MINSK, 30 March (BelTA) – The Belarusian government continues providing assistance to citizens in their quest to return home from abroad, BelTA learned from the Facebook page of the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
“We are in close contact with foreign partners, primarily with Russia, on flights from non-CIS countries. All concerned government agencies of Belarus and the national air carrier Belavia are involved in this work. Despite the constantly deteriorating situation and fewer opportunities possible, more than 5,100 our citizens have already received assistance in various formats,” the ministry said.
According to the ministry, with the active involvement of the Sport and Tourism Ministry, travel agencies and Belavia, the major efforts to bring home the Belarusians stranded in Egypt have been successfully fulfilled.
All Belarusians, who asked for help, departed from the Maldives. On 28 March, Belavia flight brought 23 Belarusians from Barcelona to Minsk. On 29 March, five citizens were assisted in returning to Belarus from Romania, five - from Sri Lanka, 21 - from Indonesia.
“Russia has taken a decision and confirmed its readiness to take Belarusian citizens on their evacuation flights, if possible. The work in this direction is carried out actively. The Ministries of Foreign Affairs, including the embassies of the two countries, as well as Belarusian and Russian foreign institutions in the respective countries, are all in close contact,” the ministry said.
The ministry added that according to the decision of the Russian government, the state border was completely closed on 30 March, limiting traffic through road, rail, pedestrian, river and mixed border crossings, as well as through the land section of the Belarusian-Russian border. Air transit through Domodedovo and Sheremetyevo airports is carried out in the same mode, the ministry said. Belavia continues operating flights to the above-mentioned airports (four and two daily flights respectively).
There is an algorithm of ground transfer from Vnukovo airport, which has been agreed with Russia. On 27-29 March, more than 70 Belarusian citizens who had previously arrived in Moscow from various countries were transported from Vnukovo to Domodedovo and Sheremetyevo by the Belarusian embassy accompanied by the Russian traffic police.
“The most acute situation remains in India (including Goa), Sri Lanka, Vietnam and Thailand,” the ministry added.
According to the ministry, the state of emergency has been declared in South Africa through 16 April inclusively. Freedom of movement has been restricted in the country. Foreigners are instructed to stay in the hotel on a 14-day quarantine. The state of emergency has also been declared in Zimbabwe from 30 March to 19 April. It envisages a regime of total isolation.