2021.09.12 10:00

Mandatory Covid certificates – what you need to know

LRT.lt2021.09.12 10:00

On Monday, the national Covid certificates – the Opportunity Pass (Galimybių Pasas) – will become mandatory to access certain services.

The pass is issued to people who have recovered from Covid-19 in the past 180 days, have tested negative for coronavirus using a PCR or an antigen test, or have been fully vaccinated. The EU’s Digital COVID Certificate will also be valid.

– Those without the pass can only access indoor marketplaces and shops selling essential goods and are smaller than 1,500 square metres. The businesses are also required to have street-level access. However, some smaller shops may still decide to make Covid certificates mandatory.

– Pharmacies located inside shopping centres will need to ensure separate flows of clients for those with and without the immunity certificates.

– Indoor cafes, restaurants, bars and catering venues will require the pass. Those without the certificate will still be able to sit outdoors, but they will be limited to five people per table, unless they are from the same household.

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– Those without the immunity certificate can only request services at home if they require no more than a 15-minute close contact.

– People without certificates may shop and receive services outdoors.

– Outdoor and indoor events of up to 500 people will also be accessible without the pass.

– Museums, exhibitions, and libraries will not require immunity certificates.

– Contrary to an earlier announcement, intercity travel will also not require passengers to have the immunity pass.

– If a business serves only clients with the certificate, they do not have to limit the number of visitors, observe social distancing, or make facemasks mandatory. The requirements remain if a business also serves people without the passes.

– University and higher education students without the certificates will be required to undergo coronavirus tests every seven to ten days at their own expense. Starting on October 16, in-class teaching will only be accessible for those with the pass.

– Medical assistance will be provided without the certificates. Coronavirus tests will be required ahead of planned hospital services, which will be available for free.

Read more: Lithuania's ‘opportunity passport’ – how to access it

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