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2020.04.06 13:18

Almost 400 people barred from leaving Lithuania due to quarantine

BNS2020.04.06 13:18

A total of 371 people were barred from leaving Lithuania since the nationwide quarantine was introduced on March 16, the country's State Border Guard Service (VSAT) said on Monday. Meanwhile, 801 people were barred from entering Lithuania.

The border guards also received 292 requests to leave the country, but only 54 were approved as "they couldn't prove that they live and have a job [abroad]," according to Rustamas Liubajevas, the head of VSAT,

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Lithuania introduced additional restrictions over the weekend and banned passenger cars from entering the country from Belarus and Russia. All passenger flights and ferries were banned, excluding the sole operating ferry route between Germany's Kiel and Klaipėda in Lithuania.

Only two border checkpoints operate on the borders with Latvia and Poland. The restrictions do not apply to freight traffic. The majority of those leaving are foreign citizens, according to Liubajevas.