We would like to inform that Lithuanian authorities have announced additional precautionary measures to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus in the country from 16 March to 13 April.
Quarantine set to be introduced at midnight on March 16, Monday to slow down the spread of the coronavirus. Once the quarantine is in place, Lithuanian citizens, with some exceptions, will be banned from leaving the country, and foreigners will be banned from entering the country.
(16 March – 13 April)
- Foreign nationals will not be allowed to come to Lithuania.
1. If you are a foreign citizen planning to return to your home country during the quarantine, we strongly advise contacting your embassy immediately. Here’s a list of Lithuania-based embassies and consulates.
2. People must self-isolate for two weeks after returning from any foreign country.
3. More information can be found here www.urm.lt
- The number of border checkpoints to enter Lithuania has been reduced.
- Lithuanian citizens will not be allowed to leave the country unless they reside or work in another country. The State Border Guard Service has the right to grant exceptions on a case-by-case basis.
- SPA centres, beauty salons, shops and shopping centres are closed.
- Museums, theatres, cinemas, schools and universities are closed, as are the city’s Tourist Information Centre’s.
- Restaurants and bars are closed, except for food deliveries. Grocery stores, markets and pharmacies will continue operating.
- All public events, including conferences and other performances, are cancelled.
- The municipality has suspended non-essential services.
- Visiting patients in medical treatments facilities is prohibited, so is visiting prisoners in incarceration facilities.
- Planned elective medical procedures have been postponed, with the exception of emergency medical assistance. Rehabilitation and dental services are also suspended, as well as planned vaccinations.
- The number of passengers on intercity buses and trains is restricted to maintain the necessary distances between passengers. This requirement also applies to public transport within Vilnius. There is no public transport going to and from the Vilnius Airport.
- Buses and trolleybuses are still running, but have a reduced frequency and modified schedule: www.stops.lt. Tickets can no longer be purchased on the bus directly from the driver. We suggest downloading the Trafi App (download on the App Store, download on the Android) and using online tickets. It’s easy, very simple and available in English. Night buses are cancelled.
- Hotels have been informed that they will have to allow people to stay during quarantine if necessary; the state will cover these costs.
- Public and private sectors workers are recommended to work from home. Read about employer/employee relations in our page here.
The introduction of the quarantine regime can be enforced through the provisions of the Code of Administrative Offenses, and failure to comply with it may result in criminal liability.
Administrative misconduct can result in a fine of up to €560 for an individual and up to €3,000 for a legal entity.
You can follow the latest news about the situation on the LRT English website of the Lithuanian National Broadcaster.
All the information regarding the quarantine can be found on this website: karantinas.lt/en.
COVID-19 Hotline in Lithuania: 1808 (free of charge).
Important to know
The Migration Department will keep providing services to clients, except for accepting requests related to Lithuanian citizenship and live consultations at the Migration Department office.
However, only clients who have booked appointments via www.migracija.lt will be served. Clients who arrive without prior bookings will not be served. If it is not possible to book an appointment at the migration office in Vilnius, clients should book visits at other nearby migration offices. Clients will be able to retrieve documents only by booking an appointment in advance or, if the former is not possible, after receiving a call from Migration Department representatives and having agreed on a time to collect the document.
Mobile home service is temporarily suspended, with the exception of certain cases. For more information, please click here.
Migration Department employees will continuously maintain the hygiene and proper ventilation of their premises, and regularly disinfect surfaces. Both clients and employees will have access to on-site disinfectants.
Foreigners declaring a place of residence during quarantine
Foreigners living in Vilnius or those who have recently arrived to the city can declare their place of residence only when applying for a residence permit at the Migration Department during quarantine. Foreigners who already have residence permits but would like to declare a new place of residence are urged to wait until the end of the quarantine to do so.
What should a foreigner who wishes to declare a place of residence in Vilnius do during quarantine?
- For those declaring a place of residence in Vilnius for the first time
Place of residence declarations are submitted to the Migration Department when a residence permit has been issued.
During quarantine (16 March – 13 April), the Migration Department will only accept clients who have registered in advance on the www.migracija.lt website. Migration Department appointments can be made here.
If it is impossible to make an appointment at the nearest migration office, clients should register at the next-closest office. Issued documents can be picked up during a previously booked visit or, if there is no possibility to book a visit, only after receiving a phone call from the Migration Department and an appointment date and time have been confirmed.
Those with flu-like symptoms such as fever, cough, heavy breathing etc. are urged not to go to the migration office. Please note that, for the sake of safety, Migration Department staff members who notice people exhibiting flu-like symptoms may refuse to serve them and suggest that the visit be postponed.
Migration Department staff will ensure proper hygiene, ventilation, and disinfection of the premises. Moreover, both customers and employees will be provided with protective disinfectants.
- To change your declared place of residence in Lithuania or to re-declare it after the declaration deadline (for those who have a residence permit in Lithuania)
Declaring a place of residence is postponed until the end of the quarantine. Because of the current situation it will be taken into account that the person was not able to declare their place of residence and it will not be considered an offense.
Currently, all residents can receive all services by logging into their personal Sodra account at www.sodra.lt/home:
- Login can be done with an electronic signature, via e–banking or the e-government gateway;
- In the Claims section you can apply for sickness, maternity, paternity, child care, unemployment benefits, compensation and pension;
- In the Consultations section you can make an inquiry, chat with a consultant, or receive a telephone consultation;
- You will also find information on contribution payments, benefits and other details.
To limit contact between employees and residents during quarantine, post offices will impose certain operating restrictions.
Customers will only be provided with the following services:
- Dispatch and delivery of parcels and letters.
- Payments, pensions, benefits and remittances will proceed as usual.
- Press subscriptions (to ensure public access to information).
There will be a limited number of clients per department – each department will only be able to serve as many people at a time as there are customer service points.
Services will not be available at PayPost offices.
Courier shipments are delivered to the door only. Couriers will not serve customers inside their living quarters.
With the safety of its employees in mind, Lithuania Post also asks all residents to:
- Send parcels using LP EXPRESS 24/7
- Use the e-self-service for home delivery: www.manosiuntos.post.lt
- If possible, postpone any visit to post offices
- Follow the instructions of staff in post offices
All educational institutions will remain closed until 17 April, except for kindergartens taking care of children of hospital and medical staff, as well we special service officers.
Compensation for private kindergartens (of EUR 100) and an informal education basket will be paid for by the City of Vilnius.
For further information regarding remote teaching, contact your children’s kindergarten or school directly.
Food delivery services will continue operating. For everyone’s safety, all deliveries will be left at customer doorsteps/entrances.
- For the Wolt app, customers need to update their app and switch to ‘Nocontact-delivery’.
- For the Bolt app, customers should specify and prepare a place where they would like couriers to leave their food. Notes can be added during the last step when placing the order.
- Barbora currently offers two payment methods: electronic banking or the debit/credit card attached to your Barbora profile. The courier will leave the goods at your door without direct contact, informing you by phone or SMS.
- Dserve has also introduced its customers with food deliveriy services which are 100% contactless.
- Grocery store working hours:
Maxima 9:00 – 20:00
Rimi 9:00 – 20:00 (Rimi Žirmūnai works 8:00 – 22:00)
Iki 8:00 – 20:00
Lidl 9:00 – 20:00 (until the end of the quarantine, Lidl will prioritise senior citizen shopping in the morning from 9:00 to 11:00 to allow them to pay for goods without waiting in line)
Norfa – no changes in working hours
- It is advised to use self-checkouts or to pay with a card (avoid using cash payments).
Questions and answers about public transport movement in Vilnius, ticket purchase, customer service and other measures taken due to Coronavirus are here (English below).
- Lithuanian citizens, with some exceptions, are prohibited from leaving the country, and foreigners are prohibited from entering the country.
- The prohibition of foreign nationals entering the Republic of Lithuania has some exceptions, including drivers and crew members conducting the commercial and/or international carriage of goods, residents of the Republic of Lithuania, diplomats, foreigners who have work permits in Lithuania, persons enjoying immunities and privileges under the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations (1961) and the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations (1963) and military personnel of NATO countries, their staff and members of their families.
- Citizens of the Republic of Lithuania will only be allowed to leave the country during the quarantine period if their declared place of residence is abroad, or to go to their place of work. They will need to present specific documents as proof. More information is provided here (text in LT).
- Border crossing will be allowed at the following international border crossing points: Kalvarija–Budzisko, Saločiai–Grenctāle, Būtingė–Rucava, Smėlynė–Medume, Medininkai–Kamenyj Log, Raigardas–Privalka, Kybartai–Chernyshevskoe, and Panemunė–Sovietsk, as well as the Vilnius, Kaunas, Palanga, and Šiauliai airports, and the Klaipėda State Seaport.
What to do if you suspect you have a virus
- If symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing) occur you should call the COVID-19 hotline: 1808 (ph. +370 (37) 367 963 if calling from foreign phone number), report the circumstances of the illness, and follow medical advice.
- IMPORTANT: please do not go to the hospital by yourself.
- Avoid any contact. Self-insulating until ambulance arrives. An ambulance crew will take you to the hospital.
- Laboratory diagnostics will be performed at the hospital or the mobile laboratories. Hospital staff will inform you of further steps.
- To prevent coronavirus infection, everyone is recommended to follow standard measures to reduce the spread of disease: wash hands frequently with warm water and soap, avoid touching the face and eyes, practice proper coughing and sneezing etiquette (coughing and sneezing into a tissue or bent elbow), practice safe cooking (especially with regard to meat or eggs) and avoid close contact with anyone who exhibits respiratory disease symptoms, like coughing or sneezing.
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