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Updated list of affected countries. Changes in self-isolation requirements for arrivals from nine countries

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2021 03 15

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As of Monday, Sweden, Hungary and Jordan have been added to the list of countries whence arrivals fall subject to enhanced communicable disease control measures, while arrivals from Ireland, Denmark, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Monaco, Turks and Caicos will be subject to the usual self-isolation requirements.

Following the spread of the so-called British strain of coronavirus (COVID-19) in many countries of the European Union, including Lithuania, it has been decided to impose enhanced communicable disease control measures exclusively on arrivals from countries with the prevailing or spreading other coronavirus strains of concern, also on arrivals from countries with high notification rate of coronavirus cases.

However, in response to the current developments in Europe and the world, the Government has introduced a requirement for all travellers, as of this week, arriving in Lithuania on international carrier routes to have a confirmation of a negative test result for COVID-19 taken within 72 hours. Failure to present the confirming document will lead to denied boarding. The list of exemptions for this requirement has added members of official delegations with effect from Monday.

Following the updated procedure for identifying affected countries, tighter restrictions will henceforth apply to arrivals from countries with growing spread of the Brazilian (P.1) or South African (B.1.351 or 501Y.V2) strains. The enhanced communicable disease control measures will also apply in the case of arrivals from countries and regions with 14-day notification rate of 500 cases per 100 000 or higher. This indicator is established on the basis of the data provided by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.

LIST OF COUNTRIES AFFECTED BY COVID-19:

Exemptions for foreign travellers to Lithuania have been 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.

 

No

Country (territory)

Requirement for arrivals

Countries whence arrivals fall subject to the enhanced communicable disease control measures

1.

Kingdom of Bahrain

Travellers will be required to complete a registration form prior to arrival in Lithuania and to show the confirmation (QR code) to the carrier when boarding the vehicle, or 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, also 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) are required to show the confirmation of the negative result of a test for COVID-19 taken 7 days at the earliest before the return or arrival in Lithuania, when they travel by their own transport.

COVID-19 testing (PCR test or antigen test from the nasopharynx) is mandatory. A serological antibody test result will not be accepted.

The test for COVID-19 taken within 72 hours before the entry to Lithuania must be negative and it must be presented to the carrier before the journey. The test for COVID-19 will be mandatory for individuals from the age of 16 inclusively. 

An exemption will apply in the case of those travelling by their own transport: they will have to have a negative test for COVID-19 taken within 72 hours before the entry to Lithuania or they will have to register and book such testing in Lithuania within 24 hours of the arrival.

 

Mandatory 10-day self-isolation. More stringent self-isolation requirements:

  • no walks outside;
  • self-isolation in the same house or apartment with other family members who have not travelled together, is not possible. 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 COVID-19 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 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, wearing protective equipment covering the nose and mouth: face masks, respirators or other means remains mandatory, also the observance of other general instructions for the prevention of COVID-19.

The place of self-isolation can be left with NPHC’s permission to go to another place of self-isolation if it has to be changed for certain reasons.

It will be allowed to leave the place of self-isolation at the notification of the NPHC 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 COVID-19 test;
  • to go to a medical facility for health care services (notification is not required in emergency cases);
  • 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 that have to go to state institutions, establishments and organisations when summoned by them or to go to the place required for handling legal matters.
  • those living or working abroad and those who need to leave the country for health reasons.
     

It will be allowed to leave the place of self-isolation without the notification of the NPHC in the following cases:

  • to go to a mobile point to have nasopharyngeal and oropharyngeal swab specimen collected for a COVID-19 test after prior registration with the COVID-19 Hotline at 1808 or with the NPHC, or to transport those unable to take care of themselves.
  • employees of listed occupations who travel for the purpose of work functions can leave the place of self-isolation to go to the place needed to handle work or business matters during working hours.

It will not be allowed to leave the place of self-isolation for own wedding.

2.

Federative Republic of Brazil

3.

Czech Republic

4.

Republic of Estonia

5.

State of Israel

6.

Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

7.

Montenegro

8.

Republic of Lebanon

9.

Republic of Malta

10.

Republic of South Africa

11.

Republic of San Marino

12.

Republic of Serbia

13.

Republic of Seychelles

14.

Slovak Republic

15.

Republic of Slovenia

16.

Kingdom of Sweden

17.

Republic of Hungary

Countries of the European Economic Area

Travellers will be required to complete a registration form prior to arrival in Lithuania and to show the confirmation (QR code) to the carrier when boarding the vehicle, or 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, also those crossing the border between the Republic of Lithuania and another EU country every day or every working day for work-related purpose, pupils, students and trainees, are required to show the confirmation of the negative result of a test for COVID-19 taken 7 days at the earliest before the return to Lithuania or in Lithuania, when they travel by their own transport.

COVID-19 testing (PCR test or antigen test from the nasopharynx) is mandatory. A serological antibody test result will not be accepted.

The test for COVID-19 taken within 72 hours before the entry to Lithuania must be negative and it must be presented to the carrier before the journey. The test for COVID-19 will be mandatory for individuals from 16 years inclusively. 

An exemption will apply in the case of those travelling by their own transport: they will have to have a negative test for COVID-19 taken within 72 hours before the entry to Lithuania or they will have to register and book such testing in Lithuania within 24 hours of the arrival.

 

Mandatory 10-day self-isolation:

  • 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 gathering points;
  • 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 COVID-19 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 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, wearing protective equipment covering the nose and mouth: face masks, respirators or other means remains mandatory, also the observance of other general instructions for the prevention of COVID-19.

The place of self-isolation can be left with NPHC’s permission to go to another place of self-isolation if it has to be changed for certain reasons. 

It will be allowed to leave the place of self-isolation without the notification of the NPHC 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 COVID-19 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 wedding;
  • 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;
  • employees of listed occupations who travel for the purpose of work-related functions (third-country nationals arriving in the Republic of Lithuania for the purpose of work-related functions at the permission of a relevant ministry) can leave the place of self-isolation to go to the place needed to handle work or business matters during working hours.
  • those that have to go to state institutions, establishments and organisations when summoned by them or to go to the place required for handling legal matters.
  • to go to a mobile point to have nasopharyngeal and oropharyngeal swab specimen collected for a COVID-19 test after prior registration with the COVID-19 Hotline at 1808 or with the NPHC, or to transport those unable to take care of themselves.
  • those going to their own wedding.

those living or working abroad and those who need to leave the country for health reasons will be allowed to leave the place of self-isolation before the lapse of the required period of isolation with prior notification of the NPHC.

 

1.

Ireland

2.

Republic of Austria

3.

Kingdom of Belgium

4.

Republic of Bulgaria

5.

Kingdom of Denmark

6.

Hellenic Republic

7.

Republic of Iceland

8.

Kingdom of Spain

9.

Italian Republic

10.

Republic of Cyprus

11.

Republic of Croatia

12.

Republic of Latvia

13.

Republic of Poland

14.

Principality of Liechtenstein

15.

Grand Duchy of Luxembourg

16.

Kingdom of the Netherlands

17.

Kingdom of Norway

18.

French Republic

19.

Portuguese Republic

20.

Romania

21.

Republic of Finland

22.

Swiss Confederation

23.

Federal Republic of Germany

Other countries

1.

Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

2.

Republic of Albania

3.

People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria

4.

American Samoa*

5.

Principality of Andorra

6.

Angola

7.

Antigua and Barbuda

8.

Argentine Republic

9.

Republic of Armenia

10.

Aruba*

11.

Australia

12.

Republic of Azerbaijan

13.

Commonwealth of the Bahamas

14.

Republic of Belarus

15.

People’s Republic of Bangladesh

16.

Barbados

17.

Belize

18.

Republic of Benin

19.

Bermuda*

20.

Republic of Guinea-Bissau

21.

Plurinational State of Bolivia

22.

Bosnia and Herzegovina

23.

Republic of Botswana

24.

Brunei Darussalam

25.

Burkina Faso

26.

Republic of Burundi

27.

Kingdom of Bhutan

28.

Central African Republic

29.

Republic of Chad

30.

Republic of Chile

31.

Commonwealth of Dominica

32.

Dominican Republic

33.

Republic of Côte d 'Ivoire

34.

Republic of Djibouti

35.

Egypt Arab Republic

36.

Republic of Ecuador

37.

State of Eritrea

38.

Kingdom of Eswatini

39.

Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia

40.

Republic of the Fiji Islands

41.

Republic of the Philippines

42.

Gabonese Republic

43.

Republic of Guyana

44.

Republic of the Gambia

45.

Republic of Ghana

46.

Gibraltar*

47.

Grenada

48.

Guam*

49.

Guadeloupe*

50.

Republic of Guatemala

51.

Republic of Guinea

52.

Republic of Haiti

53.

Republic of Honduras

54.

Republic of India

55.

Republic of Indonesia

56.

Republic of Iraq

57.

Islamic Republic of Iran

58.

Jamaica

59.

Japan

60.

Republic of Yemen

61.

United States of America

62.

United Arab Emirates

63.

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

64.

Cayman Islands

65.

Christmas Island

66.

Kingdom of Cambodia

67.

Republic of Cameroon

68.

Canada

69.

State of Qatar

70.

Republic of Kazakhstan

71.

Republic of Kenya

72.

People’s Republic of China

73.

Kyrgyzstan

74.

Curaçao*

75.

Republic of Colombia

76.

Union of the Comoros

77.

Democratic Republic of Congo

78.

Republic of the Congo

79.

Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

80.

Republic of Korea

81.

Republic of Costa Rica

82.

Republic of Cuba

83.

Coco islands*

84.

The State of Kuwait

85.

Lao People’s Democratic Republic

86.

Kingdom of Lesotho

87.

Republic of Liberia

88.

State of Libya

89.

Democratic Republic of Madagascar

90.

Malaysia

91.

Republic of Malawi

92.

Republic of Maldives

93.

Republic of Mali

94.

Kingdom of Morocco

95.

Republic of the Marshall Islands

96.

Martinique*

97.

Republic of Mauritius

98.

Islamic Republic of Mauritania

99.

United Mexican States

100.

Republic of the Union of Myanmar

101.

Federated States of Micronesia

102.

Republic of Moldova

103.

Principality of Monaco

104.

Mongolia

105.

Montserrat*

106.

Republic of Mozambique

107.

Republic of Namibia

108.

New Zealand

109.

Republic of Nauru

110.

Federal Republic of Nepal

111.

Federal Republic of Nigeria

112.

Republic of Niger

113.

Republic of Nicaragua

114.

Sultanate of Oman

115.

Islamic Republic of Pakistan

116.

Palestine*

117.

Republic of Panama

118.

Independent State of Papua New Guinea

119.

Republic of Paraguay

120.

Republic of Peru

121.

Republic of South Sudan

122.

French Polynesia*

123.

Commonwealth of Puerto Rico*

124.

Republic of Equatorial Guinea

125.

Réunion*

126.

Republic of Rwanda

127.

Russian Federation

128.

Sakartvelo

129.

Solomon Islands

130.

Republic of El Salvador

131.

Independent State of Samoa

132.

Democratic Republic of São Tomé and Príncipe

133.

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

134.

Republic of Senegal

135.

St Kitts and Nevis

136.

Saint Lucia

137.

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

138.

Republic of Sierra Leone

139.

Republic of Singapore

140.

Syrian Arab Republic

141.

Federative Republic of Somali

142.

Republic of Sudan

143.

Republic of Suriname

144.

Republic of North Macedonia

145.

Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka

146.

The Holy See (Vatican City State)

147.

Republic of Tajikistan

148.

Kingdom of the Thailand

149.

United Republic of Tanzania

150.

Turks and Caicos Islands*

151.

Republic of Togo

152.

Kingdom of Tonga

153.

Republic of Trinidad and Tobago

154.

Republic of Tunisia

155.

Republic of Turkey

156.

Turkmenistan

157.

Tuvalu

158.

Republic of Uganda

159.

Ukraine

160.

Oriental Republic of Uruguay

161.

Republic of Uzbekistan

162.

Republic of Vanuatu

163.

Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela

164.

Socialist Republic of Vietnam

165.

Republic of Zambia

166.

Republic of Zimbabwe

167.

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 COVID-19 is still mandatory for individuals travelling for the purpose 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 of Lithuania, their family members and their service personnel, also 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 Director of the State Security Department of the Republic of Lithuania, respectively;
  • health care professionals;
  • frontier workers, also those crossing the border between the of Lithuania and another EU country every day or every working day: those travelling for work-related purpose, pupils, students and trainees;
  • seafarers who are not involved in international shipments;
  • 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 COVID-19 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

  • those transiting trough the Republic of with only essential stops (such as refuelling or for hygiene purposes) in the Republic of Lithuania. This exemption will apply when the purpose of travelling is not necessarily related to the performance of work functions;
  • Those holding a medical document confirming that they recovered from coronavirus diagnosed on the basis of a positive PCR test or an antigen test and that maximum 90 days have passed from the positive testing until the return/entry to the of Lithuania. A document from a medical establishment will not be required in the cases where COVID-19 was diagnosed in Lithuania and the data have been communicated to the Information System of Electronic Health Services and Cooperation Infrastructure, when travelling by their own transport to Lithuania. This exemption will apply when the purpose of travelling is not necessarily related to the performance of work functions;
  • those holding a medical document, a country-specific vaccination certificate or an international vaccination certificate confirming that they have gone through the full programme of COVID-19 vaccination with vaccine registered in the Union Register of Medicinal Products;
  • members of official delegations travelling by carrier transport or otherwise;
  • the documents confirming the results of the COVID-19 test or vaccination or recovery must be submitted in one of the official languages of the European Union.

There are exemptions, where testing is not applicable but self-isolation is still mandatory

  • those under 16 years;
  • crew members:
  • carrying out carriage of passengers on international routes by all types of vehicles arriving in the Republic of Lithuania on international passenger routes organised and operated by carriers as regular, special and charter services by all types of vehicles;
  • employed in companies engaged in international commercial transportation or carrying out international commercial transportation by all types of vehicles, who travel for the purpose of work-related functions, arriving in the Republic of Lithuania otherwise than on international passenger routes organised and operated by carriers as regular, special and charter services by all types of vehicles.

 

Arriving crew members employed in companies engaged in international commercial transportation or carrying out international commercial transportation by all types of vehicles will fall subject to self-isolation from the day of arrival in Lithuania until the day of departure from its territory but no longer than 10 days of arrival/return to Lithuania. Self-isolation will not be mandatory when they deliver or pick up shipment without staying in Lithuania, or when they transit through Lithuania.

 

Press Service, Ministry of Health