On 15 May 2020 in Riga, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania will sign a Memorandum of Understanding whereby the Baltic States agree to lift travel restrictions and ensure free movement of the residents of the Baltic States by land, sea or air. Travellers will have to observe internal regulations of each country while visiting and therefore the Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs is providing information on rules for travel and gatherings in Estonia and Lithuania.
From 15 May onwards, the nationals of the Baltic States and persons legally residing there may travel in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania without any restrictions, provided that the person:
- has not travelled outside the Baltic States for the last 14 days;
- is not in self-isolation due to having tested positive for COVID-19 or having been in contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19;
- has no symptoms of a respiratory infection.
The above-mentioned individuals are allowed to cross the Estonian-Latvian border and the Latvian-Lithuanian border in their own vehicle or using the passenger transportation services available. Such persons are exempt from the quarantine requirement both upon entering the neighbouring country and returning home.
The nationals and permanent residents of Latvia who arrive in Estonia or Lithuania from other countries may cross the territories of Estonia or Lithuania in transit only and on the condition that they do not have any symptoms of COVID-19.
The understanding between the Baltic States on the journeys of their residents does not affect restrictions on entry set by other countries concerning the Latvian nationals. See here restrictions imposed to prevent the spread of COVID-19 applied by other countries (in Latvian).
Rules for travel and assembly in Estonia
Although the state of emergency has been lifted, a number of restrictions are still in place.
Museums and indoor exhibition halls (for groups of 10 visitors or less), open-air museums (for groups of 10 visitors or less), playgrounds and outdoor sports facilities are open, and athletics training sessions are permitted outdoors for groups of 10 people or less. Church services are permitted.
Hotels, restaurants and shopping centres are open. Until 1 July, restaurants and bars close no later than at 22.00.
Public events – for example, concerts, festivals, and movies – are prohibited until 30 June, except events at which the participants are supposed to remain in their cars, for instance, at drive-in movies, concerts (no more than 2 people are allowed per vehicle unless they are all from one household).
Beginning on 18 May, gyms and swimming pools are open, and outdoor sports events are allowed but without the presence of audiences and fans. The total number of participants, including coaches and other personnel, must not exceed 100 persons.
Spas, children’s play rooms and separate leisure facilities are to open beginning 1 June. Casinos and gaming arcades remain closed.
Free movement of persons is allowed from Estonia’s mainland to the islands and back.
For updates, see the following sites:
Find updated information here which has been posted by the Embassy of Latvia in Estonia.
Rules for travel and assembly in Lithuania
The Latvian-Lithuanian border can be crossed at the Rucava–Būtingė, Grenctāle–Saločiai and the Medumi–Smėlynė border-crossing points. Border checks take place on the Lithuanian side. Foreigners are only admitted if health checks reveal no symptoms of COVID-19.
Wearing masks outdoors is not compulsory, but it is recommended. At the same time, masks are required in marketplaces, shops, at public events, on excursions and on public transport.
Gathering in groups larger than five people, and longer than for 15 minutes, is not permitted unless those gathered are from a single household, and in the cases specified below. A 2 meter distance must be observed in all cases.
Private celebrations for up to 30 people and indoor public events for up to 30 people are permitted (spaces of 10 m2 per person must be ensured). Professional sports competitions are permitted, but without the presence of audiences and fans.
Beginning on 18 May, hotels, restaurants, clubs, indoor gaming arcades will re-open (8.00–22.00). A two-meter distancing and 5 m2 per person must be ensured at outdoor events and sports clubs.
Spas and public baths will re-open as of 30 May.
Therefore, a car for travelling on to Latvia must be arranged prior to arrival at Lithuanian airports and the port of Klaipeda. As of 15 May, arrival in Lithuania is permitted with a car with for the purpose of meeting Latvian nationals and arranging their transit to Latvia. An escort (convoy) is no longer required to cross Lithuania in transit.
For updates on rules, please see:
The Lithuanian Government: English
The Lithuanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs: English
Find here the current information published by the Latvian Embassy in Lithuania.