Travel between Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia may soon be possible.

By Andrea Romano
May 13, 2020
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A few more nations around the world are cautiously opening their borders again — but not to everyone.

Much like Australia and New Zealand, a few nations, namely Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia, are hoping to open their borders to each other, creating a travel bubble between the Baltic countries, according to Lonely Planet.

A travel bubble refers to a zone where people are free to travel within it, but not outside of it.

Lonely Planet reported that the three nations hope to create this safe travel zone by May 15. Travelers from other nations, including surrounding nations like Russia, Poland, and Belarus, will not be able to be part of the bubble.

Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia have all seen some success at containing the coronavirus outbreak within their own nations, similar to Australia and New Zealand. According to Lonely Planet, there have been 17 deaths in Latvia, 48 in Lithuania, and 55 in Estonia. Compared to other countries, these numbers are remarkably low. So far, there have been 80,000 coronavirus deaths in the United States, according to the CDC.

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Creating a travel bubble between neighboring nations is one way to not only help the economies of these countries but to potentially do so safely so as not to continue the spread of the disease.

“We will keep to this principle when dealing with countries where the situation is very bad, which did not take measures to control the virus spread,” said Lithuanian Prime Minister, Saulius Skvernelis, in a statement. According to Lonely Planet, the three countries’ governments are considering opening borders to each other since they can “trust each other’s health care systems.”

Anyone who decides to cross a border within the bubble must also observe a 14-day quarantine. Other countries like Poland and Finland may also be added to the bubble in the near future.

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to change, it’s possible that more countries who have been successful containing it may consider this option as well.