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Belarus in Focus 2013 Award ceremony (Warsaw, March 2014) 

Solidarity with Belarus Information Office set up this online guide to provide international journalists planning a trip to Belarus with the most up-to-date information about Belarus, as well as practical information about how to get a visa, how to get around the country, and lots of other useful information.

This website is organized as Wikipedia, meaning, that if you would like to add something in one of the sections or share something with others, you can do so by registering and submitting your contribution, or simply by writing to us. Registration is really easy and will not take more than a minute of your time!

In the Journalists guide you will find useful information about the media situation and Belarus and practical information in FAQs section.

In Who’s who you will find information about key persons in politics, economy, business, culture, art, expert community and others. It was hard to choose who should be in this section, but we tried to provide you with information about those who play the most important roles in contemporary Belarus.

You can also learn more about Belarus’ economy, politics and society and find contacts of main NGOs, political parties and governmental institutions.

Have you been to Belarus? Do you have a story to tell about its people, and your adventures? Share your story by registering and uploading it in My story section. Do remember to share your photos and contact details too! Those who travel to Belarus for the first time will appreciate it for sure!

The idea for this website came from journalists who took part in a workshop following first edition of the journalism contest Belarus in Focus, where journalists from different countries took part. They thought it would be a good idea to create a community of journalists interested in Belarus.

Among other things, journalists talked about difficulties with transliteration of Belarusian names. The problem is that in Belarus there are two official languages, Russian and Belarusian and quite often names are transliterated from either language. It is an ongoing debate about what is the best way to transliterate Belarusian names, but you might find useful UN guidelines for transliteration of Belarusian names, which was adopted in 2012.

Please do contact us at if you need any further information or if you are looking for some contacts inside the country - experts, photographers, drivers - or simply ideas for your stories! 

Finally, Solidarity with Belarus Information Office wishes you a nice trip to Belarus and looks forward to your feedback and proposals how to improve this source!

All the best,

The SBIO team