Almost 50-kilometre queue forms on Lithuanian-Polish border

On Tuesday afternoon, a queue of some 50 kilometres formed on the Lithuanian side of the border with Poland.

The queue has formed on the Kalvarija-Budzinsko checkpoint, the only operating border crossing between Lithuania and Poland.

People travelling within the country are advised to avoid the Kaunas–Marijampolė road, police in the southern Lithuanian town of Marijampolė told BNS.

Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis announced on Tuesday that Poland agreed to open the Lazdijai border crossing point on the Lithuanian-Polish border.

Lithuanian border guards bar 107 people from leaving, 341 from entering due to quarantine  After Lithuania was placed under quarantine on Monday, 107 people were prevented from leaving the country as of Tuesday morning. Meanwhile, 341 people were also barred from entering Lithuania.

Giedrius Mišutis, spokesman of the State Border Guard Service (VSAT), told BNS the majority of the people were barred at the Medininkai crossing on the Lithuanian-Belarusian border, where 108 Belarusians and 24 Ukrainians wanted to enter.

Seventy-three people, including 69 Latvian citizens, have not been allowed to enter Lithuania through the Saločiai border post between Lithuania and Latvia.

Meanwhile, 49 Lithuanian citizens have not been allowed to travel to Latvia via Saločiai.

“There’s a natural sense of dissatisfaction when one’s trip is disrupted. They are tense. But there have been no conflicts over the past 24 hours or any need to use physical force,” Mišutis said.

Reintroduced border control has also forced border guards to adjust their workload, and officers from other units are also being asked to carry out border checks.

“It’s hard, really hard. We are getting officers from other units involved who have not performed such functions so far, including the border control unit, special purpose teams, criminal intelligence,” the VSAT spokesman said.

Lithuania was laced under quarantine on Monday for two weeks. Citizens are barred from leaving the country and foreigners are banned from entering, with certain exceptions.



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