Foreign truck drivers travelling through Belarus will be able to stop to rest and refuel only in places designated by the Belarus Ministry of Transport from midnight 19 March.
Closing the country’s borders does not guarantee protection against coronavirus – stated the Belarusian Ministry of Health, thus explaining why Belarus has not introduced quarantine so far. The ministry explains that closing borders for its citizens is technically impossible and unethical – „out of eight cases of coronavirus imported from outside, seven concerned Belarusian citizens returning from abroad.”
While the neighbouring countries are closing borders, public facilities, assemblies and international passenger traffic in a hurry, Belarus has limited itself only to taking certain steps to control transit traffic in road transport. The transport department has set up special points – fuel stations – where drivers can stop, rest, take a mandatory break, refuel and make purchases. At the same time, foreigners will not be able to leave the station on any route that is not the designated one.
Sanitary and epidemiological controls will be introduced at fuel stations. Compliance checks will be carried out by road transport inspectors. The measure will be in force from midnight 19 March.