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Shorter isolation period for returnees or arrivals from abroad

Date

2020 09 16

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People returning or arriving from the affected countries from now on will be required to stay in isolation for 10 instead of 14 days, if their test for coronavirus infection (COVID-19) performed no earlier than on the eighth day of isolation is negative.

The isolation period will be reduced to 10 days after the National Public Health Centre receives information from the e-health system about the negative result of the test. If the test is not done, the person will be required to stay in isolation for 14 days.

Another novelty is that if people having returned from abroad feel well and do not feel any symptoms characteristic of the coronavirus infection, they are allowed to go for a walk outside. From now on, they are allowed a kilometre distance away from the isolation location; however, they must wear protective equipment covering their nose and mouth (face masks, respirators or other). In the event that a person required to stay in isolation is contacted by officials inspecting isolated persons for compliance with isolation requirements, the person must return to the place of isolation.

Returnees from abroad staying in isolation are not allowed to go to public gathering places – events, shops, museums, catering places, etc.

The National Public Health Centre also reminds that all the foreigners returning from the affected countries, i. e. those where the incidence of the coronavirus infection exceeded 25 cases per 100,000 population in the last 14 days, must have a coronavirus test done no earlier than 72 hours before arrival in Lithuania and a negative result received, except for the exemptions provided for in the Decision of the Commander of Operations. A negative test result does not exempt from the obligation to stay in isolation for 14 days.

The test is not obligatory for Lithuanian citizens and people legally residing in Lithuania when returning or arriving in Lithuania; however, 14 days of isolation remain mandatory.

Please note that following the change in the criteria for inclusion of countries in the list of the affected countries, the affected countries are those in which the incidence of the coronavirus infection exceeds 25 cases per 100,000 population in the last 14 days.

Information from the National Public Health Centre