2020.06.12 09:26

Lithuania and Poland reopening border

Vaidotas Beniušis, BNS2020.06.12 09:26

Lithuania and Poland have agreed to reopen their shared border at 10:00 on Friday, the Lithuanian Interior Ministry said.

The two countries are removing all border controls and resuming free travel between them.

The Polish and Lithuanian prime ministers reached the agreement following intensive talks, the Interior Ministry said in a press release.

“As of today, no border crossing restrictions for Lithuanian and Polish citizens remain in place. They will not be required to self-isolate either,” Interior Minister Rita Tamašunienė said, adding that “the great news was confirmed last night”.

Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis and his Polish counterpart, Mateusz Morawiecki, are meeting at the border on Friday morning.

According to earlier reports, Lithuania was to lift its border controls on Friday with Poland following suit on Saturday.

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Residents of the two countries have been allowed to travel between Lithuania and Poland for work, business and education since May 11. However, travelers were only allowed to cross the border at designated checkpoints.