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Important Information Regarding the COVID-19 (Updated 1 June)

Lithuanian authorities are implementing precautionary measures to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus in the country, with the quarantine regime from 16 March to 16 June. While the quarantine is in place, travelling is mostly restricted with some exceptions.

Restrictions for travelling

Easing the lockdown measures, the Lithuanian government has approved that travellers coming from 24 European countries will not be subject to 14 days of self-isolation upon arrival.

The current “safe list” of countries includes Germany, Poland, France, Italy, Finland, Norway, Denmark, Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Switzerland.

Read more about this in this page.

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.

More information can be found at  www.urm.lt.

Lithuania moves ahead with quarantine easing (Updated 13 05 2020)

Starting on Monday, 18 May the following businesses will be allowed to reopen:

  • Dental clinics
  • Beauty service providers: body care, solarium, tattoo, jewelry piercing and other institutions
  • Sports clubs only for private training
  • All kindergartens and preschool groups
  • Indoor cafes, restaurants and bars

From 27 April the following businesses were allowed to reopen:

  • Outdoor cafes, restaurants and bars
  • Hairdressers and manicure services
  • Sightseeing paths, parks, zoos, outdoor botanical gardens, but not observational towers
  • Golf and tennis courts, shooting ranges, wakeboarding parks
  • Museums, libraries
  • Driving and aviation exams are also able to take place

From 23 April the following businesses were allowed to reopen:

  • All retailers, including those in shopping centres
  • The selling of plants, seeds and fertilisers in open-air markets

From 15 April the following businesses were allowed to reopen:

  • Retailers that have direct access from the street
  • Shops selling household goods and repair service providers
  • Key makers
  • Accessory shops
  • Shoe repair services
  • Bike repair shops
  • Laundry shops and dry-cleaners
  • Rental shops
  • Repair shops
  • Pet stores

Wearing face masks in public is recommended. It is mandatory to wear face masks at markets and other public retail places, events, excursions, public transport stops and all indoor public places.

It is allowed to gather in groups larger than 5 persons from 14 May. Outdoor events of under 30 people will be allowed from 18 May.

Remaining restrictions 

  • Theatres and cinemas are closed.

  • All mass public events, including conferences and other performances, are cancelled. Outdoor events of under 30 people will be allowed from 18 May.

  • Visiting patients in medical treatments facilities will be allowed with doctor’s permission from 18 May.

  • Public and private sectors workers are recommended to work from home if they can, however, it is allowed to return to offices from 18 May. Read about employer/employee relations in our page here.

The rules 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).

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

Important to know

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.

Questions and answers about public transport movement in Vilnius, ticket purchase, customer service and other measures taken due to Coronavirus are here (English below).

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 Food 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 App has also introduced its customers with food delivery services which are 100% contactless.

It is advised to use self-checkouts or to pay with a card (avoid using cash payments).

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 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

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.

The Migration Department informs that foreigners, whose period of legal residence in Lithuania expired during the declared quarantine and who were unable to depart from the Republic of Lithuania in due time through no fault of their own, will not be subject to the return decisions, as well as administrative liability for illegal stay. The abovementioned foreigners, as well as those with respect to whom the decision regarding the return has been adopted, but the period for the voluntary departure expired during the quarantine, may stay in Lithuania during the quarantine in the territory of the Republic of Lithuania. However, they will be required to depart after the end of the quarantine in the Republic of Lithuania within the established period of toleration (we will provide additional information on this in due course).

In order to ensure smooth departure of foreigners after the quarantine, the Migration Department requests the persons, whose period of legal residence in Lithuania expired (will expire) during the declared quarantine and who were unable (are not able) to depart from Lithuania in due time through no fault of their own, to inform the Migration Department about this by e-mail info@migracija.gov.lt. Please attach a completed TABLE “Information to be submitted together with the notification that the foreigner was unable (is unable) to depart in due time due to the quarantine” to the e-mail.  In the comments section of the table, please indicate what actions the foreigner has taken to return to his/her country of residence.

Please note that foreigners staying in Lithuania and wishing to return to their country of residence may do so by means coordinated with the competent authorities of their country. They should contact the competent authorities of their country regarding that (first of all – embassies or consular posts of those countries in the Republic of Lithuania). Also, we strongly advise you to obtain health insurance, covering the whole period of stay in Lithuania.

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. 

Currently, all Lithuanian citizens and foreigners are able to use online services www.sodra.lt/en or call 1883. No walk-in visits are available for two weeks, effective from 16 March to 13 April. 

All educational institutions will remain closed until 31 May, except for all kindergartens and preschool groups that are allowed to open from 18 May.

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.

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.

If you have any questions, please contact us by email, phone or via social media:

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