According to Decree of the Council of Ministers No. 705 of December 7, 2020, Belarus closes ground checkpoints for leaving the country in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Among other innovations is the mandatory availability of a certificate for arriving foreigners with the negative result of the PCR study on COVID-19. But is it necessary to be quarantined with such a document?
From the moment the provisions of the Council of Ministers decree come into force, foreigners arriving in Belarus (with the exception of those holding a permit for permanent or temporary residence in Belarus) must have an original or a copy of the medical document on paper or in electronic form, confirming the negative result of a laboratory study for coronavirus infection. PCR test must be made no later than three days before the date of border crossing. The absence of such a medical document is the basis for refusing entry into our country.
At the same time, the decree states that both foreigners and citizens of Belarus who arrived from countries included in the list of countries of the “red zone” by the Ministry of Health (as of December 10, these are 146 countries) are required to be in self-isolation 10 calendar days from the date of arrival. They cannot be passed across the state border before the expiration of the self-isolation period.
“Quarantine has not been canceled,” Press service of the Ministry of Health informs, “even if there is a negative PCR test for foreigners”.