Updated April 6, 2020
Link to Embassy Minsk COVID-19 Alerts
(Note – newly updated information is in bold and prefaced with NEW).
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.
Event: (NEW) International commercial flight options currently exist in Belarus. U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements as soon as possible unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period. The U.S. government does not anticipate arranging repatriation flights in Belarus at this time.
(NEW) On April 6, 2020, the Belarus Ministry of Health reported there are 634 patients in treatment for COVID-19, 53 patients have recovered, and 13 have died. An additional 364 have been released from observation and/or treatment. 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 40,000 tests since January 23. Belarus reported its first case February 28.
Travel options from Minsk to the United States are becoming increasingly limited but are still available. While there are still daily flights available from Minsk to airports in the EU and UK with connections to the United States, U.S. Citizens currently in Belarus who wish to return to the United States should arrange for immediate departure to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain in Belarus for an indefinite period. Please note, Brussels, Abu Dhabi, and Istanbul are no longer options for flying to the United States, and flights to Frankfurt have been significantly reduced. On April 1, Belavia announced the cancellation of eight previously scheduled flights to Paris between April 2, 2020 and April 22, 2020. Some flights to Paris remain, but on a more limited basis.
As of April 3, 2020, Belavia is operating out of Minsk International Airport with connections to the United States via the following cities:
(NEW) 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, 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.
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 China, Iran, South Korea or Italy or other countries where the virus is active are encouraged to undergo testing at the airport and should be prepared for follow-up by local health authorities and possible quarantine.
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. 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.
The government has also implemented quarantine measures for all close contacts of individuals who test positive for COVID-19. Persons subject to quarantine will be tested and hospitalized for observation for 14 days. Visit the website of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Belarus for additional information on these measures.
- The Ministry of Health provides Russian language updates on its telegram channel at: https://web.telegram.org/#/im?p=@minzdravbelarus and via the Ministry website: http://minzdrav.gov.by/ru/
- 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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