Russians will have to take all their cars out of Lithuania: customs explained the rules
Russians who managed to bring cars into Lithuania were ordered to take measures to ensure that their cars leave the territory of the Baltic country. Russian citizens are given six months from the date of entry to export vehicles with Russian license plates. However, they will not be able to leave for another EU country.
This is stated in the official explanation of the Lithuanian customs. It is emphasized that we are talking about cars that arrived in Lithuania before September 11, 2023.
"Vehicles with Russian license plates that entered Lithuania before September 11, 2023, must leave Lithuania and the entire territory of the European Union within 6 months of arrival," the statement said.
It is also noted that the restrictions themselves also prohibit the importation of any vehicles registered in Russia and bearing Russian license plates, even for temporary use. The ban applies to such vehicles regardless of the nationality of their owner or driver.
There is only one exception - transit to the Kaliningrad region of Russia, which cannot be reached without entering the EU. In this case, a car with Russian license plates can stay in Lithuania for no more than 24 hours. Thus, the vehicle must be accompanied by its owner.
Violation of the restrictions will be punished. Lithuanian customs warns that a fine may be imposed or the car may be confiscated.
As OBOZREVATEL reported earlier, Russians lost their last opportunity to enter Europe by car. After the bans imposed by the Baltic states, Finland and Poland, the only way was the border of Norway. This country is not a member of the EU, but it joined the bloc's restrictions on September 22.
It does not matter whether the vehicle is used for private or commercial purposes. If it is registered in Russia, it is subject to sanctions and will be treated as a prohibited import. Also, cosmetics, laptops, leather and fur products, semi-precious and precious stones, etc. may be confiscated from Russians at the border with the EU.