MINSK, 24 March (BelTA) – The Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has already helped over 3,900 Belarusian citizens return to the home country despite the restrictive measures prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic, BelTA learned from Anatoly Glaz, Head of the Information and Digital Diplomacy Office, Press Secretary of the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The official said the work proceeds in cooperation with foreign partners. Efforts of the Belarusian government agencies concerned are tightly coordinated. The agencies working on it include the Sports and Tourism Ministry, the Healthcare Ministry, the Internal Affairs Ministry, and State Border Committee of Belarus.
More than 1,000 Belarusian citizens in 70 foreign countries are in the center of attention of Belarusian diplomatic missions abroad.
Anatoly Glaz said that more Belarusians are asking for help since a number of countries no longer allow international flights. The citizens are now in Indonesia, Spain (Tenerife), New Zealand, the USA, and the Seychelles.
In his words, Belarusian citizens are leaving Egypt in a systemic manner thanks to special charter flights of the Belarusian air carrier Belavia.
Belarusian citizens, who are in Egypt on their own, not as part of organized tourist groups, are having some problems. “However, we manage to resolve such problems step by step,” the press secretary of the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs specified.
Anatoly Glaz also noted that the Russian side had given assurances that Russian air carriers will organize separate charter flights to Goa and Delhi on 24 March and 25 March in order to bring Belarusian citizens to Moscow. Those Belarusian citizens are in India thanks to holiday packages bought from Russian travel agencies. “Thus, we expect that this acute situation will be resolved as well,” the official said.
Anatoly Glaz encouraged Belarusians to seek the relevant information on regularly updated websites of Belarusian diplomatic missions abroad and in social networks, including accounts of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.