FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Before arriving to Lithuania, you must  fill in the questionnaire  on the NPHC website and present the received confirmation - QR code – to the carrier before boarding the vehicle or, if traveling by own vehicle, to the NPHC specialists or other officials at the border control point or passenger control point.
Persons arriving in or returning to Lithuania must have the following:
-    confirmation (received by e-mail) of the completed electronical questionnaire (QR code);
-    document proving the negative test for COVID-19 (the document should be prepared in one of the official languages of the European Union). The test (PCR or antigen) must be taken within 72 hours before the arrival in or return to Lithuania (serological antibody test result is not accepted), and the document should be presented to the carrier before boarding the vehicle; this document is mandatory for all persons older than 16 years;
Persons, arriving by personal transport, can take the test in Lithuania in 24 hours from their arrival:
•    Persons must register for the test in 24 hours from arrival in Lithuania by contacting Hotline tel. +370 (5 2) 196 180 or a laboratory testing for COVID-19 disease (coronavirus infection)

OR
-    Document from a health care facility confirming that a person has recovered from COVID-19 (coronavirus infection) and the diagnosis was confirmed by the positive SARS-Co-V2  PCR or antigen test and that maximum 180 days have passed from the positive test until the return to/arrival in the Republic of Lithuania (a document from a health care facility will not be required in the cases where COVID disease (coronavirus infection) was diagnosed in Lithuania and the data have been communicated to the Information System of Electronic Health Services and Cooperation Infrastructure); the document should be prepared in one of the official languages of the European Union;
OR
-    Document from the health care facility, country-specific vaccination certificate or international vaccination certificate proving that vaccination of  a person with a COVID-19 (coronavirus infection) vaccine registered in the European Union Register of Medicinal Products according to the vaccination schedule has been completed;  the document should be prepared in one of the official languages of the European Union;
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Frontier workers and persons crossing the border of the Republic of Lithuania and another European Union country daily or only on every workday (those going on business, pupils, students and trainees) must fill in the questionnaire at least once a month if traveling between countries not by international routes organized and operated by carriers.

 

Isolation premises, transportation to isolation premises, transportation to the test site for COVID-19 disease (coronavirus infection) and testing for COVID-19 disease (coronavirus infection) of foreigners arriving in the Republic of Lithuania must be provided and paid for by the employer, inviting person, institution of science and studies and the foreigner him (her)self.

Those going to the place of isolation by themselves, from the airport, seaport or other land entry point to the place of isolation must travel in their own (rented) transport or request to be brought by close people. The use of public transport should be avoided. If you have to use public transport or are transported by another person, you must wear protective equipment (face masks, respirators or other means) covering the nose and mouth and keep a distance of 1 to 2 meters from other people.

 

In accordance with the Resolution of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania no. 1226 „On the Announcement of Quarantine in the Territory of the Republic of Lithuania", the crossing of the state border is restricted by prohibiting foreigners from entering the Republic of Lithuania. This prohibition does not apply to:

2.1.2.1. citizens of the EU / EEA, the Swiss Confederation, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, The Principality of Andorra, the Principality of Monaco, the Republic of San Marino and the Holy See (Vatican City State) and persons lawfully living in these countries;
2.1.2.2. foreigners who hold a document confirming their right to reside in the Republic of Lithuania, or in whose respect the Migration Department under the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Lithuania has adopted a decision to issue a document confirming the right to reside in the Republic of Lithuania or sent a notice within the set term to submit the original documents and biometric data required for the decision to issue a document confirming the right to reside in the Republic of Lithuania, and foreigners who are family members (spouses or persons with whom the registered partnership agreement has been concluded, parents (adoptive parents) and caregivers, children (adopted children), including underage children of spouses or of persons with whom the registered partnership agreement has been concluded) of the citizens of the Republic of Lithuania and of the foreigners who hold a document confirming their right to permanently reside in the Republic of Lithuania;
2.1.2.3. foreigners who hold a national visa of the Republic of Lithuania, or in whose respect the Migration Department under the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Lithuania has adopted a decision to issue a national visa;
2.1.2.4. foreigners lawfully residing in countries that have not been listed in the sub-paragraph 2.1.2.1. above and which are 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;
2.1.2.5. persons enjoying immunities and privileges under the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations (1961), the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations (1963) and under other international agreements and legislation of the Republic of Lithuania, their family members and their service personnel, also members of official delegations;
2.1.2.6. persons serving in the military units of NATO and of NATO countries and their service personnel their family members;
2.1.2.7. crew members, who are employed in Lithuanian companies engaged in international commercial transportation, or who carry out international commercial transportation by all the means of transport, also seafarers;
2.1.2.8. health professionals arriving into the Republic of Lithuania for the provision of health care services;
2.1.2.9. high-performance athletes, specialists of high-performance sports and physical activity, instructors of high-performance sports and physical activity, and their family members, competition judges and other obligatory competition staff, sports medical staff, who come to the Republic of Lithuania at the permission of the Minister for Education, Science and Sport of the Republic of Lithuania for the preparation for and participation in high-performance athletic competitions;
2.1.2.10. artists coming to the Republic of Lithuania at the permission of the Minister for Culture of the Republic of Lithuania for the participation in professional artistic events, and their service personnel;
2.1.2.11. journalists coming to the Republic of Lithuania at the permission of the Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania;
2.1.2.12. other exceptional cases, where foreigners are allowed entry to the Republic of Lithuania based on an individual permission by a minister holding the jurisdiction in the respective realm;
2.1.2.13. persons in transit through the territory of the Republic of Lithuania:
2.1.2.13.1. returning to their country of residence;
2.1.2.13.2. for whom the motivated request of a foreign state is issued;
2.1.2.13.3. who use facilitated transit of persons from the territory of the Russian Federation to the Kaliningrad region of the Russian Federation and back. This transit of persons shall take place only through the Kena Railway Border Control Point and the Kybartai Railway Border Control Point under the conditions established by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania;

2.1.2.13.4.  foreigners  traveling on the transit trains specified in Sub-paragraph 2.1.2.13.3 without the right to disembark and to board in the territory of the Republic of Lithuania;

2.1.2.14. foreigners coming to the Republic of Lithuania for study purposes, admitted to study according to the study program (s) or doctoral studies in Lithuanian research and study institutions that ensure the requirements set by the State-level Emergency Operations Manager regarding isolation of foreigners coming for study purposes;
2.1.2.141. foreigners arriving at training organizations approved by the competent authority operating in the Republic of Lithuania or organizations using simulated flight simulators to participate in training for aviation specialists, at the invitation of these organizations;

2.1.2.15. foreign investors coming to the Republic of Lithuania with the permission of the Minister of Economy and Innovation, when the approval of the public institution specified in Paragraph 4 of Article 13 of the Law on Investments about the intended investments of foreign investors in the Republic of Lithuania not less than those specified in Item 6 of Paragraph 1 of Article 13 of the Law on Investments is submitted;
2.1.2.16. foreigners arriving to the Republic of Lithuania for special humanitarian reasons, with the permission of the Minister of the Interior of the Republic of Lithuania, when a motivated proposal of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania or his authorized person regarding the entry of these aliens into the Republic of Lithuania has been received;
2.1.2.17. foreigners coming to the Republic of Lithuania to participate in the funerals of relatives (spouse or persons with whom a registered partnership agreement has been concluded, parents (adopted parents), children (adopted children), siblings);
2.1.2.18. foreigners arriving at the intelligence institutions of the Republic of Lithuania for purposes related to ensuring national security, with the permission of the Minister of National Defence of the Republic of Lithuania or the Director of the State Security Department of the Republic of Lithuania, respectively.


The Resolution of the Government is available here.

 

A person who has arrived / returned from abroad, except of those who have arrived / returned from countries for arrivals from which reinforced communicable disease control measures are applied (according to the List of Affected Countries), may go for a walk outside at a distance of not more than 1 km from the isolation place wearing protective equipment (face masks, respirators or other means) fitting close to the face and completely covering the nose and mouth. It is forbidden to visit mass gathering places (events, shops, museums, catering places, etc.). If the person is contacted by officials inspecting isolated persons for compliance with the isolation requirements, the person must return to the place of isolation.

Persons returning from certain affected countries may live in the same house / apartment with non-traveling family members or other persons if those agree to live together. In this case, travelers and non-travelers must live in separate, well-ventilated rooms, restrict movement in the home and reduce sharing of common space. It is also necessary to ensure environmental and personal hygiene requirements.  Family members do not have to self-isolate.

Persons returning / arriving from foreign country, arrivals from which fall subject to the enhanced measures for communicable disease control (according to the List of Affected Countries):
·       must self-isolate in a separate flat / house, in an isolated separate room on an other well-isolated floor of the individual flat / house  with sanitary unit;
·      persons returning / arriving together from the country, arrivals from which fall subject to the enhanced measures for communicable disease control (according to the List of Affected Countries), may self-isolate in the same premises;
·       family members or other persons who have not traveled together may not live with the self-isolated person. If the persons self-isolate with non-travelers, the persons living together must self-isolate for the same period as returnees / arrivals from the country, arrivals from which fall subject to the enhanced measures for communicable disease control (according to the List of Affected Countries). In this case, a certificate for sickness is not issued and no allowance is granted to non-traveling persons living together;
·       it is not allowed to physically meet other persons during the self-isolation, except in the specified cases, with the permission of the NPHC.

 

When an employee of a company or institution is diagnosed with COVID-19, specialists of the NPHC contact the representatives of the administration and ask for the contact information (names, surnames, telephone numbers) of the exposed employees. The data is needed for professionals to inform these individuals, to identify the risks that the individual may have been exposed to, and to provide guidance on what these persons should do.

Please note that individuals, who have been identified by specialists as having had an high-risk exposure to COVID-19 (coronavirus infection), should be isolated. In addition, the specialists of the NPHC recommend cleaning and disinfecting the environment using 0.1 percent sodium hypochlorite (1: 100 dilution if household bleach is used, with an initial concentration of usually 5%) after cleaning with a neutral detergent. Surfaces that can be damaged by sodium hypochlorite should be cleaned with 70% concentration of ethanol after cleaning the surface with a neutral detergent.

The following personal protective equipment is recommended for cleaning rooms that may be contaminated with coronaviruses: FFP2 or FFP3 particle filter respirators; glasses or face shields; disposable long-sleeved liquid-tight bathrobes and household gloves.

Disposable personal protective equipment used by the person cleaning the premises must be disposed of as contaminated waste after use, reusable equipment must be decontaminated (disinfected) using available products (e.g. 0.1% sodium hypochlorite or 70% ethanol). When other chemicals are used, please follow the manufacturer's recommendations (proper preparation, use).

Frequently touched surfaces, surfaces of windows, toilet and bathroom must be thoroughly cleaned. It is recommended to wash all textile products (e.g. bedding, curtains, etc.) at 90 ° C. If hot water cannot be used due to the nature of the fabrics, special chemicals (e.g. bleach or sodium hypochlorite products for textiles) must be used when washing textiles.

 

People are daily consulted on issues related to the coronavirus infection and emergency situation in the country at the telephone number (8 5) 264 9676 (I–IV 8:00–17:00, V 8:00–15:45; on weekend – 8:00–17:00).

Self-isolation and testing does not aply to those holding a medical document confirming that they recovered from coronavirus diagnosed on the basis of a positive COVID-19 PCR test or an antigen test and that maximum 180 days have passed from the positive testing until the return/entry to the of Lithuania.

A document from a medical establishment will not be required in the cases where COVID-19 was diagnosed in Lithuania and the data have been communicated to the Information System of Electronic Health Services and Cooperation Infrastructure in the case of travelling by their own transport to Lithuania. This exemption will apply when the purpose of travelling is not necessarily related to the performance of work functions.

In order to be exempted from isolation, documents proving the fact of recovery  must be provided to the officials at the border checkpoints or by e-mail izoliacija@nvsc.lt.

 

 

The requirement for self-isolation and test does not apply for those holding a medical document, a country-specific vaccination certificate or an international vaccination certificate confirming that they have gone through the full programme of COVID-19 vaccination with vaccine registered in the Union Register of Medicinal Products.

In order to be exempted from isolation, documents proving the fact of vaccination must be provided to the officials at the border checkpoints or by e-mail izoliacija@nvsc.lt.

 

Those transiting trough the Republic of Lithuania with only essential stops (such as refuelling or for hygiene purposes) in the Republic of Lithuania are exempt from isolation and testing requirement. This exemption will apply when the purpose of the journey is not necessarily related to the performance of work functions.

  • Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) SARS-CoV-2 testing is a molecular diagnostic testing technique while a nasopharyngeal swab is used. Test result shows if a person is currently ill.
  • For antigen testing a nasopharyngeal swab is used. Result shows if a person is currently ill.
  • For serological SARS-CoV-2 antibody testing a blood sample is used.  Test result shows if a person had COVID-19 (coronavirus infection).

 

  • That this is the result of a serological (blood) test shows information about antibodies labelled "IgG" or "IgM" in the document.
  • In English laboratory results, the PCR test is indicated by the letters PCR (polymerase chain reaction) and a negative result by the word NEGATIVE.
  • Rapid antigen (AG) tests can be recorded in English as Antigen Test or Rapid Antigen Test, abbreviated RAT. Answer NEGATIVE means that the person is not currently infected.

 

Those arriving in or returning to Lithuania must have a document proving the negative PCR or antigen  test (i.e. the nasopharyngeal swab test) for COVID-19 (coronavirus infection) taken within 72 hours before  arrival in or return to Lithuania (serological antibody test result is not accepted). The document should be prepared in one of the official languages of the European Union.

Self-isolated persons may shorten their self-isolation (both those who have returned or arrived from abroad and those who have been exposed to someone with COVID-19) by taking a SARS-CoV-2 PCR test for COVID-19 (coronavirus infection) (i.e. a nasopharyngeal swab test) not earlier than on the 7th day of self-isolation with negative result thereof  (the test is performed at own expense).

 

Self-isolation does not apply to the persons arriving from abroad who have a document of the health care facility that they have recovered from COVID-19 (coronavirus infection), when the diagnosis was confirmed by the positive SARS-CoV-2 PCR or antigen test (i.e. nasopharyngeal swab test), and not more than 180 days have passed since the positive test result until arrival in Lithuania.


A medical institution document is not required if a person has been diagnosed with COVID-19 disease (coronavirus infection) in Lithuania and the data are provided in the Electronic Health Services and Cooperation Infrastructure Information System (ESPBI IS).

 

Serological testing for SARS-CoV-2 antibodies is only appropriate for deciding individually on the isolation tactics or on the shortening of the self-isolation of persons of certain groups who have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.

Employees of listed occupations citizens of the European Economic Area, the Swiss Confederation, United Kingdom of Great Britain and North Ireland, the Principality of Andorra, the Principality of Monaco, the Republic of San Marino and the Holy See (Vatican City State) and persons legally residing in these countries, foreigners legally residing in the Republic of Lithuania, foreigners legally residing in countries which are included in the EU-level list of third countries, for the residents of which temporary restriction on non-essential travel to the EU should not be applied, as well as citizens of the third countries arriving in Lithuania with a separate permit of the Minister of the respective field of government in cases specified in the Resolution of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania No. 1226 of 4th November 2020 “On the Announcement of Quarantine in the Territory of the Republic of Lithuania” and those provided  in Sub-paragraph 11.2.5 of the Isolation Rules (crew members working in companies engaged in international commercial transport or perform international commercial transport in all types of vehicles), arriving from abroad when purpose of their travel is related to performance of work functions

are required to self-isolate but can leave the place of self-isolation wearing the personal protection devices (face mask, respirator, etc.) fitting tightly and covering nose and mouth to go to the place needed to handle work or business matters during working hours:

workers in critical occupations or self-employed persons as it is indicated in the Communication from the European Commission  2020/C 102 I/03‘Guidelines concerning the exercise of the free movement of workers during COVID-19 outbreak ‘. Workers in critical occupations or self-employed persons include:

- paramedical professionals;
- Personal care workers in health services, including care workers for children, persons with disabilities and the elderly;
- Scientists in health-related industries;
- Workers in pharmaceutical and medical devices industry;
- Workers involved in the supply of goods, in particular for the supply chain of medicines, medical supplies, medical devices and personal protective equipment, including in their installation and maintenance;
- Information and Communications Technology Professionals;
- Information and Communications Technicians and other technicians for essential maintenance of the equipment;
- Engineering professionals such as energy technicians, engineers and electrical engineering technicians;
- Persons working on critical or otherwise essential infrastructures;
- Science and engineering associate professionals (include water plant technicians);
- Protective services workers;
- Firefighters/Police Officers/Prison Guards/Security Guards/ Civil Protection Personnel;
- Food manufacturing and processing and related trades and maintenance workers;
- Food and related products machine operators (include food production operator);
- Fishermen;
- Staff of public institutions, including international organizations, in critical function.
- Journalists, when performing their duties;
- Posted workers and seasonal workers;
-Crew member working in companies engaged in international commercial transport or performing international commercial transport in all types of vehicles;
-Artists (creators, performers, cultural operators, etc.) involved in professional art activities.

 

 

Last updated: 10-03-2021