"Hold US dollar, spend BYR" Minsk Local Custom Tip by whenitworks
Minsk Local Customs: 40 reviews and 48 photos
Because of high inflation in Belarus, the exchange rate between Belarus rubbles to world hard currencies changes too frequently that the local people tend to hold dollars or other hard currencies instead of country money. It is possible to pay in dollars in the market, but in stores only belarus roblles are the offical currency. So, there are change stands in almost every big stores and a lot on the streets. The manner local people do shopping is like this: Get into the store and find out what to buy; calcuate the total amount of shopping and find the nearest change window to change the exact amount of belarus rubbles; back to the store and pay for the goods.
However, since we are foreigners, some slaesclerk can be so kind that they do accept dollars as far as the amount is right.