English for Media Literacy

Are you interested in improving your English while practicing the essentials of media literacy? Press Club Belarus and the U.S. Embassy Minsk are pleased to announce a free online course “English for Media Literacy”. Developed by the U.S. Department of State and the University of Pennsylvania, this 8-week course will help you improve your language skills and knowledge of media at ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Minsk, Belarus (June 29, 2020)

Updated June 29, 2020 Link to  Embassy Minsk COVID-19 Alerts (Note –NEW information is in bold) The Department of State has issued a  Global Level 4 Health Advisory advising U.S. citizens to reconsider travel abroad due to the global impact of COVID-19. Beginning May 18, 2020, U.S. Embassy Minsk will reduce the frequency of these health alerts from daily to weekly unless circumstances warrant.  If you ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Minsk, Belarus

Updated June 29, 2020 Link to  Embassy Minsk COVID-19 Alerts (Note –NEW information is in bold) The Department of State has issued a  Global Level 4 Health Advisory advising U.S. citizens to reconsider travel abroad due to the global impact of COVID-19. Beginning May 18, 2020, U.S. Embassy Minsk will reduce the frequency of these health alerts from daily to weekly unless circumstances warrant.  If you ... Read More»

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Minsk, Belarus

Location: Potential events may occur throughout Belarus.  In Minsk, locations include, but are not limited to, the following areas: Ulitsa Nezalezhnosti from Ploschad Yakuba Kolaca to Victory Square Peoples’ Friendship Park within the boundaries of Orlovskaya, Bogdanovicha, Kulman, and L. Karastoyanova streets (GPS coordinates 53.930606, 27.571268 ) Outdoor theater of the Park in the Name of the 50th ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Minsk, Belarus (June 22, 2020)

Updated June 22, 2020  (Note –NEW information is in bold) The Department of State has issued a  Global Level 4 Health Advisory advising U.S. citizens to reconsider travel abroad due to the global impact of COVID-19. Beginning May 18, 2020, U.S. Embassy Minsk will reduce the frequency of these health alerts from daily to weekly unless circumstances warrant.  If you have questions or ... Read More»

THE UNITED STATES PROVIDES ADDITIONAL COVID- 19 FUNDING TO UNICEF BELARUS 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 16, 2020 THE UNITED STATES PROVIDES ADDITIONAL COVID- 19 FUNDING TO UNICEF BELARUS  June 16, 2020 – The United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), has provided to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) an additional $450,000 to support Belarus’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This funding was ... Read More»

Alumni Grants Program 2020

The U.S. Embassy is accepting grant projects from alumni of U. S. Government (USG) exchange programs. The theme of this year’s projects is minimizing the impact of the coronavirus epidemic in Belarus. The projects may include provision of assistance in adapting to changing conditions as a result of COVID-19. They may also provide support to vulnerable ... Read More»

Secretary Pompeo’s Remarks on the Release of the 2019 International Religious Freedom Report

REMARKS TO THE PRESS MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE PRESS BRIEFING ROOM WASHINGTON, DC JUNE 10, 2020 SECRETARY POMPEO:  Good morning, everyone.  It’s great to be with you all today.  I’m here one more time, proudly, to talk about freedom and free societies.  And while America is not a perfect nation by any means, we always strive towards that more ... Read More»

Secretary Pompeo Releases 2019 International Religious Freedom Report

The annual Report to Congress on International Religious Freedom – the International Religious Freedom Report – describes the status of religious freedom in every country. The report covers government policies violating religious belief and practices of groups, religious denominations and individuals, and U.S. policies to promote religious freedom around the world. The U.S. Department of ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Minsk, Belarus (June 8, 2020)

Updated June 8, 2020  (Note –NEW information is in bold) The Department of State has issued a  Global Level 4 Health Advisory advising U.S. citizens to reconsider travel abroad due to the global impact of COVID-19. Beginning May 18, 2020, U.S. Embassy Minsk will reduce the frequency of these health alerts from daily to weekly unless circumstances warrant.  If you have questions or ... Read More»

Joint statement on the Presidential elections in Belarus by the diplomatic missions in Minsk

Joint Statement on the Presidential Elections in Belarus by the Missions of the United States, the United Kingdom, and the European Union on behalf of the EU Member States represented in Minsk We, as friends of the Belarusian people and supporters of the sovereignty and independence of Belarus, welcome the progress achieved in our relations ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Minsk, Belarus (June 1, 2020)

Updated June 1, 2020  (Note –NEW information is in bold) The Department of State has issued a  Global Level 4 Health Advisory advising U.S. citizens to reconsider travel abroad due to the global impact of COVID-19. Beginning May 18, 2020, U.S. Embassy Minsk will reduce the frequency of these health alerts from daily to weekly unless circumstances warrant.  If you have questions or ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Minsk, Belarus (May 26, 2020)

Updated May 26, 2020   Link to  Embassy Minsk COVID-19 Alerts        (Note – NEW information is in bold)     The Department of State has issued a   Global Level 4 Health Advisory  advising U.S. citizens to reconsider travel abroad due to the global impact of COVID-19.  Beginning May 18, 2020, U.S. Embassy Minsk will reduce the frequency of these health alerts from daily to weekly unless circumstances warrant.  If you have questions or concerns, please email us at  ConsularMinsk@state.gov .  Information ... Read More»

State Secretary Pompeo On the Occasion of Eid al-Fitr

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE MAY 23, 2020 Susan and I extend our warmest wishes to Muslims around the world who are celebrating Eid al-Fitr. Over the past month, Muslims at home and abroad have fasted, centered around spiritual reflection, community and values of gratitude, compassion, and generosity, and have adapted to practicing their faith and observing Ramadan ... Read More»

USG supports Belarus’ ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic

The United States Government, through USAID, has committed an additional $450,000 to support Belarus’ ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic. These funds are in addition to the almost $1.3 million in U.S. government funds previously contributed to Belarus’ pandemic response, bringing the total provided to $1.7 million. This assistance will continue facilitating risk communication and ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Minsk, Belarus (May 18, 2020)

Updated May 18, 2020 Link to Embassy Minsk COVID-19 Alerts (Note – NEW information is in bold) The Department of State has issued a  Global Level 4 Health Advisory advising U.S. citizens to reconsider travel abroad due to the global impact of COVID-19. Beginning May 18, 2020, U.S. Embassy Minsk will reduce the frequency of these health alerts from daily to weekly unless circumstances warrant.  If you have questions or concerns, please email us at  ConsularMinsk@state.gov ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Minsk, Belarus (May 15, 2020)

Updated May 15, 2020 Link to Embassy Minsk COVID-19 Alerts (Note – NEW information is in bold) The Department of State has issued a  Global Level 4 Health Advisory advising U.S. citizens to reconsider travel abroad due to the global impact of COVID-19. (NEW) Beginning May 18, 2020, U.S. Embassy Minsk will be reducing the frequency of these health alerts to weekly.  However, to ... Read More»

On First Shipment of U.S. Oil to Belarus  

STATEMENT BY SECRETARY MICHAEL R. POMPEO   May 15, 2020      First Shipment of U.S. Oil to Belarus     This week, the first shipment of U.S. crude oil will depart for Belarus.  This competitive deal, by U.S. energy trader United Energy Trading, with the assistance of U.S. firm Getka and their Polish partner UNIMOT, strengthens Belarusian sovereignty and independence, demonstrates that the ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Minsk, Belarus (May 14, 2020)

Updated May 14, 2020  Link to  Embassy Minsk COVID-19 Alerts     (Note – NEW information is in bold)  The Department of State has issued a   Global Level 4 Health Advisory  advising U.S. citizens to reconsider travel abroad due to the global impact of COVID-19.  U.S. Embassy Minsk will be sending frequent updates to ensure all U.S. citizens in Belarus have the latest information about COVID19 and local ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Minsk, Belarus (May 13, 2020)

Updated May 13, 2020  Link to  Embassy Minsk COVID-19 Alerts     (Note – NEW information is in bold)  The Department of State has issued a  Global Level 4 Health Advisory  advising U.S. citizens to reconsider travel abroad due to the global impact of COVID-19.  U.S. Embassy Minsk will be sending frequent updates to ensure all U.S. citizens in Belarus have the latest information about COVID19 and local conditions.  Information ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Minsk, Belarus (May 12, 2020)

Updated May 12, 2020  Link to  Embassy Minsk COVID-19 Alerts     (Note – NEW information is in bold)  The Department of State has issued a  Global Level 4 Health Advisory  advising U.S. citizens to reconsider travel abroad due to the global impact of COVID-19.  U.S. Embassy Minsk will be sending frequent updates to ensure all U.S. citizens in Belarus have the latest information about COVID19 and local conditions.  Information ... Read More»

Important information for U.S. visa holders

Do you have a valid nonimmigrant, DV or immigrant visa to enter the United States? Before you purchase tickets, remember: due to COVID-19 related travel restrictions you may not transit any one of the 26 Schengen countries, the UK, China or Iran on your way to the U.S.  Even just a short lay-over at an airport ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Minsk, Belarus (May 11, 2020)

Updated May 11, 2020  Link to  Embassy Minsk COVID-19 Alerts     (Note – NEW information is in bold)  The Department of State has issued a  Global Level 4 Health Advisory  advising U.S. citizens to reconsider travel abroad due to the global impact of COVID-19.  U.S. Embassy Minsk will be sending frequent updates to ensure all U.S. citizens in Belarus have the latest information about COVID19 and local conditions.  Information ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Minsk, Belarus

Updated May 7, 2020  Link to  Embassy Minsk COVID-19 Alerts        (Note – NEW information is in bold)   Country-Specific Information:   The Department of State has issued a  Global Level 4 Health Advisory  advising U.S. citizens to reconsider travel abroad due to the global impact of COVID-19.   U.S. Embassy Minsk will be sending frequent updates to ensure all U.S. citizens in Belarus have the latest information about COVID19 ... Read More»

Presidential Message on the 75th Anniversary of Victory in Europe Day

May 8, 2020 Seventy-five years ago today, the last remnants of the Nazi regime unconditionally surrendered to the Allied Powers, marking the end of World War II in Europe.  Today, we celebrate the forces of freedom who defeated tyranny and emerged victorious in that monumental struggle.  We pay tribute to those who served for their ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Minsk, Belarus (May 7, 2020)

Updated May 7, 2020  Link to  Embassy Minsk COVID-19 Alerts        (Note – NEW information is in bold)   Country-Specific Information:   The Department of State has issued a  Global Level 4 Health Advisory  advising U.S. citizens to reconsider travel abroad due to the global impact of COVID-19.   U.S. Embassy Minsk will be sending frequent updates to ensure all U.S. citizens in Belarus have the latest information about COVID19 ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Minsk, Belarus (May 6, 2020)

Updated May 6, 2020  Link to  Embassy Minsk COVID-19 Alerts        (Note – NEW information is in bold)   Country-Specific Information:   The Department of State has issued a  Global Level 4 Health Advisory  advising U.S. citizens to reconsider travel abroad due to the global impact of COVID-19.   U.S. Embassy Minsk will be sending frequent updates to ensure all U.S. citizens in Belarus have the latest information about COVID19 and ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Minsk, Belarus (May 5, 2020)

Updated May 5, 2020  Link to  Embassy Minsk COVID-19 Alerts        (Note – NEW information is in bold)   Country-Specific Information:   The Department of State has issued a   Global Level 4 Health Advisory  advising U.S. citizens to reconsider travel abroad due to the global impact of COVID-19.  U.S. Embassy Minsk will be sending frequent updates to ensure all U.S. citizens in Belarus have the latest information about COVID19 ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy announces Small Grants Program 2020

The goal of the Small Grants Program is to support civil society development in Belarus. This year we are having two calls for proposals.  This is the second call for proposals. This call for proposals will be devoted to projects that contribute to: Support to vulnerable and underserviced groups of the population Inclusive development Women’s empowerment and gender ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Minsk, Belarus (May 4, 2020)

Updated May 4, 2020  Link to  Embassy Minsk COVID-19 Alerts        (Note – NEW information is in bold)  Country-Specific Information:     The Department of State has issued a  Global Level 4 Health Advisory  advising U.S. citizens to reconsider travel abroad due to the global impact of COVID-19.  U.S. Embassy Minsk will be sending frequent updates to ensure all U.S. citizens in Belarus have the latest information about COVID19 ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Minsk, Belarus (April 30, 2020)

Updated April 30, 2020 Link to Embassy Minsk COVID-19 Alerts (Note – NEW information is in bold) Country-Specific Information: The Department of State has issued a  Global Level 4 Health Advisory advising U.S. citizens to reconsider travel abroad due to the global impact of COVID-19. U.S. Embassy Minsk will be sending frequent updates to ensure all U.S. citizens in Belarus have the latest information ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Minsk, Belarus (April 29, 2020)

Updated April 29, 2020  Link to  Embassy Minsk COVID-19 Alerts        (Note – NEW information is in bold)   Country-Specific Information:    The Department of State has issued a  Global Level 4 Health Advisory  advising U.S. citizens to reconsider travel abroad due to the global impact of COVID-19.  U.S. Embassy Minsk will be sending frequent updates to ensure all U.S. citizens in Belarus have the latest information about ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Minsk, Belarus (April 27, 2020)

Updated April 27, 2020 Link to Embassy Minsk COVID-19 Alerts (Note – NEW information is in bold) Country-Specific Information: The Department of State has issued a  Global Level 4 Health Advisory advising U.S. citizens to reconsider travel abroad due to the global impact of COVID-19. U.S. Embassy Minsk will be sending frequent updates to ensure all U.S. citizens in Belarus have the latest information ... Read More»

Joint Statement by President Trump and President Putin on 75th Anniversary of Meeting on the Elbe

On April 25, we remember that American troops met  Belarusian and other troops from the constituent peoples of the Soviet Union  on the Elbe River, signaling the end to one of the most tragic periods in history and making the way forward towards peace.   Joint Statement by President Donald J. Trump and President Vladimir ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Minsk, Belarus (April 24, 2020)

Updated April 24, 2020   Link to  Embassy Minsk COVID-19 Alerts        (Note – NEW information is in bold)     Country-Specific Information:   The Department of State has issued a  Global Level 4 Health Advisory  advising U.S. citizens to reconsider travel abroad due to the global impact of COVID-19.     U.S. Embassy Minsk will be sending frequent updates to ensure all U.S. citizens in Belarus have the latest information about ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Minsk, Belarus (April 23, 2020)

U.S. Embassy Minsk will be sending frequent updates to ensure all U.S. citizens in Belarus have the latest information about COVID19 and local conditions.   Information updated within the last 24 hours will be in bold and prefaced with (NEW).     Location:  Belarus Event:   International commercial flight options currently exist in Belarus.  U.S. citizens who wish to return to the ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Minsk, Belarus (April 22, 2020)

U.S. Embassy Minsk will be sending frequent updates to ensure all U.S. citizens in Belarus have the latest information about COVID19 and local conditions.  Information updated within the last 24 hours will be in bold and prefaced with (NEW). Location:  Belarus Event:  International commercial flight options currently exist in Belarus.  U.S. citizens who wish to return to the ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Minsk, Belarus (April 21, 2020)

U.S. Embassy Minsk will be sending frequent updates to ensure all U.S. citizens in Belarus have the latest information about COVID19 and local conditions.  Information updated within the last 24 hours will be in bold and prefaced with (NEW). Location:  Belarus Event:  International commercial flight options currently exist in Belarus.  U.S. citizens who wish to return to the ... Read More»

President Trump Announces Intent to Nominate and Appoint Individuals to Key Administration Posts

Today, President Donald J. Trump announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key positions in his Administration: Julie D. Fisher, of Tennessee, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Belarus. Julie Fisher, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Counselor, currently ... Read More»

Proclamation on Days Of Remembrance Of Victims Of The Holocaust, 2020

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release April 17, 2020 Our Nation’s annual observance of Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, calls on all Americans to pause and reflect on the horrific atrocities committed by the Nazi regime against minority groups and other “undesirables” in the years leading up to and during ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Minsk, Belarus (April 17, 2020)

U.S. Embassy Minsk will be sending frequent updates to ensure all U.S. citizens in Belarus have the latest information about COVID19 and local conditions.  Information updated within the last 24 hours will be in bold and prefaced with (NEW). Location:  Belarus Event:  International commercial flight options currently exist in Belarus.  U.S. citizens who wish to return to the ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Minsk, Belarus (April 16, 2020)

U.S. Embassy Minsk will be sending frequent updates to ensure all U.S. citizens in Belarus have the latest information about COVID19 and local conditions.  Information updated within the last 24 hours will be in bold and prefaced with (NEW). Location:  Belarus Event:  International commercial flight options currently exist in Belarus.  U.S. citizens who wish to return to the ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Minsk, Belarus (April 15, 2020)

U.S. Embassy Minsk will be sending frequent updates to ensure all U.S. citizens in Belarus have the latest information about COVID19 and local conditions.  Information updated within the last 24 hours will be in bold and prefaced with (NEW). Location:  Belarus Event:  International commercial flight options currently exist in Belarus.  U.S. citizens who wish to return to the ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Minsk, Belarus (April 14, 2020)

U.S. Embassy Minsk will be sending frequent updates to ensure all U.S. citizens in Belarus have the latest information about COVID19 and local conditions.  Information updated within the last 24 hours will be in bold and prefaced with (NEW). Location:  Belarus Event:  International commercial flight options currently exist in Belarus.  U.S. citizens who wish to return to the ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Minsk, Belarus (April 13, 2020)

U.S. Embassy Minsk will be sending frequent updates to ensure all U.S. citizens in Belarus have the latest information about COVID19 and local conditions.  Information updated within the last 24 hours will be in bold and prefaced with (NEW). Location:  Belarus Event:  International commercial flight options currently exist in Belarus.  U.S. citizens who wish to return to the ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Minsk, Belarus (April 9, 2020)

U.S. Embassy Minsk will be sending frequent updates to ensure all U.S. citizens in Belarus have the latest information about COVID19 and local conditions.  Information updated within the last 24 hours will be in bold and prefaced with (NEW). Location:  Belarus Event:  International commercial flight options currently exist in Belarus.  U.S. citizens who wish to return to the ... Read More»

American Film Critics Participate in BelarusDocs Online Film Festival

The U.S. Embassy in Minsk teamed up with the American Film Showcase documentary film experts  Michael Renov  and  Christine Acham  to support the third online documentary film festival BelarusDocs.  For an entire week beginning on Tuesday, April 7, American film critics are watching the films along with the local audiences and then provide expert jury reviews. Seven thought-provoking films by seven Belarusian filmmakers address ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Minsk, Belarus (April 8, 2020)

U.S. Embassy Minsk will be sending frequent updates to ensure all U.S. citizens in Belarus have the latest information about COVID19 and local conditions.  Information updated within the last 24 hours will be in bold and prefaced with (NEW). Location:  Belarus Event:  International commercial flight options currently exist in Belarus.  U.S. citizens who wish to return to the ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Minsk, Belarus (April 7, 2020)

U.S. Embassy Minsk will be sending frequent updates to ensure all U.S. citizens in Belarus have the latest information about COVID19 and local conditions.  Information updated within the last 24 hours will be in bold and prefaced with (NEW). Location:  Belarus Event:  International commercial flight options currently exist in Belarus.  U.S. citizens who wish to return to the ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Minsk, Belarus (April 6, 2020)

U.S. Embassy Minsk will be sending frequent updates to ensure all U.S. citizens in Belarus have the latest information about COVID19 and local conditions.  Information updated within the last 24 hours will be in bold and prefaced with (NEW). If different or additional information would be useful, please email us with your suggestions at  ConsularMinsk@State.gov Location:  Belarus Event:  International ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Minsk, Belarus (April 3, 2020) pm

U.S. Embassy Minsk will be sending frequent updates to ensure all U.S. citizens in Belarus have the latest information about COVID19 and local conditions.  Information updated within the last 24 hours will be in bold and prefaced with (NEW). If different or additional information would be useful, please email us with your suggestions at  ConsularMinsk@State.gov Location:  Belarus Event: (NEW) International ... Read More»

Free online course “English for Journalism”

If you’re a journalist or a blogger who’s ready to take your career to the next level — here’s a chance to improve your English while practicing the essentials of print and digital journalism. Press Club Belarus and the U.S. Embassy Minsk are pleased to announce a free online course “English for Journalism”. Developed by the U.S. Department of State and the ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Minsk, Belarus (April 3, 2020)

U.S. Embassy Minsk will be sending frequent updates to ensure all U.S. citizens in Belarus have the latest information about COVID19 and local conditions.  Information updated within the last 24 hours will be in bold and prefaced with (NEW). If different or additional information would be useful, please email us with your suggestions at  ConsularMinsk@State.gov Location:  Belarus Event: (NEW) International ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Minsk, Belarus (April 2, 2020) pm

U.S. Embassy Minsk will be sending frequent updates to ensure all U.S. citizens in Belarus have the latest information about COVID19 and local conditions.  Information updated within the last 24 hours will be in bold and prefaced with (NEW). If different or additional information would be useful, please email us with your suggestions at ConsularMinsk@State.gov ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Minsk, Belarus (April 2, 2020)

U.S. Embassy Minsk will be sending frequent updates to ensure all U.S. citizens in Belarus have the latest information about COVID19 and local conditions.  Information updated within the last 24 hours will be in bold and prefaced with (NEW). If different or additional information would be useful, please email us with your suggestions at ConsularMinsk@State.gov ... Read More»

Global Level 4 Health Advisory – Do Not Travel

The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19. In countries where commercial departure options remain available, U.S. citizens who live in the United States should arrange for immediate return to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period. ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Minsk, Belarus (April 1, 2020) pm

U.S. Embassy Minsk will be sending frequent updates to ensure all U.S. citizens in Belarus have the latest information about COVID19 and local conditions.  Information updated within the last 24 hours will be in bold and prefaced with (NEW). If different or additional information would be useful, please email us with your suggestions at ConsularMinsk@State.gov ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Minsk, Belarus (April 1, 2020)

U.S. Embassy Minsk will be sending frequent updates to ensure all U.S. citizens in Belarus have the latest information about COVID19 and local conditions.  Information updated within the last 24 hours will be in bold and prefaced with (NEW). If different or additional information would be useful, please email us with your suggestions at ConsularMinsk@State.gov Location:  ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Minsk, Belarus (March 31, 2020) pm

U.S. Embassy Minsk will be sending frequent updates to ensure all U.S. citizens in Belarus have the latest information about COVID19 and local conditions.  Information updated within the last 24 hours will be in bold and prefaced with (NEW). If different or additional information would be useful, please email us with your suggestions at ConsularMinsk@State.gov ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Minsk, Belarus (March 31, 2020)

U.S. Embassy Minsk will be sending frequent updates to ensure all U.S. citizens in Belarus have the latest information about COVID19 and local conditions.  Information updated within the last 24 hours will be in bold and prefaced with (NEW). If different or additional information would be useful, please email us with your suggestions at ConsularMinsk@State.gov Location:  ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Minsk, Belarus (March 30, 2020)

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Minsk, Belarus (March 30, 2020) pm Please note: information updated within the past 24 hours is in bold Location:  Belarus Event:  The Belarus Ministry of Health reports 152 cases of COVID-19.  Of these, 105 are undergoing treatment, and 47 have recovered. There have been no deaths. Belarus reported its first case February 28. The Ministry ... Read More»

The U.S. Is Leading the Humanitarian and Health Assistance Response to COVID-19

FACT SHEET OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON MARCH 27, 2020 The U.S. Government is leading the world’s humanitarian and health assistance response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are mobilizing all necessary resources to respond rapidly, both at home and abroad.  As part of this comprehensive and generous U.S. response, the State Department and USAID are providing an initial investment of ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Minsk, Belarus (March 25, 2020)

 Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Minsk, Belarus (March 25, 2020) Location:  Belarus Event:  On March 25, 2020 the Ministry of Health (MOH) has reported five additional cases of COVID-19 in Belarus, bringing the total number of cases to 86.  Of these, 57 are undergoing treatment, and 29 have recovered. There have been no deaths.  Belarus reported its ... Read More»

Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Minsk, Belarus (March 23, 2020) 

Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Minsk, Belarus (March 23, 2020) Location: Belarus Event: The U.S. Embassy in Minsk is temporarily reducing routine citizenship services due to the COVID-19 novel coronavirus pandemic.   These measures are being taken based on the Centers for Disease Control’s recommendation to practice “social distancing.” The safety of U.S. citizens is our top priority. Until further ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Minsk, Belarus (March 23, 2020)

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Minsk, Belarus (March 23, 2020) Location:  Belarus Event: According to the Ministry of Health, Belarus has had 81 diagnosed COVID-19 cases since February 28.  As of March 23, 2020, 22 people have recovered and been released from hospital, and 59 remain hospitalized.  The Ministry of Health reported that authorities have conducted over 21,000 ... Read More»

Global Level 4 Health Advisory – Do Not Travel

The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19.  In countries where commercial departure options remain available, U.S. citizens who live in the United States should arrange for immediate return to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  ... Read More»

COVID-19 Information

Updated July 1, 2020 Link to  Embassy Minsk COVID-19 Alerts   (Note – NEW information is in bold) Country-Specific Information: The Department of State has issued a   Global Level 4 Health Advisory  advising U.S. citizens to reconsider travel abroad due to the global impact of COVID-19. (NEW) On July 1, 2020, the Belarus Ministry of Health reported there are 62,424 registered cases of COVID-19 in Belarus, an increase ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Minsk, Belarus (March 18, 2020)

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Minsk, Belarus (March 18, 2020)   Location:  Belarus Event:  On March 18, 2020 the Belarus Ministry of Health announced there are currently 36 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Belarus. The Government of Belarus has implemented enhanced screening and quarantine measures to reduce the potential spread of COVID-19.  Travelers arriving in Belarus ... Read More»

FAQ regarding March 11 and March 14 Presidential Proclamations

Frequently Asked Questions from American Citizens regarding March 11 and March 14 Presidential Proclamations 1.      Q: I am a U.S. citizen in Europe. Do the March 11 and March 14 Presidential Proclamations prevent me from returning to the United States? A: No. The restrictions do not apply to U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents. For the most ... Read More»

NONIMMIGRANT VISA SERVICES UPDATE

In consideration of the Belarus Council of Ministers’ decision to limit cultural, scientific, sports and other events to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the U.S. Embassy in Minsk will suspend non-immigrant visa services beginning March 17, 2020.  Services for U.S. citizens will continue to be available. The U.S. Embassy in Minsk is committed to protecting ... Read More»

Secretary Pompeo’s Call with Belarusian Foreign Minister Makei

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2019 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

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Crimea is Ukraine

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EDGE Request for Applications

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Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program

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Remarks by President Trump on Iran

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Minsk

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Secretary Pompeo Postpones Travel to Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Cyprus

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Statement on Secretary Pompeo’s Travel to Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Cyprus 

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Statement by Secretary Pompeo on International Human Rights Day

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Special Briefing via Telephone with Brigadier General Sean Bernabe on DEFENDER 2020

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Chargé d’Affaires Moore meets with Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Kravchenko

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Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) deadline extended

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On Report of OSCE Special Rep. & Coordinator on Combating Trafficking in Human Beings

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Statement on Belarus Parliamentary Elections

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Study of the U.S. Summer Institutes for Scholars 2019

The United States Embassy in Minsk invites Belarusian Scholars to participate in the Study of the U.S. Summer Institutes (SUSI) Program on the following themes in U.S. Studies: American Culture and Values; Journalism and Media; Religious Freedom and Pluralism; U.S. Economics and Business; U.S. Foreign Policy; and Youth, Workforce Development, and Closing the Skills Gap. ... Read More»

Chargé Moore meets with the head of Investigative Committee Ivan Noskevich

On November 12, CDA Moore met with the Head of the Investigative Committee, Ivan Noskevich, to discuss  anti-drug, TIP, and cybersecurity issues.  CDA More confirmed that anti-trafficking programs, protection and assistance for victims, and prosecution of traffickers are among USG foreign policy priorities.  After the official meeting CDA Moore delivered remarks at the final seminar ... Read More»

Competition for the 2020-2021 Global UGRAD Program opens

The U.S. Embassy in Minsk is pleased to announce the open competition for the 2020-2021 Global UGRAD Program. Global UGRAD provides Belarusian outstanding undergraduate students with one-semester scholarships for non-degree, full-time study in the United States. Students should be enrolled in the first two years of four-year Bachelor programs or the first three years of ... Read More»

Chargé Moore’s Remarks to Press at the Kastrycnicki Economic Forum

November 1, 2019 In this last year we have seen significant improvement in our bilateral relationship. This is greatly due to an increased commitments from the Belarusian government to expand the space for fundamental freedoms and democracy in addition to finding additional areas and exploring the possibilities for cooperation. In October we expanded 12 to 18 months the ... Read More»

Chargé Moore’s Remarks at Kastrycnicki Economic Forum

November 1, 2019 Good morning ladies and gentlemen, and fellow Ambassadors. Before I get started, I would first like to thank KEF organizers IPM, BEROC, and CASE Belarus. I am very proud that USAID’s sustained support to IPM helps makes events like this – Belarus’s largest annual civil-society-organized economic forum – possible. It is my ... Read More»

Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) announcement

The United States Embassy in Belarus is accepting applications for the Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) competition. This prestigious U.S. Government program has provided direct grant support for cultural preservation projects throughout the world since 2001. The competition is open to Belarusian non-governmental organizations, institutions of culture, museums and other establishments.  Funded activities include ... Read More»

Joint statement by the heads of state and government of France, Germany and the United Kingdom

Statement by France, Germany and the United Kingdom at UN Security Consultations on the increased tensions with Iran New York, 23 September 2019 We, the leaders of France, Germany and the United Kingdom, recall our shared common security interests, in particular upholding the global non-proliferation regime and preserving stability in the Middle East. We condemn ... Read More»

Statement by Undersecretary Hale following his meeting with President Lukashenka

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USAID Belarus Vacancy Announcement

CLOSING DATE/TIME FOR RECEIPT OF OFFERS: 09/26/2019 at 11:59 p.m. Kyiv Time Solicitation 72011319R05 for a Development Outreach and Communications Specialist, Cooperating Country National Personal Services Contractor (CCN PSC). MARKET VALUE: Basic Annual rate (in U.S. Dollars): $32,920 to $42,803 PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE: Employment under any contract issued under this solicitation is of a continuing ... Read More»

USAID Community Connections 2020 announcement

USAID/Belarus announces Community Connections exchange visitor program for 2020. The program will take Belarusian professionals on three-week visits to the U.S. tailored to the participants’ professional needs. Please read the program description  here  (Russian) and  here (Belarusian) Please see the application form  here  (Russian) and  here (Belarusian) Read More»

National Security Advisor John Bolton visits Minsk

On August 29, during his first official visit to Minsk, National Security Advisor John Bolton met with President Alexander Lukashenka to discuss security issues and the bilateral relationship. Advisor Bolton also visited the Yama memorial and paid respects to the victims of the tragedy and to those Americans who survived or lost relatives during the ... Read More»

A U.S. congressional delegation is visiting Minsk on August 13-14

A U.S. congressional delegation led by Representative Mike Quigley is visiting Minsk on August 13-14, 2019.  This is Representative Quigley’s first time visiting Belarus.  The delegation will meet with Belarusian government officials to discuss bilateral U.S.-Belarusian relations and underscore the United States’ commitment to supporting the sovereignty and independence of Belarus. Read More»

Application Period Started for the Fulbright Foreign Student Program 2020-2021

The U.S. Embassy in Belarus is pleased to announce a competition for the Fulbright Foreign Student Program scholarships in the 2020-2021 academic year for graduate students or young professionals from Belarus who have already obtained a bachelor’s degree. The program enables its participants to research and study for up to two years at U.S. universities ... Read More»

Application Period Started for the Fulbright Faculty Development Program 2020-2021

The U.S. Embassy in Minsk is pleased to announce the competition for the Fulbright Faculty Development Program (FFDP). This non-degree professional development program provides promising junior university faculty with the opportunity to: develop new courses and ideas for curriculum reform at their home institutions cultivate teaching skills and techniques based on personal observation of U.S. ... Read More»

Application Period Started for the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program 2020-2021

The U.S. Embassy in Minsk is pleased to announce the annual Fulbright competition for Belarusian scholars for the 2020-2021 academic year. The Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program is a non-degree, post-doctoral award program for researchers, university lecturers and experts from academic institutions in Belarus who wish to conduct post-doctoral research, lecture, or pursue combined lecturing and ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy, UN and Belarusians remember international relief worker, American Ruth Waller

Today the U.S. Embassy, the United Nations Office in Belarus and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus held a commemoration ceremony for American Ruth Waller, a member of the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA) Mission in post-war Belarus. UNRRA’s technical and food assistance, to which the United States was the biggest contributor, ... Read More»

U.S. Withdrawal from the INF Treaty on August 2, 2019

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SWT 2019 Photo Contest

U.S. Embassy in Minsk is pleased to announce the inaugural photo contest for Summer Work and Travel Exchange Participants! About the Contest: The contest is open to all Summer Work and Travel Exchange Participants issued by U.S. Embassy Minsk in 2019 and there is no limit on numbers of entry, however all winners should be ... Read More»

Chargé Jenifer Moore on the anniversary of the adoption of Belarus’s Declaration on State Sovereignty

I congratulate the people of Belarus on the anniversary of the adoption of Belarus’ Declaration on State Sovereignty, a watershed moment in the establishment of a sovereign and independent Belarus. For almost three decades, Belarus has enjoyed its own status as an independent state and I can see the growing pride in being Belarusian and ... Read More»

On the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing

This week the U.S. Department of State joined the world in celebrating one of humanity’s greatest achievements: landing on the moon. The Apollo 11 mission was not just a success for America, but for the entire global community. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing, the State Department, the Smithsonian National ... Read More»

Full speech of Chargé Jenifer Moore at the July 4th reception

July 10, 2019 Independence Day Reception   Welcome Deputy Foreign Minister Oleg Kravchenko, Undersecretary Marcin Przydacz of Poland, our honored visitor from Washington Deputy Assistant Secretary George Kent, colleagues, friends, and guests. Thank you for joining us tonight to celebrate America’s 243th birthday. I would also like to express my sincerest thanks to our many ... Read More»

Chargé Moore and Defense Attaché Kyle join inauguration of the Memorial Wall in Navahrudak

On July 8, Chargé Jenifer Moore and Defense Attaché Lieutenant Colonel Shawn Kyle joined over 70 descendants of the prominent Bielski partisan unit, along with the youngest of the brothers, Aron, for a reunion in the town of Navahrudak. The fascinating story of their resistance and escape from the Navahrudak ghetto in 1943, is paid homage ... Read More»

Secretary Pompeo Releases 2018 International Religious Freedom Report

The annual Report to Congress on International Religious Freedom describes the status of religious freedom in every country. The report covers government policies violating religious belief and practices of groups, religious denominations and individuals, and U.S. policies to promote religious freedom around the world. This report covers the period between January 1 and December 31, ... Read More»

State Department Relases Trafficking in Persons Report 2019

On June 20, at the United States Department of State, Secretary Michael R. Pompeo released the 2019 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report, an annual publication documenting the government efforts of 187 countries and territories, including the United States, to combat human trafficking.  The theme of this year’s TIP Report introduction is “The National Nature of ... Read More»

Belarus and USA sign memoranda on drug trafficking

Belarusian government bodies and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) at the U.S. Department of Justice signed four memoranda of cooperation at a ceremony at the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on May 21. From the Belarusian side the memoranda were signed by Deputy Chairman of the State Border Committee Igor Pechen, Deputy Chairman of the ... Read More»

Application period for Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program is now open!

The United States Embassy in Belarus is pleased to announce the competition for the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program for the academic year of 2020-2021. This one-year Fellowship program is offered to young and mid-career professionals who have a proven track record of leadership, a public service commitment, and the capacity to take full advantage ... Read More»

Proclamation on Days of Remembrance of Victims of the Holocaust

On Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, and during this week of solemn remembrance, we honor the six million Jewish men, women, and children who were brutally murdered by the Nazi regime. We also remember the Roma and Sinti, persons with disabilities, Poles and Slavic ethnic groups, Soviet prisoners of war, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and persons who ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy announces Small Grants Program – 2019

The goal of the Small Grants Program is to support civil society development in Belarus. The program is interested in projects promoting: Civic dialogue Public advocacy Social development and the strengthening of local communities Gender equality Entrepreneurship Support to vulnerable and underserviced groups of the population Environmental awareness Proposals that reach the broadest number of ... Read More»

State Department releases Belarus 2018 Human Rights report

On March 13, 2019, the State Department released 2018 country reports on human rights practices. Secretary Pompeo (Mar. 13) (Twitter) on the report: “The protection of human rights is central to U.S. foreign policy and to our American values. As we release the  43rd Human Rights Reports  detailing the human rights practices of nearly 200 countries, we reaffirm our commitment to ... Read More»

Deputy Assistant Secretary Kent commemorates brothers Lutskevich

Deputy Assistant Secretary of State George Kent visited the park named after Yanka Kupala to commemorate the prominent figures of Belarusian independence and founders of the national movement of the early 20th century, Anton and Ivan Lutskevich. The American diplomat noted the relevance and importance of the Lutskevich brothers’ heritage for Belarus and its people ... Read More»

Chargé d’Affaires participates in commemoration ceremony at Yama memorial

Charge d’Affaires of the U.S. Jenifer Moore participated in a commemoration ceremony at the Yama memorial. At the event she remarked: “This is not my first time standing here with you at the Yama memorial in Minsk.  I am thankful, deeply touched, and honored by your invitation and heartening messages.  Jews celebrate Purim, one of ... Read More»

Statement by Secretary Pompeo on Ukraine

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Charge d’Affaires Jenifer Moore Attends Kosciuszko Birthday Celebration

On February 4, U.S. Charge d’Affaires Jenifer Moore joined diplomats, local authorities, historians, and civil society members in the village of Kosava, in Brest Oblast, to celebrate the 273rd birthday of Thaddeusz Kosciuszko — national hero of Belarus, Poland and the United States. Dignitaries and locals alike first laid flowers at Kosciuszko’s monument, which was ... Read More»

Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative

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USCIS to Close the Moscow Field Office

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) will permanently close its field office in Moscow, Russia, on March 29, 2019. The last day the office will be open to the public and accepting applications is Feb. 28, 2019. Please note that Immigrant and Diversity visa applications for citizens of Belarus will continue to be ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Statement on Act of Vandalism in Kurapaty

The U.S. Embassy in Minsk is deeply disturbed by the destruction on February 1 of the memorial bench presented by U.S. President Bill Clinton to the Belarusian people 25 years ago at Kurapaty and call on Belarusian officials to investigate and prosecute those responsible.  We believe this horrible act does not represent the Belarusian people ... Read More»

Sports Visitor Program – Youth Soccer and ESL Camp

The U.S. Embassy in Minsk announces the application season for the 2019 Sports Visitor Program, an intensive two-week exchange program for youth athletes aged 15-21 years, who will play soccer and continue developing their English skills in a practical, fun, and sport-focused summer camp, offered in August of 2019 in the U.S. Deadline for applications ... Read More»

Statement from the President Regarding the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty

For far too long, Russia has violated the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty with impunity, covertly developing and fielding a prohibited missile system that poses a direct threat to our allies and troops abroad.  Tomorrow, the United States will suspend its obligations under the INF Treaty and begin the process of withdrawing from the INF ... Read More»

Official Statement on U.S. Embassy’s participation in 26th Minsk International Book Fair

Due to the lapse in U.S. government appropriations, the U.S. Embassy in Minsk is required to curtail all public activities, with the exception of “those necessary for emergencies involving the safety of human life or the protection of property, and those necessary for activities essential to national security.” For this reason, and with deep regret, ... Read More»

Embassy closed on December 24 and 25

President Donald Trump signed an executive order, according to which all executive departments and agencies of the Federal Government shall be closed and their employees excused from duty on Monday, December 24, 2018, the day before Christmas Day. Therefore, U.S. Embassy in Belarus will be closed for holidays on December 24 and 25. Read More»

Study of the U.S. Summer Institutes for Scholars 2019

The United States Embassy in Minsk invites Belarusian Scholars to participate in the Study of the U.S. Summer Institutes (SUSI) Program on the following themes in U.S. Studies: American Culture and Values, American Politics and Political Thought, Contemporary American Literature, Journalism and Media, Religious Freedom and Pluralism, U.S. Foreign Policy, and Youth, Workforce Development, and ... Read More»

Study of the U.S. Summer Institutes for Student Leaders from Europe

The United States Embassy in Belarus invites Belarusian students to participate in the two summer 2019 Study of the U.S. Institutes for Student Leaders programs on two themes: Civic Engagement; and Youth, Education, and Closing the Skills Gap. Deadline for applications is January 21, 2019. Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSIs) for Student Leaders are ... Read More»

Holiday Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Minsk, Belarus

Location:  Belarus, countrywide Event:  During the holiday season security measures in Belarus remain heightened due to ongoing threats posed by transnational terrorist organizations and individuals inspired by extremist ideology throughout Europe.  Extremists continue to focus on tourist locations such as holiday markets, shopping malls, airports, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, transportation hubs, and other soft ... Read More»

On the Passing of President George H. W. Bush

Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC December 1, 2018 Devoted husband, loving father, steadfast friend, exemplary patriot: this is how I will always remember President George H. W. Bush. Whether he was serving in the skies over the Pacific during World War II, protecting America at CIA headquarters, or leading our nation in ... Read More»

Young Transatlantic Innovation Leaders Initiative (YTILI) 2019

The U.S. Embassy in Belarus is happy to announce that the application window for the next generation of Young Transatlantic Innovation Leaders Initiative (#YTILI) Fellows is now open! The 2019 Young Transatlantic Innovation Leaders Initiative (YTILI) Fellowship Program application period closes on January 4, 2019 at 5:00 EST. To access the YTILI application, please follow ... Read More»

Michael Pompeo’s statement on Russia’s Dangerous Escalation in the Kerch Strait

Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC November 26, 2018 The United States expresses its deep concern over the incident in the Black Sea that occurred November 25 as Ukrainian vessels attempted to transit through the Kerch Strait. Reports that Russian vessels rammed and fired on the Ukrainian ships, injuring Ukrainian crewmen, before seizing ... Read More»

Statement on Marking the 85th Anniversary of the Ukrainian Holodomor

Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC November 23, 2018 This month we join Ukrainians around the world in marking the 85th anniversary of the Holodomor, when millions of innocent Ukrainians were deliberately starved to death by the regime of Josef Stalin. The Soviet Union’s barbaric seizure of Ukrainian land and crops was undertaken with the ... Read More»

Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation Program: deadline extended to November 30

The United States Embassy in Belarus is extending application deadline for the Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation competition to November 30, 2018. This prestigious U.S. Government program has provided direct grant support for cultural preservation projects throughout the world since 2001. The competition is open to Belarusian non-governmental organizations, institutions of culture, museums and other ... Read More»

Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Summer Institute 2019

The U.S. Embassy in Minsk announces the application season for the 2019 Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Summer Institute, an intensive four-week exchange program for young people aged 16-18 years that focuses on the global issues faced by European and American youth on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. Deadline for applications is January 31, 2019. ... Read More»

Heather Nauert on Sham Elections in Russia-Controlled Eastern Ukraine

Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC November 12, 2018   The United States joins our European Allies and partners in condemning the November 11 sham “elections” in Russia-controlled eastern Ukraine. Yesterday’s illegitimate processes were an attempt by Moscow to institutionalize its Donbas proxies, the so-called “Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics.” These entities have no place ... Read More»

U.S. Government Imposes Sanctions on Supporters of Russia’s Occupation of Crimea and Forcible Control of Eastern Ukraine

Today, the United States imposed financial sanctions on three individuals and nine entities that are supporting Russia’s attempt to integrate Crimea region of Ukraine through private investment and privatization projects or those that are engaging in serious human rights abuses in furtherance of Russia’s occupation or control over parts of Ukraine. The sanctioned individuals are ... Read More»

International Day To End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists

Today, we commemorate the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists. We renew our steadfast commitment to promoting a free and independent press and advocating for accountability against those who commit violence or other crimes against journalists. Commemorating this day is particularly important this year, as we continue to seek all facts in ... Read More»

USAID Community Connections 2019 announcement

USAID/Belarus announces Community Connections exchange visitor program for 2019. The program will take Belarusian professionals on three-week visits to the U.S. tailored to the participants’ professional needs. Please read the program description here (Russian) and here (Belarusian) Please see the application form here (Russian) and here (Belarusian) Read More»

Assistant Secretary Mitchell Travel to Minsk, Vilnius, and the Hague

Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs A. Wess Mitchell will travel to: Minsk, Belarus; Vilnius, Lithuania; and the Hague, Netherlands from October 30 to November 2. On October 30, he will arrive in Minsk, where he will meet with senior Belarusian officials to discuss U.S.-Belarusian cooperation on a range of global issues. ... Read More»

International Religious Freedom Day 2018

Today we commemorate the 20th anniversary of the signing of the 1998 International Religious Freedom Act (IRF Act) into law. The IRF Act expanded U.S. foreign policy capabilities to promote and defend religious freedom around the world. It builds on our founding fathers’ firm conviction that the freedom of individuals to believe as they see ... Read More»

Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation Program

The United States Embassy in Belarus is accepting applications for the Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation competition. This prestigious U.S. Government program has provided direct grant support for cultural preservation projects throughout the world since 2001. The competition is open to Belarusian non-governmental organizations, institutions of culture, museums and other establishments.  Funded activities include the ... Read More»

U.S. Charge d’affaires participates in a commemoration, related to the 75th anniversary of the destruction of the Minsk ghetto

Charge d’affaires Jenifer Moore participated in a commemoration, related to the 75th anniversary of the destruction of the Minsk ghetto, at the Yama memorial in Minsk today. October 21-23 in 1943 were the last of the deadly 825 days for 100,000 ghetto prisoners, those local and European Jews who had gone through immense tragedies and ... Read More»

State Department Delegation Meets with Civil Society

On October 12, Senior Bureau Official for the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor and former U.S. Ambassador to Belarus Michael Kozak met with representatives of Belarusian civil society, opposition parties, and independent media.  Ambassador Kozak underscored the United States’ continuing support to Belarus’ independence and its path toward a ... Read More»

Ukraine Passes Key Hurdle in Implementation of Minsk Peace Agreements

Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC October 11, 2018   The United States congratulates Ukraine’s Parliament and Ukrainian leadership on extending the law on special status for Russia-controlled areas of eastern Ukraine. Extending this law, which would have expired yesterday, demonstrates Ukraine’s continued commitment to a peaceful resolution of the conflict and implementation of the ... Read More»

Fifth Annual U.S.-Belarus Human Rights Dialogue in Minsk

On October 12, the United States and the Republic of Belarus will hold the fifth annual bilateral Human Rights Dialogue in Minsk. Senior Bureau Official for the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Michael Kozak will lead the U.S. delegation.  Deputy Foreign Minister Oleg Kravchenko will head the Belarusian delegation. ... Read More»

Statement on Russia-backed Sham Elections in Ukraine

Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC September 12, 2018 The United States condemns the announcement of a plan to conduct “elections” in the so-called “Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics.” Given the continued control of these territories by the Russian Federation, genuine elections are inconceivable, and grossly contravene Russia’s commitments under the Minsk agreements. By engineering ... Read More»

On the Anniversary of the 9/11 Terror Attacks

Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC Today we honor the nearly 3,000 people who were killed in the terrorist attacks 17 years ago on September 11. Today also marks six years since the tragic loss in Libya of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, Glen Doherty, Sean Smith, and Tyrone Woods. The diverse nationalities of ... Read More»

Joint Statement on the Salisbury Attack

Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC September 6, 2018   We, the leaders of France, Germany, the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom, reiterate our outrage at the use of a chemical nerve agent, known as Novichok, in Salisbury on 4 March. We welcome the progress made in the investigation into the poisoning of ... Read More»

2019 Study of the United States Institute on U.S. National Security Policymaking

The U.S. Embassy Minsk is pleased to announce a competition for the 2019 Study of the United States Institute on U.S. National Security Policymaking.  This program is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State and will cover all participant costs. The Institute will take place from January ... Read More»

Application Period Started for the Fulbright Foreign Student Program 2019-2020

The U.S. Embassy in Belarus is pleased to announce a competition for the Fulbright Foreign Student Program scholarships in the 2019-2020 academic year for graduate students or young professionals from Belarus who have already obtained a bachelor’s degree. The program enables its participants to research and study for up to two years at U.S. universities ... Read More»

Application Period Started for the Fulbright Faculty Development Program 2019-2020

The U.S. Embassy in Minsk is pleased to announce the competition for the Fulbright Faculty Development Program (FFDP). This non-degree professional development program provides promising junior university faculty with the opportunity to: develop new courses and ideas for curriculum reform at their home institutions cultivate teaching skills and techniques based on personal observation of U.S. ... Read More»

Application Period Started for the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program 2019-2020

The U.S. Embassy in Minsk is pleased to announce the annual Fulbright competition for Belarusian scholars for the 2019-2020 academic year. The Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program is a non-degree, post-doctoral award program for researchers, university lecturers and experts from academic institutions in Belarus who wish to conduct post-doctoral research, lecture, or pursue combined lecturing and ... Read More»

Jenifer Moore welcomes seven American educators to Minsk

Today Charge d’Affaires Jenifer Moore welcomed seven U.S. faculty members who have just arrived to teach at Belarusian universities under the Fulbright and English Language Fellow programs.  We hope students at the Belarusian State, Mogilev, Vitebsk, Polotsk and Minsk Linguistic Universities will use the opportunity to gain knowledge from these American teachers – and help ... Read More»

Statement on searches and arrests of journalists in Belarus

We are concerned by authorities’ searches and arrests of journalists this week at several independent media organizations’ offices. The United States values freedom of the press as a key component of accountable, democratic governance. Independent media form an integral part of a stable, prosperous, and democratizing Belarus. We urge the government of Belarus to keep its international ... Read More»

Statement on Imposition of Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Elimination Act Sanctions on Russia

Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC August 8, 2018   Following the use of a “Novichok” nerve agent in an attempt to assassinate UK citizen Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia Skripal, the United States, on August 6, 2018, determined under the Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Elimination Act of 1991 (CBW Act) ... Read More»

Statement by Secretary Pompeo: Crimea Declaration

Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC July 25, 2018 Crimea Declaration Russia, through its 2014 invasion of Ukraine and its attempted annexation of Crimea, sought to undermine a bedrock international principle shared by democratic states: that no country can change the borders of another by force. The states of the world, including Russia, ... Read More»

Belarusian National Day

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC July 3, 2018 On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, best wishes to the people of Belarus on the occasion of your officially designated Independence Day. The United States is committed to supporting Belarus’s sovereignty and independence. We continue to work ... Read More»

State Department Relases Trafficking in Persons Report 2018

“Modern slavery has no place in the world, and I intend to ensure, through diplomatic engagement and increased action, that the United States government’s leadership in combating this global threat is sustained in the years to come.” –  Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo The Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report is the U.S. Government’s principal diplomatic tool to engage foreign governments ... Read More»

Heather Nauert on Political and Religious Prisoners held by the Russian Government

U.S. Department Of State Office of the Spokesperson Statement By Heather Nauert, Spokesperson June 18, 2018 The United States is deeply concerned by the growing number of individuals—now more than 150—identified by credible human rights organizations as political and religious prisoners held by the government of the Russian Federation. We are especially concerned about the ... Read More»

Donald J. Trump and Kim Jong Un sign joint statement

President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America and Chairman Kim Jong Un of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) held a first, historic summit in Singapore on June 12, 2018. President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un conducted a comprehensive, in-depth, and sincere exchange of opinions ... Read More»

On Re-imposition of U.S. Sanctions Related to Iran

In connection with President Trump’s decision to cease the United States’ participation in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the Treasury Department issued an explanatory document on May 8 providing more detailed and concrete information about how the United States government will implement the President’s directive.  The implementation plan includes a 90-day and a ... Read More»

On LGBTI Pride Month

Mike Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC June 1, 2018 The United States joins people around the world in celebrating Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex (LGBTI) Pride Month, and reaffirms its commitment to protecting and defending the human rights of all, including LGBTI persons. In many parts of the world, LGBTI individuals and their ... Read More»

Application Period Started for the 2019-2020 Hubert Humphrey Program

The United States Embassy in Belarus is pleased to announce the competition for the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program for the academic year of 2019-2020. This one-year Fellowship program is offered to young and mid-career professionals who have a proven track record of leadership, a public service commitment, and the capacity to take full advantage ... Read More»

Myrna Clayton and Her Jazz Band Perform in Belarus

Throughout the week of May 21 – 25, U.S. jazz ensemble The Myrna Clayton Experience played to diverse audiences in Belarus, garnering wide acclaim and bringing in positive reviews from all media sources.  The five-member group, brought in by the Public Affairs Section within the framework of the Department’s American Music Abroad program, toured all ... Read More»

Secretary Pompeo Releases 2017 International Religious Freedom Report

Remarks of Mike Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC May 29, 2018   Good morning, everyone. It is my great privilege to join you this morning and to release the  2017 International Religious Freedom Report . This report is a testament to the United States’ historic role in preserving and advocating for religious freedom around the world. Religious freedom is ... Read More»

On the Opening of U.S. Embassy Jerusalem

Mike Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC May 14, 2018   Today I am proud to celebrate the opening of the United States Embassy to Israel in Jerusalem. This significant event fulfills a promise made by President Trump. As he proclaimed on December 6, 2017, “Seventy years ago, the United States, under President Truman, recognized ... Read More»

Charge Riley Addresses Belarusian Foreign Relations Students

On May 3, 2018, Charge d ’Affairs Robert Riley shared diplomatic career insights and foreign policy challenges with a jam-packed audience of over 160 faculty members and students from the International Relations Department at Belarusian State University (BSU).  The Charge’s visit, his second to BSU, was initiated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and arranged ... Read More»

InfoUSA space opening in Mogilev

Today Chargé d’affaires Robert Riley together with the local government representatives and the head of the Republican scientific technical library opened the eleventh InfoUSA space in Belarus. The U.S. diplomat welcomed all the guests to the new site and highlighted the important role of the partnership projects the Embassy in the country. With help of ... Read More»

Statement on World Press Freedom Day

United States Mission to the OSCE Acting Deputy Chief of Mission Michele Siders to the Permanent Council, Vienna May 3, 2018 On the 25th annual World Press Freedom Day, the United States renews our commitment to promoting and protecting a free press, which is an essential pillar of democracy. The United States values a free ... Read More»

Secretary of State Statement on the Press Freedom Day

Press Statement Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Washington, DC May 3,2018 On the 25th anniversary of World Press Freedom Day, we renew our commitment to promoting and protecting a free press, which is an essential pillar of democracy. The United States values freedom of the press as a key component of democratic governance. By fostering ... Read More»

State Department releases Belarus 2017 Human Rights report

  On April, 20, the State Department released 2017 country reports on human rights practices. Preface: We are a nation founded on the belief that every person is endowed with inalienable rights. Promoting and defending these rights is central to who we are as a country. The 2017 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices (The Human Rights ... Read More»

Embassy-supported Broadway musical presented in Minsk

On March 28, the theater “Territory of Musical” premiered the Pulitzer and Tony award-winning Broadway rock musical Next to Normal to a sold-out Minsk audience. Chargé d’Affaires Robert Riley welcomed the approximately 600 guests to the premiere and noted that such cultural exchange projects are successful when they bring people together to work on a ... Read More»

Statements on the Expulsion of U.S. Diplomats from Russia

  THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary March 29, 2018 Statement from the Press Secretary Regarding Russia’s Expulsion of American Diplomats Russia’s action today to expel American diplomats marks a further deterioration in the United States- Russia relationship. The expulsion of undeclared Russian intelligence officers by the United States and more than two ... Read More»

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Minsk, Belarus (22 March 2018)

Location: Announced events include, but are not limited to, the following cities in Belarus: Minsk (National Opera and Ballet Theater) Brest Grodno Vitebsk Baranovichi Kobrin Event: Concerts and rallies are scheduled to take place on March 25 beginning at 1 p.m.  The city authorities of Minsk, Grodno, and Brest have authorized these activities.  There is also the ... Read More»

Spokesperson Statement: Crimea is Ukraine

Statement by Heather Nauert, acting under Secretary for Public Affairs and Public Diplomacy, and Spokesperson March 14, 2018   Crimea is Ukraine Four years ago this week, Russia held an illegitimate, fabricated “referendum” in Ukraine in a futile attempt to legitimize its purported annexation of Ukrainian territory.  Crimean residents were compelled to vote under scrutiny by heavily ... Read More»

NAC Statement on Use of a Nerve Agent in Salisbury

  Statement by the North Atlantic Council March 14,2018 The UK briefed the North Atlantic Council today on the use of a nerve agent in Salisbury on 4 March.  The UK confirmed the use of a military-grade nerve agent of a type developed by Russia and briefed Allies that it was highly likely that Russia ... Read More»

Statement on Annual Observance of International Women’s Day

  Statement by Secretary Tillerson March 8, 2018 As we commemorate International Women’s Day on March 8th, the United States renews our steadfast commitment to addressing inequalities between women and men at home and abroad and reaffirms the importance of advancing the status of women and girls globally. We will continue to implement measures to ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy announces Small Grants Program

The goal of the Small Grants Program is to support civil society development in Belarus. This year we are having two calls for proposals.  This is the second call for proposals. This call for proposals will be devoted to projects that contribute to: Support to vulnerable and underserviced groups of the population Inclusive development Women’s empowerment and gender ... Read More»

Statement on 100th anniversary of Brest-Litovsk Peace and Belarusian People’s Republic

One hundred years ago, the Brest-Litovsk Treaty was signed.  A horrible war receded from this land but left conflict, grief and debris in its wake. And unfortunately the peace that ensued did not last long. World War I left an indelible mark on mankind. Together with embassies of other countries, which fought in “the Great ... Read More»

Statement on Local Elections in Belarus

  Issued by the U.S. Embassy Minsk, Belarus  February 23, 2018   The United States notes with concern the administration of local elections in Belarus, which took place from February 13-18, 2018.  Although some slight improvements occurred in elements of the candidate registration process and the campaign period, the elections overall fell short of Belarus’s ... Read More»

Statement on Fourth Anniversary of Ukraine’s Revolution of Dignity

Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC February 19, 2018   Four years ago, Ukrainians from all walks of life and all regions of the country came together on the Maydan, Kyiv’s central square, to demand their government recognize the choice of the citizens of Ukraine to join Europe. Scores of Ukrainians—the “Heavenly Hundred”—gave their lives ... Read More»

Statement from the Press Secretary

  In June 2017, the Russian military launched the most destructive and costly cyber-attack in history. The attack, dubbed “NotPetya,” quickly spread worldwide, causing billions of dollars in damage across Europe, Asia, and the Americas. It was part of the Kremlin’s ongoing effort to destabilize Ukraine and demonstrates ever more clearly Russia’s involvement in the ... Read More»

Young Transatlantic Innovation Leaders Initiative (YTILI) Fellowship 2018

The U.S. Embassy in Belarus is proud to announce that the application window for the next generation of Young Transatlantic Innovation Leaders Initiative (#YTILI) Fellows is now open! Launched in 2016, the Young Transatlantic Innovation Leaders Initiative Fellowship is the flagship program of the Young Transatlantic Innovation Leaders Initiative (YTILI) of the U.S. Department of ... Read More»

OneBeat Music Exchange 2018

The U.S. Embassy in Minsk is happy to announce the call for applications for the OneBeat 2018. OneBeat is a music exchange and incubator for music-based social entrepreneurship, where innovative musicians from around the world launch collaborative projects designed to make a positive impact on local and global communities. An initiative of the U.S. State Department’s ... Read More»

Secretary Tillerson’s Year in Review

On December 27, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson published an  editorial  in The New York Times, entitled “I Am Proud Of Our Diplomacy”. Here are some of the highlights: “Americans should be encouraged by the progress the State Department and United States Agency for International Development have made in pushing for global peace and stability.” “I am proud ... Read More»

President Donald J. Trump Announces a National Security Strategy

Our government’s first duty is to its people, to our citizens — to serve their needs, to ensure their safety, to preserve their rights, and to defend their values. President Donald J. Trump A NEW NATIONAL SECURITY STRATEGY FOR A NEW ERA: Less than a year after taking office, President Donald J. Trump is unveiling ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Personal Security Reminder

The recent announcement that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and plans to relocate the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem may spark protests, some of which have the potential to become violent.  U.S. Embassy Minsk reminds U.S. citizens of the need for caution and awareness of personal security. Review ... Read More»

Chargé d’Affaires Discusses International Security Challenges with Deputy Foreign Minister Dapkiunas

Photo: Ministry of Foreign Affairs Chargé d’Affaires Robert Riley met with First Deputy Foreign Minister Andrei Dapkiunas December 5.  The two discussed key international security challenges including North Korea, Ukraine, and other conflicts, as well as the state of play in U.S.-Belarus relations and cooperation within international organizations.   Read More»

The Fulbright Specialist Program 2018-2019

The U.S. Embassy in Minsk is pleased to announce a new application season for the Fulbright Specialist Program. The Fulbright Specialist Program (FSP) provides Belarusian institutions overseas the opportunity to draw on the expertise of U.S. scholars and professionals and develop linkages with American institutions. The Specialist Program funds American academic experts who wish to ... Read More»

Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Summer Institute 2018

The U.S. Embassy in Minsk announces the application season for the 2018 Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Summer Institute, an intensive four-week exchange program for young people aged 16-18 years that focuses on the global issues faced by European and American youth on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. Deadline for applications is January 31, 2018. ... Read More»

Study of the U.S. Summer Institutes (SUSI) for Student Leaders from Europe 2018

The United States Embassy in Minsk invites Belarusian students to participate in the Study of the U.S. Summer Institutes (SUSI) Program in the following thematic areas: Civic Engagement and Social Entrepreneurship. Deadline for applications is December 17, 2017. Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSIs) for Student Leaders from Europe are intensive short-term academic programs whose purpose is to provide ... Read More»

Study of the U.S. Summer Institutes (SUSI) for Secondary School Educators 2018

The United States Embassy in Minsk invites Belarusian Secondary School Educators to participate in the Study of the U.S. Summer Institutes (SUSI). Deadline for applications is December 17, 2017. Study of the U.S. Summer Institutes (SUSI) are sponsored by the State Department’s Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs. Summer Institutes are five-week academic programs for ... Read More»

Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI) for Scholars 2018

The United States Embassy in Minsk invites Belarusian Scholars to participate in the Study of the U.S. Summer Institutes (SUSI) Program in the following thematic areas: American Politics and Political Thought, Contemporary American Literature, Journalism and Media, Religious Pluralism in the United States, U.S. Culture and Society, and U.S. Foreign Policy. Deadline for applications is December 17, 2017. Study of ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Accepting Applications for the Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation Program

The United States Embassy in Belarus is accepting applications for the Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) competition. This prestigious U.S. Government program has provided direct grant support for cultural preservation projects throughout the world since 2001. The competition is open to Belarusian non-governmental organizations, institutions of culture, museums and other establishments.  Funded activities include ... Read More»

Expansion of visa services in Minsk

On November 1, Chargé d’affaires Robert Riley and consul Aleta Kovensky held a press conference to announce the expansion of visa services in Belarus. Media Statement by the U.S. Embassy in Minsk, Belarus: The Embassy of the United States in Minsk is pleased to announce the expansion of visa services in Belarus. Beginning November 1, the ... Read More»

Belarus and USA to compete at FedCup Final in Minsk

In early November the U.S. Women’s Tennis Team will travel to Minsk to compete with the Belarusian team in the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas . The games, which will be held at Chizhovka arena, will take place on Saturday, November 11th and Sunday, November 12th. Fed Cup by BNP Paribas is the largest world tennis competition among women, with over 90 countries competing.  This will ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstration in Minsk Saturday, October 21, 2017

The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens of an upcoming demonstration planned in Minsk.   The Belarusian National Congress is planning to hold a demonstration on Saturday, October 21 at 14:00 at Oktyabrskaya Square in Minsk.  This gathering has not been approved by Minsk authorities. We remind U.S. citizens that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can ... Read More»

The Digital Communication Network Exchange 2017

The U.S. Embassy in Minsk is happy to announce the call for applications for the Digital Communication Network Exchange 2017. The Digital Communication Network is an exchange program, funded by the U.S. Department of State and implemented by World Learning. The Digital Communications Network exchange program created and supports a collaborative network of communication professionals ... Read More»

Worldwide Caution

1.  As part of the Department of State’s continuous efforts to provide U.S. citizens traveling abroad with information about safety and security events, we are updating the Worldwide Caution with information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions, political violence, and criminal activity against U.S. citizens and interests abroad.  This replaces the Worldwide Caution dated ... Read More»

Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program 2018-2019

The U.S. Embassy in Minsk is pleased to announce the annual Fulbright competition for Belarusian scholars for the 2018-2019 academic year. The Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program is a non-degree, post-doctoral award program for researchers, university lecturers and experts from academic institutions in Belarus who wish to conduct post-doctoral research, lecture, or pursue combined lecturing and ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Upcoming Demonstrations in Minsk

The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens of two demonstrations planned in Minsk this evening.   A demonstration has been called against the upcoming joint Belarusian and Russian Zapad military exercises at Oktyabrskaya Square today, September 8 at 18:00.  This gathering has not been approved by Minsk authorities.  There will be another demonstration, also protesting the Zapad ... Read More»

U.S. Chargé d’affaires to Belarus met with the Chairman of the Investigative Committee of Belarus

On August 28, 2017 U.S. Chargé d’affaires to Belarus Robert Riley together with the legal attaché from the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States of America Johannes Van Den Hoogen visited the Investigative Committee of Belarus and met with its Chairman Ivan Noskevich to discuss bilateral cooperation in the fight against transnational crime, ... Read More»

Changes in the Consular Section procedures of the U.S. diplomatic mission in Russia

The U.S. Embassy in Belarus draws the attention of the citizens of the Republic of Belarus that in connection with the changes in the consular procedures the U.S. Embassy in Moscow and the U.S. Consulate in St. Petersburg will no longer accept new visa applications for residents of Belarus. NIV appointments for Belarussian applicants who ... Read More»

“I got priceless experience and met incredible people”: BFTF alumna shares her U.S. experience

Dziyana Halubitskaya, a 2017 Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Summer Institute program alumna, has returned from the United States, where, together with 54 equally bright and talented young people from 46 countries, she spent a busy month studying American society and culture, while presenting Belarus to Americans and other participants.  Dziyana talks about her exchange experience: ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy, UN and Belarusians remember American buried in Minsk

On August 4, 2017 the U.S. Embassy, the United Nations Office in Belarus and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus held a commemoration ceremony for American Ruth Waller, a member of the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA) Mission in post-war Belarus. UNRRA’s technical and food assistance, to which the United States was ... Read More»

U.S. Chargé d’affaires to Belarus Robert Riley on the anniversary of the adoption of Belarus’s Declaration on State Sovereignty

July 27 marks the 27th anniversary of the adoption of Belarus’s Declaration on State Sovereignty. The Declaration started the process that led to Belarus’s independence in 1991. As I have said many times, the U.S. strongly supports Belarus’ sovereignty and independence, and we congratulate all Belarusians on this very important date in the history of ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Upcoming Demonstration in Minsk

U.S. Embassy, Minsk, Belarus Security Message for U.S. Citizens:  Upcoming Demonstration in Minsk July 6, 2017 The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens that a demonstration is planned in Minsk on July 7.  There is a call for demonstrators to gather at October Square starting at 1800. We remind U.S. citizens that even demonstrations intended to ... Read More»

A U.S. congressional delegation is visiting Minsk on July 5-8, 2017.

A U.S. congressional delegation led by Senator Wicker, chairman of the U.S. ‎Helsinki Commission, is visiting Minsk on July 5-9, 2017.  The delegation is planning to participate in the 26th session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, also to meet with Belarus governmental officials, representatives of opposition political parties and members of country’s civil society. Read More»

Secretary of State on Belarus National Day

On behalf of the American people, best wishes to the people of Belarus celebrating Independence Day. The United States remains committed to working with the government and people of Belarus to support the country’s sovereignty and independence, increasing respect for democratic institutions and fundamental freedoms, and promoting a thriving economy. Through continued diplomatic and people-to-people ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Upcoming Demonstration in Minsk

U.S. Embassy, Minsk, Belarus Security Message for U.S. Citizens:  Upcoming Demonstration in Minsk June 30, 2017 The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens that a demonstration is planned in central Minsk on July 3 at October Square beginning at 2 p.m.  Organizers have characterized the demonstration as a peaceful gathering against the Government of Belarus.  July ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Possible Gathering in Minsk

The U.S. Embassy informs American citizens of a possible gathering called for by an opposition leader at noon on Monday, May 8 at the military cemetery on Kozlov Street in Minsk where participants intend to lay flowers. We remind U.S. citizens that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.  ... Read More»

Belarusian economist shares his experience of participating in a U.S. exchange program

Hleb Shymanovich, an economist at the Research Center of the Institute for Privatization and Management in Minsk, took part in the International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP), a U.S. Department of State flagship exchange program, on the topic of the contemporary U.S. economy. The program took place in March of 2017 and was attended by 20 ... Read More»

Europe Travel Alert

The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the continued threat of terrorist attacks throughout Europe.  This Travel Alert expires on September 1, 2017. Recent, widely-reported incidents in France, Russia, Sweden, and the United Kingdom demonstrate that the Islamic State of Iraq and ash-Sham (ISIS or Da’esh), al-Qa’ida, and their affiliates have the ability to ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations in Minsk on May 1

The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens that two demonstrations are planned in Minsk on May 1, International Labor Day.  Minsk authorities have approved a request for demonstrators to gather at Bangalore Square from 1700 to 1930.  There are reports that demonstrators may also gather at October Square at 1400.  This gathering has not been approved ... Read More»

Issuance of Belarus General License

The Department of the Treasury today announced an extension of the temporary sanctions relief for nine Belarusian entities beyond April 30 for up to six additional months.  Our sanctions relief is intended primarily to support Belarus’s economy and strengthen its independence. We are following the questions of peaceful assembly, association, and free speech closely.  We ... Read More»

Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program 2018-2019

The United States Embassy in Belarus is pleased to announce the competition for the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program for the academic year of 2018-2019. This one-year Fellowship program is offered to young and mid-career professionals who have a proven track record of leadership, a public service commitment, and the capacity to take full advantage ... Read More»

Statement of the United States Embassy in Minsk on the Prevention of Freedom Day Demonstrations

The United States notes with deep concern that authorities in Belarus failed to allow peaceful demonstrations in Minsk for the annual “Freedom Day” commemoration. The authorities’ large-scale detention of peaceful protesters, human rights observers and journalists infringes upon basic democratic values. There have been reports of use of force by the security services against those ... Read More»

USAID Contributes to Revitalizing Rural Economies in Belarus

The assistance from USAID supports rural citizens in Belarus in becoming more enterprising and empowers them with new knowledge and tools for establishing and running their own businesses. After participating in USAID-supported training, the Khavriuk family of beekeepers improved their business structure and mead making technology, expanded the variety of honey products, and added producing ... Read More»

Change to Visa Application Procedure

The Embassy of the United States of America in Minsk announces the following change to visa processing procedures: Pursuant to the Executive Order entitled “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States,” signed by President Donald J. Trump on January 27, 2017, the Embassy of the United States of America in Belarus ... Read More»

President Trump’s full speech inaugural address.

President Trump delivered this inaugural address on January 20, 2017. THE PRESIDENT: Chief Justice Roberts, President Carter, President Clinton, President Bush, President Obama, fellow Americans, and people of the world: thank you. We, the citizens of America, are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country and restore its promise for all of ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Minsk Celebrates 25 Years of Diplomatic Relations with Belarus

This year marks the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the United States of America and the Republic of Belarus.  Since the establishment of diplomatic ties in 1991, the United States has strongly supported Belarus’s independence and sovereignty, as well as its path toward a more democratic and prosperous society. Over these 25 years, the ... Read More»

The U.S. Department of State Welcomed a Belarusian Economic Delegation

The U.S. Department of State welcomed a Belarusian economic delegation headed by Nikolai Snopkov, Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration, to discuss areas of mutual interest in promoting the economic relationship between our two countries.  The delegation, which was in the United States from December 6-9, met with a variety of government officials as well ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Accepting Applications for the Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation Program

The United States Embassy in Belarus is accepting applications for the Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation competition. This prestigious U.S. Government program has provided direct grant support for cultural preservation projects throughout the world since 2001. The competition is open to Belarusian non-governmental organizations, institutions of culture, museums and other establishments.  Funded activities include the ... Read More»

2017 Study of the United States Institutes (SUSI)

U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce the open competition for the 2017 Study of the United States Institutes. Deadline for applications is December 26, 2016. Study of the United States Institutes are sponsored by the State Department’s Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs. They are short term academic programs for multinational groups of university faculty, secondary ... Read More»

BUSINESS EDUCATION CREATES NEW JOBS IN BELARUS

In May 2015, Varvara Aleksandrova of the Belarus city of Vitebsk was searching for employment. To bolster her chances, she took a course on the fundamentals of entrepreneurship. In August 2015, she opened a beauty salon, creating 10 new jobs. Since then, the salon has successfully served and grown its clientele, providing much needed employment. ... Read More»

U.S. Chargé d’affaires Robert Riley, EU missions’ representatives, lay flowers to victims of Stalinist repressions at Kurapaty.

On November 4, 2016, during an annual commemoration of the tens of thousands of victims of the Stalinist era, U.S. Chargé d’affaires Robert Riley and heads and representatives of several European missions in Minsk, Belarus, paid their respects at Kurapaty to those executed there between 1937-41 Read More»

Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Europe and Eurasia Bridget Brink Remarks to the Press

Thank you all for coming here so late in the day.  I am pleased to be back in Minsk. Today, I had positive meetings with Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei, representatives of opposition parties, members of civil society, and human rights activists to discuss the depth and breadth of our bilateral relationship. As part of this ... Read More»

Joint Investigation Team Report on the Downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17

Press Statement John Kirby Assistant Secretary and Department Spokesperson, Bureau of Public Affairs Washington, DC September 28, 2016 The United States welcomes the interim report of the Joint Investigation Team on the shoot down of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17. The Team’s interim findings corroborate Secretary Kerry’s statement in the days following the tragedy that MH17 was shot ... Read More»

The governments of the United States and Belarus entered into an agreement on the preservation of cultural properties yesterday afternoon in New York

The agreement commits the two governments to protect and preserve cemeteries, memorials, historic sites, places of worship, and archives related to all peoples, with a focus on those that were victims of genocide during World War II. Belarus Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei and U.S. Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad Chair Lesley Weiss signed ... Read More»

Statement by John Kirby on Parliamentary Elections in Belarus

STATEMENT BY JOHN KIRBY, SPOKESPERSON Parliamentary Elections in Belarus 12 September, 2016 The United States welcomes the peaceful conduct of the September 11 parliamentary elections in Belarus.  We recognize some improvements in the electoral process, and we note that alternative voices will be represented in parliament for the first time in 12 years.  Still, the elections ... Read More»

Chargé d’affaires Robert Riley met with the Chairwoman of the CEC

Bob Riley, Chargé d’affaires of the U.S. Embassy in Minsk, met on September 6 with the Chairwoman of the Central Election Commission, Lidiya Yermoshina, to discuss the preparations for the 2016 parliamentary elections and to encourage the CEC to take up meaningful reform of Belarus’s electoral legislation and regulations.  The Chargé d’affaires stressed that the ... Read More»

U.S. and Belarus Exchange Non-Resident Defense Attachés

On August 8, Colonel Michael C. VanDeVelde received accreditation from the Government of Belarus as non-resident Defense Attaché from the United States of America to the Republic of Belarus.  His Belarusian counterpart Lieutenant Colonel Andrei Mishuta will be accredited as a non-resident Defense Attaché in Washington, D.C. this month.  Colonel VanDeVelde’s accreditation represents the next ... Read More»

Statement on the Death of Pavel Sheremet

Press Statement John Kirby Assistant Secretary and Department Spokesperson, Bureau of Public Affairs Washington, DC July 20, 2016 We are shocked and saddened by the killing of Ukrainska Pravda journalist Pavel Sheremet in a car bombing in Kyiv. We join the government of Ukraine in support of a full and impartial investigation that will bring those responsible ... Read More»

Statement by Secretary Kerry on the Occasion of the National Day of the Republic of Belarus (July 3)

On behalf of President Obama and the American people, I congratulate the people of Belarus on the anniversary of Belarus’ declaration of independence from the Soviet Union on July 27, 1990, and on the officially observed Independence Day on July 3. I also congratulate the people of Minsk on the anniversary of the liberation of ... Read More»

U.S.-Belarus Business Briefing

The U.S. Embassy in Minsk, in conjunction with the Foreign Commercial Service Office at the U.S. Embassy Moscow and close cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, hosted a “Business Briefing” for twelve U.S. companies working in the region to look at opportunities to expand business ties in Belarus. The delegation met with First Deputy ... Read More»

Deputy Assistant Administrator for the USAID Bureau for Europe and Eurasia visit to Minsk

Mr. Jonathan Katz, Deputy Assistant Administrator for the USAID Bureau for Europe and Eurasia, is visiting Minsk on April 20-22. While in Minsk, Mr. Katz will have meetings with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Economy, and civil society and business community representatives. On April 21st, Mr. Katz will kick-off Venture Day This ... Read More»

Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense visit to Minsk

Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Michael Carpenter is visiting Minsk March 28-30, 2016. While in Minsk, Dr. Carpenter will have meetings with the Ministry of Defense, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and President Lukashenka. Dr. Carpenter’s visit follows on consultations held by a Ministry of Defense delegation, which visited Washington, DC in December 2015. Read More»

English Access Microscholarship Program

The English Access Microscholarship Program (Access) provides free English language classes to talented 13-15 year-olds from economically disadvantaged backgrounds through after-school classes and intensive sessions. The program allows students to develop intercultural skills and communication, gain an appreciation for American culture and democratic values, participate successfully in the socio-economic development of their countries, and compete for and strengthen ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy announces the Professional Fellows Program for Belarusians

The Professional Fellows Program is a two-way, global exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. The program is designed to promote mutual understanding, enhance leadership and professional skills, and build lasting and sustainable partnerships between mid-level emerging leaders from foreign countries and the United States. The defining element of the program for foreign ... Read More»

Biz.Umstvo together with Scott Rauland

On February 19th, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires to Belarus Scott Rauland  opened the first full scale book discussion of the biz.umstvo project. As the first hero of the project, Mr. Rauland selected Steve Job’s biography by Walter Isaacson as a book for discussion. Mr. Rauland shared personal experiences and thoughts about the time and environment where Steve Jobs grew up, as well as ... Read More»

2016 Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Summer Institutes

The US Embassy in Minsk announces the application season for the 2016 Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Summer Institute, an intensive four-week exchange program for young people aged 16-18 years that focuses on the global issues faced by European and American youth on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. Deadline for applications is March 18, 2016. The ... Read More»

Farms draw tourists and revenue to Belarus

December 2015—More and more, tourists in Belarus are choosing to experience life on a farm as well as the beauty and value of natural resources. Agro-ecotourism is on the rise, and so are profits for local businesses. Marketing techniques learned through a USAID project helped one of the sector’s entrepreneurs, Tatiana Isaeva, promote her farmstead ... Read More»

U.S. State Department delegation

A U.S. State Department delegation, including Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Europe and Eurasia Bridget Brink and  Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Robert Berschinski is visiting Minsk November 4-5, 2015. The delegation is scheduled to meet with Belarusian government officials, civil society and political parties representatives, business community ... Read More»

Charge d’Affaires Joins the Celebrations of the UN 70th Anniversary

On October 23-30, Charge d’Affaires Scott Rauland took part in a week-long United Nations-Belarus joint initiative “UN70 Belarus Express: Towards Partnership for Sustainable Development” to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the foundation of the international organization. Both Belarus and the United States were among the founding nations of the UN, which is headquartered in New ... Read More»

U.S. Country Music Rocks Belarus

On October 26-30, a U.S. country music band “Blended 328” based in Nashville, Tennessee, visited Belarus to play live concerts in Minsk, Gomel, Mogilev and Vitebsk.  The musical group joined the United Nations 70th anniversary celebrations campaign in order to highlight universal values of unity, tolerance and peace. The talented musicians of “Blended328” skillfully demonstrated ... Read More»

USAID Support Nurtures Entrepreneurs and Start-Ups in Belarus

  The USAID Belarus Entrepreneurs Support and Training (BEST) project invested in expanding opportunities to boost entrepreneurship and develop a startup infrastructure in Belarus. Perhaps the biggest accomplishment of the USAID Belarus Entrepreneurs Support and Training (BEST) project is BEL.BIZ, a former local online business content provider, which the project transformed into a unique infrastructure ... Read More»

Presidential Elections in Belarus

U.S. Department of State Office of the Spokesperson Statement by Mark Toner, Deputy Spokesperson The United States welcomes the peaceful conduct of the October 11 presidential election in Belarus. However, we are disappointed that the elections fell significantly short of Belarus’ international obligations and commitments for free and fair elections, as demonstrated by reports from ... Read More»

Under Secretary of State Kennedy Visits Minsk

Under Secretary of State for Management Patrick Kennedy arrived in Minsk for an official visit on September 11. While in Minsk, Under Secretary Kennedy toured the embassy compound and met with U.S. Embassy staff.  He also met with Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei to discuss the status of U.S.-Belarusian relations. Under Secretary Kennedy welcomed the recent ... Read More»

Release of Prisoners in Belarus

Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release Statement by John Kirby, Spokesperson August 23, 2015 The United States welcomes the August 22 release from prison in Belarus of Mikalai Statkevich, Ihar Alinevich, Mikalai Dziadok, Evgeniy Vackovich, Artyom Prokopenko, and Yuriy Rubtsov.  The release of these six political prisoners is a positive development for the people of Belarus ... Read More»

Visit of U.S. Congressional Delegation

A U.S. congressional delegation, including Dana Rohrabacher, Chairman, Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia and Emerging Threats; Representative Gregory Meeks, Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia and Emerging Threats; and Representative Stephen Cohen, Ranking Member, Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice, US House of Representatives Judiciary Committee; is visiting Minsk August 2-4, 2015.  The delegation conducted ... Read More»

Fourth of July Message from President Obama

America began as a daring idea. Under the rule of a tyrannous monarch, our Founders imagined and believed in a self-governing nation where all people, having been created equal, would be entitled to life and liberty, and where opportunity could be realized by anyone with determination and a dream. With unwavering resolve to steer the ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Supported Project Opens New Opportunities for the Visually Disabled

On June 4, the Belarusian Union of the Visually Impaired conducted its final conference, which focused on the results of a project supported by the Embassy’s Small Grants Program, “Promoting New Information Resources as a Means of Creating Barrier-Free Environment for the Visually Handicapped. ” The event took place in the IBB Johannes Rau Center. ... Read More»

U.S. Speaker Engages Belarusian Audiences on Lend-Lease

Hubert Van Tuyll, Professor of History from the Regents University at Augusta, Georgia, visited Belarus on April 26-30 to speak before various Belarusian audiences on the issue of U.S. assistance to the Soviet Union during World War II.  Totaling $140,000,000,000 in today’s currency, the aid under the Lend-Lease Program, which President Roosevelt pushed Congress to ... Read More»

Embassy Employees Join Belarusian Environmental Activists to Clean Up a River Near Minsk

Charge d’affaires Scott Rauland, his wife and three other Embassy employees joined Belarusian environmental activists on April 25 to clean up the 10-km stretch of the Islach River near Minsk in honor of the Earth Day. The action was organized by the “Green Team” travel agency and was attended by volunteers from the international wildlife ... Read More»

The United States of America And Belarus Sign Agreement to Implement the U.S. Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (Fatca)

Scott Rauland, Charge d’Affaires of the Embassy of the United States of America, and Sergei Nalivaiko, Minister of Taxation, signed an intergovernmental agreement today between Belarus and the United States of America to implement the U.S. Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). The agreement signed today provides the necessary legal framework for Belarusian financial institutions ... Read More»

Meeting between Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Eric Rubin and President Lukashenka

Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Eric Rubin met today with President Lukashenka. They discussed, among other things, bilateral U.S.-Belarusian relations, human rights and democratization issues, the state of the Belarusian economy, and issues of regional security, including the situation in Ukraine. Mr. Rubin noted the positive role Belarus has played in ... Read More»

Visit of Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Eric Rubin to Belarus

Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Eric Rubin is visiting Minsk, Belarus February 26-28, 2015. Mr. Rubin will conduct a wide range of meetings, including with government officials (among others, Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei), members of the Diplomatic Corps, civil society, the political opposition, and relatives of political prisoners. In his ... Read More»

American Film Showcase festival in Minsk

Five  documentary films showcasing various aspects of life in the United States will be shown during the American Film Showcase festival that opens on February 23 at the Pobeda movie theater in Minsk and lasts until Friday, February 27. Two movie experts from the United States will be special guests at the festival. Director and ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Marks Birthday of Tadeusz Kosciuszko With Donation to Museum

A U.S. Embassy delegation headed by Chargé d’affaires Scott Rauland marked the 269th birthday of U.S. Revolutionary War hero Tadeusz Kosciuszko, who is also considered a hero by many others as well, including in Belarus, Poland and France.  Rauland, accompanied by Assistant Army Attaché Major Janis Mikits from the U.S. Embassy Kyiv, brought the museum ... Read More»

U.S. Charge d’Affaires Scott Rauland Visits Grodno

On October 28-30, 2014 Chargé d’Affaires Scott Rauland visited Grodno. The trip—his second official travel to Belarusian regions–included meetings with a wide spectrum of Belarusians, from local authorities to NGO activists and private entrepreneurs. Looking for ways to expand engagement with Belarus, the United States attaches great importance to cultural and educational ties, Chargé Rauland ... Read More»

Brest Fortress Receives U.S. State Department Award

Honorable officials, Fellow diplomats, Dear friends, Today is one of those occasions which highlight the best in our two peoples—the dramatic and glorious history of our partnership to defeat the greatest enemy of the 20th Century.  It is an occasion for Americans to pay respect to the sacred ground in and around Brest Fortress. We ... Read More»

Statement by the Head of the U.S. Government Interagency Delegation on the Conclusion of Their official visit to Belarus

A United States Government Inter-Agency delegation from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and Departments of State and Defense completed a two and a half day official visit to Minsk.  The delegation includes Paige Alexander, Assistant Administrator of USAID; Thomas Melia, Deputy Assistant Secretary from Department of State; and Evelyn Farkas, Deputy Assistant Secretary ... Read More»

Visit of U.S. Government Interagency Delegation

A U.S. Government interagency delegation, including USAID Assistant Administrator for the Bureau of Europe and Eurasia Paige Alexander, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Thomas Melia, and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia Evelyn Farkas, is visiting Minsk September 8-11, 2014.  The group plans on conducting ... Read More»

Embassy Minsk Announcement on Expanded Visa Services for Applicants to Renew Petition-Based Visas

The Embassy of the United States in Minsk is pleased to announce visa services for applicants who wish to renew petition-based visas in H, L, P, O and R categories.  Starting September 8, the Embassy will accept applications for renewals of H (Temporary Workers), L (Intracompany Transferees), O (People with Extraordinary Ability), P (Athletes, Artists, ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy to support preservation of historic fortifications in Brest

The U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce that the Belarusian NGO “Brest Fortress Development Foundation” is among the winners of the prestigious international competition for the 2014 Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation.  As a recipient of the 2014 Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation award, the organization will receive more than USD 100,000 in funding to inventory ... Read More»

“Call Over Centuries” Exhibit at the National Library Commemorates the 100th Anniversary of the Outbreak of World War I

Over 80 students, librarians, museum workers, artists and visitors gathered at the National Library of Belarus to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War.  During opening remarks for the “Call Over Centuries” Exhibit on August 7, 2014, Chargé d’Affaires Scott Rauland said, “Today we are here to commemorate the 100th ... Read More»

Chargé d’Affaires Scott Roland’s remarks at the opening of the Project “The Bell of Centuries” at the National Library of Belarus

Today we are here to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I, to honor those who served in that war in defense of liberty and their countries, and to promote mutual history and values. We are pleased to share with you our American Embassy exhibit entitled “WWI in American Posters, Books, ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy and UNDP Commemorate Ruth Waller

On August 4, Charge d’Affaires Scott Rauland and UN Permanent Representative Sanaka Samarasinha held a joint commemorative event Minsk in honor of American Ruth Waller who died in Minsk on that day in 1946.  A native of California, Ruth came to the war-ravaged and famined Belarus as an employee of the Belarus Mission of the ... Read More»

Charge Scott Rauland Wishes Good Luck to Belarusian Fulbright Students

On July 30, Chargé d ’Affaires Scott Rauland met with the three young Belarusians who won Fulbright Foreign Student Program scholarships and are heading to the USA to pursue their Master’s degrees at American Universities.  The Chargé remarked that Fulbright is one of the most efficient exchange programs that promote mutual understanding between the people ... Read More»

Embassy Minsk Announcement on Expanded Visa Services and No Extra Cost For One-Year, Multiple Entry Visas

The Embassy of the United States in Minsk is pleased to announce expanded visa services for the first time since 2008. Starting August 4, the Embassy will accept applications for F (Student), M (Vocational Student), and J (Exchange Visitor) non-immigrant visa categories. All applicants applying for F, M, and J visas in Minsk should follow ... Read More»

Announcement Regarding Visa Services

For the first time since 2008, Embassy Minsk will resume offering some visa services to the general public of Belarus. Details of these changes will be posted on this website shortly, along with explanations of the categories of visa applicants who will be eligible to apply at our Embassy in Minsk. Please continue to visit ... Read More»

Visit of Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Eric Rubin

Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Eric Rubin visited Minsk, Belarus June 2-4 2014. Mr. Rubin conducted a wide range of meetings, including with Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei, members of the Diplomatic Corps, civil society, and relatives of political prisoners. In his meetings, Mr. Rubin explored the possibility for continued improved ... Read More»

U.S. Olympians Visit Minsk

Two members of the U.S. national ice hockey team, Julie Chu and Hilary Knight, are visiting Belarus from May 11 through 17 as Sports Envoys to take part in a series of U.S. embassy-sponsored events in connection with the Ice Hockey World Championships in Minsk. As well as their most recent silver medals from the ... Read More»

America’s Heritage Abroad Commission Chair Visits Belarus

On April 22-27, 2014 the Chair of U.S. Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad, Lesley Weiss, visited Belarus to discuss protection and preservation of places of worship, historic sites, cemeteries, and memorials associated with the heritage of Americans with roots in Belarus. During her visit, Lesley Weiss held a wide-range of meetings, from ... Read More»

Public Affairs Officer Visits Vitebsk

On March 20, 2014, on her first trip outside of Minsk just one month after arrival in the country, Public Affairs Officer Robin Solomon traveled to Vitebsk, Belarus’ northernmost regional city.  Speaking at the international conference “Dialogue on Languages and Cultures in the Twenty-First Century” before the audience of over 200 students, city officials, diplomats ... Read More»

Barbara Lamb and the Sheepless Knights

A real American bluegrass band Barbara Lamb and the Sheepless Knights will perform at the Minsk State Philharmonic Hall on March 11. From lightning-fast Earl Scruggs banjo tunes to sweet waltzes and the tightest three-part bluegrass harmony singing in America, Barbara Lamb and the Sheepless Knights deliver traditional and progressive bluegrass music from Nashville, Tennessee. ... Read More»

2013 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

The Department of State submitted to the United States Congress on February 27 its 2013 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices.  The report describes human rights conditions in almost 200 countries and territories.   It covers internationally recognized individual, civil, political, and worker rights as set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and ... Read More»

Visit of US Foreign Commercial Service Representative to Minsk

Commercial Counsellor Cheryl Dukelow of the US Foreign Commercial Service (Department of Commerce) visited Minsk February 25-26. She met with a wide group of interlocutors, including Deputy Foreign Minister Guryanov and other government officials,  business people and independent business associations, representatives of Belarusian and American companies, and members of the diplomatic corps. Ms. Dukelow provided ... Read More»

Press Statement by Deputy Secretary Burns

Good morning. I am delighted to be back in Kyiv at this historic moment. President Obama and Secretary Kerry asked me to convey a simple message—a message of deep admiration for the courage and determination of Ukrainians in the face of last week’s tragic violence, and a message of strong American support for a stable, ... Read More»

Study Tour to US Inspires Changes in Legal Services

“In the U.S. legal clinics, students deal with a wide range of issues from different social areas. Inspired by my American experience, I adapted this approach in my work.” Yulia Khvatik is a leader in developing legal clinics in Belarus, which allow law students to develop practical skills under the mentorship of professional lawyers and ... Read More»

USAID Helps At-Risk Families Function Effectively

Note: Names have been changed to protect the privacy of individuals. In Belarus, over 20,000 children are members of at-risk families. Their parents struggle to comply with parental responsibilities, address basic needs, and provide proper supervision.  Exposure to abuse and neglect early on adversely affects children’s physical, emotional, and intellectual development. Growing up in a ... Read More»

“Learn About the U.S. Through Comics” Attracts Thousands of Visitors to the U.S. Embassy Booth at the 21st Minsk International Book Trade Fair

The U.S. Embassy in Minsk participated in the 21st Minsk International Book Trade Fair February 5-9, 2014, which included 26 countries and over 600 exhibitors. This year, the theme of the U.S. Embassy booth was “Learn about the U.S. through Comics,” aimed at promoting a deeper understanding of the U.S. through appreciation of American comic ... Read More»
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