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2020.03.18 17:24

Truck drivers exempted from 14-day self-isolation in Lithuania

BNS2020.03.18 17:24

Long-haul truck drivers transporting goods will be exempt from the requirement to self-isolate for two weeks after returning to Lithuania from abroad, Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis said on Wednesday.

Truckers will only have to self-isolate for the period between the trips, even if it is less than 14 days, Skvernelis said.

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“The decision is as follows: they will have to self-isolate on their return from abroad, but if they do not develop any symptoms of the disease, they will be able to go on a trip and carry out these functions,” he said at a news conference.

According to Interior Minister Rita Tamašunienė, 37,500 truck drivers currently hold permits to enter Lithuania.

“The number is sufficient for the Lithuanian market. The Migration Department has taken a flexible approach to the issue, and work visas will be extended remotely,” she confirmed during a Cabinet meeting.

On Wednesday, the government supplemented its decree on nationwide quarantine, in effect since Monday, to specify that all crews and teams transporting commercial cargo “by all types of vehicles” are allowed to cross the border in order to ensure a smooth movement of goods.

The decree was also supplemented to allow crossing the Lithuanian-Polish border at Mockava-Trakiškės for rail transport and Lazdijai-Ogrodniki for trucks. The two checkpoints have been opened after talks with the Polish government.

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