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This country extended ban on entry of Russian tourists: Details inside

09:39 PM | 28 Feb, 2024
This country extended ban on entry of Russian tourists: Details inside

MOSCOW - Latvia has announced the extension of entry restrictions on Russian tourists until March 4, 2025, in a major blow to the citizens.

The ban has been extended citing ongoing security threats posed by Russia's military actions in Ukraine and the decision has been made by the Latvian Cabinet of Ministers led by Prime Minister Evika Siliņa.

The ban underscores the country's commitment to safeguarding internal security in the face of geopolitical tensions.

The ban, initially imposed in September 2022, prohibits Russian citizens from entering Latvia for tourism and leisure purposes. This move comes as part of a broader effort by Baltic states, including Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, along with Poland, to mitigate perceived security risks associated with the conflict in Ukraine.

It is to be clarified that despite the continuation of the ban, certain exceptions exist. For instance, Russians holding valid residence permits issued by Latvia or any other EU/EEA member state are allowed entry, as are individuals with long-term Schengen visas. Additionally, family members of Latvian and EU citizens holding short-term visas, as well as those entering for humanitarian reasons or for employment in freight and passenger transport services, are exempt from the restrictions.

Latvia's decision reflects concerns over Russia's military aggression and its potential implications for Baltic nations, particularly given Latvia's sizable ethnic Russian minority, constituting approximately 25% of the population. 

Latvia, situated in Northern Europe on the eastern shores of the Baltic Sea, is a small but culturally rich nation. With a population of approximately 1.9 million, it boasts a diverse society, including a significant ethnic Russian minority comprising about 25% of its inhabitants.

Annually, Latvia attracts a notable number of tourists drawn to its medieval architecture, pristine beaches along the Baltic coastline, and lush forests. Despite its geographical proximity to Russia, Latvia's ties with its neighbor have been complex, often influenced by historical, political, and cultural factors. These ties remain subject to geopolitical dynamics, shaping Latvia's diplomatic and security policies.

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Pakistani rupee rate against US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal - Check 14 April forex rates

Pakistani currency remains unchanged against US dollar and other currencies in open market on April 14, 2024.

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

On Sunday, the US dollar was being quoted at 277.5 for buying and 280.5 for selling.

Euro was quoted at 299.95 for buying and 302.9 for selling while British Pound stands at 349.5 for buying, and 353 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.45 and Saudi Riyal's new rates was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 14 April 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 08:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.5 280.5
Euro EUR 299.95 302.9
UK Pound Sterling GBP 349.5 353
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.45
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 182.7 184.5
Bahrain Dinar BHD 739.38 747.38
Canadian Dollar CAD 204 206.2
China Yuan CNY 38.45 38.85
Danish Krone DKK 40.45 40.85
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.57 35.92
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 903.91 912.91
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.92 59.52
New Zealand Dollar NZD 167.63 169.63
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.38 25.68
Omani Riyal OMR 722.1 730.1
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.35 77.05
Singapore Dollar SGD 206 208
Swedish Korona SEK 25.72 26.02
Swiss Franc CHF 307.11 309.61
Thai Bhat THB 7.61 7.76


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