MINSK INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE
OF THE OSCE PARLIAMENTARY ASSEMBLY SILK ROAD SUPPORT GROUP
Belt and Road: Deepening Cooperation
for Sustainable Development and Prosperity
28 – 30 April 2019
Minsk, Republic of BelarusInformation on the Minsk International Conference of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly Silk Road Support Group from 28 to 30 April 2019
The President Hotel
Republic of Belarus, 220030 Minsk, Kirova Str., 18
Tel: +375 17 229 70 00
Fax: +375 17 229 70 06
Web site: www.president-hotel.byAll plenary sessions of the conference will be held at the President Hotel.
For more information, please use the following contacts.
Department of the International Cooperation of the Secretariat of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus
Ms. Anna Semenyuk firstname.lastname@example.org, tel. +375 17 222 62 59
Ms. Maya Rusetskaya email@example.com, tel. +375 17 222 60 15
no later than 29 March 2019. Please indicate in the registration form the place of residence of your delegation. Registration will be carried out at the President Hotel in the hall of the conference floor on 29 April 2019 from 09.00 to 09.50. Identification badges and information materials will be distributed to the conference participants during registration. We would like to draw your attention that the electronic versions of the statements to be made on the thematic panels of the conference should be sent to the Secretariat of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org) no later than
15 April 2019.
HOTELS & ACCOMMODATION
The President Hotel will provide the conference participants with special rates for accommodation.
Reservation of rooms at the special rates is carried out until
29 March 2019
(on the website of the President Hotel using the promotional code or by e-mail / by phone indicating the promotional code).
Last date for reservation
The President Hotel
promotion code SR2019
Please remember to check the cancellation policy
Please note that the special rates for stay are valid only for the period of stay from 28 to 30 April 2019.
ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE
We kindly ask the participants to indicate in the registration form the flight numbers, as well as the dates and time of arrival and departure.The Minsk National Airport (MSQ) is the main airport of Minsk (http://airport.by/). The airport is located 42 km from the center of Minsk. The transfer from the airport to the hotel takes about 50 minutes.The conference participants arriving on 28 April 2019 at the Minsk National Airport and departing on 30 April 2019 will be offered a free transfer between the airport and the President Hotel by the Parliament of Belarus. The conference participants arriving and departing on other days are invited to arrange a transfer between the airport and the President Hotel on their own. The cost of travel by taxi does not exceed 50 BYN (25 Euro). The schedule of transfers for 30 April 2019 will be distributed by the conference organizers additionally taking into account the information provided by the conference participants about the time of their departure. In this regard, the conference participants need to confirm the date and time of departure during registration on 29 April 2019.
VISA ISSUESTo enter the Republic of Belarus citizens of other countries must have a passport with them that is valid for at least three months after the expected date of departure. Date of issue of the passport should not exceed 10 years.Entry into the Republic of Belarus of foreign citizens is carried out upon availability of an entry visa. At the same time, persons who are citizens of the listed countries may enter the territory of the Republic of Belarus without a visa: http://mfa.gov.by/visa/freemove/e75b142c77b4df66.html In addition, persons who are citizens of the listed countries can enter the territory of the Republic of Belarus without a visa for a period of not more than 30 days via the National Airport Minsk: http://mfa.gov.by/visa/freemove/aafab0a3d1cc05e9. html The established procedure does not apply to foreigners who have diplomatic, service, special passports, as well as to persons arriving in Belarus by flights from Russia (these flights are domestic, they are not subject to border control). Holders of service and diplomatic passports can get a service or diplomatic visa without paying the consular fee at any Belarusian foreign office or at the National Airport Minsk (except for arrivals by flights from Russia). Delegates who require an entry visa should contact the embassy or consulate of the Republic of Belarus for detailed information on its issue or use the link on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus: http://mfa.gov.by/visa/oformlenie/ On the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus you can also find contact information of the Belarusian diplomatic missions abroad: http://belarusfacts.by/belembassy/ Additional information on visa regimes can be found on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus: http://mfa.gov.by/visa/
Information on customs declaration and customs control on arrival and departure from the Republic of Belarus is available on the website of the State Customs Committee of the Republic of Belarus: http://www.gtk.gov.by/en/
The participants are responsible for their own personal and medical insurance. The Parliament of Belarus is not responsible for the loss of luggage, money or personal belongings, as well as for any medical expenses.
Simultaneous interpretation in English and Russian will be provided at the conference sessions. SECURITY For security reasons, all the conference participants must wear their badges for all meetings and other events, as well as in the transport provided by the organizers. In case of loss of a personal badge, you must immediately inform the organizers of the conference. For security reasons, participants should also carry other identity documents.
During the conference, the first-aid station will operate at the President Hotel. However, the participants themselves are responsible for the costs of medical care or hospitalization. Guests taking medication should take care of their availability in the required quantity and have medical insurance. Conference participants should always carry a health insurance policy or other documents confirming the existence of insurance.
PUBLIC CATERING IN THE PRESIDENT HOTEL
The conference organizers will provide lunch for the conference participants at the Stolitsa restaurant at the President Hotel on 29 April 2019. Please note that access to the restaurant will be allowed upon availability of an identification badge. In addition, light snacks, salads, sandwiches and drinks will be available at the catering facilities located on the ground floor of the hotel. In a walking distance from the President Hotel there are the Independence Avenue and the historical center of Minsk where a large number of restaurants and cafes are located.
EMBASSIES AND CONSULATES
Addresses and contact information of foreign embassies and consulates located in Minsk are posted on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus: http://mfa.gov.by/upload/19.02.01_handbook_2.pdf Foreign diplomatic missions in Minsk will be informed by the organizers of the conference.
On Tuesday, 30 April 2019, participants will be offered a cultural programme.
The city of Minsk is located at an altitude of 210 meters above sea level. The climate in Belarus is moderately continental forming under the influence of the Atlanticair masses. In April the average air temperature in Minsk is 7 °C (44.6 °F). Temperature fluctuation – from 2 °C to 12 °C. At the time of the conference, the time of sunrise is approximately 5:40, sunset is 20:40.
Minsk time zone: GMT + 3 hours.
he only legal means of payment in Belarus is the Belarusian ruble (BYN). Major credit cards are accepted for payment in hotels, restaurants, cafes and supermarkets. Cash can be obtained in cash machines or at the nearest bank. Information about exchange rates is available on the website of the National Bank of the Republic of Belarus: http://nbrb.by/
Currency exchange offices in Minsk are open from 9.00 to 18.00. Banking services are available in hotels on work days. The currency exchange office at the President Hotel is open 24 hours a day (with a technical break and a lunch break).
MEANS OF COMMUNICATION
The international telephone code of Belarus is +375. Internet (wireless Wi-Fi) will be available in the conference venues at the President Hotel.
The voltage of the electrical network in Belarus is 220V. European-type plug sockets are used.
Smoking is not allowed in the President Hotel. Smoking is permitted in most restaurants and bars, but is prohibited in public transport.
The website http://www.belarus.by/en/, available in various languages, contains tourist and practical information about the Republic of Belarus.