Posts tagged as Baltic Bubble

Latvian and Lithuanian Foreign Ministers talk Baltic Bubble

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

The so-called “Baltic bubble”, which no longer exists, will be restored sooner or later, Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs (“New Unity”) and Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius told Latvian Television September 22. In May, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia lifted restrictions on cross-border travel between the Baltic States, thus creating the so-called “Baltic bubble”. After COVID-19 incidence rate in Lithuania and Estonia grew, the bubble burst.  Estonia and Lithuania have decided to raise…

‘Baltic Bubble’ prompts more visits by Estonians but fewer by Lithuanians

Friday, August 14, 2020

After the travel restrictions relating to Latvia’s neighbouring countries Estonia and Lithuania were lifted, creating the so-called ‘Baltic Bubble’ travel zone, a rapid inflow of tourists was observed in June, according to latest statistics released August 14 by the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB). The number of visitors from Estonia, as compared to June of the previous year, increased by 5.6 %, but the number of nights spent by them increased even more, by…

As Baltics reopen, thousands cross borders daily

Monday, May 18, 2020

Travel across the Lithuanian–Latvian border jumped significantly over the weekend as people made use of free movement within the ‘Baltic bubble’. “The flows of those leaving and arriving [in Lithuania from Latvia] rose up to 20 times,” Lithuanian Interior Minister Rita Tamašunienė said in a statement. Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania opened their borders to Baltic residents and citizens and Friday, becoming the first free travel ‘bubble’ within the EU since…

Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania open their “Baltic Bubble” mini-Schengen zone

Friday, May 15, 2020

May 15 became a noteworthy date within the Baltic states and beyond with the three countries opening their borders to each other while maintaining a locked-down external border. As a result of the relative success of the three countries in containing the spread of the coronavirus, their governments have judged that free movement of people can be restored to all permanent residents, though arrivals from outside Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania will…

‘Baltic Bubble’ travel zone will come into force on May 15

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

As of May 15, travel will be possible across the three Baltic States, but the inhabitants of other countries must initially comply with 14-day quarantine, said Health Minister Ilze Viņķele (“Development/For”) to Latvian Television. On Monday, May 11, in an online discussion among the Health Ministers from the Baltic States, conditions on travel across Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia were determined, regarding both inhabitants of the Baltic States and outside. “For inhabitants…