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Foreign Ministry advises Latvian returnees with cars stuck in Germany to catch ferry from Sassnitz

BC, Riga, 17.03.2020.Print version
The Foreign Ministry is calling on the Latvian nationals with cars waiting at the German-Polish border to drive to the German town of Sassnitz and return from there to Latvia by ferry, the ministry's press secretary Janis Bekeris informed LETA.

The latest announced ferry departure from Sassnitz is scheduled for Wednesday, March 18. Trucks will also be allowed onto the Riga-bound ferry, the Foreign Ministry said.

Latvians who want to catch this ferry to return home can book tickets at, starting at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday. 

A 40 kilometers long queue of trucks and a 30 kilometers long line of passenger cars have been waiting at the  German-Polish border for quite some time already. 

Bekeris said that buses and minibuses with more than seven seats are allowed to cross the border. The first convoys have already crossed Poland and are soon expected to arrive in Latvia.

The situation is extremely complicated but Latvian officials are working with Polish authorities and German police to resolve it. Lithuania is doing the same. "We continue to work with Poland to seek additional solutions," the Foreign Ministry's representative said. 

At 7:00 a.m. today Latvian nationals had the opportunity to cross Poland by train departing from Frankfurt (Oder) for Vilnius, Lithuania. Bekeris indicated that the train was half-empty, although the departure was delayed to wait for everyone willing to catch the train.

To contain the spread of Covid-19, Poland has closed its borders to foreign nationals and halted air and rail traffic with foreign countries. 

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