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Relaxation of lockdown restrictions and the reopening of borders between the Baltic States have triggered a spike in traveling across the countries, Rustamas Liubajevas, chief of Lithuania's State Border Guard Service (SBGS), has said.
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“People are traveling very actively. Of course, the flows very much depend on the day of the week and tend to increase on weekends. We have noticed a twentyfold increase in the flow of people and vehicles crossing Lithuania’s border with Latvia,” he told the national radio LRT on Thursday.

Restrictions on travel between the Baltic countries were lifted on May 15.

On June 1, the traveling regime will be further relaxed and Lithuania will allow entry for people arriving from the countries with the coronavirus morbidity rate not exceeding 25 cases per 100,000 residents over the previous two weeks.

Those arriving from such countries will not be required to self-isolate for 14 days.

The list of countries concerned will be announced by Health Minister Aurelijus Veryga each Monday.

If such a list were to be compiled now, it could include Iceland, Slovenia, Greece, Croatia, Cyprus, Norway, Hungary, Switzerland, the Czech Republic and Austria.

Even though there were no exit restrictions in place now, Liubajevas advised to inquire about potential restrictions in force in the country of destination.

“Nevertheless, I would advise the citizens who plan to travel abroad to check the situation in their destination country since far too many countries in the European Union and across the world continue to keep many restrictions in place,” he added.

Lithuania imposed the lockdown on March 16 in a bid to stem the spread of novel coronavirus.

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