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Belarus and Russia

When Russia will open borders with Belarus

Coronavirus is a disease that affects the human respiratory system. Where did the coronavirus come from? The spread of the COVID – 19 virus began with the Chinese city of Wuhan. It was last year when a powerful outbreak of this disease occurred. According to the latest data, about 5.4 million cases of coronavirus infection have been detected in the world today. As you know, coronavirus is transmitted through airborne droplets (sneezing, coughing) and through contact (via touch). In this article, we will shed light on the relations between Belarus and Russia during the coronavirus pandemic, as well as talk about statistics in both countries and the latest news.

Coronavirus in Russia


In Russia, 9,160,590 people have been tested for coronavirus. Fortunately, most of the samples have not been confirmed. 362 342 people were ill, and 131 129 patients have already recovered. This is today's statistics.


Immediately after the outbreak of the virus, the concept of quarantine was introduced in the country. There were quarantined people who came from countries where there was an outbreak of the virus. And also those people who came into contact with patients who had symptoms of the virus; and also, people who have symptoms. People who show symptoms of coronavirus are required to call an ambulance and wait for doctors at home. It is important not to go to the hospital yourself. For people coming from other countries, the 14-day isolation rule applies. During these 14 days, you can’t leave the house at all and you can’t contact with your close people. If the symptoms do not appear, then everything is in order, and you do not get the virus.


Recently, Rospotrebnadzor has given permission to open gyms and swimming pools. In this case, certain rules that people have to comply with. Simulators in gyms will need to be placed at a distance of at least one and a half meters from each other, and visitors should be allowed by appointment. When opening fitness clubs, swimming pools and other sports facilities after the lifting of restrictions on coronavirus, you must first reduce their bandwidth and maintain the distance between visitors. In order to reduce the number of visitors and maintain the norm of the area (4 square meters per person), the department recommends using pre-registration. To ensure the distance, it is also proposed to close part of the changing booths, apply markings on the floor, and prevent more than one person per 10 square meters of the path of the swimming pool. Personnel will not be allowed to eat at workplaces. Also, they will not be allowed to sell tea or coffee to customers - only bottled water.

Coronavirus in Belarus


In accordance with the data of the Ministry of Health in Belarus, on May 26, 15,086 patients recovered and were discharged who had previously been confirmed with the diagnosis of COVID-19 (plus 637 people previous day). 208 people died (plus four per day). A total of 472 906 tests were carried out since the outbreak, and 9902 tests were performed per day.

Today’s situation

In Belarus, there has not been and will not be a peak in the incidence of coronavirus: according to the forecast, there should be a gradual decrease in the number of cases after the plateau. According to the forecasts of the Republican Center for Hygiene, Epidemiology and Public Health, a steady decrease in virus diseases is predicted at the end of May - beginning of June.


The recommendations of the Universal Health Organization for Belarus emphasize the need for nationwide measures to strengthen physical distance, basically: the transfer of all mass events, the introduction of remote work and distance learning formats, the suspension of activities of all secondary organizations, enterprises and economic entities, etc.

Despite the fact that Belarus has reached a plateau, the recommendations of the Ministry of Health remain the same.

Recommendations are retained. The Ministry of Health will inform if there is no need for preventive measures. So far, the situation requires compliance with these measures, and the rate of decrease in the number of new cases will depend on how much we will implement these measures.

Business communication between Russia and Belarus under the conditions of coronavirus

Starting on March 30, traffic across the Russian border has been temporarily restricted. This measure applies to ordinary citizens; it does not apply to diplomats, employees of international organizations, truckers, pilots.

The work of airlines during the pandemic

Since March 27, the Federal Air Transport Agency stopped regular and charter flights, except for flights for the export of Russians. In connection with the suspension of international air transportation in a number of countries, Belavia Airlines also suspended flights to Moscow airports (Domodedovo, Sheremetyevo) from March 31 to April 30. Earlier, the airline suspended flights to other regions of Russia. Departures to our country are also suspended, only diplomatic and embassy flights are exceptions.

Railway traffic

At the time the borders were closed, from the end of March until the beginning of April, tickets for two trains could be bought from Moscow to Minsk: Belarusian branded train No. 001B Moscow - Minsk and Russian corporate train No. 0294 Yantar, but there were no reserved seats, only a coupe seats. It was also possible to buy tickets for the Belarusian train from St. Petersburg No. 051B to Brest. Tickets from Russia to Belarus can be freely purchased by both Russians and Belarusians. But only Russian people can leave Belarus.

Transit through the territory of Russia

Belarusians were allowed transit through the territory of Russia. The restrictions on entry into Russia, which were introduced on March 18, do not apply to citizens of the CIS countries, Abkhazia and South Ossetia. They are allowed to transit through the country. The Commonwealth of Independent States includes the Republic of Azerbaijan, the Republic of Armenia, the Republic of Belarus, the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, the Republic of Moldova, the Russian Federation, the Republic of Tajikistan, the Republic of Uzbekistan, Ukraine as an observer, and Turkmenistan as an associate member.

Citizens of Belarus in Russia

Getting of medical help

Belarusian citizens temporarily residing and temporarily residing in Russia and working under employment contracts have equal rights with Russian citizens to receive medical care from Russian healthcare institutions. At the same time, these citizens were not included in the system of compulsory medical insurance, as well as social insurance. The issue was not legally resolved, and in fact, local authorities themselves determined whether or not to provide assistance to Belarusians working in their region under labor contracts.

Sanitary and quarantine control at the country borders

At checkpoints on the state border, enhanced sanitary and quarantine control of persons arriving in the country is carried out, including using thermal imaging equipment (double sanitary and quarantine control is provided at “Minsk National Airport”).

Forecast: when will Russia open its borders?

After a long quarantine, individual countries begin to lift restrictions and are ready to open their borders this summer, while maintaining safety measures. Starting on the 1st of June, flights across Russia will be started, and international flights will resume in July. The possibility of opening flights will primarily be affected by the safety issue and the epidemiological situation in other countries. At the same time, special requirements will be imposed on passengers: checking the temperature at the airport entrance, seating on board in a checkerboard pattern, a ban on moving during a flight. All passengers are required to fly in masks and gloves, and if the flight lasts more than three hours, protective equipment must be changed.

Earlier, the Ministry of Transport announced that they were counting on the resumption of international air traffic in July. Up to this point, the Russians are subject to temporary restrictions on international tourism.

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