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Restrictions issued for foreign citizens´ entry into Belarus

Belarus has issued restrictions for foreign citizens´ entry into the country starting from November 1st. These restrictions apply so far only to traffic through land borders. Entry through the Minsk international airport is not affected, but requirements for PCR-tests or self-isolation apply (see below).

On 1 November, Belarus temporarily banned entry of foreign nationals and stateless persons at road checkpoints, simplified border checkpoints, railway station checkpoints, river ports in order to prevent the spread of the (Covid-19) infection,” the State Border Committee reported.

The restrictions at land borders do not apply to:

  • foreign nationals with diplomatic and service passports;
  • heads and members of official delegations;
  • foreigners providing international gratuitous assistance to Belarus;
  • drivers performing international road and international mail transportation;
  • crews of inland water transport vessels, train crews, locomotive crews of international railway service ;
  • foreigners who are spouses, parents or children of Belarusian citizens;
  • foreigners who have the right to permanent or temporary residence in Belarus;
  • foreigners who have work permits or proof of employment documents in Belarus;
  • foreigners who travel to Belarus due to a serious illness, or death of a close relative;
  • foreign nationals transporting stem cells, organs for transplantation;
  • Russian citizens transiting through Belarus to Russia;
  • foreigners transiting through Belarus in accordance with the Belarus-Ukraine interstate government agreement on simplified crossing of the border section Slavutich-Chernobyl nuclear power plant, which goes through the territory of Belarus, to workers, vehicles and cargoes of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant and enterprises that work in the exclusion zone, and foreign specialists involved in the international Chernobyl NPP projects.

Additionally all arrivals through the Minsk international airport need to observe a 10-day self-isolation regime in case of arrival from theHealthcare Ministry’s list of COVID-19 high-risk countries (considered “red” countries). Arrivals from “red” countries do not need to test for Covid-19, only self-isolate. Foreigners arriving from countries not on this list (considered “green” countries) need to produce a document confirming a negative result from a PCR Covid-19 test in ENG/RU/Belarusian upon arrival, but no self-isolation is required. When flying from Green countries, the document confirming the test is checked before boarding.


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