Posts tagged as borders

News agency: Finland opening borders to work commuters next week

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Finland is set to ease entry restrictions from next week, Finnish newswire STT reports. The move, which STT says the Finnish government will rule on on Thursday, will likely, if it goes ahead, allow Estonian citizens and residents who had been unable to commute between the two countries, as they had done in pre-pandemic times, to resume doing so. While Finland opened its borders to arrivals by air, this was…

Finland preparing to open borders for seaborne commuters

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Finland is mulling opening up its borders to arrivals by sea, a senior official at Estonia’s foreign ministry says. Finland has faced widespread condemnation in the Estonian media and elsewhere after sticking to a regime which prevents freedom of movement and counter to European Commission rules, a move which has hit Estonia particularly hard given the large numbers of its citizens and residents who travel to Finland for work. Märt…

Lithuania to block freight traffic if Belarus closes borders

Friday, September 18, 2020

On Friday, Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis said that if Belarus closed its border, Lithuania would also block freight coming from the neighbouring country. Alexander Lukashenko  announced plans to close the borders with Lithuania and Poland on Thursday, but Lithuanian border guards said the traffic remains normal on Friday. Later on Friday, Belarusian State Border Committee confirmed it had beefed up border protection, but said the crossing points were in full…

EU may have to close borders again, Lithuanian president says

Monday, August 3, 2020

EU member states may be forced to close their borders again as coronavirus cases surge, Lithuania’s president Gitanas Nausėda said on Monday. The president stressed, however, that any decisions on border closures would have to be taken jointly by EU member states. “The issue of border controls must be the next step and it requires European-level solutions,” Nausėda told reporters in Birštonas, a spa town in south Lithuania. As EU…

EU opens borders to citizens of 15 countries

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

The EU on Tuesday agreed to open its borders to 15 countries from where travelers can reach Europe from July 1, with the United States, where the coronavirus is still spreading, to remain excluded. The list of ‘safe countries’ includes Algeria, Australia, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Canada, Morocco, Montenegro, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay. China made it to the list,  but under the condition that Beijing do…

Lithuania opens borders to 27 countries

Monday, June 1, 2020

People travelling from 24 countries will no longer need to self-isolate upon arrival in Lithuania, according to a list published by the Lithuanian Health Ministry. Currently the list includes Germany, Poland, France, Italy, Finland, Norway, Denmark, Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Switzerland. People can travel to Lithuania from Malta, Ireland, and Spain, but are still…

Lithuania’s tourism sector pins hopes on reopening borders

Monday, May 18, 2020

The opening of Baltic borders will give a boost to Lithuania’s hard-pressed tourism industry, but the country should put effort into attracting travelers, the sector’s representatives say. Two months into the coronavirus quarantine, Lithuania has been gradually relaxing restrictions. As of Monday, Baltic residents are allowed to travel freely across Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. Businesses hope that more countries will open their borders to tourists in the near future. Žydrė…

EU’s internal borders may reopen in mid-May

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

With the coronavirus pandemic waning, the European Union (EU) is considering to reopen internal borders in mid-May, Lithuania’s Interior Minister Rita Tamašunienė says. “We are holding discussions in the European Commission and there was a meeting of the Council of Ministers [where] we are discussing that May 15 might be the latest date for reopening Europe’s internal borders,” she told LRT RADIO on Tuesday. However, it would be left for…

Baltic countries to coordinate reopening of borders

Thursday, April 23, 2020

The three Baltic countries will coordinate the opening of their borders and quarantine exit plans, Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis said on Wednesday. “The Baltic foreign ministers have been tasked with coordinating joint actions on opening borders, partially resuming movement, intensifying trade and other measures,” he said in a press release after a remote meeting with his Latvian and Estonian counterparts. Skvernelis, Eatonian PM Jüri Ratas and Latvian PM Krišjānis…

As EU borders close, UK agriculture gets preview of Brexit – opinion

Monday, April 6, 2020

With seasonal workers and migrants separated from the UK by quarantine and closed borders, Britain’s farms are facing devastating labour shortages in a sign of things to come after Brexit, writes Craig Turp at Emerging Europe. Yes, technically Britain left the European Union on January 31, shortly before the coronavirus outbreak – at that stage confined to parts of China – became a global pandemic. Under the terms of the…