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29 Oct 2020

Belarus’ Healthcare Ministry explains 10-day self-isolation rules

Belarus’ Healthcare Ministry explains 10-day self-isolation rules
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INSK, 29 October (BelTA) – Belarus’ Healthcare Ministry has clarified the 10-day self-isolation requirement provided in the Council of Ministers' resolution No.591 issued on 13 October 2020, BelTA Ahas learned.

The self-isolation rule applies to people who come from countries on the list of COVID-19 high-risk countries (red zone countries). This list is available on the website of the Healthcare Ministry.

The 10-day self-isolation requirement applies to those who have come from green-zone countries but who have been transiting through the red zone and have no documented proof of staying there for less than 24 hours as transit passengers.

Foreigners and stateless persons, with the exception of permanent residents of Belarus, who come from green-zone countries (i.e., not on the list of COVID-19 high-risk countries), are obliged to have the original or electronic copy of the medical document (in Russian, Belarusian or English) confirming the negative COVID-19 PCR test result, issued within 72 hours before the arrival in Belarus.

The medical document should contain the last name, first name, patronymic (if any) of the citizen and the COVID-19 test result (for example, “SARS-CoV-2 negative” or "result on the date of the test for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 - negative").

Belarus’ self-isolation rule does not apply to diplomats, international transport drivers

MINSK, 29 October (BelTA) – Belarus’ Healthcare Ministry has clarified the Council of Ministers' resolution No.591 of 13 October 2020 requiring 10-day self-isolation and the evidence of a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test result on entering Belarus, BelTA Ahas learned.

The requirements do not apply to employees of diplomatic missions and consular institutions of Belarus in foreign countries, their families. The same applies to foreign nationals with diplomatic passports, officials of the diplomatic missions, consular agencies of foreign countries in Belarus and with residences in other countries, international organizations and their missions in the country and their families.

The 10-day self-isolation rule does not apply to heads and members of official delegations, including those arriving at the invitation of government bodies and other organizations. When crossing the state border, they must have a copy of the letter of invitation.

The requirements do not apply to drivers performing international road and international mail transport operations; crews of aircraft, inland water transport vessels, train crews, locomotive crews of international railway service. The list also includes employees of the State Courier Service of Belarus delivering official correspondence and diplomatic mail via interstate courier routes; employees of the Special Communications Company delivering special consignments via interstate courier routes of special communications.

People, who come from the red-zone countries (i.e. COVID-19 high-risk countries) and who transit through Belarus, will not need to self-isolate. They must have documents confirming their departure from the country within 24 hours. Those who exceed the 24-hour transit time will not be allowed to cross the border.

The same rule applies to citizens of Belarus, as well as foreign nationals and stateless persons permanently residing in the country, who come from green-zone countries (i.e. not on the list of COVID-19 high-risk countries) after transiting through the red-zone countries. They must have documents confirming their stay in transit countries for less than 24 hours.

The self-isolation rule does not apply to those returning from a business trip to the COVID-19 high-risk countries (if there is documentary evidence of the trip), persons carrying stem cells, organs for transplantation.

Foreign nationals and stateless persons, who come to Belarus to receive medical treatment (including consultations), and who leave the country before the expiration of the self-isolation period, must have a document (certificate) confirming they received such treatment or consultation in the healthcare institution of the country.

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