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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 of 306 since the Ministry’s most recent previous report on June 30; 47,553 patients have recovered, and 398 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 one million 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:

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 the Minsk International 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.

Due to border closures and flight cancellations, options for departing Belarus are increasingly limited.  Those wishing to depart Belarus should immediately take advantage of remaining flights.

As of July 1, 2020, Belavia is operating out of Minsk International Airport with connections to the United States via the following cities:

Amsterdam

Frankfurt

London

Paris 

Rome

(NEW) Istanbul

Belgrade

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.

Belavia has resumed flight to Rome, which offer direct connections to the United States.  This involves a baggage re-check and a lengthy layover.  Also, please be aware that the connection through London requires changing airports, from Gatwick Airport to Heathrow Airport.  Flights to all cities fill up fast and seats may be limited.  If you are intending to travel in June or July, please be aware that it may be advisable to make reservations now.

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 Amcits 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) have closed their land borders to foreigners with limited exceptions for cargo transport and diplomatic travelers.

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.

The Ministry of Health asks all travelers entering Belarus to inform border control officials if they have visited countries where COVID-19 is circulating actively. Those arriving from countries where the virus is active are encouraged to undergo testing at the airport.

Quarantine Information:

On March 25, 2020, Belarus instituted a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine requirement for persons entering Belarus from countries where the COVID-19 virus is actively circulating.   (NEW)  On June 25, 2020 Belarus removed the United States from its list of countries where the COVID-19  virus is actively circulating.  Travelers arriving in Belarus from the United States are no longer subject to the self-quarantine requirement.   

As of April 10, this quarantine also applies to close contacts of persons who test positive for the COVID-19 virus. The details of the requirement 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.

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