Nauseda points out that due to Covid-19, Europe may have to return to closing its borders


At the same time, he emphasized that the relevant decisions must be taken jointly by the Member States of the European Union (EU).

“The issue of border control would be the next step and requires common solutions at European level. (..) We see that many EU countries are introducing stronger internal regimes, and it is quite possible that [par robežu slēgšanu] will have to return again, “the president told reporters in Birstonas.

According to Nauseda, the current requirement for mandatory self-isolation in Lithuania upon arrival from certain countries with high infection rates is in fact already acting as an indirect border control.

“There are direct and indirect border controls. The requirement for self-isolation greatly slows down the desire to travel across borders, as there are many restrictions that make travel less attractive,” he added. “I believe that we currently have a well-coordinated mechanism for the use of the quarantine tool, which allows more and more countries to be added to this list, following statistics and disease trends in other countries. Some countries have moved closer to this border and may soon be included. [sarakstā].”

At present, each EU Member State has different requirements for both its own nationals returning from abroad and those who have immigrated.

Lithuania’s “blacklist” of new coronaviruses includes countries with more than 16 new infections per 100,000 people in the last two weeks. At present, there are no restrictions in Lithuania for immigrants from Latvia, Estonia, Denmark, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Ireland, Cyprus, Great Britain, Liechtenstein, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Finland, Hungary and Germany, but for foreigners from some other countries. exceptions are prohibited from entering Lithuania.

From Monday, France and Malta have been added to the “black list” – Lithuanian citizens returning from these countries will have to observe self-isolation for two weeks from now. Foreign nationals are still allowed to enter Lithuania from France, but they are also subject to a period of isolation, while foreign nationals from Malta are not allowed to enter, with some exceptions.

It is forecasted that Poland could be included in the list from next Friday, as according to last Friday’s data, the incidence rate in this neighboring country of Lithuania has reached 15.7 cases per 100,000 people.

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