Belarusian money: exchange rates, features
Every time you are going to travel abroad, you need to learn about your country of residence as much as possible. And regardless of whether you are going to distant Indonesia or are going to visit neighboring Belarus. Among other things, important information is information about the national currency, as well as its rate in relation to the Russian ruble, and, of course, to the dollar.
What is the national currency in Belarus?
The national currency of the country is the Belarusian ruble. This currency does not apply to freely convertible, so it can not be bought in advance, for example, before arriving in the country.
In the state use 10 types of banknotes. Belarusian money was put into use in March 1993. Prior to that, the country used the Soviet ruble. In the same year, the name “Belarusian ruble” was adopted. At that time, there were disputes between public figures about what name the currency of the country should bear. The name “thaler” was suggested, but it did not receive support in voting.
Denominations of banknotes: 50, 100, 500, 1000, 5000, 10 000, 20 000, 50 000, 100 000, 200 000. Belarusian money (photos are provided below) do not have changeable currency units.
Until 2005, the abbreviations “RUB” and “R.” were used as the short designation of the national currency. But starting this year, the Belarusian money received a new designation. It consists of two letters of the Latin alphabet - Br, where B is Belarusian, and r is ruble. This symbol is used on the website of the National Bank of Belarus, as well as in commercial banks. As regards official clerical work, the usual abbreviations are used more.
Only paper notes are used in the country. Metal banknotes are not used. Despite this, special commemorative coins are issued that are of interest to collectors.
The course of the Belarusian money
In January 2015, there was another devaluation of the Belarusian ruble in the country, the percentage of which was 29.4.
The approximate course today is:
- 1 $ - 15 235 Br.
- 1 EUR - 17 374 Br.
- 1 RUB - 284 Br.
Where to get cash
Money is exchanged in Belarus at banks and exchange offices. The latter can be found in hotels, airports, on the central streets of cities, at railway and bus stations.During the exchange of money, the client must be given a special form, which confirms that the transaction was legal. It is important to remember that all such forms must be maintained all the time while you are in the country.
As in most countries of the world, US dollars and euros are the most common in Belarus. They compete with Russian rubles.
It should be mentioned that there is also a black market in the country where Belarusian money can be exchanged. It began to develop particularly actively in 2011, when the discrepancy between the official exchange rate and foreign currency became especially noticeable. Also contributed to the economic crisis.
The profit from the exchange of money on the black market compared with the official exchange offices is on average 25-30%. However, one should not forget that such an exchange will be illegal, and if the tourist falls into the hands of the police, he will have to pay an administrative fee.
Other types of calculation
In addition to cash, a tourist can use international credit cards. The most common are American Express, Visa, Master Card, Euro Card and others. With the help of cards you can pay in supermarkets, hotels, restaurants, shops.In addition, many ATMs have recently appeared, but not all of them work with foreign currency.
In order to cash out travel checks, you'll have to look for bank offices. Among non-cash means of payment it is also possible to single out electronic money that has been developed recently.
However, we must bear in mind that all these methods work more in the capital and large cities. Outside of them, the use of non-cash means of payment can be difficult. In this case, it is better to make sure that you have Belarusian cash in advance.