I might be going to Poland in summer 2013 June/July, and this is something I've been wanting to do for a while. Make a trip to Bialowieza and then take a day trip to Belarus. I was thinking about either crossing in Bialowieza or Tresepol, only problem though is transportation and VISA. I most likely won't be renting a car, and I heard Belarussian border patrol isn't the friendliest in the world, and crossing can be a real pain in the butt. I also heard it can be a bit dangarous, so I'd rather not use public transportation. Honestly, if it was just me and a friend it wouldn't be a problem, but I'm going with a family member, and she gets really scared about going to countries she doesn't know, especially former Soviet countries, so she probably won't like the idea. I really don't care about the rest of the country right now, for a first time visit, I wanna just visit Brest Fortress, and make it a get in, get out. I'm not planning to stay in the country for more then a few hours, even less if we go directly to Brest. Will they get suspicious at the border? If it was Schengen, it wouldn't be a problem. Also, we're American citizens, so how do we go about getting a VISA, and how much are they? Also, what are the laws for video and photography? I heard Belarus is really strict? Will they care if it's just a home video camera? I don't want it confiscated. Anyway, my main concern is getting into Belarus. The main question I wanted to ask was, are there any companies that do day trips to Brest, from Bialystok? Also, I heard they don't like Polish ppl, which we are. IDK about Americans. The person I'm going with speaks Russian, but I do not. Will it be safer to just speak English to eachother, or should I learn some Russian. I'm not too sure about the tourist situation in Belarus, and I kind of wanna keep a low profile, just visit the fort, maybe buy something, and get out. I DO NOT wanna spend the night or get arressted. It's all so complicated. My travel partner prob. already won't like the idea, so I wanna make this as simple as possible.