Self-isolation requirement reduce to seven days for incoming travellers

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2022 01 18

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This week, 17-23 January, the list of affected countries continues without changes from the previous week. This means that all the countries remain in the red and grey categories, and all incoming travellers who have not been vaccinated and who have no record of past infection (or the confirmation of their previous infection is older than 180 days) will be required to take a pre-travel testing and self-isolate when in Lithuania. From now on, incoming travellers will be required to self-isolate in the Republic of Lithuania for 7 days instead of the previously required 10.

As of 17 January, following the updated testing and isolation rules, the recommended PCR testing for arrivals from red or grey countries will no longer be available from mobile points, which will therefore discontinue booking at 1808 Hotline. All the incoming travellers from this area, are recommended to take a paid COVID-19 PCR test or an antigen test on the 3rd day of arrival at the latest. The local population will have to choose themselves a medical facility or laboratory that provides testing services and book an appointment for testing.

Travellers from the yellow category will no longer be tested free of charge on 3rd-5th day of arrival. They will also be recommended to take a paid PCR test or an antigen test on the 3rd day of arrival at the latest.

Exposed travellers who fall subject to travelling-related requirements will now mean travellers who have returned or arrived from countries that are on the list of countries affected by COVID-19 (coronavirus infection) or those who have travelled through the affected countries over the period of 10 days instead of previous 14 days before the return/ arrival in the Republic of Lithuania, except travelling by air and not leaving the airport transit area.

To reduce the risk of infection among travellers, it is recommended to take precautionary measures throughout the journey, including at airports / seaports, bus stations, etc. (avoiding gatherings, keeping a safe distance, wearing face masks, etc.), refrain from travel if symptoms of acute upper respiratory illnesses develop.

The weekly list of affected countries is updated every Friday to take effect on the following Monday. According to the maps of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), countries fall into four colour categories that fall subject to specific requirements. Lithuania’s list of affected countries marks countries in a specific colour according to the colour of the most affected region in that country. Third countries that do not report to the ECDC fall into the grey category.

Please also remember that according to Resolution No 152 of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania of 26 February 2020 declaring a national emergency, border crossing will be restricted preventing entry of foreigners to the Republic of Lithuania. Exemptions for foreigners (from third countries) to enter the Republic of Lithuania have been laid down in the mentioned Resolution, paragraph 2.3. For more information on border crossing or the arrival of foreigners, contact the State Border Guard Service (internet website: http://www.pasienis.lt), and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (internet website: https://urm.lt). Where a foreigner qualifies for at least one of these exemptions allowing their entry to Lithuania, they will also be required to meet the travellers’ requirements detailed in the table below, which apply to all incoming travellers.

LIST OF COUNTRIES AFFECTED BY COVID-19 (effective from 17 to 23 January)

TESTING AND SELF-ISOLATION EXEMPTIONS (effective from 17 to 23 January)

Country categories

NPHC registration form

Self-isolation

SARS-CoV-2 test

Within 48 hours before the start of the travel

7 days

A PCR test - within 72 hours before the arrival, or an antigen test - within 48 hours before the arrival

vaccinated/recovered

others

vaccinated/recovered

others

vaccinated/recovered

others

Arrivals from countries subject to enhanced measures

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes, additionally, a test (PCR) on the 3rd day of arrival at the latest, and the second test (PCR) between the seventh and the tenth day of arrival 

Yes, additionally, a test (PCR) on the 3rd day of arrival at the latest, and the second test (PCR) between the seventh and the tenth day of arrival 

Red and grey

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

No

It is recommended to take a paid COVID-19 PCR test or antigen test on the 3rd day of arrival at the latest

Yes

It is recommended to take a paid COVID-19 PCR test or antigen test on the 3rd day of arrival at the latest

Orange (yellow)

Yes

Yes

No

No

No

Yes

It is recommended to take a paid COVID-19 PCR test or antigen test on the 3rd day of arrival at the latest

Green

Yes

Yes

No

No

No

Yes

Press Service, Ministry of Health