Coming To Belarus? COVID-Related Restrictions, Exemptions And Documents

The Healthcare Ministry has updated the list outlining a 10-day self-isolation for people entering Belarus from high-risk COVI-19 countries. Foreign visitors transiting through Belarus will not need to self-isolat or have a medical certificate indicating negative COVID-19 test result.

Citizens of Belarus do not need a medical certificate when entering the country. Those who arrived in Belarus from the countries indicated in the list must self-isolate for 10 days. Since 21 October, the list includes 28 countries that had been previously excluded from it.

It includes France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Moldova, USA, Lebanon, Netherlands, Iceland, Czech Republic, Great Britain, Romania, North Macedonia, Ireland, Portugal, Slovenia, Slovakia, Tunisia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Switzerland, Poland, Lithuania, Sweden, Denmark, Liechtenstein, Malta, Bulgaria, Canada.

Transit without certificate

From midnight on 22 October, foreign nationals or stateless persons transittng through Belarus will not need a medical certificate indicating a negative COVID-19 test result at the border, the State Border Committee reports.

Also, they will be exempt from the requirements for 10-day self-isolation. The department stresses that foreign visitors must have documents that prove their 24-hour transit through the territory of Belarus. 

  • travel document (ticket);
  • transit visa of the Republic of Belarus;
  • official invitation of the body (organization) of the state of destination;
  • vouchers to medical (health-improving) institutions;
  • other documents.

Without a certificate and self-isolation, foreigners will also be able to enter Belarus without documents confirming a 24-hour transit.

“Border guards will issue such persons a questionnaire, where a person must leave a note “transit through the territory of the Republic of Belarus within no more than 24 hours. The person is obliged to keep this questionnaire and give it to a border guard when leaving the country,” the State Border Committee explains.

The department draws attention to the fact that those transiting foreign visitors who do not have time to leave the country in 24 hours must present at the border a document confirming a negative PCR swab test.

Who needs negative COVID-19 test certificate?

Foreigners and stateless persons, excluding permanent residents of Belarus, must show at the border an original medical document (in Russian, Belarusian or English), confirming a negative lab test for COVID-19, made no later than 72 hours before the date of border crossing.

However, this measure only applies only to those traveling from countries not included in the high-risk COVID-19 countries list. Those traveling from the countries mentioned in the list need to self-isolate for 10 days from the date of arrival.