Lithuania has updated its weekly travel restrictions, adding Portugal to the red list and announcing new rules for arrivals from the south African region.
People coming from South Africa, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Lesotho, Botswana, Namibia and Eswatini will now be subjected to additional requirements in an effort to stem the spread of the Omicron coronavirus strain.
Upon arrival in Lithuania, they have to self-isolate for 10 days and take two PCR tests – one on the third day of isolation and the second test between seven and ten days after arrival.
People can leave isolation after testing negative the second time. The rules also apply to people who have been fully vaccinated.
Meanwhile, the general rules for arrivals from abroad remain unchanged: those coming from countries on the red list must self-isolate for ten days and get tested for Covid-19 unless they have recovered from the coronavirus in the past 180 days or have been vaccinated.
Travellers arriving from yellow-zone countries are required to get tested before their trip and take a second test between days 3 and 5 after arrival. Testing can be done at a mobile testing site after registering online (1808.lt) or by phone (1808).
Arrivals from a country on the green list only need to have a pre-departure Covid-19 test.
These requirements do not apply to travellers who have a certificate that they have recovered from the coronavirus, valid for 180 days after the positive test result, and those who are fully vaccinated with at least 14 days after their second shot.
All travellers must also fill in a questionnaire before coming to Lithuania.
The three-tier system is based on the weekly maps published by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).
– Countries classed red or grey
Ten-day self-isolation; a Covid-19 antigen test (no more than 48 hours before the arrival) or PCR test (no more than 72 hours before the arrival).
Ireland, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Greece (including Corfu, Kefalonia, Zakynthos, Thassos, Crete, Rhodes, and Santorini), Iceland, Spain (including Mallorca, Fuerteventura, Tenerife, and Gran Canaria), Italy, Cyprus, Croatia, Latvia, Poland, Portugal (including Madeira), Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, France (including Martinique, Guiana, and Réunion, but excluding Mayotte), Romania, Slovakia, Finland, Sweden, Slovenia, Switzerland, Hungary, Germany, as well as all non-EU and non-EEA countries.
– Countries classed yellow
No self-isolation required; a Covid-19 antigen test (no more than 48 hours before the arrival) or PCR test (no more than 72 hours before the arrival). A second test must be taken in Lithuania, between the third and the fifth day of the stay.
French Mayotte and Malta.
– Countries marked green
No self-isolation required. A Covid-19 antigen test (no more than 48 hours before the arrival) or PCR test (no more than 72 hours before the arrival).