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All travellers will have to submit their details to the National Public Health Centre electronically

Date

2020 09 11

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From now on, every traveller returning to or arriving in Lithuania by regular, special or charter transport by air, sea, or land, will have to electronically submit their personal data to the National Public Health Centre. This means that before boarding a plane, ferry, bus, or train, a traveller will have to fill in a form on the website of the National Public Health Centre, and present the confirmation received, the QR code, at the time of boarding.

In case the traveller does not have a mobile device or internet access, carriers will have to make it possible for travellers to fill in the electronic form while using the means provided by the carriers.

A paper form will only be allowed in exceptional cases, where for truly objective reasons, such as internet connection disruptions, it will not be possible to fill it in electronically. The carriers will have to print out the form for travellers to fill in, and the carriers will submit it to the National Public Health Centre no later than within 1 day.

The National Public Health Centre form can be found here.

According to State Commander of National Emergency Operations, Minister of Health Aurelijus Veryga, the aim is to save time for both people and officials.

‘It takes just a few minutes for anyone waiting for a plane, ferry, or train to fill in a form and submit their data electronically. Meanwhile, filling out a paper form takes much longer. In addition, the data from the paper forms have to be entered into the information system, which requires considerable human resources that could be diverted to other activities, such as consulting,’ says Minister Veryga.

According to Rolanda Lingienė, Director of Vilnius Department of National Public Health Centre, several thousand paper forms have been collected daily at airports and seaports so far. This greatly complicates and prolongs the process, wasting time for both officials and travellers.

‘We understand that coronavirus is not an ordinary situation, and we understand that people have additional worries and inconveniences, but we must all contribute to measures to prevent the spread of infection. Let me also emphasize that people are asked to provide the data that is epidemiologically relevant. To put it simply, if, for example, an infection is recorded, the data provided by travellers allows to immediately find out, as to which people had been sitting next to the infected person during the trip, to assess their individual risk, and prevent further spread of the infection,’ says Lingienė.

In the form, travellers have to provide their name, surname, place of residence, countries visited, contact details, a flight number, and their seat on the plane or ferry. 

Isolation of 14 days from the date of arrival in Lithuania is mandatory for all persons arriving from the affected areas and for foreigners arriving from third countries.

The Decision of the State Commander of National Emergency Operations takes effect as of Tuesday, 15 September.
The Decision of the State Commander of National Emergency.

Information from the National Public Health Centre