Press information Border security


On Tuesday, 30 August, the Government examined the Informative Report “On the progress of the construction of the infrastructure necessary for the protection of the external land border” prepared by the Ministry of the Interior. Work on the Latvian-Belarusian border is in full swing, with 57 km of deforested land and the first kilometres of permanent fencing under construction.

Work on the Latvian-Belarusian border is progressing according to plan - stump breaking, grading, ditching, construction of culverts, trenches and embankments, etc. Deforestation has been carried out on about 70% of the whole area.

The construction contracts include the design of 149.7 km of infrastructure on the Latvian-Belarusian border, of which a total of about 82 km is to be rebuilt. Fencing is planned throughout this area. Four bridges have now been built over the rivers “Asūnīca”, “Rosica” and “Sarjanka”. It is also planned to build six towers, patrol roads, footbridges and other necessary infrastructure.

The construction of the infrastructure on the Latvian-Belarusian border is planned to be completed by the end of June 2024 (fence by the end of February 2024).

On 24 November 2021, the construction of a temporary barbed wire fence for the protection of the external land border of the country was completed along 36.9 km in priority sections where there are the highest risks of illegal crossing of the Latvian-Belarusian border. The work was carried out simultaneously in five border surveillance areas of the Daugavpils Division of the State Border Guard Service - Robežnieki, Šķaunes, Silene, Kaplava and Piedruja.

In total, it is planned to construct 283.6 km of the state border with the Russian Federation (230 km at present), including ~148.8 km of permanent fencing (~95.2 km at present), as well as four suspension bridges.

In order to complete the construction of the infrastructure necessary for the protection of the external land border along the Latvian-Russian border, on 15 March 2022 a contract was concluded for the expert examination of the construction of the state border strip to ascertain its compliance with the construction design, regulatory requirements and binding standards, as well as the scope of the unconstructed works in accordance with the construction design in order to complete the construction works and put the structures into operation. The works have a completion period of six months and are currently in progress.

The State Agency for Security continues the process of expropriation of real estate, cadastral survey of land units, identification of border points and restoration of border posts along the Latvian-Belarusian and Latvian-Russian borders. By 1 August 2022, 152 land plots along the Belarusian state border and 325 land plots along the Russian state border have been expropriated and their ownership rights registered in the Land Register.


Prepared by:
Ministry of the Interior
Communication Department