Latvia sees a drop of 34% in Russians crossing the eastern border

Latvia sees a drop of 34% in Russians crossing the eastern border
Latvia border post - Credit Ints Vikmanis /

Latvia has seen a drop of 34 per cent in the number of Russians crossing the eastern border according to the Latvian State Border Guard.

Announcing the figures on Friday, November 4 the guard said that the restrictions imposed by the EU had seen the numbers fall.

According to their figures the number of Russians crossing the border last week dropped to 1,826 around 20 per cent of the number that visited Estonia (8,574) and Lithuania (7,804).

More than 10,600 have crossed the border since restrictions were implemented on September 19, all of whom had valid reasons for doing so.

14 per cent of those people were issued with C or D category visa and 41 per cent hold residence permits. The balance was made up of family members of Latvian citizens, student, and employees travelling to their job or for humanitarian reasons.

Nearly half of those who travelled to Latvia has residence permits for other countries, which means that Latvia is not a destination but rather a transit point.

The State Border Guard stressed that they monitor who is entering the country and they are ensuring that they leave when they are required to do so.

33 Russian citizens were denied entry last week taking the total who have been refused entry since the rule came into place to 302.

The drop in the number of Russians crossing into Latvia through the eastern border is significantly lower than expected according to authorities.

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