Is a coronavirus test required to travel to Belarus?
The coronavirus infection has ruined many plans, but it is now possible to travel around the world more safely.
And, of course, traveling to neighboring countries: Belarus, for example. The Opera Casino organizes gaming tours to the neighboring country for Russians, during which you can not only have a great time but also relax in the biggest casino in the country. Getting to Belarus is not difficult, but you need to understand if a coronavirus test is required for traveling to Minsk and which other restrictions exist for Russian citizens so that no fines or refusals of entry could spoil the journey.
Traveling to Belarus coronavirus
On 20 October 2020, the rules of entry for Russians have changed; they continue to be valid for the current 2021. Russians are allowed to enter Belarus, as the border from that state is open. Therefore, it is safe to enter the Republic by air or by train. Flights between the countries have been renewed from different cities in Russia: Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kaliningrad, and some others. Trains have also been running since 8 February 2021: There are flights from Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sochi, and Adler. These two ways are safe for traveling for tourism purposes.
Is it necessary to test for coronavirus for traveling to Belarus?
Russians must take a PCR test for coronavirus infection when traveling to the Republic of Belarus. The result, of course, must be negative. If it's positive, you won't be allowed on the plane or into the country. You should take the test no sooner than 72 hours before entering Belarus. You should have the medical result with you, preferably in a printed version: the certificate can be in Russian, English, or Belarusian. It must have the original stamp of the clinic and the doctor's signature.
When obtaining the certificate, we strongly recommend you to check your personal information carefully, as well as check that the date and time of collection of biological material are specified correctly.
Important! PCR test can be performed directly at the airport if this service is available in your city.
RNA antibody test cannot be used instead of PCR test.
In addition, there are categories of citizens who do not need to take the Covid-19 test to travel. These include:
- vaccinated citizens who have had a full course of vaccinations within the last 12 months, but who have received a second vaccination at least one month before travel
- Citizens who have had a coronavirus infection within the last 6 months
Important! In both cases, a citizen must have a QR-code, which he or she can show when crossing the border. If both the PCR test and the QR code are missing, a Russian will not be allowed into Belarus.
- Citizens transiting through Belarus
However, they cannot stay in the country for more than 24 hours and must provide proof that they will leave within 24 hours. For example, an air ticket.
If a person is traveling in transit but has been in Belarus for more than 24 hours, they must also be tested.
- citizens who have citizenship of the Republic of Belarus or a residence permit in that country;
- those arriving on notification of a serious illness or death of a close relative
For both cases, supporting documentation must be provided.
- children under 6 years of age.
On arrival in Belarus, Russian citizens do not have to sit on self-isolation if they come from Russia, as it is in the green zone. If they enter Belarus from a country that is in the red zone, they are obliged to self-isolate for 7 days.
Is it necessary to be tested for coronavirus after traveling to Belarus?
On 6 July 2021, changes appeared for Russians returning to Russia from Belarus. They no longer have to take two PCR tests. At the same time, citizens who have been fully vaccinated within the last 12 months and who have had Covid-19 within the last 6 months can also do no coronavirus test.
So, the current requirements for Russians coming from the Republic of Belarus are as follows:
- Before they return, they have to fill in a residence form of staying in the Russian Federation on the State Services portal.
- After return, within three calendar days all returnees, including children, have to undergo a PCR test. Within four calendar days, the result must be uploaded to the State Services portal. Until a negative result is received, you must be in self-isolation
- Citizens who have been vaccinated and have been ill do not have to take the PCR test and stay in self-isolation, but they do have to upload the vaccination or disease certificate to the State Services portal in the form of transmission of test results and immunization against coronavirus infection. How to obtain these documents.
Important! A person who fails to upload information about their test results, vaccination, or illness in time can be fined between 15,000 and 40,000 rubles.
If you have any questions, you should contact the Rospotrebnadzor hotline: 8-800-555-49-43.
In general, the requirements are not very numerous and it is quite easy to comply with them. The main thing is to keep them in mind and not ignore them, to avoid fines and refusals of entry. Then nothing will prevent you from enjoying your game drive.