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On temporary change in the procedure of crossing the State border of the Republic of Belarus

14.12.2020

In accordance with the decision of the Government of the Republic of Belarus, from December 21, 2020, the procedure for entering the Republic of Belarus and leaving the Republic of Belarus is changed.

Rules of entry to the Republic of Belarus:

Temporarily suspended the crossing of the State Border of the Republic of Belarus to enter the Republic of Belarus at road checkpoints, simplified checkpoints, checkpoints at railway stations (stations), checkpoints in river ports across the State border of the Republic of Belarus by foreign citizens and stateless persons (hereinafter — foreigners ).

The restriction does not apply to persons entering through the National Airport Minsk, as well as to: — foreign citizens traveling on diplomatic and service passports; — heads and members of official delegations;

- foreigners providing international technical, foreign gratuitous and other assistance to the Republic of Belarus;

- drivers of vehicles when performing international road transport, as well as transporting international postal items;

- crew members of inland water transport vessels, train crews, locomotive crews of international railway traffic;

- foreigners who are spouses, parents or children of foreigners who have a permanent residence permit on the territory of the Republic of Belarus, or citizens of the Republic of Belarus;

- foreigners who have a permit for permanent or temporary residence on the territory of the Republic of Belarus;

- foreigners who have documents confirming the right to work on the territory of the Republic of Belarus;

- foreigners traveling to the Republic of Belarus upon notification of a serious illness or death of a close relative, spouse, as well as persons accompanying them;

- foreigners transporting stem cells, organs for transplantation;

- citizens of the Russian Federation traveling in transit through the territory of the Republic of Belarus to the Russian Federation;

- foreigners traveling in transit through the territory of the Republic of Belarus in accordance with the Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Belarus and the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine on a simplified procedure for the passage of the Slavutich — Chernobyl NPP highway section, which passes through the territory of the Republic of Belarus, workers, vehicles and cargo of the Chernobyl NPP and enterprises that carry out activities in the exclusion zone, as well as foreign specialists involved in the implementation of international projects for the closure of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, dated January 20, 2009;

- foreigners arriving in the Republic of Belarus at the invitation of legal entities registered in the territory of the Republic of Belarus;

- foreigners arriving in the Republic of Belarus to receive medical assistance — upon presentation of documents (copies of documents) of the healthcare organization of the Republic of Belarus (invitation, agreement on the provision of medical assistance, etc.), confirming the purpose of this trip, as well as persons accompanying them;

- foreigners arriving in the Republic of Belarus under the concluded agreements for the provision of tourist services for a hunting tour with their participation.

In exceptional cases connected with extraordinary circumstances, as well as in order to ensure the national interests of the Republic of Belarus, by decision of the Chairman of the State Border Committee or an official authorized by him, the State border of the Republic of Belarus may be crossed by foreigners entering for other purposes.

Self-isolation requirement:

Citizens of the Republic of Belarus and foreigners who arrived in the Republic of Belarus from countries included in the list of countries in which cases of COVID-19 infection are registered, posted on the official website of the Ministry of Health in the global computer network Internet (http://minzdrav.gov.by/ru /dlya-belorusskikh-grazhdan/strany-krasnoy-zony.php), must be in self-isolation for 10 calendar days from the date of arrival in the Republic of Belarus and are not subject to subsequent passage through the State border of the Republic of Belarus until the expiration of the self-isolation period.

The need for a certificate of absence of COVID-19:

Foreigners who have reached the age of six, with the exception of those who have a permit for permanent or temporary residence in the territory of the Republic of Belarus, arriving in the Republic of Belarus, must have an original or a copy of a medical document on paper or in electronic form confirming a negative laboratory test result for COVID-19 infection. The test is performed no later than three days before the date of crossing the State border of the Republic of Belarus (including the date of crossing it) by the polymerase chain reaction method. The medical document must indicate the last name, first name, patronymic (if any) of the citizen, the date of the conduct and the result of laboratory tests for COVID-19 infection (in Belarusian, or Russian, or English). The absence of a medical document is the basis for refusing foreigners entry into the Republic of Belarus. The presence of a negative PCR test among citizens of the Republic of Belarus and foreigners arriving from countries where cases of coronavirus infection are recorded does not exempt them from the need to comply with 10-day self-isolation.

Self-isolation and certificate requirements do not apply to:

- persons following on diplomatic and service passports;

- heads and members of official delegations;

- foreigners providing international technical, foreign gratuitous and other assistance to the Republic of Belarus;

- foreigners arriving in the Republic of Belarus at the invitation of legal entities registered in the territory of the Republic of Belarus;

- drivers of vehicles when they perform international road transport, as well as the transport of international postal items;

- employees of the State Courier Service of the Republic of Belarus, delivering official correspondence and diplomatic mail on interstate courier routes;

- employees of the republican unitary enterprise “Special Communications”, delivering special items along interstate routes of special communications;

- crew members of aircraft, inland water transport vessels, train crews, locomotive crews of international railway traffic;

- citizens of the Republic of Belarus, foreigners who have a permit for permanent or temporary residence in the territory of the Republic of Belarus, arriving in the Republic of Belarus after being on a business trip; — persons traveling to the Republic of Belarus on notification of a serious illness or death of a close relative, spouse, as well as persons accompanying them;

- persons transporting stem cells, organs for transplantation;

- citizens of the Russian Federation traveling in transit through the territory of the Republic of Belarus to the Russian Federation;

- foreigners traveling in transit through the territory of the Republic of Belarus in accordance with the Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Belarus and the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine on a simplified procedure for the passage of the section of the Slavutich-Chernobyl NPP highway, which passes through the territory of the Republic of Belarus, workers, vehicles and cargo of the Chernobyl NPP and enterprises that carry out activities in the exclusion zone, as well as foreign specialists involved in the implementation of international projects for the closure of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, dated January 20, 2009;

- foreigners traveling in transit through the territory of the Republic of Belarus and having documents confirming departure from the Republic of Belarus within 24 hours. Persons who have exceeded the 24-hour transit period are allowed through the State border of the Republic of Belarus only with a medical document;

- foreigners arriving in the Republic of Belarus under the concluded agreements for the provision of tourist services for a hunting tour with their participation.

Rules for leaving the Republic of Belarus:

From December 21, 2020, the crossing of the State Border of the Republic of Belarus for exit  from the Republic of Belarus by citizens of the Republic of Belarus, as well as foreigners who have a permit for permanent or temporary residence on the territory of the Republic of Belarus, at road checkpoints, simplified checkpoints, checkpoints on railway stations (stations), checkpoints in river ports is temporarily suspended

Exit restrictions do not apply to persons entering through the National Airport Minsk, as well as to:

- persons following on diplomatic and service passports;

- heads and members of official delegations;

- drivers of vehicles when they perform international road transport, as well as the transport of international postal items;

- employees of the State Courier Service of the Republic of Belarus, carrying out the delivery of official correspondence and diplomatic mail on interstate courier routes;

- employees of the republican unitary enterprise “Special Communications”, delivering special items along interstate routes of special communications;

- crew members of aircraft, inland water transport vessels, train crews, locomotive crews of international railway traffic;

- citizens of the Republic of Belarus, as well as foreigners who have a permit for permanent or temporary residence on the territory of the Republic of Belarus, leaving on a business trip;

- persons leaving the Republic of Belarus upon notification of a serious illness or death of a close relative, spouse, as well as persons accompanying them;

- persons transporting stem cells, organs for transplantation;

- citizens of the Republic of Belarus who have a residence permit or other valid document confirming the right to permanent residence in a foreign state — for leaving no more than once within six months from the Republic of Belarus to the place of permanent residence;

- persons leaving the Republic of Belarus to receive medical care — upon presentation of documents (copies of documents) of the receiving medical organization or the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Belarus, confirming the purpose of this trip, as well as persons accompanying them;

- persons who leave the Republic of Belarus no more than once within six months in connection with the implementation of labor activities on the territory of a foreign state, upon presentation of documents confirming the fact of employment (labor agreement (contract) with a foreign employer or its copy, permission for work, issued by an authorized organization of the receiving party, as well as a permit for the right to enter a foreign country for the specified purposes);

- persons who leave the Republic of Belarus no more than once within six months to receive education in foreign educational organizations, — upon presentation of documents (copies of documents) confirming their education in a foreign educational organization, or documents (copies of documents) of an educational institution of the Republic Belarus on the direction of students to study in a foreign educational organization, as well as permits for the right to enter a foreign state for the specified purposes.

In exceptional cases related to extraordinary circumstances, as well as in order to ensure the national interests of the Republic of Belarus, by decision of the Chairman of the State Border Committee or an official authorized by him, crossing the State Border of the Republic of Belarus to leave the Republic of Belarus may be allowed.

The requirement of self-isolation for such persons remains, such permission can be given after 10 calendar days from the date of the end of the self-isolation period. Transit through the territory of the Republic of Belarus

Foreign citizens who have documentary evidence of transit through the territory of Belarus, such transit is allowed within 24 hours. In case of exceeding the specified transit time, crossing the border is possible only upon presentation of a medical document.

 

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