Baltic states borders Reopen

Baltic states reopen shared borders the first by the European union nation states to stir tourism among the Baltic states an impetus to static economic activities.

 2020-05-16

March 16, 2020 Grenctale of Latvia shows Lithuanian soldiers on duty at the border check point between Lithuania and Latvia.

“The progress made in preventing the spread of the disease has allowed the countries to gradually ease the coronavirus lockdown and to take important decisions enabling their citizens to travel without restrictions again.”

VILNIUS, March 16 -The three Baltic states — Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania — reopened their shared borders on Friday, allowing citizens and persons legally residing there to move freely after two months of border controls due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Lithuanian Foreign Ministry said on Friday.

According to a press release, the foreign affairs ministers of the three countries signed a memorandum of understanding in Riga on lifting the restrictions on land, rail, air and maritime transport.

“The progress made in preventing the spread of the disease has allowed the countries to gradually ease the coronavirus lockdown and to take important decisions enabling their citizens to travel without restrictions again,” said Lithuania’s Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius.

A woman wearing a face mask is seen on a bus in Riga, Latvia, May 11, Public transport passengers are required to wear face covers to minimize infection risks in Latvia.

He said this was very important for the countries’ economies, tourism services and also to the broad public.

The ministers also adopted a joint statement on the reciprocal lifting of restrictions on movement.

Lithuania reintroduced control along its borders with European Union member countries on March 14 to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus.

According to Lithuania’s Ministry of Health, the country had 1,523 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of Friday morning. To date, 54 people have died and 965 recovered.

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