Kiev, September 16, Interfax - The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry has called on the Belarusian authorities to ensure that foreign pilgrims heading to Ukraine via Belarus to celebrate Rosh Hashanah unconditionally adhere to the quarantine restrictions.
"The overwhelming majority of the pilgrims have stayed on the section of the border for over than 48 hours and do not reside permanently or temporarily in Ukraine, which is a violation of the quarantine regulations of transit established in the Republic of Belarus. In light of the aforementioned circumstances, the Ukrainian side insistently urges the Belarusian side to ensure that the foreign pilgrims unconditionally adhere to the quarantine restrictions and the existing legislation of Ukraine and the Republic of Belarus," the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said in a commentary posted on its website on Wednesday.
According to available information, foreigners arriving in Belarus must self-isolate for 14 days in accordance with the quarantine regulations in place in Belarus, the ministry said. Transit via the territory of Belarus can last up to 48 hours with the purpose of heading to the country of permanent or temporary residence.
On September 15, 2020, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry requested that the Belarusian Foreign Ministry do not process the documents of foreign pilgrims permitting them to enter Ukraine, because they cannot be allowed to enter the territory of Ukraine due to the coronavirus-related restrictions.
The Ukrainian side also repeatedly informed the Belarusian side about the restrictions of foreigners' entry into the territory of Ukraine.
As reported, hundreds of Hasidic pilgrims wishing to get to Ukraine's Uman city to celebrate Rosh Hashanah have gathered near the Novi Yarylovychi - Novaya Guta checkpoint.
Belarusian border guards let the pilgrims out of the country, but they were not allowed to enter the territory of Ukraine due to the restrictions on foreign citizens and stateless persons' entry into the country imposed in order to counter the coronavirus spread.
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko ordered to provide assistance to the Hasidic pilgrims stranded on the Belarusian-Ukrainian border.