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All countries of the world continue listed as affected; shorter self-isolation time for travellers

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2021 02 15

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Following the Friday update of the list of affected countries, the list still contains all the countries of the world, but it now has fewer countries that have been subject to more stringent self-isolation requirements. All the travellers will now be required to self-isolate for 10 days instead of previously required 14. These amendments will take effect on 15 February.

As of Monday, milder self-isolation requirements will apply in the case of arrivals from the United Arab Emirates, Aruba, Panama and the Seychelles, while arrivals from Saint Lucia will be subject to more stringent self-isolation requirements.

Travellers will be required to register before travelling to Lithuania on the website of the National Public Health Centre (NPHC) (https://keleiviams.nvsc.lt/lt/form) by completing an online registration form with correct data, and to show the confirmation (QR code) to the carrier when boarding the vehicle, and those travelling by their own transport will be required to register before the moment of crossing the border of the Republic of Lithuania and to show the confirmation of the completed online registration form (QR code) to the NPHC staff or other officials at the border checkpoint or passenger checkpoint.

If a traveller develops no symptoms of an upper respiratory infection, he or she will be able to shorten the self-isolation time by taking a PCR test for coronavirus no earlier than on the 7th day of the arrival with a negative result thereof. However, regardless of the shortened self-isolation time, it will be required for 14 days of arrival to restrict the number of contacts, and in the case of those working, it will be required to commute only between work and home and wear a face mask and keep safe distance and follow other general instructions for the prevention of the coronavirus in their interactions with others.

Another amendment effective as of this Monday is relevant for third-country nationals arriving in Lithuania for the purpose of performing work-related functions as authorised by one of the ministries. It will be allowed in this case to leave the place of self-isolation to go to the place required for handling work or business matters, where the travellers have arrived from the countries that fall subject to milder self-isolation requirements.

The list of affected countries is published every Friday to take effect on Monday for a weekly duration.

LIST OF COUNTRIES AFFECTED BY COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS INFECTION) (with effect from 15 to 21 February):

Exemptions for foreign travellers to Lithuania are laid down in the Government Resolution declaring quarantine (No 1226, paragraph 2.1.2.), in other cases, travellers from abroad are allowed entry only at the permission of a competent minister.

COUNTRY (TERRITORY)

REQUIREMENTS FOR

ARRIVALS TO LITHUANIA

Countries whence arrivals fall subject to the enhanced measures for communicable disease surveillance

Ireland

Travellers will be required to complete an online registration form prior to arrival in Lithuania and to show the confirmation (QR code) to the carrier when boarding the vehicle, and those travelling by their own transport will have to show it to the NPHC staff or other officials at the border checkpoint or passenger checkpoint.

 

Frontier workers and those crossing the border between the Republic of Lithuania and another European Union country every day or every working day (those travelling for work-related purpose, pupils, students and trainees) must complete the registration form at least once a month in the case of travelling otherwise than organised international routes.

 

Mandatory test for COVID-19

  • The test must be taken no earlier than 48 hours before the entry to Lithuania or when in Lithuania (register for a test within 24 hours of arrival in Lithuania, travellers by air or sea will be registered by the NPHC staff at an airport or seaport concerned).

Mandatory 10-day self-isolation (regardless of the result of the test). More stringent self-isolation requirements:

  • No walks outside;
  • No self-isolation in the same house or apartment with other family members that are outside the travelling party. When self-isolating with a family, the family members will be required to stay in self-isolation for the same period of time (they will not be issued a sick-leave certificate);
  • It is mandatory to follow other self-isolation requirements.

 

There is a possibility of shortening the self-isolation time by taking a coronavirus test (PCR), at personal expense, on the 7th day of self-isolation at the earliest, with a negative response thereof.

 

Those subject to self-isolation exemptions or in whose respect the self-isolation time has been shortened will have to restrict the number of their contacts for 14 days of arrival in the Republic of Lithuania. It is recommended that those working commute only between work and home if there is no possibility of working from home. When contacting others, it continues as mandatory to wear protective equipment covering the nose and mouth: face masks, respirators or other equipment, while also following other general instructions for the prevention of coronavirus infection.

 

Leaving the place of self-isolation with the NPHC permission will be allowed in the following cases (no permission is required in emergency cases):

  • To go to another place of self-isolation if it has to be changed for certain reasons;
  • To make arrangements for the funeral of a close person and the transportation of the remains and/or to participate in the wake ceremony/ funeral of a close person or visit terminally ill patients.
  • To go to a medical facility to have nasopharyngeal and oropharyngeal swab specimen collected for a coronavirus test;
  • To go to a medical facility for health care services;
  • To transport those unable to take care of themselves to a medical facility for health care services;
  • For high-performance athletes, high-performance sports specialists, high-performance sports instructors and sports medical personnel to go to high-performance sports training, training camps, competitions and institutions or establishments related to their sports activities;
  • Those summoned to state institutions (for example, for interviews etc.).

Leaving the place of self-isolation without the notification of the NPHC or without its permission will be allowed in the following cases:

  • To go to a mobile point to have nasopharyngeal and oropharyngeal swab specimen collected for a coronavirus test after prior booking with the Coronavirus Hotline at 1808 or with the NPHC, or to take there those unable to take care of themselves.

It will be possible to leave the place of self-isolation with at least 24-hour prior notification of the National Public Health Centre (NPHC) in the following cases:

  • Those living or working abroad and those who need to leave the country for health reasons may leave Lithuania before the lapse of the required self-isolation period of time.

It is not allowed to leave the place of self-isolation for work or business purpose.

 

Principality of Andorra

Federative Republic of Brazil

Czech Republic

Kingdom of Denmark

Republic of Estonia

Gibraltar*

Kingdom of Spain

State of Israel

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

United States of America

Montenegro

Republic of Latvia

Republic of Lebanon

Principality of Monaco

Kingdom of the Netherlands

Republic of South Africa

Portuguese Republic

Republic of San Marino

Saint Lucia

Republic of Slovenia

Turks & Caicos Islands*

Countries of the European Economic Area

 

Travellers will be required to complete an online registration form prior to arrival in Lithuania and to show the confirmation (QR code) to the carrier when boarding the vehicle, and those travelling by their own transport will have to show it to the NPHC staff or other officials at the border checkpoint or passenger checkpoint.

 

Frontier workers and those crossing the border between the Republic of Lithuania and another European Union country every day or every working day (those travelling for work-related purpose, pupils, students and trainees) must complete the registration form at least once a month in the case of travelling otherwise than organised international routes.

 

Mandatory test for coronavirus

  • The test must be taken no earlier than 48 hours before the entry to Lithuania or when in Lithuania (register for a test within 24 hours of arrival in Lithuania, travellers by air or sea will be registered by the NPHC staff at an airport or seaport concerned).

Mandatory 10-day self-isolation (regardless of the result of the test).

  • It is allowed to go outside for a walk within the radius of maximum 1 km from the place of self-isolation while wearing protective equipment covering nose and mouth. No visits to points of gatherings;
  • When staying with other people, it is required to self-isolate in a separate room, but those staying together do not have to self-isolate;
  • It is mandatory to follow other self-isolation requirements.

 

There is a possibility of shortening the self-isolation time by taking a coronavirus test (PCR), at personal expense, on the 7th day of self-isolation at the earliest, with a negative response thereof.

 

Those subject to self-isolation exemptions or in whose respect the self-isolation time has been shortened will have to restrict the number of their contacts for 14 days of arrival in the Republic of Lithuania. It is recommended that those working commute only between work and home if there is no possibility of working from home. When contacting others, it continues as mandatory to wear protective equipment covering the nose and mouth: face masks, respirators or other equipment, while also following other general instructions for the prevention of coronavirus infection.

 

Leaving the place of self-isolation with the NPHC permission will be allowed in the following cases (no permission is required in emergency cases):

  • To go to another place of self-isolation if it has to be changed for certain reasons;

Leaving the place of self-isolation without the notification of the NPHC or without its permission will be allowed in the following cases:

  • To make arrangements for the funeral of a close person and the transportation of the remains and/or to participate in the wake ceremony/ funeral of a close person or visit terminally ill patients.
  • To go to a medical facility to have nasopharyngeal and oropharyngeal swab specimen collected for a coronavirus test;
  • To go to a medical facility for health care services;
  • To transport those unable to take care of themselves to a medical facility for health care services;
  • For those who have to go to the place required for handling legal matters;
  • Those who have their own marriage;
  • For high-performance athletes, high-performance sports specialists, high-performance sports instructors and sports medical personnel to go to high-performance sports training, training camps, competitions and institutions or establishments related to their sports activities;
  • Those that have to go to state institutions, establishments and organisations when summoned by them;
  • To go to a mobile point to have nasopharyngeal and oropharyngeal swab specimen collected for a coronavirus test after prior booking with the Coronavirus Hotline at 1808 or with the NPHC, or to take there those unable to take care of themselves.
  • When travelling for the purpose of performing work functions, to go, during working hours, to the place required for handling work or business matters.
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It will be possible to leave the place of self-isolation with at least 24-hour prior notification of the NPHC in the following cases:

  • Those living or working abroad and those who need it for health reasons may leave Lithuania before the lapse of the required period of isolation.

Republic of Austria

Kingdom of Belgium

Republic of Bulgaria

Hellenic Republic

Republic of Iceland

Italian Republic

Republic of Cyprus

Republic of Croatia

Republic of Poland

Principality of Liechtenstein

Grand Duchy of Luxembourg

Republic of Malta

Kingdom of Norway

French Republic

Romania

Slovak Republic

Republic of Finland

Kingdom of Sweden

Swiss Confederation

Hungary

Federal Republic of Germany

Other countries

Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

Republic of Albania

People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria

American Samoa*

Angola

Antigua and Barbuda

Argentine Republic

Republic of Armenia

Aruba*

Australia

Republic of Azerbaijan

Commonwealth of the Bahamas

Kingdom of Bahrain

Republic of Belarus

People’s Republic of Bangladesh

Barbados

Belize

Republic of Benin

Bermuda*

Republic of Guinea-Bissau

Plurinational State of Bolivia

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Republic of Botswana

Brunei Darussalam

Burkina Faso

Republic of Burundi

Kingdom of Bhutan

Central African Republic

Republic of Chad

Republic of Chile

Commonwealth of Dominica

Dominican Republic

Republic of Côte d 'Ivoire

Republic of Djibouti

Egypt Arab Republic

Republic of Ecuador

State of Eritrea

Kingdom of Eswatini

Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia

Republic of the Fiji Islands

Republic of the Philippines

Gabonese Republic

Republic of Guyana

Republic of the Gambia

Republic of Ghana

Grenada

Guam*

Guadeloupe*

Republic of Guatemala

Republic of Guinea

Republic of Haiti

Republic of Honduras

Republic of India

Republic of Indonesia

Republic of Iraq

Islamic Republic of Iran

Jamaica

Japan

Republic of Yemen

Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

United Arab Emirates

Cayman Islands

Christmas Island

Kingdom of Cambodia

Republic of Cameroon

Canada

State of Qatar

Republic of Kazakhstan

Republic of Kenya

People’s Republic of China

Kyrgyzstan

Curaçao*

Republic of Colombia

Union of the Comoros

Democratic Republic of Congo

Republic of the Congo

Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

Republic of Korea

Republic of Costa Rica

Republic of Cuba

Coco islands*

The State of Kuwait

Lao People’s Democratic Republic

Kingdom of Lesotho

Republic of Liberia

State of Libya

Democratic Republic of Madagascar

Malaysia

Republic of Malawi

Republic of Maldives

Republic of Mali

Kingdom of Morocco

Martinique*

Republic of Mauritius

Islamic Republic of Mauritania

United Mexican States

Republic of the Union of Myanmar

Federated States of Micronesia

Republic of Moldova

Mongolia

Montserrat*

Republic of Mozambique

Republic of Namibia

New Zealand

Federal Republic of Nepal

Federal Republic of Nigeria

Republic of Niger

Republic of Nicaragua

Sultanate of Oman

Islamic Republic of Pakistan

Palestine*

Republic of Panama

Independent State of Papua New Guinea

Republic of Paraguay

Republic of Peru

Republic of South Sudan

French Polynesia*

Commonwealth of Puerto Rico*

Republic of Equatorial Guinea

Réunion*

Republic of Rwanda

Russian Federation

Sakartvelo

Solomon Islands

Republic of El Salvador

Independent State of Samoa

Democratic Republic of São Tomé and Príncipe 

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Republic of Seychelles

Republic of Senegal

St Kitts and Nevis

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Republic of Serbia

Republic of Sierra Leone

Republic of Singapore

Syrian Arab Republic

Federative Republic of Somali

Republic of Sudan

Republic of Suriname

Republic of North Macedonia

Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka

The Holy See (Vatican City State)

Republic of Tajikistan

Kingdom of the Thailand

United Republic of Tanzania

Republic of Togo

Kingdom of Tonga

Republic of Trinidad and Tobago

Republic of Tunisia

Republic of Turkey

Turkmenistan

Tuvalu

Republic of Uganda

Ukraine

Oriental Republic of Uruguay

Republic of Uzbekistan

Republic of Vanuatu

Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela

Socialist Republic of Vietnam

Republic of Zambia

Republic of Zimbabwe

Republic of Cabo Verde

* Territories without the status of a state
SELF-ISOLATION EXEMPTIONS
There are exemptions, where self-isolation requirement is not applicable but testing for coronavirus is still mandatory with respect to the following individuals travelling for the purpose of performance of work-related functions
  • Those enjoying immunities and privileges under the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations (1961), the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations (1963) and under other international agreements and legislation of the Republic of Lithuania, their family members and their service personnel, also members of official delegations, diplomats;
  • Those serving in the military units of NATO and of NATO countries and their service personnel, also their family members;
  • Officers performing extradition, transfer or takeover tasks;
  • Foreigners coming to the intelligence authorities of the Republic of Lithuania for purposes related to ensuring national security, at the permission of the Minister for National Defence of the Republic of Lithuania or the Director of the State Security Department of the Republic of Lithuania, respectively;
  • Health care professionals;
  • Frontier workers and those crossing the border between the Republic of Lithuania and another European Union country every day or every working day: those travelling for work-related purpose, pupils, students and trainees;
  • Seafarers;
  • High-performance athletes, high-performance sports specialists, high-performance sports instructors and sports medical personnel participating in international tournaments that are subject to separate international rules for controlling the coronavirus pandemic;
  • Lithuanian citizens returning from Belarus: teachers involved in the Lithuanian education in schools in Belarus and clergy performing pastoral work in Belarus.

Testing and self-isolation exemptions for arrivals in Lithuania

  • Crew members, who are employed in companies engaged in international commercial transportation, or who carry out international commercial transportation by all the means of transport, travelling for the purpose of the performance of work functions;
  • Those transiting trough the Republic of Lithuania with only essential stops (such as refuelling or for hygiene purposes) in the Republic of Lithuania. This exemption will apply when the purpose of the journey is not necessarily related to the performance of work functions;
  • Those holding a medical certificate confirming that they had coronavirus, where the diagnosis was confirmed through the positive PCR test or an antibody test and that maximum 90 days have passed from the positive testing until the return/entry to the Republic of Lithuania. A certificate from a medical establishment will not be required in the cases where coronavirus was diagnosed in Lithuania and the data have been communicated to the Information System of Electronic Health Services and Cooperation Infrastructure. This exemption will apply when the purpose of the journey is not necessarily related to the performance of work functions.
  • Those holding a medical certificate, a country-specific vaccination certificate or an international vaccination certificate confirming that they have gone through a full coronavirus vaccination programme. This exemption will apply when the purpose of the journey is not necessarily related to the performance of work functions.

Press Service, Ministry of Health