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Suspending Operations at U.S. Embassy Minsk and Change in Status for U.S. Embassy Moscow 

 STATEMENT BY SECRETARY ANTONY J. BLINKEN February 28, 2022 The U.S. Department of State has suspended operations at our Embassy in Minsk, Belarus and authorized the voluntary departure (“authorized departure”) of non-emergency employees and family members at our Embassy in Moscow, Russia. We took these steps due to security and safety issues stemming from the ...
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Statement from the U.S. Special Envoy for Belarus, Ambassador Julie D. Fisher

On February 27, Minsk again squandered an opportunity for genuine national dialogue about the country’s future.  Instead, this referendum further entrenches Belarus in the darkness of the past, an affront to the millions of Belarusians who voted in the August 2020 fraudulent election and the hundreds of thousands of Belarusians who took to the streets ...
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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Minsk, Belarus – Departure Information

Location: Belarus nationwide. Event:  The Department of State Travel Advisory for Belarus advises U.S. citizens not to travel to Belarus and urges U.S. citizens in Belarus to depart immediately. Minsk International Airport is operating with international flights to limited destinations, and land borders with Lithuania, Latvia, and Poland are open and operating at normal capacity. U.S. citizens ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S. Embassy Minsk, Belarus

Event: Reduction of Consular Services As a result of critical staffing shortages due to the Belarusian authorities’ forced reduction of U.S. Embassy Minsk’s workforce, effective February 15, the consular section suspended all visa services and is only offering emergency American Citizens Services (ACS).  Emergency ACS services  include U.S. passports and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad. All ...
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Travel Advisory: Belarus – Level 4: Do Not Travel H O

Do not Travel to Belarus due to the arbitrary enforcement of laws, the risk of detention, and unusual and concerning Russian military buildup along Belarus’ border with Ukraine, COVID-19, and related entry restrictions. U.S. citizens in Belarus should depart immediately via commercial or private means. On January 31, 2022, the Department of State ordered the departure of family members of U.S. ...
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