MINSK, 27 March (BelTA) – As more and more countries are imposing restrictive measures amidst the coronavirus outbreak (border closures, travel bans, etc), repatriation of Belarusian nationals stranded abroad is becoming increasingly challenging. This statement was posted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on its official Facebook account, BelTA has learned.
According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in the face of all these challenges, Belarus has managed to bring home about 4,800 Belarusians due to concerted efforts of various government agencies. “On 26 March 20 Belarusians returned to Minsk from Baku by a Belavia charter flight. Belavia plans to send another aircraft to Baku,” the ministry noted. The same day, another group of Belarusians was taken from one Moscow's airport to another by ground transport to be later repatriated to Belarus. Thus, another 35 Belarusians were able to leave for Minsk. “Another group of our compatriots is expected to be brought from Egypt today,” the ministry noted.
As the UAE closed its airspace, plans are in place to arrange a special charter flight at the end of March to repatriate about 150 Belarusians. In collaboration with Russia Belarus is working on repatriation of five Belarusians from Mauritius. “Russia has amended its earlier decisions; thus family members that have different citizenship are no longer separated. Therefore, spouses holding Belarusian and Russian citizenship will be able to reunite,” the ministry informed.
“As the situation is deteriorating, we are getting more requests to arrange assisted departure from countries like Vietnam, India, Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines, Sri Lanka and some other states. Please, pay attention that Ukraine will ban all travel across its borders as of midnight 27 March. Even Ukrainian nationals will no longer be allowed to enter the country after that day,” the ministry informed.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs asks people to closely follow updates on the websites of Belarusian diplomatic missions abroad and in social networks, including those of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.