Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice for Belarus due to COVID-19.
Belarus has resumed most transportation options (including airport operations and re-opening of borders) and business operations (including schools). Other improved conditions have been reported within Belarus. Visit the Embassy’s COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in Belarus.
Belarusian children are not being placed with U.S. prospective adoptive families at this time. However, U.S. citizen prospective adoptive parents living in Belarus may be eligible to adopt a child from the United States or from a third country.
Please see our section on Adoptions from the United States for more information on the process for adopting a child from the United States. We urge prospective adoptive parents residing abroad who are considering adoption of a child from the United States to consult with the Belarus Central Authority, the Belarusian National Adoption Center within the Ministry of Education, for its determination as to whether it considers your adoption to be subject to the Convention.
Please visit the Department of State’s country pages for more information on traveling to Belarus and the U.S. Embassy in Minsk’s website for information on consular services.
Warning: Do not attempt to adopt a child from a Hague Convention country before USCIS has provisionally approved your Form I-800 petition AND a U.S. consular officer issues the “Article 5/17 Letter” for your adoption case.
Remember: The consular officer will make a final decision about a child’s eligibility for an immigrant visa later in the adoption process.
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