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Shopping in Belarus

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:

  • high-quality Belarusian brands (clothes, shoes, accessories, cosmetics)
  • unique souvenirs
  • delicious, natural products and beverages
  • world’s brands and latest designer items
  • reasonable prices
  • holiday sales, discounts, discount programs
  • good service

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:

  • Christmas and New Year sales
  • holiday sales around Women’s Day (8 March), Defenders' Day (23 February), St. Valentine's Day, Easter
  • fairs ahead of a new school year
  • fashion events: Belarusian Flax, Belarusian Knit-Wear, Meet Summer in Belarusian Style, etc.
  • nights of total sales, and many others.

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):

  • Minsk City Guest Card
  • Republic of Belarus Guest Card
  • Belarus 2014 

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.

What to buy in Belarus?

Belarusian guests usually buy goods produced by Belarusian enterprises, since they appreciate their high quality, organic qualities and design.

People usually buy – clothes, shoes, fancy goods, cosmetics, home textiles, tableware, souvenirs, sweets and chocolate, alcoholic beverages.

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.

Shopping in Minsk

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.

How to pay at Belarusian stores?

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.

Tax Free in Belarus

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:

  • buy goods for at least Br80 in one Belarusian shop, operating the tax free system, within one day;
  • show the receipt at the border crossing point while leaving Belarus and get the VAT back: in cash (in a banking outlet), or transferred to the bank account or the account card (if there are no banking outlets at the border crossing point).

VAT will not be returned if:

  • the goods in Belarus are exempt from VAT or subject to reduced VAT rates (food products);
  • the goods are excisable.
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