The authorities in Lithuania transferred Malta and French Guiana from the yellow list, which includes countries with medium risk in terms of COVID-19, to the red list, which consists of regions highly affected by the virus, after considering the epidemiological situation in them.
This decision means that arrivals from the above-mentioned regions will be subject to the requirements of a ten-day quarantine and testing process upon arrival in the Baltic state.
The new changes were confirmed by the Lithuanian Ministry of Health highlighting that the French region of Mayotte has been moved to the yellow zone, TheSchengen.com reports.
The same ministry clarified that self-isolation requirements for arrivals from certain countries have also changed as of December 4.
“Travelers arriving from the Republic of Botswana, the Kingdom of Iskatov, the Kingdom of Lesotho, the Republic of Mozambique, the Republic of Namibia, the Republic of South Africa and the Republic of Zimbabwe will be required to self-isolate for a period of ten days,” the statement reads.
In addition, the ministry clarified that arrivals from the above-mentioned regions are subject to stricter entry requirements while emphasizing that the isolation requirement is mandatory regardless of whether travelers have completed the vaccination process or not.
Besides Malta, at present, Lithuania’s red list includes the following European territories: Ireland, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Greece, Iceland, Spain, Italy, Cyprus, Croatia, Latvia, Poland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg , the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Finland, Sweden, Switzerland, Hungary and Germany.
All people from the above-mentioned countries planning to travel to Lithuania will be required to follow additional entry requirements such as testing and quarantine rules.
However, people who have been immunized against the virus and have a valid vaccination document are not required to follow the additional entry requirements.
The ministry confirmed that the yellow list of Lithuania at the present time includes only the French island of Mayotte.
As for the green list, which includes countries that are considered safe based on their epidemiological status, it does not currently include any country.
Data provided by the World Health Organization shows that Lithuania has reported a total of 476,354 cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic and 6,805 deaths.
The same source shows that Lithuania has reported 11,792 cases of infection in the past seven days, while 161 people have died in this country during the same period.
The authorities in Lithuania have also tightened their preventive measures in order to stop the spread of the Omicron variant coronavirus that has recently affected many European countries.
The Lithuanian government previously announced that it had imposed stricter entry requirements for arrivals from Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe. Lithuanian authorities have also confirmed that arrivals from the above-mentioned countries will be subject to strict entry requirements regardless of their vaccination status.