Poland/Belarus border posts open to cyclists ?

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level1
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Poland/Belarus border posts open to cyclists ?

Postby level1 » 22 Dec 2019, 9:52am

Hi there again,

I am working on my route towards Russia.
I have been told that not all border posts between Poland and Belarus are open to cyclists/pedestrians.
Does anyone know which ones are ?
Thanks,

L.

Steve
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Re: Poland/Belarus border posts open to cyclists ?

Postby Steve » 22 Dec 2019, 4:51pm

This got me interested and I found this

https://gpk.gov.by/en/situation-at-the-border/map/

which suggests almost all crossing points are on motorways. Presumably those that aren't, would allow cyclists. But you might be better off searching blogs etc and finding out what other cyclists have done.

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Re: Poland/Belarus border posts open to cyclists ?

Postby level1 » 22 Dec 2019, 5:43pm

Thanks Steve.
That is pretty helpful.
I have been told that the 2 border crossings closest to Brest are only open to motor vehicles.
The ones further north ( there appears to be a couple ) might be open for cyclists.

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Re: Poland/Belarus border posts open to cyclists ?

Postby el flaco » 29 Dec 2019, 4:57pm

There is a border only for pedestrians and cyclists in the forest that straddles the two countries.

Look up the Belarus visa website. FCO says it is for tour groups only. I am working on getting a tourist card that is the problem.

The visa free crossing is only for western Belarus. Russia will not accept anybody from the Belarus border.

You might like to reconsider Belarus and go to Russia via Lithuania.

Or you could get a visa at huge cost and inconvenience.

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Re: Poland/Belarus border posts open to cyclists ?

Postby level1 » 30 Dec 2019, 6:06pm

Thanks for the advice.
I am bent on visiting Belarus. Never been, I am intrigued and currently applying for my visa.
I will use one of the 2 crossings east of Bialystok.
I know I can't cross into Russia from Belarus, hence my looping around through the Baltic States.

fra
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Re: Poland/Belarus border posts open to cyclists ?

Postby fra » 2 Jan 2020, 7:33pm

1) Border Terespol
Only car border crossing.
You can write letter about
Write briefly that you are riding a bicycle. Enter the date and passport number. You should get an answer.
terespol@strazgraniczna.pl
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Text answers.
- Polish border guards have no problem. You can go.
- Belarusian border guard is making problems.
- Preferably you go by train.


When I crossed the border, Poles said. If we let you, they have no choice. They will let you go too.
There is always a traffic jam. Ask the driver. Load the bike in the bus and ride. Don't pay money to anyone. This is legal.
2)
It is better to cross in Białowieża. This is one of the most important Polish parks, and on the Belarusian side is a beautiful reserve a few kilometers away. In Poland, you must see live bison and the original "Żubrówka" vodka. In the middle of the vodka is an ear of grass.
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If you want, I can call there at the border crossing.

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Re: Poland/Belarus border posts open to cyclists ?

Postby MrsHJ » 4 Jan 2020, 12:38pm

Never contemplated Belarus although Poland has been on the future trip list for a while. Now I want to see the reserves, bison and vodka!

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Re: Poland/Belarus border posts open to cyclists ?

Postby level1 » 14 Jan 2020, 10:03am

Thank you very much Fra for the advice and for volunteering to help !

I've already heard about the National Park straddling the border and I am considering going.
But to be frank it will depend on the weather conditions ( I am planning to be there in mid-March).
But who knows, one or 2 shots of Vodka may help :)
Is there a legal crossing I could use somewhere around Hajnowka ? I can't find one on my map.
I know I can cross into Belarus further north at Bierastavica or Bruzgi.

Terespol/Brest sounds like a hassle.

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Re: Poland/Belarus border posts open to cyclists ?

Postby Bmblbzzz » 14 Jan 2020, 10:10am

Yep, see Bialowieza - before it's all cut down!

Fra's letter from the Polish border guard also says the problems with crossing at Terespol are to do with road safety and "traffic organization", which can be reorganized by calling the number given in advance.

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Re: Poland/Belarus border posts open to cyclists ?

Postby el flaco » 18 Jan 2020, 9:49am

Cycling in Belarus is wonderful, there is no traffic the roads are good and the drivers give you room when passing. However it is best to keep to the main roads (suicidal in other countries) the country roads are not sealed and with the sandy ground very hard to cycle on.
Unfortunately the villages are bypassed by the main roads. You will soon get bored by the endless forests and wheat fields. The country is flat with undulations, the wind can be trying at times.
I strongly recommend crossing at the forest, I was unable to do so but was there on the Belarus side.
Near the border you will come across large signs in English stating “Border Control Area”, don’t worry you are allowed to be there but there are increased police checks on cars.
I found the people friendly but they wouldn’t help with lifts, accommodation etc in the villages. Apparently they are very suspicious of foreigners.
The trains are bike friendly and dirt cheap as is the whole country.
I would cross into Lithuania at the border close to the soviet statue park/museum.
How I wish that I could join you. Please let us know how you get on with your Belarus visa.