As a result of the revoked national emergency, from 1 May, Lithuania is changing its COVID-19 management strategy. COVID-19 testing and vaccination will be carried out in country’s medical facilities; there will be no more mobile points; testing will be limited to people with symptoms at the discretion of the GP; and the need for testing before hospitalisation will be decided by the management of the medical facility concerned.
COVID-19 testing will be transferred from mobile points to personal health care facilities, so people who experience symptoms of COVID-19 should contact their family doctor. COVID-19 rapid antigen tests will be used at the discretion of the GP. Patients will not be able to book a testing appointment themselves, this will be done by health providers. As mobile points will be no more, booking a testing appointment from the mobile points will be no longer available as of 1 May.
Regular self-monitoring tests and surface tests will be no more in education establishments, but public health professionals working in e establishments will be provided with self-monitoring tests, which they will be able to use on case-by-case basis, as needed.
To assess the prevalence of the virus in the population, to ensure sequencing and monitoring of virus strains, certain primary level treatment facilities have been selected for sampling and PCR testing and sequencing.
Those diagnosed with COVID-19 will no longer be subject to mandatory self-isolation. A patient will be deemed healthy at doctor’s decision if, over the time of 24 hours, the temperature falls back to normal and other symptoms subside. People with symptoms are not recommended to go to work, school, other public gathering places. Neither travellers nor those exposed are required to self-isolate.
Travellers arriving in Lithuania will no longer be subject to any COVID-19 management requirements: they will no longer need to take a pre-travel COVID-19 test, even if they have not had the disease or have not been vaccinated, they will not be required to complete a questionnaire of the National Public Health Centre, and there will be no restrictions for arriving foreigners.
Significant changes await patients in treatment facilities - people will no longer need to take a PCR test before hospitalisation, but hospitals will be able to prescribe COVID-19 confirmatory tests to individuals with the symptoms of the disease or in other cases in accordance with the institutional procedures.
The procedure for wearing the protective equipment covering the nose and mouth for patients and the staff, also the separation of flows, will have to be determined by the management of each medical facility. However, visiting patients in inpatient medical facilities will require nasal and oral protective equipment. This will not be required from persons with disabilities who, who cannot wear them due to health condition or its wearing may adversely affect their health.
Health providers have the right to apply more stringent infection control requirements, so you should consult the procedures before going to the doctor’s.
It is no longer mandatory to wear protective equipment covering the nose and mouth in other indoor public places, or in public transport. It is recommended to wear face masks in public indoor places that are poorly ventilated, crowded, and it is impossible to maintain a safe distance from other people, also on public transport during the morning and evening peak hours.
You can book vaccination online at: www.koronastop.lt, also with your GP. Vaccination is recommended in children over 5 years of age, and a booster dose - from 12 years of age.
The Ministry of Health notes that today most of the Lithuanian population (81.36 per cent) are either vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19.
The declining COVID-19 notification rate since early February 2022, also the steady number of patients treated in the intensive care, some COVID-19 management measures have been abandoned: it is no longer required to self-isolate for those exposed, flow management at schools is only recommended, and it is no longer required to wear personal protective equipment covering the nose and mouth indoors, etc.