Belarus maintaining indefinite COVID-19 restrictions as of Oct. 6. Mandatory 14-day self-isolation required for most arrivals.
Alert Begins 06 Oct 2020 07:04 PM UTC
Alert Expires 20 Oct 2020 11:59 PM UTC
- Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
- Location(s): Nationwide (map)
- Time Frame: Indefinite
- Impact: Transport and business disruptions
Authorities in Belarus are maintaining transport and business restrictions indefinitely in order to stem the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) as of Oct. 6. Authorities have imposed a mandatory 14-day self-isolation regime for travelers from countries where COVID-19 is actively circulating and for those who have had close contact with persons who test positive for the virus; freight transporters, aircrew memberss, and diplomats are exempt. The following additional measures remain in effect:
- Restaurants and cafes must place tables at least 1.5 meters (6 feet) apart.
- Hotels must instruct guests to take their temperatures daily.
- Employers must ensure that sick employees do not go to work.
- Facemasks are required at Minsk International Airport (MSQ) on all Belavia (B2) flights.
- International airports in the country remain open but are operating on reduced flight schedules.
- Authorities in Belarus may broaden, amend, or lift these restrictions with little-to-no notice.
Background and Analysis
The measures adopted by the government of Belarus are more lenient than those taken by other regional governments in response to the spread of COVID-19. COVID-19 is a viral respiratory disease caused by infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus (previously known as 2019-nCoV). Symptoms occur 1-14 days following exposure (average of 3-7 days). These symptoms include fever, fatigue, cough, difficulty breathing, sometimes worsening to pneumonia and kidney failure - especially in those with underlying medical conditions.
Follow all official instructions. Abide by national health and safety measures. Reconfirm all travel arrangements. Consider delaying traveling if experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, as they may prompt increased scrutiny and delays. Liaise with trusted contacts for further updates and guidance. Maintain contact with your diplomatic representation. Ensure contingency plans account for further disruptive measures or extensions of current restrictions. Reconsider and reconfirm nonemergency health appointments. Plan for queues and delays at available shopping centers.
Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.