Posts tagged as Open

Schools in Latvia will be open in September

Monday, July 13, 2020

The increase in the number of COVID-19 infections over the past week does not yet require changes to the plans for continuing on-site education in September, Health Minister Ilze Vinkele said to Latvian Television on July 13. Vinkele pointed out that the situation may be changing, a rapid increase in infection cases could lead to a review of the plans, but “we are still hopeful that children will be able to go…

EU opens borders to citizens of 15 countries

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

The EU on Tuesday agreed to open its borders to 15 countries from where travelers can reach Europe from July 1, with the United States, where the coronavirus is still spreading, to remain excluded. The list of ‘safe countries’ includes Algeria, Australia, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Canada, Morocco, Montenegro, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay. China made it to the list,  but under the condition that Beijing do…

Lithuania opens borders to 27 countries

Monday, June 1, 2020

People travelling from 24 countries will no longer need to self-isolate upon arrival in Lithuania, according to a list published by the Lithuanian Health Ministry. Currently the list includes Germany, Poland, France, Italy, Finland, Norway, Denmark, Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Switzerland. People can travel to Lithuania from Malta, Ireland, and Spain, but are still…

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…

Lithuania keeps Kaliningrad transit open albeit tightened

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Lithuania has tightened transit between Russia and its Baltic exclave of Kaliningrad, but the scheme will remain in place throughout the coronavirus quarantine, Foreign Minister Linas Linekvičius said. “We are trying to preserve that transit in principle, but certainly it has been restricted: the number of trains has been limited and up to 100 passengers […] are allowed per train,” Linkevičius said at a news conference on Wednesday. “It takes…

Lithuania to open embassy in Australia in July

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Lithuania will open the country’s embassy in Australia’s Canberra in July. Based on the official 2016 census figures, over 16,000 people of Lithuanian descent reside in Australia. According to unofficial estimates by the Lithuanian community and the foreign ministry, the actual number could be over 50,000 people. Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius said on Wednesday the embassy will “properly protect our country’s interests, develop political contacts, maintain relations with the diaspora,…

Estonia to open embassies in South Korea and Singapore

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

At its meeting on 30 January, the Estonian government approved the plan to open Estonian embassies in the Republic of Korea and the Republic of Singapore. “Opening an embassy in Seoul is important for bilateral relations with South Korea and the Asian region in general,” the Estonian foreign ministry said in a statement. “One of the main reasons for opening an embassy in Singapore is boosting business ties and supporting…

US company NBC Security plans to open production facility in Lithuania

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Headquartered in Great Falls, Virginia, NBC Security has subsidiaries in Europe and Eastern Europe, and serves a wide range of customers in the military, law enforcement and defense agencies across the US, Middle East, Central and Eastern Europe, and Africa. Announcing NBC Security’s decision, Nacer Benzekri, CEO, NBC Security  revealed he was interested in Lithuania since visiting the country for the first time in 2004. “After Lithuania joined the EU, I started watching the…

Turkey threatens to open gates for Syria refugees to go West

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has threatened to allow Syrian refugees to leave Turkey for Western countries unless a so-called “safe zone” inside Syria is established soon. Erdogan made the threat in a speech to his ruling party officials on Thursday. He also said Turkey was determined to create the safe zone and would do it alone if there’s no deal with the U.S. by the end of the month.…