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To prevent the spread of the new coronavirus international passenger trains and direct and trailer carriages between Russia and Belarus have been suspended.

In accordance with a notification from Belarusian Railways, in order to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus infection (2019-nCoV) international passenger trains and direct and trailer carriages between Russia and Belarus have been suspended, with the exception of the main trains from Moscow and St. Petersburg. In particular, 10 trains are still running between Russia and Belarus: No. 2/1 Minsk – Moscow, No. 4/3 Brest – Moscow, No. 26/25 Grodno, Minsk – Moscow, No. 28/27 Brest – Moscow, No. 40/39 Polotsk – Moscow, No. 52/51 Brest, Minsk – St. Petersburg, No. 55/56 Moscow – Gomel – Moscow, No. 84/83 Gomel – St. Petersburg, No. 96/95 Brest – Moscow, No. 7/8 Moscow – Brest.

Passengers should note that in accordance with Russian Government Order No. 635-r dated 16 March 2020, the entry of foreign nationals and stateless persons, including those arriving from the Republic of Belarus, as well as citizens of the Republic of Belarus, into the Russian Federation has been temporarily restricted effective from 00 hours 00 minutes (midnight) on 18 March 2020 in order to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in Russia. This restriction will remain in force until 1 May 2020.
As a result, only Russian citizens will be able to cross the border freely from Belorussia to Russia on the trains which are still operating. Citizens of the Republic of Belarus will only be able to travel on trains from Russia to Belorussia.

At the same time, the following passenger trains have been suspended:

  • No. 64/63 Minsk – Novosibirsk, departing from Minsk from 20 March 2020 and from Novosibirsk from 24 March 2020;
  • No. 66/65 Minsk – Murmansk departing from Minsk from 23 March 2020, from Murmansk from 25 March 2020;
  • No. 104/103 Brest – Novosibirsk departing from Brest from 24 March 2020, from Novosibirsk from 28 March 2020;
  • No. 134/133 Minsk – Arkhangelsk departing from Minsk from 26 March 2020, from Arkhangelsk from 28 March 2020;
  • No. 150/149 Minsk – Mineralnye Vody departing from Minsk from 24 March 2020 г., from Mineralnye Vody from 26 March 2020;
  • No. 222/221 Brest – Moscow and Minsk – Moscow departing from Brest and Minsk from 22 March 2020, from Moscow from 23 March 2020;
  • No. 238/237 Minsk – Moscow departing from Minsk from 22 March 2020, from Moscow from 23 March 2020;
  • No. 302/301 Minsk – Adler departing from Minsk from 23 March 2020, from Adler from 25 March 2020;
  • No. 308/307 Baranovichi – Saratov departing from Baranovichi from 22 March 2020, from Saratov from 24 March 2020;
  • No. 328/327 Minsk – Kazan departing from Minsk from 25 March 2020, from Kazan from 28 March 2020;
  • No. 390/389 Minsk – Anapa departing from Minsk from 22 March 2020, from Anapa from 24 March 2020;
  • No. 76/75 Gomel – Moscow departing from Gomel from 23 March 2020, from Moscow from 24 March 2020.

In addition, the following direct and trailer carriages will temporarily not run between:

  • Mogilev – Moscow with trains No. 55/56, departing from Mogilev from 18 March 2020 and from Moscow from 19 March 2020;
  • Soligorsk – Moscow with trains Nos. 613-55/56-614 departing from Soligorsk from 19 March 2020, from Moscow from 20 March 2020;
  • Soligorsk – St. Petersburg with trains Nos. 613-83/84-614 departing from Soligorsk from 19 March 2020, from St. Petersburg from 20 March 2020;
  • Polotsk – St. Petersburg with trains Nos. 601-83/84-602 departing from Polotsk from 19 March 2020, from St. Petersburg from 20 March 2020;
  • Gomel – Novosibirsk with trains Nos. 647/64-63/648 departing from Gomel from 20 March 2020, from Novosibirsk from 24 March 2020;
  • Mogilev – Novosibirsk with trains Nos. 659/64-63/660 departing from Mogilevа from 20 March 2020, from Novosibirsk from 24 March 2020;
  • Gomel – Murmansk with trains Nos. 621/66-65/670(622) departing from Gomel from 20 March 2020, from Murmansk from 23 March 2020;
  • Brest – Murmansk with trains Nos. 682/66-65/651 departing from Brest from 21 March 2020, from Murmansk from 23 March 2020;
  • Brest – Moscow with trains Nos. 676/76-75/675. departing from Brest from 19 March 2020, from Moscow from 20 March 2020;
  • Gomel – Arkhangelsk with trains Nos. 647/134-133/648 departing from Gomel from 19 March 2020, from Novosibirsk from 21 March 2020;
  • Mogilev – Arkhangelsk with trains Nos. 659/134-133/660 departing from Mogilevа from 19 March 2020, from Arkhangelsk from 21 March 2020;
  • Gomel – Mineralnye Vody with trains No. 150/149 departing from Gomel from 20 March 2020, from Mineralnye Vody from 22 March 2020;
  • Gomel – Adler with trains No. 302/301 departing from Gomel from 19 March 2020, from Adler from 21 March 2020;
  • Grodno – Adler with trains Nos. 628/302-301/631 departing from Grodno from 19 March 2020, from Adler from 21 March 2020;
  • Brest – Saratov with trains Nos. 650/308-307/649 departing from Brest from 22 March 2020, from Saratov from 24 March 2020;
  • Vitebsk – Saratov with trains Nos. 605/308-307/602 departing from Vitebsk from 22 March 2020, from Saratov from 24 March 2020;
  • Gomel – Saratov with trains Nos. 83/308-307/55 departing from Gomel from 22 March 2020, from Saratov from 24 March 2020;
  • Brest – Kazan with trains Nos. 650/328-327/649 departing from Brest from 25 March 2020, from Kazan from 28 March 2020;
  • Gomel – Kazan with trains Nos. 83/328-327/55 departing from Gomel from 25 March 2020, from Kazan from 28 March 2020;
  • Gomel – Anapa with trains No. 390/389 departing from Gomel from 22 March 2020, from Anapa from 24 March 2020;
  • Novosokolniki – Murmansk with train No. 66/65 departing from Novosokolniki from 23 March 2020, from Murmansk from 25 March 2020;
  • Pskov – Murmansk with train No. 66/65 departing from Pskov from 23 March 2020; from Murmansk from 25 March 2020;
  • Nizhny Novgorod – Brest with train No. 104/103 departing from Nizhny Novgorod from 22 March 2020, from Brest from 24 March 2020.

The resumption of international passenger services and direct and trailer carriages between Russia and Belarus will be announced in due course.

Refunds for unused tickets will be carried out without making any additional charges and fees. In order to obtain refunds, passengers must contact a rail ticket office in the country where they purchased the ticket

Iuliia Tore