July brings changes to Belarus

A woman holds coins at a bank on the first day of the redenomination of the Belarussian rouble, in Minsk, Belarus, July 1, 2016. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko

The beginning of July was marked by another rise in prices and tariffs.

A pack of cigarettes now costs 3-10 kopecks more.

Changes await citizens who bought a car outside the Customs Union. To register the car, the owner has to present a vehicle safety certificate. You can get it only in three centers. The cost of the procedure is 350 BYN. It can last up to 5 days.

Until the end of the school year, students will have to pay for travel. Only students in Minsk can continue to use public transport for free.

However, there is also good news. The government of Belarus has increased export duties on oil products. The money should cover the country’s foreign debts. Also, electricity tariffs for industrial and similar consumers have been reduced by more than 2%. On July 2, the Lithuanian embassy has started issuing visas without commercial intermediaries, which should lower their price for the recipient.

belsat.eu, photo Vasily Fedosenko/Forum

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