The Ministry of Health of Lithuania notes that, as of 14 September, countries will be deemed to be virus-affected, where coronavirus incidence rate exceeds 25 cases (instead of the previous 16) per 100 000 population in the last 14 days. Lithuania’s incidence rate currently stands at 18.8 cases per 100 thousand.
Persons who have returned or arrived from countries on the list of countries most affected by coronavirus infection or who have travelled through these countries, shall be deemed to have been exposed to the virus. Isolation will be mandatory in their case. Isolation however will not be mandatory in the case of travelling by air without leaving the airport transit area.
Furthermore, every traveller returning to or arriving in Lithuania by air, sea or land using regular, special and charter services will have to register electronically with the National Public Health Centre (NPHC) as of Tuesday, 15 September. This means that before boarding a plane, ferry, bus or train, a person will have to fill in a form on the NPHC website and present the confirmation received - the so-called QR code - during the boarding. The National Public Health Centre form can be found here.
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.
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.
Both the citizens of Lithuania and foreigners will have a possibility of shortening the isolation time by taking a coronavirus test no earlier than on the 8th day of isolation. In the case of a negative result, the isolation time for them can be shortened to 10 days.
It is important to note that the time has been specified as to when foreigners and Lithuanian citizens living or working abroad must inform the National Public Health Centre (NPHC) about the planned date and time of departure from Lithuania before the end of the isolation period: this has to be done at least 24 hours before the departure. The new requirement will take effect as of 22 September.
There have also been changes in the movements between the Baltic countries. Although Estonia’s infection incidence is 25.4, it has not been listed among the affected countries, as 10% adjustment rate has been applied in its case. Consequently, those arriving from Estonia are not required to self-isolate.
The situation with Latvia is changing however: next week, Lithuanians will be required to self isolate in Latvia for 10 days, with the following exceptions.