Polish authorities will allow Baltic transport through Poland so that residents can return home, said Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs on Facebook March 16.
Many citizens of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania are stuck on the closed-off border between Poland and Germany. They will be allowed to repatriate through Poland in a dedicated transport column after an agreement was reached with Polish authorities.
Zanda Kalniņa–Lukaševica, Parliamentary Secretary at the Foreign Ministry, said that residents can apply to be allowed to cross the border by noon March 16, but they have to contact the Polish consulate at [email protected] beforehand.
Meanwhile Transport Minister Tālis Linkaits told LETA that a ferry is to take some of the Latvian residents stuck on the Polish border to the port of Liepāja on Tuesday, after the transport limitations come into force.
March 13 saw a raft of sweeping measures introduced in an effort to keep coronavirus at bay as much as possible, with further measures including international travel restructions announced March 15, as previously reported by LSM.
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