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2021.05.21 09:31

Lithuania ready to roll out ‘opportunity passport’ next week

BNS2021.05.21 09:31

The website for the so-called ‘opportunity passport’ – a document allowing its holders to enjoy easier lockdown restrictions – is already online and will be operational on Monday, when the scheme comes into effect, Economy Minister Aušrinė Armonaitė has said.

The pass - galimybių pasas or ‘Freedom ID’ – would be available on www.gpasas.lt, she said. The technical solution has been developed by Israeli website development company Wix together with the Centre of Registers.

Read more: How will Lithuania's ‘opportunity passport’ work – explainer

“Visitors of the website will have to confirm their identity [...] You will be issued a QR code, which you will be able to save on your phone or computer or print it out. If you do not use a smartphone, the code can be printed out for you by your children, grandchildren, other people,” she said at a news conference on Thursday.

The QR code will have to be updated each week by logging onto the website, Armonaitė said.

“Why? Because people’s status changes rapidly and the process of vaccination is moving ahead swiftly. Some people will receive the second vaccine shot, some will get the first jab,” Armonaitė added.

Starting from May 24, businesses and event organisers will also be able to check the status of people's ‘opportunity passports’ on the website. This could be done by pressing a button ‘Check’ to display a special scanner on the phone’s screen and use it for scanning the QR code provided by the customer.

“If the colour is green, everything is fine, but if the colour is red, it means that the ‘opportunity passport’ is invalid,” Armonaitė explained.

The scheme will be rolled out in Lithuania on May 24 and will be available to those who have been vaccinated, those who have had coronavirus or have a negative Covid-19 test, as well as children under 16.

Holders of ‘opportunity passports’ will be able to go to indoor cafes and bars, attend bigger public events, leisure entertainment, private celebrations; it will remove restrictions on accommodation establishments and will allow contact work again.

The ministry estimates that nearly 1.5 million residents will be able to use the ‘opportunity passport’ without testing early in June.

Read more: Lithuania will accept vaccination certificates from foreign tourists as substitute for ‘opportunity pass’

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