Updated October 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.
(NEW) On October 23, 2020, the Belarus Ministry of Health reported there are 91,167 registered cases of COVID-19 in Belarus; 82,136 patients have recovered, and 945 individuals have died. The Ministry has not provided a cumulative total of recovered patients, so the total number of COVID-19 infections in Belarus to date is unknown. According to the Ministry of Health, Belarus has conducted over 2,320,000 tests since January 23. Updated information is available on the Ministry’s new COVID-19 website: stopcovid.belta.by. Belarus reported its first case February 28.
As of April 7, 2020, the Government of Belarus has implemented social distancing measures in Minsk. Please check your local authorities for city-specific guidelines for your locality. This link contains the full list of measures (https://minsk.gov.by/ru/news/new/2020/04/08/704/).
Entry and Exit Requirements:
Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes. U.S. citizens can enter if compliant with the normal entry guidelines.
Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and serology) required for entry? No.
Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes.
Due to global travel restrictions, the Government of Belarus allows visa-free travelers to request an extension of stay from 30 days to 90 days. Extension requests must be made in person at the local immigration office where the traveler is registered. Immigration officials evaluate requests on a case by case basis. Ministry of Interior Immigration offices will not approve online extension requests.
Exit visas can be obtained at Minsk National Airport if a traveler’s flight has been unexpectedly canceled or changed. There are currently no travel restrictions in place as a result of the worldwide outbreak.
As of October 25, 2020, Belavia is operating out of Minsk National Airport with connections to the United States via the following cities:
We recommend you book your flight using a travel agency to ensure that you are ticketed through to your final destination in the United States. Transit via the airports in Amsterdam, London, Paris and Frankfurt is permitted for U.S. citizens and LPRs, but you may not leave airport transit zone. If you are not ticketed through to the United States, you will not be boarded in Minsk.
Travel requirements and restrictions often change. Please view the U.S. Embassy COVID-19 page for any country you plan to travel through. In particular, if you are transiting Paris or London, these are important pages to view. Please be aware that the connection through London requires changing airports, from Gatwick Airport to Heathrow Airport.
U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents, as well as their immediate family members (this includes spouses and parents of minor children, but does not include parents of adult American citizens or LPRs), may continue to travel from Europe to the United States, and should follow CDC guidelines to self-quarantine after returning to the U.S. Flights from the Schengen zone will be directed to 15 U.S. airports where arriving passengers will go through additional health screenings. More information on travel restrictions and arrival in the U.S. can be found on the Department of Homeland Security Website.
Temperature screening measures are in place at Minsk National Airport.
Neighboring countries (Poland, Ukraine, Lithuania, Latvia and Russia) are beginning to reopen land borders with some neighboring countries; however, land borders with Belarus remain closed until further notice.
No plans for border closures in Belarus have been announced, but all travelers should be prepared for travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice. The website of the State Border Committee of the Republic of Belarus will have current information about the status of Belarusian border controls.
Is a curfew in place? No. There are no COVID-related curfews in place at this time.
Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No. There are no COVID-related restrictions on travel within Belarus.
(NEW) Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes. As of October 21, 2020, the Government of Belarus requires travelers from the United States to self-quarantine for ten days upon arrival. Exceptions to this requirement include the following categories of travelers: diplomats and their families, heads and members of official delegations, drivers of international road transport vehicles, crew members of international transport vehicles, such as trains, boats, and aircraft, people transiting Belarus and remaining in the Belarus less than24 hours, and people transporting stem cells or organs for transplant.
(NEW) The Government of Belarus provides guidelines for individuals self-isolating. During the ten days of quarantine, people may not leave their residence for any reason, including work or study, with the exception of visiting the nearest grocery store or pharmacy. If it is necessary to leave self-isolation, the use of a mask is required, as well as avoiding contact with other persons. Health officials may visit the self-identified quarantine location, to confirm individuals are abiding by the requirements, with potential legal ramifications for failure to comply.
As of April 10, close contacts of persons who test positive for the COVID-19 virus are required to self-quarantine for 14-days. Details of Belarus’ quarantine requirements can be found in Russian on the website of the Belarus Council of Ministers. The quarantine requirement does not apply to travelers transporting cargo, air crew, or diplomats. Visit the website of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Belarus for additional information on these measures.
Note that travelers arriving in Belarus with a transit visa are not subject to quarantine if they depart the country within 48 hours.
Are commercial flights operating? Yes. Please note, all airlines require passengers to wear masks in the boarding area, and onboard the plane, at all times.
Is public transportation operating? Yes. No requirements currently exist for passengers to wear masks or maintain social distancing while on board.
Currently, our Consular section offers all American Citizen Services, with limitations in the number and timing of appointments available each day. Our Consular section offers only Mission-critical and Emergency non-immigrant visa appointments on a limited basis. More information on non-immigrant visa services can be found here: https://by.usembassy.gov/consular-covid-faq/
- The Ministry of Health provides Russian language updates on its telegram channel at: https://web.telegram.org/#/im?p=@minzdravbelarus and via the Government of Belarus’ Covid-19 website: Stopcovid.belta.by
- COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov
- CDC page on COVID-19
- State.gov Country Information and Travel Advisory page
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