2020.04.16 09:21

Over 100 foreign specialists allowed to come to Lithuania despite quarantine

BNS 2020.04.16 09:21

Despite the closed borders due to the quarantine, the Lithuanian government on Wednesday allowed over 100 specialists from Latvia, Germany and the Philippines to come to the country.

They will work in the port of Klaipėda, and at the Hella and Continental production facilities in Kaunas District, as well as on a construction project in the northwestern town of Mažeikiai.

These include a German national working as a production technician for Hella and a Philippine national who is to take up the position of head of production at the Continental factory.

“Since the companies' operations are specific and these people cannot be replaced or perform their functions remotely, we do believe they should be granted an exception,” Deputy Economy and Innovation Minister Marius Skuodis told the Cabinet.

The Transport Ministry asked for permission for 127 Latvian nationals to come to Lithuania. Some of them will work for Latvia's construction company BMGS in the port of Klaipėda, and others – employees of Celtniecības Kvalitātes Aģentūra (CKA), Performica and LNK Industries – will build a viaduct over a railway line in Mažeikiai.

On Wednesday, the Cabinet also allowed three Turkish nationals studying at Vilnius University under the Erasmus+ programme to come to the country.

A nationwide quarantine, introduced on March 16, is set to remain in place at least through April 27.