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Kaliningrad Residents Face Travel Hurdles from Lithuania

The Kaliningrad region’s residents face difficulties when traveling by car from Lithuania to Russia, even if they possess a Schengen visa.

“The situation at the border with Lithuania is somewhat unusual for residents of the Kaliningrad region: Lithuania does not allow even those citizens who have a Schengen visa and wish to travel to Russia to pass through. Neighbors explain this by claiming that they cannot control the movement of Russians after they cross the border,” Shenderyuk-Zhidkov stated.

According to his information, Lithuania also does not permit Kaliningrad residents who hold Schengen visas to travel to other EU countries.

“At the same time, they do not obstruct the transit of Kaliningrad residents who possess a simplified transit document, which grants the right to travel through Lithuania within one day. They cross the Russian-Lithuanian border without any issues,” the senator added.

The Kaliningrad regional customs press service reported that over the past day, Lithuania did not allow six cars arriving from the region to enter its territory.

Earlier, the European Commission published new rules limiting the travel of Russian citizens to EU countries, including the possibility of banning the entry of Russian citizens‘ private cars and confiscating their personal vehicles.

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