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Coronavirus in Belarus

Coronavirus breaking news on 29th March 2020

Belarus and Russia have agreed together to take the Belarusians out of the countries where they got stuck.

Belarusians will be taken out along with Russian citizens on the basis of evacuation lists, prepared by the Belarusian side.

Belarusians will be able to fly to Moscow by Russian charter flights. And regular Belavia flights will fly to their homeland from Domodedovo and Sheremetyevo airports.

Coronavirus breaking news on 28th March 2020

The Ministry of Health has opened a special charity account. Anyone who wishes to support physicians fighting against coronavirus may transfer money to this account.

Belarusian IT companies Currency.com, Melsoft, Easybrain and Vizor Games transferred to the charity account of the Ministry of Health and other Belarusian projects to fight against coronavirus 100 thousand dollars in equivalent each.

Currency.com also launches the “Help medics” campaign. All collected funds (and one can donate both cryptocurrency and ordinary money) will be transferred to the charity account of the Belarusian Ministry of Health. The new tokens will be added to the platform from March 31.

Coronavirus breaking news on 27th March 2020

According to the Ministry of Health, the number of cases of coronavirus in Belarus has increased to 94.

Currently, about 24 thousand tests for COVID-19 have been performed in the country, reported the press service of the Ministry of Health. Thirty-two patients have already been discharged or are preparing for discharge. Previously, they had a positive result of the test for COVID-19. In the process of observation and treatment, negative test results were received. Medical monitoring and treatment of 62 patients is ongoing.

No patients with coronavirus are on artificial lung ventilation. There is sufficient stock of medicines. There are 2221 available places in hospitals at the moment, and the ambulance is working as usual and coping with the treatment.

The Ministry of Health has published a list of countries where COVID-19 cases are registered. After visiting these countries, citizens must go to quarantine upon arrival in Belarus.

The list includes almost 170 countries, including those where the largest number of infections has been registered so far (China, USA, Italy, Spain, Germany and others), as well as all neighboring countries of Belarus (Russia, Poland, Ukraine, Lithuania and Latvia).

Coronavirus breaking news on 26th March 2020

The Government of Belarus has identified measures to prevent the importation and spread of infection caused by the coronavirus COVID-19.

According to the resolution of the Council of Ministers, all people who arrived in Belarus from the countries, where cases of infection with COVID-19 are registered, within 14 calendar days from the date of arrival:

  • must be in self-isolation at home;
  • are not subject to subsequent crossing of the Belarusian border (until the self-isolation period expires).

The list of countries where cases of COVID-19 infection are registered, according to the document, should be published on the official website of the Ministry of Health. But there is no such list now. Judging by the government decree, we are talking about almost all countries in the world, including Russia, with which we have no border.

According to the government decree, border guards officers issue a questionnaire to all those who have arrived. Once completed, it is handed over to officials of the Ministry of Health. However, it is not clear how we can control visitors on the border with Russia, which we do not have a border with.

The resolution comes into force on March 27.

Coronavirus breaking news on 25th March 2020

The number of people infected with coronavirus COVID-19 in Belarus has reached 86 people, said the Ministry of Health on Wednesday.

29 patients have been discharged or are preparing to be discharged, while another 57 people are currently under medical surveillance.

Monday, officials of the Ministry of Health assured that the situation with the spread of coronavirus is now under control. However, certain measures are being taken: control of those entering the country and isolation of contacts of patients.

In addition, catering establishments are encouraged to set up tables at a greater distance from each other. Minsk cinemas have already changed the seating arrangements so that there is sufficient distance between visitors.

Those who are ill, as well as the elderly and those with chronic diseases, are advised to keep isolated.

Coronavirus breaking news on 24th March 2020

The Government intends to adopt a package of measures to support enterprises in the crisis caused by the pandemic.

The Ministry of Economy has offered a fairly broad set of instruments, which includes tax holidays, credit holidays and support for individual entrepreneurs. The government plans to make a final decision on the proposed support measures next Tuesday. This will be the first step, which will mainly concern enterprises.

The availability of masks and respirators in pharmacies has been under control of the government since the beginning of the Coronavirus’ spread. Today Belarus is provided with both class 2 and 3 respirators, as well as medical masks in sufficient quantity. 380 thousand masks were in warehouses on the morning of March 24. 250 thousand masks are produced per day.

As a reminder, 81 cases of infection with coronavirus were recorded in Belarus on March 23, while 22 people have already recovered. The oldest patient is 78 years old, while the youngest 3 years old.

Coronavirus breaking news on 23rd March 2020

The number of people infected with coronavirus in Belarus is 81 as of March 23, reported the press service of the Ministry of Health.

Thanks to the measures taken by physicians, the spread of the virus can be kept under control, but new cases are still recorded.

Physicians recommend self-isolation for all those coming from abroad for 14 days. And social distance – being a meter away from others – is recommended for everyone else.

The Ministry of Health does not intend to close cafes and restaurants yet, but the owners are advised to increase the distance between tables.

The Government of Belarus instructed the Ministry of Finance to allocate BYN 2.351.413 (about a million dollars) from the budget to prevent the entry and spread of infection caused by coronavirus COVID-19, reported the press service of the Council of Ministers.

Coronavirus breaking news on 22nd March 2020

In Belarus 76 cases of coronavirus have been registered. According to the Ministry of Health, 15 patients have already been discharged from medical institutions, and another 61 are in hospitals. Some patients in this category have already received negative tests after treatment and are preparing for discharge. It is scheduled to take place early next week.

22/03/2020
Summer meadow Belarus

The whole world is watching the situation with the spread of the coronavirus, Belarus is no exception.

There are a total of 27 patients with coronavirus in Belarus, the Ministry of Health announced on 14 March. 24 of them are in hospital.

An official representative of the WHO said that an increase in new cases is expected in Belarus, an inevitable development. At the same time, he said that the number of 27 patients with coronavirus shows that the situation in the country is under control.

So far there are no plans to introduce a quarantine in the next few days. Belarus is coping with the current measures and does not see an avalanche-like increase in morbidity.

As of 14 March, the Ministry of Health is of the opinion that a complete closure of the border would not be a proportionate measure. All attempts to pursue this approach in other countries have required considerable financial and human resources. This has made the normal functioning of the economy considerably more difficult without protecting the population from the spread of the infection.

Sanitary and quarantine controls at the border (where these are currently in force), as well as anti-epidemiological and clinical measures within the country are considered more rational and effective in Belarus.

In particular, there are discussions about approving measures for “voluntary self-isolation” with partial contact restriction within 14 days for citizens from epidemiologically unfavourable countries who showed no signs of infection at the time of crossing the border. The Ministry of Health also proposes to restrict the holding of mass events in the country.

Despite the coronavirus situation around the world, the beginning of spring is a good time to plan your summer or autumn holidays. We will be happy to advise you on this matter. As always, we cordially invite you to visit our wonderful country, to get to know our culture, our life and our hospitable people.

The individual tours we offer to our travellers become particularly relevant during the Coronavirus pandemic. Belarus is the most sparsely populated country in Europe, which is of great importance now, as crowds of people can easily be avoided. Our tours often lead off the beaten track and less frequented places away from mass tourism. This means that the likelihood of meeting crowds of people is significantly reduced.

You can find more about our tours here. Individually organised tours, which we put together with you based on your wishes and interests, that is our strength and passion.

15/03/2020
Maslenitsa in Minsk Belarus

From 28 February to 1 March “Maslenitsa” is celebrated in Minsk. The people of Minsk say goodbye to winter and welcome the long awaited spring in the old tradition.

Maslenitsa is an old Slavic festival symbolizing the farewell to winter and the joyful expectation of spring. It is originally a pagan festival and not a Christian Orthodox one, but since the Christianization of the Rus it corresponds to the Christian festival cycle.

At this time, sleigh rides, dances, folk songs and bonfires are organized. The burning of the Maslenitsa doll, usually made of straw, is also part of the festivities.

Maslenitsa falls on the week before the beginning of the Orthodox Lent. The name, Maslo means “butter” in Russian, comes from the fact that during this week the Orthodox believers are already forbidden to eat meat, but the consumption of milk, dairy products, eggs and fish is still allowed.

Traditionally, blini (pancakes) are one of the main attributes of the festival. Round, yellow, and hot, they used to have a ritual meaning, as they were a symbol of the sun, which shines brighter again from the beginning of March and lengthens the days.

At the end of February, the square in front of the Minsk Komarovski Market, the largest market in the city, is transformed into a joyful fair. Fragrances of blini, melodies of national musical instruments, jugglers and many interesting activities are awaiting you.

Besides the “classical” blini with sour cream, caviar or honey, the guests of the festival can also try multicolored pancakes with exotic fillings: spicy, with shrimps, beetroot, with jam from fir cones and dandelions.
At the end of the festivities, the highlight of Maslenitsa follows, the burning of a Maslenitsa doll.

Come with us to Minsk and see all this with your own eyes!

You can learn more about customs and traditions in Belarus here.

17/02/2020
River landscape Belarus

This year, the French edition Le Figaro included Belarus among the top twenty tourist destinations worldwide.

The newspaper called the republic the sleeping beauty of Europe and one of the continent’s least visited countries by tourists.

As a tourist attraction, Belarus is the birthplace of world-famous artist Marc Chagall, has extensive forests and numerous national parks with animals not found in Western Europe. The publication also refers to the architectural heritage of Minsk.

It also emphasizes that tourists from more than 40 countries can come to the Republic without a visa, which is undoubtedly an advantage when planning a trip.

Figaro’s top 20 destinations also include the Cook Islands, Madagascar, Western Australia, the Wild Coast of South Africa, Sumatra, Barbados, Abu Dhabi, Georgia’s Svaneti, the Slovenian Alps, Cuba, the Italian region of Puglia, the Japanese peninsula of Kii, Hawaii, the Philippine island of Palawan, the Nile Valley, the islands of Pierre and Miquelon, Costa Rica, Lower California in Mexico and the Brazilian region of Northwest.

If you are just planning your annual holiday for 2020, why not join us on our exciting round trip through Belarus and get to know the country in all its exciting facets.

16/01/2020
gti 2019

An international commission of experts has just published a study entitled “The Global Terrorism Index” (GTI). Belarus is considered to be the safest country in terms of the potential danger of terrorist attacks.

Belarus shares its place (138 out of 138) with 26 other countries, including Portugal, Slovenia, Mongolia, Romania, Oman, Cuba, Singapore. Turkmenistan has also been included in the list of the safest CIS countries.

Among the neighbouring countries, Ukraine occupies one of the worst ranks, ranking 24th, Russia 37th, Poland 106th, Lithuania 108th and Latvia 117th.

Afghanistan, Iraq, Nigeria, Syria, Pakistan, Somalia, India, the Philippines, Yemen and the Democratic Republic of Congo have been classified as the most dangerous countries in terms of terrorist threat.

The Global Terrorism Index is a comprehensive study of the global terrorist threat. The GTI is prepared each year by an international group of experts led by the Institute for Economics and Peace at the University of Sydney, Australia.

Come with us on a journey and discover the Belarusians’ love for peace.

16/12/2019
Fernforest with car Belarus

A sight in Belarus has made it to the first places in the National Geographic Magazine, which invites you to visit it in 2020.

National Geographic magazine has selected the 25 most exciting places in the world to visit next year. The Belovezhskaya Pushcha has also been included in this list. The Pushcha is located in the southwest of Belarus, part of which is in Poland.

The National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the last deep virgin forests in Europe, an oasis of wilderness. Discover some of the forest’s more than 250 bird species and the most famous of its 59 mammal species: the European bison, Europe’s largest land mammal. The 800 or so bisons of Białowieża represent the largest freely migratory population of a species that retreated into the forest after almost becoming extinct in 1920.

Come on our Belarus tour and see this extraordinary beauty with your own eyes.

02/12/2019
The custom "Christmas Tsars" in Belarus. UNESCO World Heritage Site

The custom “Christmas Tzar” takes place on the so-called “generous evening” (Shchedry vetscher) – in each case from 13 to 14 January.

In 2009, the unique Belarusian folk custom “Christmas Tzar” was included in UNESCO’s list of intangible cultural heritage. This custom exists only in the village of Semezhevo (Kopyl district, Minsk region).

The history of the custom has its roots in the 18th century, when units of the tsarist army were stationed near the village of Semezhevo. Legend has it that during the New Year celebrations soldiers and officers walked around the courts in the old style (Julian calendar) and performed comedies. In return they were served by the landlords. After the troops had left the village, the locals not only preserved the tradition, but also developed it into a unique Christmas tradition.

The custom “Christmas Tzar” combines elements of carnival and folk drama. These include folklore, decorative and applied arts and special Christmas dishes.

In whose house the “tzars” were, according to popular belief, peace, harmony and wealth prevail throughout the year.

The custom has developed into a permanent institution in the cultural life of the country, which is celebrated by a large number of locals and tourists.

Take the opportunity to visit Belarus in winter and combine it with our Minsk trip.

06/11/2019

In Minsk there is a free festival for Jewish music.

The festival of Jewish culture and klezmer music “Litvak Klezmer Festival” is held on November 7 and 8 in Minsk at 16 Oktyabrskaya Street.

Klezmer is the traditional folk music of Jews from Eastern Europe and a special style of their performance.This is a very important event for Belarusian culture. Jewish culture has always been an integral part of Belarusian culture. The Litvak Klezmer Festival is an attempt to revive it.

In 1791 the Russian tsarina Catherine II founded the so-called settlement rayon for the Jewish population of the Russian Empire. This also included the Belarusian territories, which were annexed to the Russian Empire. Jews could only live in approved cities and towns. After the establishment of the settlement rayon, the Jews began to predominate among the population of Belarusian cities. According to the 1897 census, 91.000 people lived in Minsk, 47.000 of them Jews.

But due to emigration, anti-Semitism policies in the Russian Empire and the USSR, and the Holocaust in World War II, Jewish culture in Belarus practically disappeared completely. That is why attempts are being made to revive it.

The festival is attended by musicians from the USA, Germany, Poland, Ukraine and Austria – more than a dozen musicians and bands. They will perform traditional klezmer music.

The festival also includes creative master classes, dance classes, exhibitions, and an extensive food court. Everything will be dedicated to klezmer music and Jewish culture. The musical program with concerts starts at 15:00 and lasts until 23:00.

If you are interested in Jewish culture and history, you can visit our capital on these days and also get to know it better on our Minsk city trip.

We can also help you to learn more about the history of your family and the fate of your ancestors. Join us on one of our genealogy tours.

16/10/2019

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has signed the decree № 351 “On stay in border zones”.

According to the decree, foreigners no longer have to pay for entry and temporary stay in Belarusian border zones. Until then, many border regions in Belarus had limited access with special passes (e.g. in the border region of Grodno or the Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Park near Brest).

The free special identity cards are issued by the territorial border police authorities. They can also be issued electronically.

This innovation will make it easier for foreigners to stay in the border zone and increase the attractiveness of the area for tourists.

We will be happy to help you with your application or with any questions you may have about your stay in the border regions.

You can discover one of these exciting regions on our round trip through Belarus.

24/09/2019
In front of Minsk City Hall Belarus

From 13-15 September 2019 Minsk celebrates the Day of the City. On these days numerous events take place. The founding year of Minsk is 1067. This year Minsk will be 952 years old. The festivities begin with an official laying of a wreath at the monument of the hero city Minsk in the center of the city.

Minsk coat of arms

Coat of arms of the city Minsk Belarus

The Minsk coat of arms is depicted in the form of a baroque shield. The Virgin Mary is depicted on a blue background.

The following events, among others, are planned for the Day of the City:

  • The “H.O.G. Rally Minsk 2019” Festival. Here motorcyclists from all over the world celebrate the end of the season, with numerous actions and the traditional “Poker Run” to the most interesting places in Minsk for motorcyclists and bus tours through the city for all who are interested.
  • As part of the festivities, a public wedding of nine wedding couples will take place under the motto “Nine stories of love” (In the concert hall of the Upper Town, LINK).
  • The world-famous IT company Wargaming (World of Tanks) organizes its traditional festival “Tank Rifle Day”. More than 200,000 guests from 28 countries are expected to attend this festival. Belarusian, Russian and Ukrainian groups as well as the legendary band “The Offspring” will take part in the musical part of the festival. LINK
  • As part of the Day of the City there will be an international festival on the history of ancient Minsk. Guests can learn more about the eventful history of Belarus, from the Late Palaeolithic to the Second World War.

On Saturday evening the guests can expect a big fireworks display.
You can learn more about the city of Minsk, its history, culture, architecture and the life of its inhabitants on our Minsk trip.

12/09/2019