to carry enough cash for smaller purchases in case credit cards are not an option.
ATMs are widely available throughout Belarus. Cities and large towns have more ATM access than small villages or rural areas, so plan ahead before travelling out of urban areas.
Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of your trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.
For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance
Jan 1: New Year’s Day
Jan 7: Orthodox Christmas
March 8: International Women’s Day
March 15: Constitution Day
Apr 16: Easter
April 25: Commemoration Day (Radonitsa)
May 1: Labour Day
May 9: Victory Day
Jul 3: Independence Day
Nov 7: October Revolution Day
Dec 25: Christmas
For a current list of public holidays in Belarus go to: https://www.worldtravelguide.net/guides/europe/belarus/public-holidays/
Discretion is advised for LGBTQI-travellers in Belarus. While a small gay community exists in Minsk, homophobia is quite widespread. As long as travellers use discretion and avoid public displays of affection, travel in Belarus should not be a problem.
Intrepid is committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. It's important to remember that what may be acceptable behaviour, dress and language in your own country, may not be appropriate in another. Please keep this in mind while travelling.
In Belarus, we stay in locally run accommodation including guesthouses, smaller-scale hotels and homestays in an effort to support the local economies. We also visit locally-run restaurants and markets where travellers will have opportunities to support local businesses and purchase handicrafts created by local artisans.