Lithuanian government to discuss lifting border controls with Latvia from June 1

  • 2020-05-25
  • LETA/BNS/TBT Staff

VILNIUS – Lithuania’s Ministry of the Interior on Monday proposed to the government to lift border controls with Latvia from June 1.

“With the pandemic situation in the world getting more stable, we see the growing number of countries opening their borders. We are also ready to continue relaxing the existing restrictions gradually and, in particular, have proposed to lift border controls at the border with Latvia from June 1. This would help speed up movement across the border and make travel more convenient,” Interior Minister Rita Tamasuniene said in a press release.

The government will discuss the proposal at its regular meeting on Wednesday.

Starting from May 15, the citizens of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia and the persons legally residing in the Baltic States do not have to justify their purpose of arrival when travelling through the territory of these countries.

Those travelling within the three countries are not checked for the symptoms of COVID-19 at border crossing points. ID checks, however, have remained in place.

Four border crossing points – Butinge-Rucava, Salociai-Grenstale, Kalviai-Meitene and Smelyne-Medumi – have been opened for the citizens of the Baltic countries travelling between the three countries since May 18.

However, persons are required to self-isolate for 14 days if they have travelled in countries other than the Baltic States in the past 14 days.