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COVID-19: Information for travellers

Updated 2021 06 21

Nationwide lockdown until June 30th 

As of 7 November, the Government has decided to introduce a three-week nationwide lockdown which is now prolonged till June 30th. Some businesses will have to halt or reduce their operations, tighter infection control measures will be enforced, and work and education will be arranged with a minimum of contacts. Read more here.

Entering Lithuania

Every traveler entering Lithuania must comply with the current entry requirements.

Passenger's questionnaire

Persons, arriving to Lithuania from all the countries by all means of transport, including by car should fill Passenger's questionnaire and present the confirmation of the completed electronic form (QR code) to the carrier before boarding the vehicle or to officials at the border checkpoint or passenger checkpoint.

Entry requirements based on ECDC guidelines

Entry requirements are based on ECDC guidelines and are marked in different colours (green, orange, red, dark red and grey). 
Third countries (non-European Economic Area countries) that are not included in the ECDC maps are classified as grey area countries.

!!! Please note that persons, who have visited one of the strongly virus-affected countries in the past 14 days before arrival to Lithuania, must do testing and self-isolate despite the exceptions displayed in the accordion below. The list of these affected countries is available right here.
- Receive a negative COVID test (PCR or antigen test) (for individuals from 16 years old) . Test has to be taken within 72 hours before the entry to Lithuania;
- Fill out a Passenger's questionnaire not earlier than 48 hours before arrival.

Testing requirements will not apply in the case of those holding a document from a medical establishment confirming: 

-that they had COVID-19 (coronavirus infection) diagnosed on the basis of a positive result from SARS-CoV-2 PCR test or an antigen test;
-the full vaccination with one of the COVID-19 vaccines (COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen, Comirnaty, COVID-19 Vaccine Moderna, and Vaxzevria). 

Find detail information about testing and self isolation exemptions here.
- Receive a negative COVID test (PCR or antigen test) (for individuals from 16 years old) . Test has to be taken within 72 hours before the entry to Lithuania;
- Fill out a Passenger's questionnaire not earlier than 48 hours before arrival;
-Stay on self-isolation for 10 days from the day of arrival(There is a possibility of shortening the self-isolation time by taking a COVID-19 test (PCR), at personal expense, on the 7th day of self-isolation at the earliest, with a negative response thereof).

Testing and self-isolation requirements will not apply in the case of those holding a document from a medical establishment confirming: 

-that they had COVID-19 (coronavirus infection) diagnosed on the basis of a positive result from SARS-CoV-2 PCR test or an antigen test;
-the full vaccination with one of the COVID-19 vaccines (COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen, Comirnaty, COVID-19 Vaccine Moderna, and Vaxzevria). 

Find detail information about testing and self isolation exemptions here.

EU Digital COVID Certificate

The EU Digital COVID Certificate will facilitate safe free movement of citizens in the EU during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Countries can start issuing and using it already and it will become available in all EU Member States as of 1 July 2021.

An EU Digital COVID Certificate is digital proof that a person has either:
-been vaccinated against COVID-19;
-received a negative test result;
-recovered from COVID-19.

More information about  EU Digital COVID Certificate can be found 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.

Self-isolation rules

Everyone arriving to Lithuania from abroad, have to self-isolate for 10 days and follow mandatory isolation regulatios. 

However, there is a possibility of shortening the self-isolation time by taking a coronavirus test (PCR), at personal expense, on the 7th day of self-isolation at the earliest, with a negative response thereof and filling special form. The form can be found here: Application to shorten the self-isolation period

Choose from the options below to learn more about self-isolation requirements:

    See full list of self-isolation requirements here.  

    - No walks outside;
    - No self-isolation in the same house or apartment with other family members who have not traveled together. In the case of self-isolation with a family, the family members will also have to self-isolate for the same period of time (they will not be issued a sick-leave certificate);
    - It is mandatory to follow other requirements for self-isolation.

    The place of self-isolation can be left with NPHC’s permission to go to another place of self-isolation if it is necessary to change it for certain reasons (no more than 2 times during the isolation period).

    Leaving the place of self-isolation with the NPHC's permission will be allowed in the following cases (no permission is required in the case of emergency):

    - To make arrangements for the funeral of a close person and the transportation of the remains and/or to participate in the wake ceremony/ funeral of a close person or visit terminally ill patients;
    - To go to a medical facility to have nasopharyngeal and oropharyngeal swab specimen collected for a COVID-19 test;
    - To go to a medical facility for health care services;
    - To transport those unable to take care of themselves to a medical facility for health care services;
    - For high-performance athletes, high-performance sports specialists, high-performance sports instructors and sports medical personnel to go to high-performance sports training, training camps, competitions and institutions or establishments related to their sports activities;
    - Those summoned to state institutions (for example, for interviews etc.).

    It will be allowed to leave the place of self-isolation without the notification of the NPHC in the following cases:

    - To go to a mobile point to have nasopharyngeal and oropharyngeal swab specimen collected for a COVID-19 test after prior registration with the COVID-19 Hotline at 1808 or with the NPHC, or to transport those unable to take care of themselves;
    - Employees of listed occupations who travel for the purpose of work-related functions (third-country nationals arriving in the Republic of Lithuania for the purpose of work-related functions at the permission of a relevant ministry) can leave the place of self-isolation to go to the place needed to handle work or business matters during working hours.

      See full list of self-isolation requirements here.  

      - Going outside for a walk within the radius of maximum 1 km from the place of self-isolation while wearing protective equipment covering nose and mouth. No visits to points of gatherings.
      - When staying with other people, it is required to self-isolate in a separate room, while those staying together do not have to self-isolate.
      - It is mandatory to follow other self-isolation requirements.

      The place of self-isolation can be left with NPHC’s permission to go to another place of self-isolation if it is necessary to change it for certain reasons (no more than 2 times during the isolation period).

      It will be allowed to leave the place of self-isolation at the notification of the NPHC in the following cases:

      -To resit a maturity examination. It will be required to adhere to certain conditions;
      -It will be allowed to leave Lithuania and the place of self-isolation before the lapse of the required period of self-isolation with prior notification of the NPHC for those living or working abroad and those who need to leave for health reasons.

      Leaving the place of self-isolation without the notification of the NPHC or without its permission will be allowed in the following cases:

      -To make arrangements for the funeral of a close person and the transportation of the remains and/or to participate in the wake ceremony/ funeral of a close person or visit terminally ill patients.
      - To go to a medical facility to have nasopharyngeal and oropharyngeal swab specimen collected for a COVID-19 test;
      - To go to a medical facility for health care services;
      - To transport those unable to take care of themselves to a medical facility for health care services;
      - For those who have to go to the place required for handling legal matters;
      - Those who have their own marriage;
      - For high-performance athletes, high-performance sports specialists, high-performance sports instructors and sports medical personnel to go to high-performance sports training, training camps, competitions and institutions or establishments related to their sports activities;
      - Those that have to go to state institutions, establishments and organisations when required by them;
      - To go to a mobile point to have nasopharyngeal and oropharyngeal swab specimen collected for a COVID-19 test after prior registration with the Coronavirus Hotline at 1808 or with the NPHC, or to transport those unable to take care of themselves.
      - For the citizens of and persons lawfully residing in the countries of the European Economic Area, the Swiss Confederation, the Principality of Andorra, the Principality of Monaco, the Republic of San Marino and the Holy See (Vatican City State), foreigners lawfully residing in the Republic of Lithuania and foreigners lawfully residing in 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, who travel for the purpose of the performance of work functions, to go to the place required for handling work or business matters.

      Safe & Clean Hospitality Label

      The Lithuanian Hotel and Restaurant Association has introduced the SAFE & CLEAN label, which guarantees the highest standards of safety and cleanliness among hospitality businesses – hotels, restaurants, and leisure and entertainment venues.

      More information here.

      Choose from the options below to learn more about quarantine restrictions:  

      Face masks are not required in open spaces, where there are no other people except family members within the radius of 2 metres. Face masks are not required also in the following cases:

      • exercising individuals;
      • high-performance sports training;
      • during the provision of a service where a service cannot be provided when a customer is wearing a mask;
      • persons with disability who cannot wear a mask due to their health condition or where it can adversely affect their health condition. They are recommended to wear a face shield instead.
      • when outside populated areas (cities, towns, villages, single-homestead settlements and dacha (garden) settlements) and when there are no other people within the radius of 20 metres, except for family members;
      • children over the age of 6 who are educated under pre-school, pre-primary and primary education programmes will not be required to wear protective equipment covering nose and mouth (face masks, respirators or other equipment) while in education establishments and/or their territories.
      • performers during their performance.

      Face masks are mandatory in common areas of accommodation facilities, also during the allowed contact services. Face masks are required indoors.

      It is recommended to wear a face mask at a private party, if held, or when socialising with members of other families /households.

      Visits to cultural establishments and in-person services to visitors:

      • indoor events can be attended by up to 250 spectators and/or participants, spectators and/or participants watch the event seated (except the cases of animal exhibitions), and events can be held at up to 50% seating capacity, also spectators and/or participants over the age of 6 wear face masks during the entire event except cases referred to in paragraph 3 of this Resolution,  It will not be allowed to sell food and beverages or provide other services during these events;
      • outdoor events can be attended by an unlimited number of spectators and/or participants, spectators and/or participants watch the event seated (except the cases of animal exhibitions), also spectators and/or participants over the age of 6 wear face masks during the entire event except the cases referred to in paragraph 3 of this Resolution, It will not be allowed to sell food and beverages and provide other services during these events;
      • visits to culture establishments, libraries and the reading rooms of state archives, learning and educational trails, parks, museums, galleries and other exposition spaces, zoos and botanical gardens and rehearsals of amateur culture groups in culture centres and organised tours indoors fall subject to the requirement of 10 m2 visiting space per person (except visits by only those with the National Certificate), and there will be no restrictions on the space per person and number of people outdoors.
      • In private and public indoor places people can gather in groups of up to 10 people or two families and/or two households;
      • there are no restrictions for the number of people outdoors.

      Retail:

      • Stores, marketplaces and other public points of sale will ensure the total of 10 m2 per visitor (except the cases where only the holders of the National Certificate are served) or serve only one visitor at a time, while ensuring other conditions laid down by the State Commander of National Emergency Operations for the management of the flow of people, safe physical distance, and other key requirements for public health safety, hygiene, and the provision of persons with necessary personal protective equipment.

      Services:

      • contact services will ensure the total of 10 m2 per customer (except transport vehicles, points of accommodation services, and points of services of leisure and use of sports equipment, gyms, fitness centres, entertainment, recreation, swimming pools, saunas (except public baths for personal hygiene), discos, dance halls, and where services are provided only to those with the National Certificate) serving one customer at a time;
      • services of leisure and use of sports equipment, gyms, fitness centres, entertainment, recreation, swimming pools, saunas (except public baths for personal hygiene), discos and dance halls will be provided while ensuring 20 m2 of service space per customer (except high-performance sports training, recreational boating, saunas and where services are provided only to those with the National Certificate) or serving one customer at a time.

      PLEASE NOTE: It is obligatory to follow at all times the requirements laid down by the State Commander of National Emergency Operations for the management of the flow of people, safe physical distance, other key requirements for public health safety, hygiene, and the provision of persons with necessary personal protective equipment.

        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 or +370 (37) 367 963 if calling from foreign phone number (free of charge).

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

        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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