Vitebsk, Belarus

General information on Vitebsk

Vitebsk is a city in the north-east of the Republic of Belarus, the administrative center of the Vitebsk region (population – 347.5 thousand people (2009), area – 96 km²).
Located in the eastern part of Belarus on the Western Dvina River, 272 km away from Minsk, Vitebsk is a major transportation hub, industrial and cultural center of the north of Belarus, the second oldest city in the country.
Vitebsk emerged on the picturesque steep banks of the Western Dvina River and the Vitba River, in the middle of the ancient trade route “from the Varangians to the Greeks”.
Modern Vitebsk is one of the largest industrial centers of the Republic, a city with a highly developed industry, science and culture. The city’s streets and squares are impressive with a great variety of monuments of architecture and environmental art.

The Vitebsk land is rich in historical and cultural traditions, which today receive their new birth and further development. Among main touristic attractions are the building of the former Town Hall, the Roman Catholic Church of St. Barbara, the St. Basil’s Cathedral, the Church of the Annunciation, the Assumption Cathedral, the Holy Resurrection Church and the 18th century monument of architecture “Labazy”, the Art Centre of Marc Chagall, the Summer Amphitheatre. The city has gone down in history as one of the main centers of artistic avant-garde. This is a home city of the world-famous painter Marc Shagall.
The most memorable event, a kind of city’s visiting card, is the International Festival of Arts “Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk”, that is being conducted in the period from 09-17 of July, 2019. The main Festival’s venue is “The Summer Amphitheatre”.

National currency is Belarusian Ruble.

Exchange rate is approximately: 1 EUR = 2,3 Belarusian Rubles

VISA PROCEDURE
Visa-Free travel in Belarus

According to the Presidential Decree, effective from July 27, 2018, foreign citizens of 74 countries can enter Belarus for up to 30 days and exit from the territory of Belarus only through the State border checkpoint of the Republic of Belarus “Minsk National Airport”.

To enter the Republic of Belarus in the visa-free regime, foreign citizens should have the following documents:

– a valid ordinary passport (at least 90 days beyond intended date of departure from the Republic of Belarus);

– financial means;

– a medical insurance policy with coverage for at least 10 000 euros, valid in Belarus during the whole duration of stay.

More information on visa-free travel via the checkpoint “Minsk National Airport” you can find by visiting the link:

http://mfa.gov.by/en/visa/visafreetravel/e0ced19bb1f9bf2c.html

But in case you arrive in Belarus via Vitebsk Vostochny airport the entry visa is required:

C – short-term visa, valid for up to 90 days;

To obtain an entry visa, the following documents should be submitted to an entry visa issuing authority (Visa-consular department of Belarus):

  • one copy of a duly completed visa application form*;

* Visa application form: http://mfa.gov.by/en/visa/info/visa-applications.html

  • one photograph;
  • a foreign travel document;
  • visa support documents. Entry visa applications for a purpose of business, private or for participation in sport or cultural activities for the period of up to 30 days of the citizens of Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland , France, Germany, Greece, SAR PRC Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Kuwait, Latvia , Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, SAR PRC Macau, Malta, Monaco, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, the Oman, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, and Uruguay could be considered by the consular officer without visa support documents, that confirm the purpose and conditions of the visit.
  • medical insurance contract concluded with RUE“Belgosstrakh“or“Beleximgarant“or medical insurance contract concluded with any foreign insurance organization;
  • a confirmation of the consular fee* paid.

*Consular fee rates: http://mfa.gov.by/en/visa/consularfeerates/

The term of visa procedure is 5 working days (as a matter of urgency — within 2 working days) from the date of application.

More information on entry visa procedures you can find by visiting the link:

http://mfa.gov.by/en/visa/procdurevisa/

Stadium of FC Vitebsk (Vitebsky Central Sport Complex)

Address: Lyudnikova ave., 12, 210009 Vitebsk, Belarus

Vitebsky Central Sport Complex (also known as Vitebsky CSK in short) is a multi-purpose sports complex in Vitebsk, Belarus. It is currently used mostly for football matches and is the home ground of FC Vitebsk. The stadium’s capacity is 8,144 people. Stadium complex includes the following facilities: main arena with natural grass surface; football stadium with artificial turf pitch; 2 training pitches with natural grass surface.

The stadium was built in 1937 and was originally known as Dinamo Stadium. In 1950, it was rebuilt after damages sustained during World War II. During 1980–1986 it was gradually renovated without closing.

In 1998, the stadium was closed for a major renovation. It started hosting matches again only three years later, in 2001. In 2002 it was chosen to host a final match of 2001–02 Belarusian Cup.

In 2003 most of the renovation works were completed and the arena was renamed to Vitebsky Central Sport Complex.

The stadium hosted occasional home games of Belarus national under-21 team. In 2005, it hosted Belarus national team’s friendly match against Latvia. It also was used by Naftan Novopolotsk as a home venue in UEFA Europa League qualifiers in 2009 and 2012.

Main arena:  
Capacity: 8,200 (8 sectors; 3 lodges)
Pitch size: 105 m x 68 m
Surface: Grass
Dressing rooms: 5
Stadium with artificial turf pitch:
Capacity: 1,020
Pitch size: 105 m x 68 m
Surface: Artificial turf pitch
Dressing rooms: 3

Accomodation in Vitebsk

Hotel Complex Luchesa 3 ***

Address: Stroiteley ave. 1, 210027 Vitebsk, Belarus

Recommended for the teams’, VIPs’ accommodation
Distance to Vitebsk Airport – 15,1 km (18 min drive)
Distance to FC Vitebsk Stadium – 4,5 km (10 min drive)
Distance to Minsk Airport – 260 km (2 hours 51 min drive)

Situated 2.2 km from Summer Amphitheatre in Vitebsk, Hotel Complex Luchesa features a restaurant, bar and free Wi-Fi throughout the property. There is a 24-hour front desk, a tour desk, a hairdresser salon, billiard room, as well as GYM, sauna and conference halls.

Private parking is available on site.

Guest rooms equipped with flat TV, each room has private bathroom private bathroom.

Guest rooms are from 4th till 13th floors. Please note, that Hotel is going through recent renovation (some floors). Renovated floors are 9th, 10th and 11th floors.

GYM is on the 13th floor. Main hotel’s restaurant is on the 14th floor.

Holy Assumption Cathedral is 2.6 km from Hotel Complex Luchesa, while Vitebsk City Hall is 2.6 km from the property.

Remark:

Very high occupancy during the festivals’ dates (09-17 of July, 2019).

HOTEL WEBSITE

Hotel Eridan 3 ***

Address: Sovetskaya Street 21/17, 210026 Vitebsk, Belarus

Recommended for the teams’, VIPs’ accommodation
Distance to Vitebsk Airport – 18,4 km (25 min drive)
Distance to FC Vitebsk Stadium – 3 km (8 min drive)
Distance to Minsk Airport – 265 km (2 hours 58 min drive)

Hotel Eridan is set in the historic building of the 19th century in Vitebsk, a 5-minute walk from the bank of the Dvina River, Mayakovsky Park and Botanical garden are a 5-minute walk away, hotel features free Wi-Fi, restaurant, lobby and a sauna.

Every room is fitted with a flat-screen TV. Certain rooms feature a seating area where you can relax. Rooms are fitted with a private bathroom. Extras include free toiletries and a hairdryer.

Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Free public parking and paid private parking are available on site. You will find a 24-hour front desk at the property.

The City Hall and the Art Centre of Marc Chagall are a 5-minute walk from Hotel Eridan. 

Remark:

Very high occupancy during the festivals’ dates (09-17 of July, 2019).

HOTEL WEBSITE

Smart Boutique Hotel Vitebsk 3 ***

Address: Suvorava str. 11, 210026 Vitebsk, Belarus

Recommended for the VIPs’ accommodation (8 rooms only)
Distance to Vitebsk Airport – 17,2 km (21 min drive)
Distance to FC Vitebsk Stadium – 2,6 km (6 min drive)
Distance to Minsk Airport – 264 km (2 hours 50 min drive

This small hotel is located in the historical center of Vitebsk in Suvorova street. Set in 19-  20th-century building, the  hotel is surrounded by numerous historical places.

It offers 8 comfortable rooms with varied architecture. Rooms are equipped with a centralized system of ventilation and air-conditioning, satellite television and free Wi-Fi. Each room is provided with everything needed for a comfortable stay.

In the backyard of the building there is a private free secure parking.

The restaurant where dishes of Belarusian and international cuisine are served  is located on the ground floor of the hotel. In the morning our guests can enjoy complimentary breakfast, the bar is open daily till midnight.

Marc Chagall Museum is 2.3 km from the accommodation.

Remark:

Very high occupancy during the festivals’ dates (09-17 of July, 2019).

HOTEL WEBSITE

Hotel Naftan Novopolotsk 3 ***

Address: Yakuba Kolosa Street 48, 211440 Novopolotsk, Belarus

Recommended for the Team’s, Media’s, accommodation
Distance to Vitebsk Airport – 136 km (1 hour 40 min drive)
Distance to FC Vitebsk Stadium – 116 km (1 hour 39 min drive)
Distance to Minsk Airport – 234 km (2 hours 58 min drive)

Located in Navapolatsk 1,5 hour drive from Vitebsk, hotel Naftan offers its’ guests 97 rooms including 2 2-rooms DBL Deluxe rooms, 3 Junior Suites, 18 DBL king-size rooms, 65 Standard SGLs, 9 TWIN rooms, as well as  a 24-hour front desk, restaurant for up to 120 persons, conference hall for up to 55 persons, banquet hall for up to 16 persons, sauna, billiard, guarded onsite parking and  free Wi-Fi.

A continental breakfast is served each morning at the property.

The rooms in the hotel are fitted with a TV, telephone, bath and toiletries, a hairdryer, a desk for work with a comfortable chair.

Experience with football groups:

Football clubs of the Belarusian Championship / Cup

HOTEL WEBSITE

Vitebsk Hotel 2 **

Address: Zamkovaya Street 5/2а, 210026 Vitebsk, Belarus

Recommended for the Team’s, Media’s, supporters’ accommodation
Distance to Vitebsk Airport – 14 km (20 min drive)
Distance to FC Vitebsk Stadium – 16,7 km (20 min drive)
Distance to Minsk Airport – 263 km (2 hours 52 min drive)

Located in the city center, 5 minute walk to the main local attractions, Vitebsk hotel offers 219 guest rooms with panoramic views of the historic part of town. Featuring a 24-hour front desk, bar, restaurant and free Wi-Fi. Vitebsk Hotel offers Currency exchange office in the hotel lobby, conference hall for holding presentations, seminars, free onsite parking. It is located 1.1 km from Summer Amphitheatre and 1.5 km from Vitebsk City Hall and Holy Assumption Cathedral and 1.7 km from Marc Chagall Museum.

The rooms in the hotel are fitted with a TV. The rooms include a private bathroom with a bath, while some rooms are equipped with a balcony and others also have river views. All rooms will provide guests with a fridge.

A continental breakfast is served each morning at the property. The restaurant at Vitebsk Hotel serves European cuisine.

Remark:

Very high occupancy during the festivals’ dates (09-17 of July, 2019).

HOTEL WEBSITE
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