FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Before arriving to Lithuania, not earlier than 48 hours before the travel, 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 transport, to the NPHC specialists or other officials at the border control point or passenger control point.

Passengers of cruise ships do not need to fill in the questionnaire when the Maritime  Declaration of Health is submitted to the NPHC in accordance with the International Health Care Regulations and the Medical-Quarantine Control Rules of the National Public Health Center under the Ministry of Health approved by the Order No. V-87 of the Minister of Health of the Republic of Lithuania  on February 1, 2010 "On the Approval of the Rules of Medical-Quarantine Control of the National Public Health Center under the Ministry of Health.

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 PCR test must be taken within 72 hours before the arrival in or return to Lithuania, the antigen test must be taken within 48 hours before   the arrival in or return to Lithuania (serological antibody test result is not accepted).
The negative test for COVID-19 is mandatory for all persons from the 16 years of age inclusively.
The exemption applies to persons traveling by personal transport  who must have negative PCR test  taken within 72 hours before the arrival in or return to Lithuania or negative  antigen test taken within 48 hours before   the arrival in or return to Lithuania or within 24 hours from arrival must register for the test and take the test in Lithuania.
OR
-   a document confirming that a person has recovered from COVID-19 (coronavirus infection) and the diagnosis was confirmed by the positive SARS-Co-V2  PCR test and that maximum 180 days have passed from the positive test until the return to/arrival in the Republic of Lithuania; the document should be prepared in one of the official languages of the European Union;
OR

-    a medical document, a country-specific vaccination certificate or an international vaccination certificate confirming the full vaccination with one of the COVID-19 vaccines (COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen, Comirnaty, Spikevax and Vaxzevria) administered under the vaccination schedule approved by the competent authority of the country where the vaccination was carried out, if after receipt of the vaccine dose for COVID-19 disease  (coronavirus infection) at least 14 days have elapsed and the person has been vaccinated:
-    with a second dose of the vaccine where the vaccination schedule consists of two doses of the vaccine;
-    with one dose of vaccine where the vaccination schedule consists of one dose of vaccine;
-    at least with one dose of the vaccine when the vaccine was given to a person who has recovered from COVID-19 disease (coronavirus infection) and the diagnosis was confirmed on the basis of a positive SARS-CoV-2 PCR test.
Documents  must be prepared in one of the official languages of the European Union.  This exemption
will not apply in the case of travellers who over the last 14 days before the return to/arrival in the
Republic of Lithuania visited countries whence arrivals fall subject to the enhanced
Communicable disease control measures, i.e. they will be required to have a negative test result
and to self-isolate;

 Frontier workers and persons crossing the border of the Republic of Lithuania and another European Economic Area country daily or on every workday (those traveling for work purposes, pupils and persons transporting them to an educational institution, 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.

 Frontier workers and persons crossing the border of the Republic of Lithuania and another European Economic Area country daily or on every workday (those traveling for work purposes, pupils and persons transporting them to an educational institution, students and trainees) ,  must have a negative test for COVID-19 taken not earlier than 7 days before return to or arrival in Lithuania.

 


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.

Isolation premises, transportation to isolation premises, transportation to the test site 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 or the foreigner him (her)self.
 

In accordance with the Resolution of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania declaring a state of national emergency no. 152, the crossing of the state border is restricted by prohibiting foreigners from entering the Republic of Lithuania. This prohibition does not apply to:


2.3.1. citizens of the European Economic Area, 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),   of the 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 be lifted at external borders, and  persons lawfully residing in these countries;

2.3.2. 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 the spouse, a person with whom a registered partnership agreement has been concluded (hereinafter - partner), close relative (parents (adoptive parents), children (adopted), grandparents, grandchildren , siblings) (hereinafter referred to as "close relative"), including close relatives of the spouse or partner, or guardian of a citizen of the Republic of Lithuania or of an foreigner who has a document confirming the right to reside in the Republic of Lithuania,
 2.3.3. 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;
2.3.4. 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  (spouse or partner, children (adopted), parents (adoptive parents), guardians (hereinafter - family members), other close relatives of a person and / or spouse or partner,  and their service personnel, also members of official delegations;
2.3.5. persons serving in the military units of NATO and of NATO countries and their service personnel,as well as their family members and other close relatives;

2.3.6. 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;

2.3.7. health professionals arriving into the Republic of Lithuania for the provision of health care services;

2.3.8. 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;

2.3.9. 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;

2.3.10. journalists coming to the Republic of Lithuania at the permission of the Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania;

2.3.11 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;

2.3.12. persons in transit through the territory of the Republic of Lithuania:

2.3.12.1. returning to their country of residence;

2.3.12.2. for whom the motivated request of a foreign state is issued;
2.3.12.3. 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;
2.3.12.4.  foreigners  traveling on the transit trains specified in Sub-paragraph 2.2.12.3 without the right to disembark and to board in the territory of the Republic of Lithuania;
2.3.12.5. foreigners holding a long-stay national visa issued by one of the Schengen States applying the Schengen acquis in full and going to the Schengen State which issued the long-stay national visa;
2.3.12.6.  family members traveling with or joining the citizens of the European Union, the European Economic Area or Switzerland (spouse, person with a registered partnership agreement (hereinafter "partner"), direct descendants or dependents under the age of 21, including the descendants or dependents of the spouse or of the registered partner, direct dependent relatives in the ascending line, including relevant relatives of the spouse or of the registered partner);

2.3.13. 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;

2.3.14. 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;
2.3.15. 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;

2.3.16. 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;

2.3.17. foreigners coming to the Republic of Lithuania to participate in the funeral of a spouse, partner, close relatives, including close relatives of the spouse or partner, or a guardian;

2.3.18. 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;
2.3.19.  foreigners holding a medical document, a country-specific vaccination certificate, an international vaccination certificate or an European Union digital COVID certificate prepared in accordance with the requirements of the European Commission confirming the full vaccination with one of the COVID-19 vaccines (“COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen”, “Comirnaty”, “Spikevax”, or “Vaxzevria”)  under the vaccination schedule approved by the competent authority of the country where the vaccination was carried out ( the documents  specified in this sub-paragraph must be provided in one of the official languages of the European Union), if at least 14 days have elapsed since the vaccine dose for COVID-19 disease (coronavirus infection) has been administered  and the person has been vaccinated:.
2.3.19.1. with a second dose of vaccine, where the vaccination schedule consists of two doses of vaccine;
2.3.19.2. with one dose of vaccine, where the vaccination schedule consists of one dose of vaccine;
2.3.19.3. with at least one dose of  vaccine, when the vaccine was administered to a person who has recovered from COVID-19 disease (coronavirus infection) and the diagnosis was confirmed by a positive SARS-CoV-2 PCR test.
2.3.20.  foreigners under 16 years of age.


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).

Testing does not apply to those holding a medical document confirming that they recovered from coronavirus diagnosed on the basis of a positive COVID-19 PCR test and that maximum 180 days have passed from the positive testing until the return/arrival to/in Lithuania.

The document should be prepared in one of official languages of the Europena Union.

Yes, it is required to have a negative PCR test for COVID-19 taken within 72 hours before the entry to Lithuania or a negative antigen test taken within 48 hours before the entry to Lithuania.

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

The document should be prepared in one of the official languages of the European Union.

Testing and self-isolation requirements will not apply to those holding a medical document, a country-specific vaccination certificate or an international vaccination certificate confirming the full vaccination with one of the COVID-19 vaccines (COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen, Comirnaty, Spikevax or Vaxzevria) administered under the vaccination schedule approved by the competent authority of the country where the vaccination was carried out,  if after receipt of the vaccine dose for COVID-19 disease  (coronavirus infection) at least 14 days have elapsed and the person has been vaccinated:
-    with a second dose of the vaccine where the vaccination schedule consists of two doses of the vaccine;
-    with one dose of vaccine where the vaccination schedule consists of one dose of vaccine;
-    at least with one dose of the vaccine when the vaccine was given to a person who has recovered from COVID-19 disease (coronavirus infection) and the diagnosis was confirmed on the basis of a positive SARS-CoV-2 PCR test.

 The documents proving vaccination must be presented  in one of the official languages of the European Union.

The self-isolation exemption does not apply to persons who, during the 14 days prior to their return / arrival to the Republic of Lithuania, visited countries included in the List of Affected Countries for arrivals from which enhanced communicable disease control measures are applied.

Yes, it is required to have a negative PCR test for COVID-19 taken within 72 hours before the entry to Lithuania or a negative antigen test taken within 48 hours before the entry to Lithuania and to self-isolate for 10 days.

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 (prepared in one of the official languages of the European Union) proving the negative COVID-19 test.  The PCR  test must be  taken no earlier than 72 hours before  arrival in or return to Lithuania, antigen test must be taken no earlier than 48 hours before arrival in or return to Lithuania (serological antibody test result is not accepted).

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).

 

Employees of the following categories arriving from abroad when the purpose of their travel  is related to the performance of work functions are required to self-isolate but during working hours may 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 and  to perform related functions only after the SARS-CoV-2 PCR test is performed after arrival in the Republic of Lithuania and a negative result is obtained:

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;
- Persons traveling for business reasons;
- Journalists, when performing their duties;
- Posted workers and seasonal workers;
-Crewmember 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.

To take advantage of this opportunity can 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 to perform the work functions with a separate permit of the Minister of the respective field in cases specified in the Resolution of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania No 152 of 26 February 2020 “On the declaration of a state of emergency”.

 

 

Travelers may leave the place of self-isolation to go  for the second dose of COVID-19 vaccine at the appointed time.

Crew members employed in companies engaged in international commercial transportation or who carry out international commercial transportation by all types of vehicles may leave the place of self-isolation to go for any dose of COVID-19 vaccine at the appointed time. 

If you have arrived from country whence arrivals fall subject to the enhanced communicable disease control measures, before going you have to notice the National Public Health Center by filling in this form.

 

 

Last updated: 10-03-2021