As usual, the border guard stressed a comparison with neighboring countries, saying the figure is five times less than in Estonia (1245 citizens of the Russian Federation) and in Lithuania (1336).
In total, since special restrictions were introduced on September 19, 4,230 Russian nationals have crossed the Russian-Latvian and Belarus-Latvian border.
In the past 24 hours, entry into Latvia was denied to 2 citizens of Russia, while in total, since September 19, 149 citizens of the Russian Federation have been denied entry.
Only 15% of them entered Latvia on the basis of category C or D visas, another 40% are holders of Latvian residence permits, among them family members of Latvian nationals, students, employees, persons whose entry is related to work needs or humanitarian considerations.
Almost half of the Russian citizens who crossed the external border use visas or residence permits issued by other countries, which means that Latvia is not the country of destination for these persons, but is used for transit to go to other countries of the European Union.