From immunisations to dietary precautions, your essential guide to staying healthy when you travel in Belarus
If you’re planning to travel to Belarus, you don’t need any specific immunisations, but it’s a good idea to be up to date with the following jabs:
Tick-borne encephalitis is caused by a virus from ticks commonly found in heavily forested areas of Belarus.
How to protect against tick-borne encephalitis:
The incubation period for tick-borne encephalitis is 7-14 days, so if you experience flu-like symptoms see a doctor as quickly as possible.
To protect against HIV/AIDS in Belarus, use the same precautions as you would elsewhere in the world:
Rabies is an increasing problem in Belarus. It affects dogs, foxes and wolves so be aware and stay clear of animals just in case.
In Belarus, it’s best to avoid drinking water unless it is bottled or has been boiled.
The risk of radiation poisoning from Chernobyl is low. However, you should avoid drinking local water and eating food products which originate from the affected areas, especially berries, mushrooms and dairy produce.
When travelling in Belarus, as with any country, it’s best to take a first aid kit with you. This should include:
Take care around animals, especially stray dogs.
Make sure that you have comprehensive travel insurance when you travel to Belarus. This should cover you for needing to fly home in the event of a health emergency.
Healthcare in Belarus can be limited in rural areas. If you fall seriously ill you should try to make contact with your Embassy or local Consular department.
If you need an ambulance, the emergency number is 103.