2020.05.04 10:25

Lithuania lifts exit restrictions for citizens, airlines to resume flights

BNS2020.05.04 10:25

As of Monday, Lithuanians are allowed to leave the country, part of the government's gradual easing of quarantine restrictions.

Over 450 people have been barred from traveling out of Lithuania since mid-March when restrictions were introduced. Only Lithuanian citizens who live or work abroad were allowed to leave.

Last week, the Lithuanian government announced stage 3 of its quarantine exit plan, which includes allowing flights to resume.

Read more: Lithuania lifts more quarantine restrictions: flights to resume, outdoor activities allowed

Lithuania's borders with Poland and Russia remain closed to foreign nationals, but they are allowed to enter Belarus and Latvia, the other two countries bordering Lithuania.

Starting on Monday, people can cross from Lithuania into Latvia via the Būtingė–Rucava, Saločiai–Grenstale and Smėlynė–Medumi border checkpoints.

On the border with Belarus, the Medininkai–Kamenny Log, Šalčininkai–Benyakoni and Raigardas–Privalka checkpoints are currently operating.

Border officials warn, however, that Lithuania continues to restrict travel from Belarus. Those who cross into the neighbouring country will not be able to return directly and will have to reenter Lithuania from Poland or Latvia.

The 14-day self-isolation requirement for all arrivals in Lithuania remains in place.

Lithuania's borders remain closed to non-resident foreign nationals except for commercial vehicles, diplomats and soldiers. Lithuanian border guards have barred 1,360 people from entering the country since the start of the lockdown.

Flights from Vilnius Airport resume on May 13

Latvia's airline Air Baltic is set to resume flights between Vilnius and Riga on May 13, the company told BNS.

In the first stage, the Latvian airline intends to resume flights with five Airbus A220-300 aircraft and start from 13 routes. Passengers will be provided with face masks and disinfectant wipes.

The Lithuanian government last week gave the green light for resuming passenger flights. The first route to reopen is Lufthansa's flight to Frankfurt.

Lufthansa will start operating three weekly flights – on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays – between Vilnius and Frankfurt from May 13, a spokesman for Vilnius Airport said in a press release on Monday.

Lietuvos Oro Uostai (Lithuanian Airports), the operator of Lithuania's three international airports, has previously told BNS that Wizz Air, Belavia, LOT, Brussels Airlines, Ukraine International and SAS are also planning to resume flights in mid-May.

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