IMPACT – MEDIUM
the change? Russian officials are treating flights to
and from Belarus as international flights, a change in policy after the
flights were previously treated the same as domestic travel.
does the change mean? Russian and Belarusian
nationals arriving in Russia on flights from Belarus will land in an
international terminal and be directed to control points for citizens of the
“Union State.” They should be sure to carry a boarding pass and their
passports. Third-country nationals will be required to go through border
controls and must carry their passports as well. Third-country nationals can
transit through Russia when flying directly to Belarus, but the visa-free
program Belarus implemented
in January is not available for travelers arriving in Minsk on flights
- Implementation time frame: Immediate and ongoing. The change took effect May 15.
- Who is affected: Passengers traveling by plane between Russia and
Belarus, including Russian and Belarusian nationals.
- Impact on processing times: The change is likely to slow the entry process for travelers
arriving in Russia on flights from Belarus.
years, flights between Russia and Belarus were treated the same as domestic
flights within Russia. This changed Monday, however, and flights from Belarus
will be routed to international terminals in Russia airports. That said,
Russian and Belarusian nationals will have quicker entry procedures than
third-country nationals, as they will be routed to a line specifically for
Union State nationals. Belarus seems unlikely to implement similar procedures
at its airports for flights from Russia, with authorities saying they “see no
reason” to do so at this point.
Analysis: Travelers should take note of the change and build extra time
into their travel plans if necessary.
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