2020.10.19 10:48

Lithuania updates blacklist, arrivals from Italy and Bulgaria required to self-isolate

LRT.lt2020.10.19 10:48

Lithuania has added Bulgaria, Italy, and Lichtenstein to its blacklist, meaning that people arriving from the coronavirus-affected countries are now required to self-isolate.

The updated travel list comes into effect on Monday.

Meanwhile, Iran, Ecuador, Mexico, and Dominican Republic have been removed from the weekly-updated blacklist.

After the change of quarantine rules on October 7, only people arriving from countries with a 10 percent higher count of new Covid-19 cases than Lithuania over the past 14 days will have to self-isolate.

As of October 16, Lithuania’s infection rate stood at 70.7 cases per 100,000 people.

Previously, the benchmark had been 25 cases of Covid-19 cases confirmed over the last two weeks per 100,000 people.

More information about travel restrictions in Lithuania here.

Even if a non-EU country is removed from the affected list, only residents and nationals of EU and EEA countries, including the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Norway, and Iceland, can enter Lithuania.

Self-isolation is not required when flying via an affected country, as long as the traveller does not leave the transit zone.

As of Monday, the following self-isolation exceptions came into effect:

– Professional athletes, as well as sports specialists, instructors and medical staff who take part in international events.
– Ship workers, who arrive in Lithuania after a trip or a shift at sea.
– Between October 30 and November 2, during the All Saint’s Holiday, Polish citizens and residents who come to visit cemeteries; the same applies to Lithuanian citizens and residents travelling to Poland.

As previously, people who travel overland via Poland and only stop for fuel, bathroom breaks, and other necessities, are also exempt from quarantine. Citizens and residents of Estonia and Latvia are also exempt from self-isolation.

Polish citizens and residents who travel to Lithuania for work, studies, health related issues, or agricultural work are also exempt.