6th convoy of Lithuanian, foreign citizens, including Latvians, arrives in Lithuania

  • 2020-03-18
  • LETA/BNS/TBT Staff

VILNIUS - A sixth convoy of Lithuanian and foreign citizens entered Lithuania from Poland early Wednesday morning, Lithuania's State Border Guard Service said.

"At 3.40 a.m., a sixth convoy of 11 vehicles and 51 people entered Lithuania. They include 32 Lithuanian citizens, 12 Latvians, and several Ukrainians and one Russian," Rokas Pukinskas, a spokesman for the SBGS, told BNS.

Several other convoys of minibuses crossed the Polish-Lithuanian border later Tuesday night, brining Baltic citizens back.

All in all, over 400 people, including 260 Lithuanian citizens, have been brought by these convoys so far.

Lithuanians were left stranded on the German-Polish border after Poland closed its borders to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The situation was further aggravated by Poland decision not to allow passenger cars to cross its territory. People's return by ferry and train was later organized by they had difficulty to reach the port and train stations due to packed roads.