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Lithuania under quarantine: don’t panic

Are you in Lithuania and plan to return home?

While Lithuanian citizens and residents cannot exit the country, there are no restrictions for residents of other countries to leave.

If you are planning on leaving the country:

  • First of all, contact your embassy. A list of foreign embassies and consulates can be found here.

  • International flights for the carriage of passengers to and from international airports of the Republic of Lithuania are currently performed only after obtaining a separate permit issued by the Lithuanian Transport Safety Administration.
  • Ferry connections from Klaipėda to Kiel (Germany) have not been interrupted. The ferry to Kiel (Germany) departs every day at 10 PM. Other connections are not available at the time.
  • Note that all international passenger train links have been cancelled (those include all connections to Latvia, Russia, Poland, Ukraine and Belarus). Transit passenger trains will still be passing Lithuania, but onboarding/disembarking the trains in Lithuania will not be possible.
  • If you are planning on exiting the country by land (Lithuania is bordered by Latvia, Belarus, Russia and Poland), make sure to contact your embassy beforehand. Neighbouring countries might have instated their own border crossing protocols, the workers of your embassy will inform you of crossing conditions.  During the quarantine, only the following land crossing points are operating. For personal vehicles: Kalvarija-Budzisko and Saločiai-Grencatle. For trucks and other commercial transport: Kalvarija-Budzisko, Lazdijai-Aradninkai, Saločiai-Grencatle, Butinge-Rucava, Smėlynė-Medume, Medininkai-Kamenyi Logo, Šalčininkai-Byenyakoni, Raigardas-Privalka, Kybartai-Chernševskoye, Panemunė-Sovetsk.

The information above was updated at noon on April 23. We are trying our best to keep all the information valid. You can also check the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website (in English) for the latest status update.

What does the quarantine entail?

The quarantine regime imposes certain restrictions meant to minimize the spread of the virus in Lithuania. Working from home is the preferred when possible, restaurants and bars are closed, public gatherings and events are restricted.

  • foreign citizens cannot enter the country from March 16 00:00 (exempt from the ruling are those that have a valid residence permit, as well as truck drivers, diplomats, NATO enlisted and support personnel as well as their family members);
  • transit of people returning to their country via Lithuanian territory is possible;
  • Lithuanian citizens are barred from exiting the country, except citizens returning to their country of residence or work;
  • all mass events are banned with the exception of events in open spaces where participants do not exit their vehicles;
  • movement of goods is unrestricted;
  • inter-city buses are instructed to limit the number of passengers;
  • all public institutions will provide services only remotely;
  • all cafes, bars and restaurants to provide takeaway services only;
  • non-essential goods retail stores to provide shipping services only, except for the shops with an entrance from an outside, in which case stores are to restrict the number of customers.

Find more about the terms of the quarantine here.

How can you stay informed?

The latest official information about the quarantine and the overall COVID-19 situation can be accessed at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website (in English). The international edition of LRT News provides timely updates as well (you can also follow them on Facebook).

What if you suspect having the virus?

If you exhibit any of the COVID-19 symptoms (fever, coughing, difficulty to breath) within two weeks of travelling in one of the affected areas or you have been in close contact with someone who was confirmed to have COVID-19, immediately call 112 and follow the instructions provided by the medics. DO NOT GO TO THE HOSPITAL YOURSELF. Isolate yourself and wait for the ambulance to arrive. Diagnostics will be run at the hospital.

Don’t forget 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. More information about safety measures can be found on Go Vilnius website.

For more information, please call the nation-wide COVID-19 hotline 1808 or the National Public Health Center at +370618 79984. You can also send them an email at info@nvsc.lt.