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    MEDIUM MEDICAL RISK for Belarus
    LOW TRAVEL RISK for Belarus


COVID-19 Impact

COVID-19 virus imageCOVID-19 Impact Rating (Travel): Medium -

Inbound travel is possible, but with notable inconvenience; restrictions affect a wide range of travellers.

Restrictions in place for a wide range of originating countries / nationalities arriving in country. Mandatory testing and quarantine in designated facilities may apply.

COVID-19 virus imageCOVID-19 Impact Rating (Domestic Operations): Low -

COVID-related precautions and restrictions causing some inconvenience to business operations. Most businesses are operating.

Both essential and non-essential businesses are operating, though outbreaks may impact medical and/or logistic factors  and cause disruption, often at short notice. Pre-existing security risks likely to be exacerbated by COVID-19-related political and socio-economic concerns in the near/medium term, though these disruptions will not affect the stability of the overall security environment. Elective surgery may not be accessible at times and VERY HIGH and HIGH Medical Risk Rated countries will be under pressure. Basic elements of BCPs – such as reduced or staggered staffing, social distancing, limited face to face interaction – may be active, with clear escalation and de-escalation triggers as well as mitigation measures.

RestrictionsInboundSummary
• Are there any border restrictions? No
• Are there any entry restrictions? Yes
• Are there any testing requirements? Yes
• Are there any quarantine requirements? No
• Are there any vaccine requirements? No
• Are there any separate transit restrictions? Yes
• Is COVID-19-related documentation required? Yes
• Are there separate restrictions for overseas territories? No
• Are there any other restrictions? No
(Until further notice)
Border restrictions
• Inbound travel for 'third country' nationals
Foreign travellers and non-residents are only allowed to enter Belarus through direct air travels.
(until further notice)
Testing requirements

• Who needs to test + Type of test and timeframe?
- Incoming travellers must present a negative PCR test result taken within 72 hours before arrival and be screened for COVID-19 symptoms upon arrival.
- Foreigners arriving in Belarus from the Russian Federation who do not have a temporary/permanent residence permit in Belarus are required to have a PCR test.
- Passengers showing COVID-19 symptoms will be subject to further testing and isolation.
• What information is required in the test result?
The test certificate must contain the full name of the traveller, the result of their test and a statement declaring that a PCR test was conducted. The certificate can be in English, Russian or Belarusian.
• Exemptions
The PCR test requirement does not apply to children under six years of age, Belarusian nationals and foreign nationals holding permanent/temporary residency permits. Members of diplomatic missions and their family members, as well as cabin crew, are exempted from the requirements.
(Until further notice)
Quarantine requirements

• Who must quarantine and for how long?
All passengers arriving from 'red countries' (based on the rates of COVID-19 transmission) will be required to undergo a mandatory ten-day home self-isolation period. The list of 'red countries' from which travellers will require quarantine can be found here: http://minzdrav.gov.by/ru/dlya-belorusskikh-grazhdan/strany-krasnoy-zony.php
(until further notice)
Documentation required
- All arriving travellers need to have valid medical insurance before travelling to Belarus.
- All travellers arriving in Belarus as their final destination have to fill in a 'Public Health COVID-19 Passenger Self-declaration' form (http://airport.by/upload/files/f3890dc74ab58b4ab4cea3e1c5fed3a9.pdf).
(until further notice)
Transit
- Travellers arriving from 'green countries' are able to transit Belarus without having to satisfy any conditions.
- Transit passengers do not require a PCR test certificate, as long as they can prove that their transit period will not exceed 24 hours.
- In the absence of a document confirming 24-hour transit through the territory of Belarus, a foreigner needs a PCR test.
- If the transit period exceeds 24 hours, it is possible for a traveler to cross the border only if he or she has a certificate with a negative result of a PCR test for COVID-19 infection.
(until further notice)
OutboundSummary
• Are there any border restrictions? Yes
• Are there any exit restrictions? Applies to Belarusian citizens and residents who wish to exit by land
• Are there any testing requirements? No
• Are there any quarantine requirements? No
• Are there any vaccine requirements? No
• Are there any separate transit restrictions? No
• Is COVID-19-related documentation required? No
• Are there separate restrictions for overseas territories? No
• Are there any other restrictions? No
(Until further notice)
Border restrictions
• Border closures/restrictions
For foreign citizens, departure is not restricted, but it is not possible to cross the border before completing the ten-day self-isolation period (if isolation is required - in the case of red zone countries).

In order to avoid problems when crossing the state border, foreigners are advised to present documents confirming the purpose of the trip, translated into one of the state languages of the Republic of Belarus (Belarusian, Russian). The authenticity of the translation or the authenticity of the signature of the translator of the document must be attested by a notary or other official who has the right to perform such a notary act.

Most citizens, permanent and temporary residents are barred from leaving the country via road, railway and river checkpoints; air travel is not affected.

• Exemptions
- The ban on exiting via border on Belarus residents does not apply to holders of diplomatic and service passports; official delegations; international road transport drivers; aircraft, ship and train crews; business travellers; and those transiting the country.
- Belarusian citizens holding a residence permit or an employment contract in another country and those who intend to leave the country for 'valid' reasons (including travel in the event of serious illness or death of a close relative or spouse who are abroad, receiving medical care or education) are allowed to leave, but only with a valid exemption from the Council of Ministers.
- Leaving the country with a foreign residence permit or for study or employment will be allowed no more than once every six months. In addition, only citizens of Russia and Belarus can enter Russia/Belarus by land.
(Until further notice)
Internal / DomesticSummary
• Is a state of emergency in place? No
• Are curfews/lockdowns in place? No
• Can businesses operate? Yes
• Are there other restrictions on internal travel? No
• Are there any testing requirements? No
• Are there any vaccination requirements? No
• Are there any other restrictions in place? Yes
(Until further notice)


Other social distancing measures
- A mask must be worn in all indoor public spaces.
- A list of local restrictions can be viewed here on the Belarusian government website: https://minsk.gov.by/ru/news/new/2020/04/08/704/
(Until further notice)

22 Jun 2021 (Updated Daily)





Risk Summary

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Please see our:

Medical and Security Alerts for Belarus

COVID-19 information for Belarus

Dedicated COVID-19 website

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Belarus has a robust police presence, both plainclothes and uniformed. Petty crime remains an issue for foreign personnel, but overall crime rates are low. Foreigners may be placed under surveillance by the security services, but are unlikely to be regularly confronted or have journeys interrupted. There are no known domestic terrorist organisations, and the country is an unlikely target for international Islamist extremist groups.

Politically motivated protests have been held regularly since August 2020, which the security forces frequently disperse. Foreign personnel face mainly incidental risks if caught in the vicinity of any such demonstrations.

This information is intended as a summary of the travel security environment. However, the risks can change at short notice during a crisis or evolving situation. Please check our travel security alerts to ensure you are informed of the most recent developments.

STANDING TRAVEL ADVICE

Vaccinations For Belarus
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travellers and expatriates,
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Hepatitis BRecommended for all travellers and expatriates.
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Routine Vaccinations

 
 
 
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