Considering the rise in the incidence of COVID-19 in some countries, the Government decided to extend the ban to enter Lithuania for foreigners from third countries, with the exemptions that have been applied until now in the case of certain countries and categories of persons. By a decision of the State Commander of National Emergency Operations, arrivals in Lithuania from third countries from 31 March will not be required to complete a registration form of the National Public Health Centre.
As before, foreigners from the European Union (EU) countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and the Holy See will be able to enter Lithuania without any restrictions or additional documents.
Citizens and lawful residents of third countries will continue under the restriction to enter Lithuania, but this restriction will not apply to countries that have joined the system of EU Digital Certification (Albania, Armenia, the Faroe Islands, Israel, the United States, the United Arab Emirates, Montenegro, Lebanon, Moldova, Morocco, New Zealand, Panama, Sakartvelo, El Salvador, Serbia, Singapore, Northern Macedonia, Taiwan, Thailand, Tunisia, Togo, Turkey, Ukraine, Uruguay, and Cape Verde), also to the countries that have been included in the EU-level list of third countries, for the residents of which temporary restriction on non-essential travel to the EU should be lifted at external borders, which is available HERE.
Foreigners from other third countries will be allowed to enter under exemptions provided for in paragraph 2.3 of Resolution No 152 of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania declaring a national emergency.
Please note that travellers from third countries who fail to qualify under the criteria for vaccination or recovery applicable in Lithuania must test for COVID-19. Those travelling by air, bus, ferry and other carrier transport must take a pre-travel PCR test and to show the negative result to the carrier before boarding the transport. Travellers by their own transport can take a pre-travel PCR test, or they can do it in Lithuania booking a paid PCR or antigen test, within 24 hours of arrival, from any medical facility or laboratory.
The requirement to have a negative test result on entry from third countries will not apply to those:
- who have 14-270 days-old full vaccination with vaccine against COVID-19 recognised in Lithuania (Comirnaty, Spikevax, Vaxzevria, Janssen, Nuvaxovid, Covishield) (270 days time limit does not apply to individuals under 18 years of age);
- vaccinated with a booster shot;
- those recovered within 180 days, where the COVID-19 disease was confirmed by a positive result of a PCR test or a rapid antigen test included in the European Union Common List of Rapid Antigen Tests;
- those under 16 years;
- crew members, who are employed in Lithuanian companies engaged in international commercial transportation, or who carry out international commercial transportation by all the means of transport, and seafarers, members of official delegations;
- foreigners arriving in the Republic of Lithuania for special humanitarian reasons, through the mediation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania, and persons travelling by transit trains between the territory of the Russian Federation and the Kaliningrad region of the Russian Federation and who have the right to deboard a transit train in the Republic of Lithuania (they will take a COVID-19 test in the Republic of Lithuania).