From now on, Lithuania will allow arrivals of all the citizens of the countries of the European Economic Area, the Swiss Confederation and of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (EEA), and persons lawfully residing in these countries, except that those, who arrive from countries with COVID-19 incidence rate above 16 cases/100 000 population, will have to self-isolate for 14 days. The Government has taken this decision today.
Foreigners arriving in the Republic of Lithuania from the affected countries (where COVID-19 incidence reaches 25 cases per 100 thousand population) will have to have been tested negative for the coronavirus infection within the last three days. They will also be required to comply with other isolation conditions established by the State Commander of National Emergency Operations.
Lithuania is one of the strictest countries in the EU as regards the regulation of the entry of foreigners. Only Denmark, Cyprus, Malta and Finland apply similar restrictions. The Baltic States (Estonia, Latvia) do not apply restrictions of this kind but they rather rely on registration and isolation measures.
Besides, arrivals by air or sea are already being registered before they leave the airport or seaport by the staff of the National Public Health Centre under the Ministry of Health (NPHC), and those arriving by land are obliged to register with the NPHC within 12 hours from the moment of arrival in the Republic of Lithuania.
We currently have more stringent controls on those in isolation - police and border officers, as well as NPHC staff carry out controls and random checks for compliance.
After the entry restrictions have been removed for EEA citizens and persons lawfully residing in these countries, the State Commander of National Emergency Operations will no longer have to update the list of safe countries. Arrivals in the Republic of Lithuania (both citizens and foreigners) will fall subject to isolation in accordance with the list of countries affected by COVID-19 (coronavirus infection) approved by the Minister of Health.
Following these resolutions, the Government will also allow entries for the citizens of and persons lawfully residing in the Principality of Andorra, the Principality of Monaco, the Republic of San Marino and the Holy See (Vatican City State).
It has also been decided to amend the procedure for arrivals enabling entry for foreigners arriving for special humanitarian reasons during a coronavirus emergency, where there would be a need to hold a permission by the Minister for the Interior. However, these arrivals will be subject to the mandatory 14-day self-insulation.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will be involved in the process of issuing permissions, the Minister for Foreign Affairs will submit a reasoned recommendation regarding the entry of individual foreigners in specific cases (for example, political circumstances or other threats).
The Government has agreed that state and municipal institutions and bodies and state and municipal enterprises will organise their work and provide customer services in such a way as to ensure the required conditions laid down by the State Commander of National Emergency Operations: public health safety, observing safe distance and provision of with necessary personal protective equipment.