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2 Apr 2020

Over 5,800 Belarusians brought home already

Over 5,800 Belarusians brought home already
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MINSK, 2 April (BelTA) – Over 5,800 Belarusians have already been able to return to the home country thanks to various kinds of assistance, BelTA learned from a Facebook post by the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

On 1 April Belarus citizens continued coming home by various means as organized travelers and individuals – from Poland, Belgium, Vietnam, Germany, India, Indonesia, Lithuania, the Seychelles, Tanzania, Tunisia, Turkey, Finland, and Japan. As many as 114 Belarusians got back to the home country from the UAE by a Belavia charter flight in the evening on 1 April.

Seven Belarusians managed to leave Sri Lanka this morning thanks to interaction with the Russian side. Yet a significant number of Belarus citizens are still staying in that country. The Belarusian embassy in Russia continues working with the Russian side to deliver Belarusians, who land in Moscow airports, by road to a railway terminal where they can board a train to get home. Another group of Belarusians is supposed to be transported today.

Problems with remote countries, in particular, India, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Indonesia, remain the most painful ones. A number of possible solutions have already been explored and analyzed. “We are working on them and will need at least several days,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated.

The Belarusian air carrier Belavia continues regular flights to Armenia (Yerevan), UK (London), Hungary (Budapest), Germany (Berlin, Munich, Frankfurt am Main, Hanover), Israel (Tel Aviv), Spain (Barcelona), Lithuania (it is necessary to take into account the new restrictions announced by the Lithuanian side), Netherlands (Amsterdam), Turkey (Istanbul), Finland (Helsinki), France (Paris), Czechia (Prague), Switzerland (Geneva), Sweden (Stockholm), and Estonia (Tallinn). These flights are actively used by foreigners, too, in order to return to their home countries via Minsk.

The Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs pointed out that the state of emergency in Hungary was extended on 31 March. As from 3 April individuals and the cars they own are permitted to enter Lithuania only via the land checkpoints Kalvarija-Budzisko (the Lithuanian-Polish border) and Salociai-Grenctale (the Lithuanian-Latvian border). Apart from that, a prohibition against the transportation of passengers and/or their cars by ships and ferries to Lithuania will be enforced as from 4 April, except for the international ferry route between Kiel and Klaipeda.

“We encourage you to track the continuously updated relevant information on websites of Belarusian diplomatic missions and in social networks, including of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs,” the source said.

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