Do I need a passport for a trip to Minsk.
The city of Minsk is the capital of the Republic of Belarus. On the territory of this country there are a large number of little-known, but very interesting sights, nature reserves and much more. Those who live near the border prefer to buy goods and food products in Belarus, as the prices in Belarus are several times lower, and the quality is always on top.
For example, many residents of the border areas of Poland, Ukraine, the Baltic countries and Russia are going to buy some food products in the nearest Belarusian villages. In 2018 Russians do not even need a passport for a trip to Minsk and other Belarusian cities. The country can be driven by an internal Russian passport.
Nesvizh Castle, Belarus.
Crossing the border.
After the collapse of the Soviet Union, many former socialist republics introduced an obligatory requirement for citizens of other same republics to submit a passport. For example, you can not get to Estonia without it and without a Schengen visa.
When the USSR collapsed, Russia and Belarus concluded an alliance in 1997, according to which the two countries pledged not only to help each other in the event of a crisis, wars, etc., but also allow free trade between countries, as well as freedom of movement.
Entry to the Republic of Belarus by car.
When you enter the country you can be stopped unless in case you are traveling abroad on your car. They stop basically to just check the documents for transport, but at the same time they ask for your passport.
If you are traveling to this country by private transport, you must have:
personal passport of a citizen of the Russian Federation (if you are between the ages of 14 and 18, they must also have a passport with them); driver’s license; medical insurance; a document confirming the registration of a car in the Russian Federation.
Example of certificate of registration of the vehicle.
In the absence of any document from the list, you can be detained at the border or sent back. It should be borne in mind that at night the border guards study all documents more closely.
If there are suspicions of smuggling smuggling into the country, you and your car can be searched.
Crossing the border by plane or by train.
If you go across the border by train, taxi, bus or fly on an airplane, then your documents will not be looked at. Although at the airport you will be asked to show the passport of a Russian citizen, you can also ask for a document if you go by taxi or bus, which is very rare, since the documents are usually asked from the driver of the vehicle.
However, you must always carry your passport and medical insurance (even if you are sure that no one will check it). Without documents, you may not be admitted to the hospital, you will not be able to get a job, buy property in Belarus, etc.
If you go abroad with a criminal record (especially for serious crimes), then in addition to checking the documents with you, some time customs officers can communicate.