Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia have opened their borders to one other, creating the first “travel bubble” within the EU, in a bid to jump-start economies broken down by the coronavirus pandemic.

Residents of the three Baltic nations will be free to travel within the region, although anyone entering from outside the three will need to self-isolate for 14 days.

The EU executive is seeking to coax the 27 member states to reopen internal borders and restart wider travel, with safety measures such as face masks on flights.

Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia are the three poorest members of the euro zone, and expect their economies to shrink by up to 8% this year, although Lithuania has warned of a “double digit” drop if economies are not reopened by the summer.

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