The governments of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania have agreed to reopen their shared borders from May 15th to create a free transit area between the Baltic countries, similar to the pre-Coronavirus pandemic.
Latvian Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins; Estonia, Yuri rats; and Lithuania, Saulius Skvernelis, announced the reopening of borders after a three-party video conference analyzing progress in containing the pandemic.
Karis said on Twitter that the “successful containment” of the virus in the Baltic countries enables this step, despite the fact that he indicated that the newcomers must remain isolated for 14 days as a preventive measure.
“It is a big step towards a normal life,” said the Estonian Prime Minister. Estonia is the most affected by the pandemic in the region. According to Johns Hopkins University, more than 1,700 infected and 55 deaths have been registered.
There are more than 1,400 cases in Lithuania, including at least 48 deaths, while Latvia has 900 and 17 infected and deceased, respectively.