Russia Introduces Border Control For Planes And Passengers Arriving From Belarus

Starting 15 May all flights between Belarus and Russia have been transferred to international terminals of Russian airports. Foreign citizens flying  to Russia via Belarus will now have to go through border control.

“All flights to Russian cities will be transferred to international terminals of the airports. Passengers arriving from and departing to Belarus will be subject to border control,” the press service of the National Airport Minsk reports.

Before this new regulation came into force, flights from Belarus were treated like domestic flights.

The Russian side assures that the change will mainly affect transit passengers from third countries, while passengers with Belarusian and Russian passports will not feel any difference.

From now on, citizens of Belarus and Russia will have to show an identity document and a boarding pass confirming their arrival from Belarus or departure to Belarus by a relevant flight. There will be specially designated corridors for Union State citizens.

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Transit passengers flying through Belarus will have to go through double border control. They will be requested to show a document proving their identity, and a migration card, completed upon arrival to Belarus.

“The first border control for them will be in Belarus, as the first entry point on the external border of the Eurasian Economic Union. The second one will be done upon arrival in an airport in Russia,” the Belarusian Department of Aviation explained.

Meanwhile, the procedure border check of passengres arriving from Russia to Minsk airport will not change.

A more detailed comment on the transfer of flights from Minsk to international terminals of Russian airports will be provided after monitoring of how new rules work, Minsk airport said.

According to TUT.BY, last year Belavia alone carried 870,000 passengers between Russia and Belarus, almost half a million of them were transit passengers.

More details here and here.