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16 Jul 2021

No self-isolation for vaccinated arrivals in Belarus

No self-isolation for vaccinated arrivals in Belarus
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MINSK, 16 July (BelTA) – Vaccinated arrivals will be able to enter Belarus without the need to self-isolate, Inna Karaban, the head of the department for hygiene, epidemiology and disease prevention at the Healthcare Ministry, told the media while commenting on Resolution No. 401 of the Council of Ministers of 14 July 2021, BelTA has learned.

The resolution removes the self-isolation requirement for arrivals with vaccination certificates. It also cancels the PCR test requirement for them too. "In other words, a citizen traveling from the red zone countries can enter Belarus without the need to self-isolate or to produce PCR test documents upon presentation of a vaccination certificate," Inna Karaban explained.

Foreign nationals traveling to Belarus for vaccination will not have to self isolate either. "They will not need to self-isolate but they will need to present PCR test results," she noted.

The Belarusian government has cut the period of self-isolation to seven days. This applies to Belarusian citizens, foreign citizens and stateless persons who are recognized as first-level contacts. “Arrivals from red zone countries will have to self-isolate for seven days,” Inna Karaban said.

The government has also extended the list of persons who are allowed to enter the country across land borders via road border checkpoints, simplified border checkpoints, checkpoints at railway stations, river ports. Now this list applies to foreign citizens and stateless persons.

When asked why the government has eased some requirements, Inna Karaban said that it was thanks to the robust vaccination campaign. "Given that the worldwide vaccination drive and the fact that fully-vaccinated people do not transmit the virus as intensively, even if they have the virus in their systems, these measures are quite logical so that fully-vaccinated people have an opportunity to travel," she said.

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