What to bring from Belarus? Why is shopping in this country cheap and convenient? What Belarusian brands are famous in the world?
People come to Belarus to see unique architectural sites, learn about the authentic Belarusian culture, enjoy the nature, spend some time in health resorts, and see top sports competitions. Besides, the Belarusian holidays can include a good shopping program.
Shopping in Belarus means:
Belarus has shopping facilities of all kinds that will satisfy everyone’s tastes: large outlets and shopping malls, chain stores of the leading Belarusian enterprises, boutiques, hypermarkets, markets of food and consumer goods, and fairs (including international ones).
Belarusian shops offer discounts and other bonus programs:
Besides, large shopping centers and networks of chain stores regular conduct discount programs.
Several stores in different Belarusian cities participate in international programs (the AUTOHELP system):
Most of the Belarusian stores are open from 9.00-10.00 till 20.00-21.00, large malls till 22.00. Supermarkets and hypermarkets are open from 8.00 till 23.00-24.00.
Belarusian guests usually buy goods produced by Belarusian enterprises, since they appreciate their high quality, organic qualities and design.
Here you can learn what unusual goods can be bought at Belarusian shops and what Belarusian manufacturers are famous for, and make a shopping list in advance.
In Minsk there are several popular shopping centers that offer a wide choice of goods: the famous GUM Department Store and TsUM Department Store, the Nemiga shopping center, the Belarus Department Store, the shopping centers Stolitsa, Zhdanovichi, Arena City, Zamok…
Best Shopping Centers in Minsk will help you plan your shopping in the Belarusian capital city.
In Belarus you can pay for the purchases in cash with Belarusian rubles. In shopping centers there are currency exchange booths and cash machines.
Credit cards of international payment systems are also accepted.
In 2013 Belarus started introducing the tax free system that helps foreign nationals get back the VAT on the purchases made in Belarus.
Citizens of the Customs Union member states are an exception: they cannot use the tax free system since there are no customs borders between Belarus, Russia, and Kazakhstan.
To use the tax free system, a person should:
VAT will not be returned if: