Baltic "travel bubble" and some news from Lithuania
Although the quarantine is extended in the Baltics and the fight with corona is continuing, some breeze of freedom can already be sensed.
„Stay home now, so we can all meet sooner“ worked pretty well for the Baltics. After early lockdowns Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia successfully tackled the pandemic with very low infection and death rates. Thus, by today (the 7th of May) around 4000 of total cases and 121 deaths have been registered in all 3 Baltic countries.
From 15th May Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia open internal borders for their citizens. People from outside the three Baltic countries would still have to go into self isolation for 14 days on arrival.
From 13th May Vilnius airport renews regular passanger flights. First two routes from Frankfurt ( Lufthansa 3x week) and Riga ( Airbaltic, daily). Some more flights are expected in the end of May.
From 11th May Lithuania will have few more ferry lines opened. Besides of Kiel - Klaipeda, lines Rostock – Klaipeda, Travemunde – Klaipeda will be added.
Unfortunately, no cruise ships or free international traveling is allowed yet. From 11th May EU citizens studying, working in the country, as well as national visa holders, will be able to enter Lithuania. However 14 day self isolation will be compulsory.
In Lithuania most of shops, street cafes, hairdressers, libraries and museums are beginning to reopen as part of a staged exit from lockdown. From 18th May kinder gardens, beauty salons, gyms will start working, events in the open air up to 30 people will be allowed. Of course, special precautions will have to be applied to ensure distance and hygiene.. It will take some time for us to get to the same level of easiness and freedom we have had before, but it‘s so exciting to enjoy each little step to it!
P.S. State of emergency is confirmed ( with possibility to be extended) :
Lithuania - until 31st May
Latvia - until 9th June
Estonia - until 17th May