Russia closed all border crossings on 30 March, Belarus included. Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin signed the coressponding governmental decree.
“From 00:00 Moscow time on March 30, 2020, to temporarily restrict traffic through automobile, railway, pedestrian, river and mixed checkpoints across the state border of the Russian Federation, as well as through the Russian-Belarusian land section of state border,” the decree reads.
The document explains that the decision was made “in order to prevent the penetration of new coronavirus infection into the territory of the Russian Federation.” The length of the period of the restrictions is unspecified.
The restriction won’t affect diplomats and their families, members of official delegations, long-haul drivers, crews of ships, as well as Russians leaving because of the death of relatives.
In addition, an exception is made for residents of Kaliningrad, Donetsk and Lugansk regions with Russian passports. On 30 March, Russia confirmed 302 new coronavirus infections, bringing the country’s official number of cases up to 1,836.
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Recall that Russia closed its borders to foreigners last week and grounded all international flights. People entering Russia from Belarus were required to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival.