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25 Mar 2020

Over 4,300 Belarusians brought home already

Over 4,300 Belarusians brought home already
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MINSK, 25 March (BelTA) – Over 4,300 Belarusians have already been able to get back to the home country from abroad. The Belarusian air carrier Belavia contributed a lot to the effort, BelTA learned from a Facebook post of the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

According to the source, all the government agencies concerned are working to provide all kinds of assistance to citizens in their efforts to get get back to the home country. The number includes the Sports and Tourism Ministry, the Healthcare Ministry, the Internal Affairs Ministry, and the State Border Committee of Belarus. Various kinds of assistance have been granted to over 4,300 Belarus citizens already, with the Belarusian air carrier Belavia playing an active part in the efforts.

Over 60 Belarusians were able to leave India (the state of Goa and the city of New Delhi) for Belarus today. They are expected to arrive in Moscow in the evening. Then they will travel to Minsk.

“A group of Belarusian tourists from Sri Lanka arrived in Kiev today. The Belarusian embassy in Ukraine will offer transportation to help them reach the Belarusian-Ukrainian border,” the source noted.

Belavia’s charter flight organized by RUP Tsentrkurort and the Sports and Tourism Ministry took another 35 Belarusians from Portugal to Belarus. More than 30 Belarusians left Tenerife, one of the Canary Islands. They are expected to arrive in Minsk this evening. Another 14 Belarusians left Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Singapore within the last 24 hours. All the Belarusian citizens, who wanted to leave Mauritius, have done so. Individual groups of Belarusians left Thailand and some other countries for Belarus within the last 24 hours as well.

Another Belavia charter flight from the Vnukovo airport to Minsk is scheduled for 22:00 today. It is expected to deliver about 100 Belarusian citizens home.

There are still certain complications with getting back home from Southeast Asia countries (Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, the Philippines, and other ones).

“Additional itineraries (except for the charter flight) to bring home Belarusian citizens arriving in the Russian airports Vnukovo and Pulkovo have yet to be fully reconciled. But we are constructively working with Russian colleagues on the matter and hope we will be able to put the matter to rest within days,” the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs noted.

The ministry pointed out that a state of emergency will be in effect in South Africa on 27 March through 17 April. “We would like everyone to track the relevant continuously updated information on websites of Belarusian diplomatic missions abroad and in social networks, including of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs,” the source noted.

Apart from that, today the State Border Committee of Belarus updated information about crossing the border with Lithuania and Latvia. Lithuania has extended the duration of the transit corridor for those returning to the permanent place of residence till 30 March. Poland stated its borders will remain closed to foreigners till 13 April. Information about peculiarities of crossing the border due to the restrictions introduced by neighboring countries is available on the website of the Belarusian border service.

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