Since June 16, 2020, Lithuania has reopened its borders for tourism. It started by allowing travelers from EU nations and a few third-party countries that are considered safe by the EU council.
The entry rules to Lithuania have been changing rapidly in the past months due to the Covid-19 situation around the world. If you’re planning to visit Lithuania during this pandemic, take note that there are entry rules that you need to follow. The rules will vary depending on which country you came from and your vaccination status.
So, here’s everything you need to know.
Who Can Enter Lithuania As Tourist?
Lithuanian authorities categorize countries according to their Covid-19 risk. They followed the ECDC guidelines in their categorization, which states that those countries that have registered less than 75 infection cases per 100,000 inhabitants during the last 14 days are considered safe, and are, therefore on the green list.
Currently, here are the countries on Lithuania’s green list:
Travelers coming from the “Green List” are no longer required to undergo testing or quarantine for as long as they can show proof of being fully vaccinated and have recovered from the virus.
Meanwhile, those who have not been vaccinated can still enter Lithuania but they must submit a negative Covid-19 test before arrival. If taken through a PCR test, the test should be done within 72 hours before arrival and 48 hours if it’s taken through a rapid antigen test.
Countries with a medium risk of Covid-19 infection are categorized as yellow. Here’s a list of these countries:
- Czech Republic
- Greece ( Thasos )
- Portugal ( Madeira )
Travelers coming from the yellow list of countries are not subject to testing or quarantine if they can show proof that they have been fully vaccinated or have recovered from the virus.
But those who have not been vaccinated or recovered must submit a negative test result before arrival. They don’t need to self-isolate upon entry. However, they are required to get tested through PCR between the 3rd to 5th day of arrival.
EU countries that are not on the Green and Yellow list are categorized as “Red/Grey”.
Here’s a list of countries under this category:
- French regions of Corsica, Guadeloupe, Martinique, French Guiana, and Réunion
- Greece, including Crete, Rhodes, Santorini, Corfu, Kefalonia, and Zakynthos
- Portugal, except Madeira
- Spain, including Tenerife, Gran Canaria, and Mallorca
Vaccinated travelers from these areas or those who have recovered from the virus can enter with no restrictions. However, unvaccinated travelers coming from these areas must submit a negative Covid-19 test result before entry and self-isolate for 10 days upon arrival in the country. The isolation period can be shortened if they will be tested on the seventh day and the result is negative.
Third Countries Considered Epidemiologically Safe
Lithuania is also allowing the entry of visitors coming from a few countries outside of the EU. These are countries considered as epidemiologically safe or have a low risk of Covid-19 infections. Here’s a list of these countries:
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- New Zealand
- North Macedonia
- Saudi Arabia
- South Korea
- United States of America
- China’s special administrative regions of Hong Kong and Macao
Similar rules of entry will apply to travelers coming from these countries. Vaccinated travelers and those who can show proof of having recovered from the virus can enter with no need to test or quarantine. However, unvaccinated travelers or those who have not recovered from the virus need to submit a negative Covid-19 test result before entry and self-isolate for 10 days upon their arrival. They can end the isolation period earlier if they get tested for Covid-19 and the result is negative.
Entry Requirements For Lithuania
All the approved countries listed above must also:
- Fill out the passenger arrival form upon arrival.
- Travelers should agree to temperature scans at the airport.
- All travelers should have health travel insurance that covers COVID-19.
Health Measures and Safety Protocols
- Wearing mask is mandatory in all enclosed public places such as public transportation, shops, supermarket, etc.
- Travelers must follow social distancing measures.
- Indoor gatherings are permitted but limited to not more than 200 people.
What’s Open in Lithuania?
Most non-essential businesses have reopened provided they implement strict hygiene and social distancing requirements. Authorities continue to encourage remote working when possible. Authorities may reintroduce, extend, or otherwise amend restrictions at short notice dependent upon the evolution of disease activity in the region.
Some of the following are open (but not all), subject to social distancing and limited operations:
- Hotels and accommodations
- Public transportation
- Restaurants, cafes, and bars mainly for outdoors
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