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2021.04.07 09:00

Lithuanian tourism firms propose special travel rules for Israelis

Sniegė Balčiūnaitė, BNS2021.04.07 09:00

Lithuanian tourism industry has proposed facilitated travel for vaccinated Israelis, allowing them to use tourism facilities and move freely within the country.

The proposal was put forward by the Chamber of Tourism and the Lithuanian Business Confederation on Tuesday. The Foreign Ministry has said it will consider “possible solutions”.

“As Israel is among the countries with the most effective Covid-19 vaccine rollout and an important market for incoming tourism, tourism associations are suggesting to first look at solutions for Israeli tourists,” the Foreign Ministry told BNS.

“We are looking for solutions to open up possibilities for fully vaccinated people to come to Lithuania for non-essential trips or tourism,” the ministry said.

The Health Ministry points out that, at the moment, non-EU nationals who have been vaccinated with European-approved vaccines are subject to the same rules as Lithuanian or EU citizens. These travellers need to present a negative Covid-19 test before entering Lithuania and to go into 10-day self-isolation.

Aistė Šuksta, an adviser to the health minister, says the ministry would not object if the government decides to introduce travel facilitations for people with Covid-19 immunity.

Žydrė Gavelienė, head of the Lithuanian Chamber of Tourism, says Israeli tourists contribute around 10 million euros a year to the Lithuanian economy.