Poland to re-open borders with Lithuania within days - PM

Since Lithuania has opened borders with Latvia and Estonia, Poland will also be opened to these three Baltic countries, Morawiecki said. Radek Pietruszka/PAP

Poland will re-open borders with Lithuania in the coming days, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki told RMF FM radio broadcaster on Saturday.

He said that he discussed the matter with his Lithuanian counterpart Saulius Skvernelis on Friday.

Since Lithuania has opened borders with Latvia and Estonia, Poland will also be opened to these three Baltic countries, Morawiecki added.

As for other EU countries, he said that a discussion is ongoing within the European Council on the introduction of "a green and orange protocol" for countries considered to be most secure and less secure.

Already in May, some EU countries announced a gradual lifting of restrictions and opening of borders from June. EU citizens can travel to Italy from Wednesday, Austria will open its borders on Thursday. Germany, the Czech Republic, France and Greece plan to do so on June 15 and Spain on June 22.

Some countries also resign from border controls and the quarantine requirement for citizens from selected countries. Currently, it is possible to travel between the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary or Austria without restrictions. Poland is the only country of the Visegrad Group (comprising also Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Hungary) that maintains closed borders for its neighbours.