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2021.11.27 08:00

Lithuania orders isolation, testing for arrivals from South Africa over new Covid variant

BNS2021.11.27 08:00

All travellers from South Africa and neighbouring countries will have to self-isolate and take two Covid-19 tests upon their arrival in Lithuania, an official said on Friday.

The measure comes amid reports that a new coronavirus variant has been discovered in South Africa.

"People coming from these countries, whether they have been vaccinated or not, will have to take a test prior to their arrival in Lithuania," Deputy Health Minister Aušra Bilotienė Motiejūnienė told reporters on Friday.

Upon arrival in Lithuania, "they will be subject to a 10-day isolation and tests on the third and seventh day of isolation", she said.

According to Motiejūnienė, only vaccinated travellers or those who have previously contracted Covid-19 will be allowed to shorten their isolation after two negative tests.

These measures will apply to arrivals from South Africa, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Lesotho, Botswana, Namibia and Eswatini.

Motiejūnienė said the decision was taken "to protect ourselves", as this Covid-19 variant is new and not much is known about it.

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