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COVID-19: Information for travellers

Updated 2020 09 21

Border Control  

From 15 September, every traveller returning to or arriving in Lithuania by regular, special or charter transport by air, sea, or land, will have to electronically submit their personal data to the National Public Health Centre (NPHC). This means that before boarding a plane, ferry, bus, or train, a traveller will have to fill in a form on the website of the National Public Health Centre, and present the confirmation received, the QR code, at the time of 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.

Find the form here.

Transit through Lithuania

Transit through the territory of the Republic of Lithuania is allowed for foreigners in these cases:

- on their return to their country of residence;
- in whose respect a reasoned request has been made by a foreign country;
- using facilitated transit of persons from the territory of the Russian Federation to Kaliningrad region of the Russian Federation and backwards (this transit of persons shall be carried out only through Kena railway border checkpoint and Kybartai railway border checkpoint under the conditions laid down by the Minister for Foreign affairs of the Republic of Lithuania).

Foreigners, travelling across Lithuania for transit purposes, don't need to be in self-isolation and to have COVID-19 test done.

Entering Lithuania

Lithuania currently allows citizens of European Economic Area countries and persons lawfully residing in these countries to enter Lithuania. However, those who arrive from countries with COVID-19 incidence rates above 25 cases per 100,000 people will have to test negative for the coronavirus infection within 72 hours of arriving in Lithuania and will have to self-isolate for 14 days.

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.

When planning your trip to Lithuania, please evaluate the situation surrounding your country’s 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.

Please find updates about the latest 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases for various countries here:

For citizens and residents of EU/EEA countries and the United Kingdom (Updated daily).
For citizens and residents of non-EU/EEA (Updated weekly, usually on Fridays).

The obligation to self-isolate also applies, when COVID-19 affected countries are crossed (by car, public transport, etc.), except air transport, if you do not leave the transit area at the airport.

If you are planning to come to Lithuania, you must pay attention to the following:

- Whether it is possible to come from your country;
- Whether visitors from your country are subject to mandatory isolation upon arrival;
- Whether you are required to fill in a traveller's form.

Choose from the options below to learn more:

The Ministry of Health recalls that this procedure applies to foreigners from the countries of the European Economic Area (EEA), Switzerland, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Andorra, San Marino, the Vatican, Iceland, Lichtenstein, and Norway. There are some exceptions – see them below in the Exceptions section.

Please keep in mind that the list of affected countries is subject to change without notice. The list of countries should be updated on 28 September.

Free entry and no isolation required for residents of the following countries:  

Cyprus
Estonia 
Finland
Germany
Iceland
Latvia
Liechtenstein
Poland

Free entry with mandatory isolation + negative test results (test taken no later than 72 hours before the arrival) for residents of the following countries:  

Andorra
Austria
Belgium
Bulgaria
Croatia
Czech Republic
Denmark
France
Greece
Hungary
Ireland
Italy
Luxembourg
Malta
Netherlands
Norway
Slovakia
Slovenia
Portugal
Romania
San Marino
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
United Kingdom and Northern Ireland


Important! Travellers arriving from these countries before boarding a plane, ferry, bus, or train, will have to fill in a form on the website of the National Public Health Centre, and present the confirmation received, the QR code, at the time of boarding. Find the form here

Source: koronastop.lrv.lt 

The entry of foreigners into the Republic of Lithuania from countries mostly outside the European Union and the European Economic Area (EEA) shall be limited to exceptional cases and those entering Lithuania will be subject to 10-day self-isolation. 

See the list of affected countries here. The list of countries should be updated on 28 September.

You may find the Exceptions list below. 

Lithuanian citizens returning from countries where the incidence rate exceeds 25 cases per 100,000 people over the last 14 days are required to self-isolate for 14 days.

Please keep in mind that the list of affected countries is subject to change without notice. The list of countries should be updated on 28 September.

Free entry, no isolation:

Cyprus
Estonia 
Finland
Germany
Iceland
Latvia
Liechtenstein
Poland


Free entry with mandatory isolation:

A list of countries can be found here.

Lithuanian citizens and foreigners with an entry permit who are returning from the affected countries included on the list or from other non-EU countries are required to register before boarding a plane, ferry, bus, or train, by submitting the details to the National Public Health Centre, and present the confirmation received, the QR code, at the time of boarding. Find the form here

Source: 

A list of affected countries

The entry of foreigners into the Republic of Lithuania remains prohibited, except for:

  • citizens of the countries of the European Economic Area, the Swiss Confederation and of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and persons lawfully residing in these countries, who arrive from these countries, provided the incidence of COVID-19 (coronavirus infection) in the country where they lawfully reside has not exceeded 25 cases/100 000 population in the last 14 calendar days. The list of such countries shall be approved and made public every Monday by the State Commander of National Emergency Operations. See the part above "I am a citizen of EU country, Switzerland, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland".

  • foreigners who hold a document confirming their right to reside in the Republic of Lithuania, or in whose respect the Migration Department under the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Lithuania has adopted a decision to issue a document confirming the right to reside in the Republic of Lithuania, and foreigners who are family members (parents (adoptive parents), children (adopted children), spouses and carers) of the citizens of the Republic of Lithuania and of the foreigners who hold a document confirming their right to reside in the Republic of Lithuania;

  • foreigners who hold a national visa of the Republic of Lithuania, or in whose respect the Migration Department under the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Lithuania has adopted a decision to issue a national visa;

  • foreigners lawfully residing in countries that have not been listed above, and which are 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 unless the incidence of COVID-19 disease (coronavirus infection) in these countries does not meet the incidence criteria specified above;

  • persons enjoying immunities and privileges under the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations (1961), the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations (1963) and under other international agreements and legislation of the Republic of Lithuania, their family members and their service personnel, also members of official delegations;

  • persons serving in the military units of NATO and of NATO countries and their service personnel, also their family members;

  • 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;

  • health professionals arriving into the Republic of Lithuania for the provision of  health care services;

  • high-performance athletes, specialists of high-performance sports and physical activity, instructors of high-performance sports and physical activity, and their family members, who come to the Republic of Lithuania at the permission of the Minister for Education, Science and Sport of the Republic of Lithuania for the preparation for and participation in high-performance athletic competitions;

  • artists coming to the Republic of Lithuania at the permission of the Minister for Culture of the Republic of Lithuania for the participation in professional artistic events, and their service personnel;

  • journalists coming to the Republic of Lithuania at the permission of the Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania;

  • other exceptional cases, where foreigners are allowed entry to the Republic of Lithuania on the basis of individual permission by a minister holding the jurisdiction in the respective realm, and whose entry has been approved by the Government.

What is the procedure following arrival?

Foreigners will be required to register with the National Public Health Center under the Ministry of Health within 24 hours of arrival. Find the form here. 

Foreigners arriving from countries included in the list of countries affected by the coronavirus, which is published weekly, are required, within 24 hours, to contact the Hotline 1808 or any testing body in order to be tested for the coronavirus. 

If foreigners arrive in Lithuania for work or have a separate permission by the Minister of the relevant field, and their arrival is approved by the Government, and if those persons are required to stay in isolation, the employer, the inviting person or foreigners themselves must pay for the isolation premises as well as transportation to the isolation premises and to the place of taking a swab for the coronavirus infection.

Isolation will not be mandatory only for foreigners enjoying immunities and privileges under the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, the 1963 Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, and under other international agreements and legislation of the Republic of Lithuania, their family members and their service personnel, also members of official delegations, persons serving in NATO and NATO military units and their personnel and their family members, special couriers working on transit trains and using simplified transit of persons from the territory of the Russian Federation to the Kaliningrad Region of the Russian Federation and back, and persons passing in transit through the territory of the Republic of Lithuania.

There will also be an exception for crew members, who are employed in the Lithuanian companies engaged in international commercial transportation, or who carry out international commercial transportation by all the means of transport (carriers): due to the nature of their work, they will be able to leave Lithuania before the end of the isolation period. It should be noted that exemptions have been and continue to be granted to carriers throughout the emergency and quarantine period in order not to restrict the movement of goods.

Source: www.urm.lt

Traveller form by the National Public Health Centre

From 15 September, every traveller returning to or arriving in Lithuania by regular, special or charter transport by air, sea, or land, will have to electronically submit their personal data to the National Public Health Centre. This means that before boarding a plane, ferry, bus, or train, a traveller will have to fill in a form on the website of the National Public Health Centre, and present the confirmation received, the QR code, at the time of 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.

Find the form here.

Self-Isolation Rules

Self-isolation for 14 days is mandatory upon your arrival from COVID-19 affected countries. Self-isolation could last for 10 days, if a person gets a negative COVID-19 test result after at least 8 days in isolation. It also applies, when COVID-19 affected countries are crossed (by car, public transport, etc.), except air transport, if you do not leave transit area at the airport. 

- People subject to mandatory self-isolation must stay at home.
- Leaving your place of isolation to visit supermarkets or other public places is forbidden. Please order your groceries or medicine online, or ask a friend to bring them to you. You can find a list of Lithuanian online shops here.
- Physical contact with other people who are not in isolation together with you is forbidden. Do not invite guests over.
- Do not use public transport.

Face masks  

Face masks are mandatory in all indoor public places, including shops, points of service and on public transport. As of 21st August, face masks are also mandatory in all indoor and outdoor events.

Exceptions:

- Where service cannot be provided to a customer wearing a mask (e.g., beard trimming), the customer will be able to stay without a mask during the provision of the service.
- While exercising in sports clubs and staying in amusement parks (e.g. swimming pools).

For more details, see here.

    Other relevant information

    You can follow the latest news about the situation on:

    • Koronastop.lrv.lt an official source of information by the Government of the Republic of Lithuania on the situation in Lithuania;
    • LRT English website of the Lithuanian National Broadcaster.

    COVID-19 Hotline in Lithuania: 1808 (free of charge).

    If necessary, please contact us at tic@vilnius.lt, by phone +370 5 262 9660 or through social media: Facebook, Instagram

    Daily new confirmed COVID-19 cases worldwide

    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) or contact your family doctor, 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.

    Latest news by the Lithuanian Ministry of Health.
    More information about coronavirus is available on WHO webpage.

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