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AS OF 1 JULY 2021 – NATIONAL STATE OF EMERGENCY

Information updated on 25 October 2021

As of 1 July 2021, Lithuania entered the state of national emergency. Resolution declaring a state of national emergency is available here.

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Additional measures to manage the pandemic as of 13 September   

As of 13 September, all contact services and economic activities shall be carried out and events organised (except for the established exceptions) only for persons who meet the criteria set by the National Certificate. Only persons who can present a valid National Certificate shall be able to receive contact services.

Health care services will be provided in accordance with the procedure approved by the Minister of Health. Provision of essential medical care services will not require testing, yet testing will be required if symptoms of COVID-19 are present. It should be noted that testing will be free of charge for patients.

To ensure uninterrupted access to personal health care services when other medical services have been restricted due to COVID-19 patients, as well as to avoid excessive deaths, the Order of the Minister of Health regulates that general medical services will be available to all Lithuanians. Both emergency and scheduled medical care will be available, except when the patient (resident) will need to be tested for preventive health check-ups. Symptomatic patients with symptoms of COVID-19 disease (fever, cough, dyspnoea, etc.) will be tested.

* As of 13 September. EXCEPTIONS. A NATIONAL CERTIFICATE IS NOT REQUIRED FOR THE FOLLOWING:

  • sales in shops and marketplaces whose main activity is the sale of food, veterinary goods, animal feed, pharmaceuticals, optical goods and orthopaedic devices, plants, seeds, and fertilisers that have a separate entrance from the outside, and whose sales area (i. e.  the area of sales halls for customer service and display of goods, including fitting rooms; the area of ​​administrative premises, warehouses, auxiliary premises, workshops, staircases, corridors, and sanitary facilities is not included in the sales area) does not exceed 1 500 square metres; or those located in a shopping centre whose total sales area (i. e. the area of sales halls and other sales outlets (such as kiosks) for customer service and display of goods, including fitting rooms; the area of ​​administrative premises, warehouses, and auxiliary premises, workshops, staircases, corridors, and sanitary facilities is not included in the sales area, nor the area of ​​shops in the supermarket with a separate entrance from the outside when there is no access to the supermarket) does not exceed 1 500 square metres;
  • distance selling (online or by other means of communication), and when goods are delivered to natural and legal persons or picked up at pick-up points (sales or other non-distance selling activities are not allowed at pick-up points);
  • ordering of minor repair services, when contact between the service recipient and the service provider lasts no longer than 15 minutes;
  • funeral services and funeral product shops;
  • visiting museum expositions and exhibitions;
  • library (book pick-up and return) and book pick-up services;
  • personal health care services (in accordance with the requirements set by the Minister of Health, including those on testing);
  • social services;
  • psychological assistance and psychotherapy services;
  • visiting terminally ill persons, minors under 14 years of age, and pregnant women in personal health care or residential institutions;
  • veterinary services;
  • passenger transport services;
  • paid passenger transport by taxi or private pre-booked car services;
  • provision of legal services (notaries, bailiffs, mandatory mediation, lawyers providing legal services under a lawyer-client agreement, and lawyers providing secondary legal aid) and court activities;
  • activities related to the protection of the rights of the child;
  • services provided by state and municipal institutions, agencies, as well as state- and municipality- controlled enterprises that due to their specifics cannot be provided remotely (the list of services is approved by the head of the institution, agency, or enterprise);
  • comprehensive family support services provided in accordance with the Action Plan for Comprehensive Family Support Services 2016-2023 approved by the Minister of Social Security and Labour of the Republic of Lithuania;
  • provision of technical assistance at the Technical Assistance Centre for the Disabled under the Ministry of Social Security and Labour and at the relevant municipal agencies;
  • provision of personal assistance to people with disabilities, when the need is determined by municipality-appointed social workers;
  • assistance to people who have experienced domestic violence;
  • assistance to victims of human trafficking;
  • activities related to reception of irregular migrants;
  • open-air services, sales and economic activities, commercial and non-commercial cultural, entertainment, sporting events, celebrations, fairs, festivals, and other organised gatherings of people in a public place for a certain pre-established period of time, with a maximum of 500 participants;
  • financial services where the payment and delivery of pensions or other social benefits is provided, other essential financial and compulsory insurance services where the contact between the service recipient and the service provider lasts no more than 15 minutes, and electronic communications services required to gain access to electronic services;
  • pre-school, pre-primary, primary, basic, secondary education, initial vocational training, non-formal education of children, and educational assistance.

National Certificate and testing

  • Only a PCR test that is valid for 48 hours will give access to the National Certificate. The test will be available only in PRIVATE medical institutions and laboratories, and the service will be paid. There will be no possibility to get a paid test at mobile points.
  • A free of charge PCR test at mobile points will only be available to the following:
    • persons who have been diagnosed by a general practitioner or allergist as being allergic to one of the components of the vaccine; an appropriate code will have to be indicated in the e-health system in that respect;
    • pregnant women; they will need to present a maternity certificate at a mobile point.
    • If the aforementioned persons wish to get a National Certificate, testing will be required, yet the PCR test will be free of charge and conducted at mobile points.
    • The test will need to be booked at www.1808.lt or by phone 1808.
  • As of 12 August, the National Certificate will also be available to individuals with sufficient levels of antibodies.
  • The test will be valid for 60 days; later on, it can be re-done.
  • Only serological antibody tests done as of 16 August will be included into the National Certificate.
  • The National Certificate will have to be updated, if the following factual information has changed:
    • a second dose of the vaccine has been received,
    • the PCR test result is no longer valid after 48 hours, etc.
  • If factual information has not changed, the National Certificate will need to be updated every 60 days.

It is notable that it will now be possible to obtain the National Certificate also after a rapid SARS-CoV-2 antigen test for COVID-19.

All information about the National Certificate is available at: https://gpasas.lt/?lang=en

All Lithuanians have access to a vaccine of their choice. If you wish to get your vaccine, please call 1808 or book it at https://koronastop.lrv.lt/en/.


National Certificate (Covid passport)

The National Certificate has been in effect since 24 May 2021.

National Certificate and testing

  • Only a PCR test that is valid for 48 hours will give access to the National Certificate. The test will be available only in PRIVATE medical institutions and laboratories, and the service will be paid. There will be no possibility to get a paid test at mobile points.
  • A free of charge PCR test at mobile points will only be available to the following:
    • persons who have been diagnosed by a general practitioner or allergist as being allergic to one of the components of the vaccine; an appropriate code will have to be indicated in the e-health system in that respect;
    • pregnant women; they will need to present a maternity certificate at a mobile point.
    • If the aforementioned persons wish to get a National Certificate, testing will be required, yet the PCR test will be free of charge and conducted at mobile points.
    • The test will need to be booked at www.1808.lt or by phone 1808.
  • As of 12 August, the National Certificate will also be available to individuals with sufficient levels of antibodies.
  • The test will be valid for 60 days; later on, it can be re-done.
  • Only serological antibody tests done as of 16 August will be included into the National Certificate.
  • The National Certificate will have to be updated, if the following factual information has changed:
    • a second dose of the vaccine has been received,
    • the PCR test result is no longer valid after 48 hours, etc.
  • If factual information has not changed, the National Certificate will need to be updated every 60 days.

It is notable that it will now be possible to obtain the National Certificate also after a rapid SARS-CoV-2 antigen test for COVID-19.

From 22 October, a requirement to secure 30 square metres of retail space per customer will apply to those points of sale that are subject to exemption under the Resolution of the Government enabling them to serve customers who do not qualify under the National Certificate criteria.

All information about the National Certificate is available at: https://gpasas.lt/?lang=en


Protective face masks

As of 1 October, face masks will be required indoors (in trade and service provision points, institutions, companies, or organisations, at work and in education, during events, etc.), regardless of whether the activities are carried out with or without the National Certificate. Reasonable and proportionate exemptions (e.g., when eating, singing, exercising, etc.) will be provided through decisions of the Commander of Operations.

 


Arrival from abroad 

Restrictions and mandatory requirements for arrivals from abroad.

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Last updated: 25 10 2021