Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Minsk, Belaru

Location: Public areas throughout Minsk and the rest of Belarus.

Event: The U.S. Embassy reminds U.S. citizens to exercise increased awareness and vigilance March 25-28 regarding potential rallies, assemblies, protests, and demonstrations within the Republic of Belarus in association with Freedom Day, March 25. U.S. citizens are therefore advised to be cautious when moving around the country, and should avoid public demonstrations, large gatherings of people, and other events associated with this unofficial holiday.

Although the U.S. Embassy is not aware of legally authorized demonstrations or protests, such events may occur spontaneously or with little advanced notice. The Embassy reminds U.S. citizens that authorized or unauthorized gatherings could develop at various locations throughout Minsk or the country.

The U.S. Embassy reminds U.S. citizens to avoid public demonstrations, to remain aware of their surroundings, and that gatherings intended to be peaceful can quickly become confrontational and escalate into violence. Furthermore, these activities may cause disruptions to public transportation services, traffic delays and/or street closures, and an increased police presence around rally sites.

Actions to Take:

  • Avoid mass gatherings.
  • Monitor local media for updates.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Carry proper Identification, including a U.S. passport with a current Belarusian visa or valid visa-free entry stamp.

Assistance:

  • U.S. Embassy Minsk, Belarus
    +375 17 210-12-83 / 217-7347 / 217-7348
    +375 29 676-0134 (after hours for American Citizens) consularminsk@state.gov
    State Department – Consular Affairs
    888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444
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