Due to Russia’s unprovoked attack on Ukraine from Belarus, U.S. citizens located in or considering travel to Belarus should be aware that the situation is unpredictable and there is heightened tension in the region.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has exercised its enforcement discretion to allow certain persons from Belarus to travel to the United States without a pre-departure COVID-19 test. For more information, please refer to the CDC website at: Amended Order: Requirement for Proof of Negative COVID-19 Test Result or Recovery from COVID-19 for All Airline Passengers Arriving into the United States | Quarantine | CDC.
Actions to Take:
- Visit the U.S. Embassy in Minsk’s webpage to view the most recent safety and security alerts for U.S. citizens.
- Regularly monitor local and international news and social media news channels.
- Ensure travel documents are valid and easily accessible.
- Review your personal security plans and always have a contingency plan in place that does not rely on U.S. government assistance.
- Get a COVID vaccine to facilitate your travel.
- Enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates and makes it easier for the U.S. Embassy to contact you in an emergency.
- Regularly monitor the State Department’s website for current Travel Advisories. Read the Country Specific Information for Belarus. For additional information, refer to the “Traveler’s Checklist” on the State Department’s website.
- Please see information on What the Department of State Can and Can’t Do in a Crisis.
- U.S. citizens in Belarus in need of assistance should contact the Department of State by:
- calling +1 (606) 260-4379 (outside the United States) or +1 833 741 2777 (from the United States); or
- emailing MinskConsular@state.gov.
- Alternatively, U.S. citizens may schedule routine consular services at any U.S. embassy or consulate. To locate the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate please visit gov.