Belarus (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 20 September, 2021.

 

At a Glance

Travel Restrictions

Tourist Entry: Partially Allowed
Testing: Negative PCR test results is required for all countries.
Quarantine Required: Depends
Quarantine Details: Self-isolation for 10 days required for some countries.

Local Restrictions

Lockdown in Effect: No
Events: Allowed
Transport: Operational
Shopping: Open
Restaurants and Bars: Open with restrictions
 

Detailed Travel Advisory

Published 01.09.2021
1. Passengers must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 4 days before arrival. The test result must be issued in Belarusian, English or Russian.
This does not apply to:
– nationals and residents of Belarus;
– passengers with a diplomatic or service passport;
– passengers younger than 6 years:
– passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 1 month and at most 12 months before arrival. The vaccination certificate must be in Belarusian, English or Russian;
– passengers with a Laissez-Passer issued by the United Nations or by the European Union and their family members;
– passengers traveling on business with an invitation letter from a company in Belarus;
– nationals of the Russian Fed. entering Belarus to transit by land to the Russian Fed. for a maximum of 24 hours.
2. Passengers must have health insurance to cover COVID-19 expenses.
– This does not apply to nationals and residents of Belarus.
3. Passengers could be subject to self-isolation for 7 days; more details can be found at https://gpk.gov.by/covid-19/en/
– This does not apply to passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 1 month and at most 12 months before arrival. The vaccination certificate must be in Belarusian, English or Russian.

 

Detailed Tourist Information

Entry into the Republic of Belarus through a land border for foreign citizens has been temporarily suspended. There is a narrow list of concessions, including for those who have a permanent/temporary residence permit – you should check the State Border Committee website for more information. If you fall into one of the concessional categories, you should be aware that checks at the border might take longer than usual. If you plan to enter or exit Belarus by land, we also advise you to check the travel advice of the relevant neighbouring country, as coronavirus-related border restrictions may be put in place at short notice.

No one can currently leave Belarus by a land border unless they have a valid exemption as set out by the Council of Ministers. Flights continue to operate in and out of Minsk National Airport as normal.

All foreign arrivals, above the age of six, must have a medical certificate (PCR) showing a negative coronavirus test result, issued no later than 72 hours before entry. This requirement does not apply to holders of permanent or temporary residency in Belarus.

There are different requirements in place for arrivals from other countries. You should check the specific COVID-19 test requirements set by the Belarusian authorities and your airline in advance of your flight. Different airlines have different requirements and may refuse boarding if they are not met.

You must wear a protective face mask in all indoor public spaces, on all Belavia flights and at Minsk National Airport.

You’ll need to have valid medical insurance before travelling to Belarus. You’ll be asked to provide proof of your insurance when you apply for your visa or when you arrive at Minsk airport under the visa-free regime. Contact the Embassy of the Republic of Belarus for full details of what’s required.
 

Lockdown Details

The City of Minsk has issued social distancing guidelines for businesses and public institutions, including:

Restaurants and cafes must place tables at least 1.5 meters apart.

Hotels must ensure guests take their temperature daily.

Employers must prohibit sick employees from working.

Library reading rooms are closed to the public

Large events in museums have been cancelled.

Hairdressers and beauty salons must work by appointment only, with a minimum five-minute interval between clients.

Churches and other religious institutions must ensure regular cleaning and disinfection of public areas.

Shops, cafes, restaurants, and other businesses are open.

There are no rules surrounding face masks, but many people voluntarily wear them when going out in public.
 

Sources

https://www.worldnomads.com/travel-safety/worldwide/worldwide-travel-alerts
Data Source: covidcontrols.co