Belarus will ban foreigners and stateless persons from entering its territory to prevent the spread of coronavirus. The ban will take effect on November 1. This was reported by the press service of the State Border Committee of Belarus.
"From November 1, the Republic of Belarus temporarily suspends border crossing for entry for foreign citizens and stateless persons at road checkpoints, simplified checkpoints, checkpoints at railway stations, checkpoints in river ports across the state border of the Republic of Belarus in order to prevent the spread of the infection caused by Covid-19", said in the message.
However, the ban does not apply to arriving in Belarus by air through the Minsk National Airport.
The ban will also not apply to foreigners with diplomatic or service passports; heads or members of official delegations; foreigners who provide international assistance to Belarus; drivers of vehicles that carry out international transport or carry international postal items, as well as crew members of ships, train and locomotive crews; foreigners who are spouses, parents or children of Belarusian citizens; foreigners who have a work permit and documents that confirm this.
The ban also does not apply to Russians traveling in transit through Belarus to Russia and to foreigners traveling in transit to the Chernobyl exclusion zone.
It is noted that citizens of Belarus, foreigners who are spouses, parents or children of Belarusians, as well as foreigners with the right of permanent residence in Belarus must go through mandatory self-isolation within 10 calendar days after crossing the border.
On October 29, Belarus temporarily restricted the entry of certain categories of citizens from Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Ukraine.