21 September, 2020

As of Monday, isolation will be required for arrivals from Sweden, Norway, Bulgaria, Georgia, Canada, Tunisia and the Faroe Islands, where the incidence of coronavirus infection (COVID-19) has exceeded 25 cases per 100 000 population in the last 14 days. 

It is important to note that the time has been specified as to when foreigners and Lithuanian citizens living or working abroad must inform the National Public Health Centre (NPHC) about the planned date and time of departure from Lithuania before the end of the isolation period: this has to be done at least 24 hours before the departure. The new requirement will take effect as of tomorrow.

The list of exceptions for isolation has also been updated. Isolation will not be required in the case of the following Lithuanian citizens upon return from Belarus: teachers who provide Lithuanian education in schools in Belarus. Nor will it apply to State Border Guard Service officials involved in FRONTEX-coordinated international operations in the EU and in third countries.

There have also been changes in the movements between the Baltic countries. Although Estonia’s infection incidence is 25.4, it has not been listed among the affected countries, as 10% adjustment rate has been applied in its case. Consequently, those arriving from Estonia are not required to self-isolate.

The situation with Latvia is changing however: next week, Lithuanians will be required to self isolate in Latvia for 10 days, with the following exceptions. 

10-day isolation will not apply in the case of daily commuters across the Latvian border when travelling for the purpose of:

• work, where border crossing is necessary for the performance of work or duties and the person has documents proving the employment relationship;

• receiving childcare or formal pre-school education services (confirmation from a service provider or educational establishment will be required);

• attending formal education (basic, secondary or higher education) establishments and training programmes in the field of art and culture (confirmation from an education establishment will be required);

• accompanying a minor or an adult with special needs to the above-mentioned educational establishments (confirmation from a service provider or educational establishment will be required);

Also, 10-day isolation will not apply in the following cases when Latvian border is crossed:

• in the case of a transit through the territory of Latvia, including when transporting a passenger from the Latvian airports, ports and stations on return from abroad (it is recommended to have a copy of the travel ticket for transit through Latvia);

• in the case of those arriving to look after their relatives or to organise or attend a funeral

• in the case of persons coming to Latvia to receive health care (therapy and diagnostics) services (a document proving this is required).

For more information, please visit: the website of Lithuanian Embassy in Latvia and its Facebook page.

The Ministry of Health notes that, as of 14 September, countries will be deemed to be virus-affected, where coronavirus incidence rate exceeds 25 cases (instead of the previous 16) per 100 000 population in the last 14 days. Lithuania’s incidence rate currently stands at 18.8 cases per 100 thousand.

Persons who have returned or arrived from countries on the list of countries most affected by coronavirus infection or who have travelled through these countries, shall be deemed to have been exposed to the virus. Isolation will be mandatory in their case. Isolation however will not be mandatory in the case of travelling by air without leaving the airport transit area.

Furthermore, every traveller returning to or arriving in Lithuania by air, sea or land using regular, special and charter services will have to register electronically with the National Public Health Centre (NPHC) as of Tuesday, 15 September. This means that before boarding a plane, ferry, bus or train, a person will have to fill in a form on the NPHC website and present the confirmation received - the so-called QR code - during the boarding.  

In the case of individual travelling by land, it is obligatory to register with the NPHC within 12 hours from the moment of arrival in the Republic of Lithuania.

Foreigners arriving from the affected countries must have a test for COVID-19 (coronavirus infection) taken at maximum 72 hours before the entry to Lithuania and negative results thereof, except cases provided for in the order of the Minister for Health. A negative test result will not free from the obligation to self-isolate for 14 days.

For the citizens of Lithuania and persons lawfully residing in Lithuania returning to or arriving in Lithuania, this test will not be mandatory, but 14-day isolation will remain as a requirement. 

Both the citizens of Lithuania and foreigners will have a possibility of shortening the isolation time by taking a coronavirus test no earlier than on the 8th day of isolation. In the case of a negative result, the isolation time for them can be shortened to 10 days.

The list of affected countries is subject to weekly updates depending on the epidemiological situation.

Minister’s order regarding the list of most affected countries is available HERE.

Minister’s order regarding the amendments to the isolation requirements is available HERE.

For more information and travel advice, please visit HERE.

LIST OF COUNTRIES AFFECTED BY COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS INFECTION)

 No

Country

Overall 14-day incidence rate 

per 100 000 population

(data as of 18-09-2020)

  1.  

Republic of Ireland

over 25

  1.  

Republic of Albania

  1.  

Principality of Andorra

  1.  

Argentine Republic

  1.  

Republic of Armenia

  1.  

Aruba

  1.  

Republic of Austria

  1.  

Bahamas

  1.  

Kingdom of Bahrain

  1.  

Republic of Belarus

  1.  

Kingdom of Belgium

  1.  

Belize

  1.  

Plurinational State of Bolivia

  1.  

Bosnia and Herzegovina

  1.  

Republic of Botswana

  1.  

Federative Republic of Brazil

  1.  

Bulgaria

  1.  

Czech Republic

  1.  

Republic of Chile

  1.  

Kingdom of Denmark

  1.  

Dominican Republic

  1.  

Republic of Ecuador

  1.  

Faeroe Islands

  1.  

Philippines

  1.  

Republic of Guyana

  1.  

Gibraltar*

  1.  

Hellenic Republic

  1.  

Guam*

  1.  

Republic of Guatemala

  1.  

Georgia (Sakartvelo)

  1.  

Republic of Honduras

  1.  

Republic of India

  1.  

Republic of Iraq

  1.  

Islamic Republic of Iran

  1.  

Kingdom of Spain

  1.  

Italian Republic

  1.  

Israel

  1.  

Jamaica

  1.  

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland  

  1.  

United States of America

  1.  

United Arab Emirates

  1.  

Montenegro

  1.  

Canada

  1.  

Qatar

  1.  

Republic of Kazakhstan

  1.  

Republic of Colombia

  1.  

Republic of Kosovo

  1.  

Republic of Costa Rica

  1.  

Republic of Croatia

  1.  

Kuwait

  1.  

Republic of Lebanon

  1.  

State of Libya

  1.  

Grand Duchy of Luxembourg

  1.  

Republic of Maldives

  1.  

Republic of Malta

  1.  

Kingdom of Morocco

  1.  

United Mexican States

  1.  

Virgin Islands (US)

  1.  

Republic of Moldova

  1.  

Principality of Monaco

  1.  

Namibia

  1.  

Federal Republic of Nepal

  1.  

Kingdom of the Netherlands

  1.  

Kingdom of Norway

  1.  

Sultanate of Oman

  1.  

Palestine*

  1.  

Panama

  1.  

Republic of Paraguay

  1.  

Republic of Peru

  1.  

Republic of South Africa

  1.  

Portuguese Republic

  1.  

French Polynesia

  1.  

French Republic

  1.  

Commonwealth of Puerto Rico

  1.  

Romania

  1.  

Russian Federation

  1.  

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

  1.  

Republic of Slovenia

  1.  

Slovak Republic

  1.  

Republic of Suriname

  1.  

Republic of North Macedonia

  1.  

Kingdom of Sweden 

  1.  

Swiss Confederation

  1.  

Turks & Caicos Islands*

  1.  

Trinidad and Tobago

  1.  

Tunisia

  1.  

Turkey

  1.  

Ukraine

  1.  

Republic of Venezuela

  1.  

Republic of Hungary

  1.  

Republic of Cabo Verde

* Territories without the status of a state

Press Service, Ministry of Health

Source: sam.lrv.lt
Last updated: 07 10 2020