Do Foreigners With Negative COVID-19 Result Should Self-Isolate Upon Arrival In Belarus?

Starting 21 December Belarus will close its ground checkpoints for exit in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Another innovation is a mandatory certificate with a negative PCR test result for COVID-19 for arriving foreign visitors. But is it necessary to self-isolate if one has such a document?

The moment the provisions of the resolution come in force, foreigners arriving in Belarus [excluding those who have a permit for permanent or temporary residence in Belarus] must have an original or a copy of a medical document on paper or in an electronic form confirming a negative laboratory test result for coronavirus infection. The PCR test must be done no later than three days before the date of the border crossing. The absence of such a medical document constitutes grounds for a refusal to enter Belarus.

The quarantine has not been cancelled,” the press service of the Healthcare Ministry told TUT.BY, even if a foreign national has a negative PCR test result.

At the same time, the resolution states that both foreigners and citizens of Belarus who arrived from countries included by the Healthcare Ministry in the list of countries of the “red zone” [as of 10 December, these are 146 countries], must self-isolate for 10 calendar days from the date of arrival. They won’t be allowed to cross the state border until the period of self-isolation expires.