Following reports of a mutated strain of coronavirus (COVID-19) in mink farms in Denmark, Spain, Italy, the USA, the Netherlands and Sweden, Lithuania has introduced a mandatory COVID-19 testing requirement for the arrivals from these countries as of 16 November.
The order signed by the Minister for Health on Friday makes it compulsory for all the travellers, without exception, coming from Denmark, Spain, Italy, the USA, the Netherlands and Sweden to have a confirmation of a negative test for COVID-19 (coronavirus infection) taken at maximum 48 hours before the entry to the Republic of Lithuania or to book for such testing in Lithuania within 24 hours from the arrival. This can be done by calling the Coronavirus Hotline at 1808 or the COVID-19 laboratory.
Isolation will be compulsory until a negative test result is received.
The Ministry of Health notes that this is a temporary requirement until the mutated strain of coronavirus detected in animal farms has been studied professionally in terms of its threat to human health.