With the improvement of the epidemiological situation in most countries of the European Union and in the world, as well as the rapid vaccination rate that dominates most regions, Lithuania is now open to international and from the European Union tourists.
As such, for all those who have considered visiting Lithuania this summer, which is famous for its landscapes, forests, lakes, museums, and other historical sites, this guide contains everything one needs to know, from restrictions to the current coronavirus continent.
Entry requirements in Lithuania are based on the guidelines provided by the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), which means that countries are listed in four different categories, green, yellow, red and grey.
In general, Lithuania allows unrestricted access to all persons with a certificate of vaccination or certificate of return regardless of the country from which travelers arrive, TheSchengen.com reports.
Those who have not yet contracted the disease or been immunized with a vaccine are subject to testing and self-isolation requirements based on which category they are traveling from.
According to the ECDC, countries with fewer than 75 cases of infection per 100,000 population in the past 14 days are placed on the green list.
Thus, in line with these numbers and the situation of the Coronavirus in each country, the green list of Lithuania currently includes the following countries:
Bulgaria Latvia Poland Liechtenstein Romania Slovakia Slovenia Hungary Germany
All persons arriving in Lithuania from one of the above countries are required to complete the online registration form within 48 hours before entering the country.
In addition, unvaccinated travelers arriving from one of the 12 countries or from Thassos must submit a negative PCR test result taken within 72 hours prior to arrival in Lithuania or a rapid antigen test performed within 48 hours prior to entry.
However, the Lithuanian authorities have confirmed that the test requirements do not apply to those who hold one of the following documents:
Vaccination Certificate: The certificate is considered valid 14 days after the second dose of vaccinations has been taken. Vaccines accepted in Lithuania are Janssen, Comirnaty (Pfizer / BioNTech), Moderna and Vaxzevria (AstraZeneca).
Certificate proving previous recovery from the virus: The certificate must indicate that the holder has previously tested positive and remains valid for 180 days from the date of the positive test.
In addition, the rules of self-isolation do not apply to anyone entering Lithuania in any of the countries on the Green List regardless of their vaccination status.
Travel to Lithuania from the yellow list countries
The same rules as for those entering Lithuania from a Green List country apply to everyone arriving from a Yellow List country for Lithuania. The only difference is that with the exception of filling out the form and submitting a negative PCR result or a rapid antigen test result, arrivals from any of the countries listed below are also required to undergo another test three to five days after arrival.
Lithuania’s yellow list includes these countries:
Austria Czech Republic Estonia Greece – only Thassos Iceland Croatia Norway Portugal – only Madeira Finland Sweden
Children under 12 years of age who enter from a yellow-listed country are exempt from the requirement for a second PCR test.
In addition, the requirements for testing and self-isolation do not apply to those who provide a vaccination certificate for medical proof indicating that Switzerland has previously recovered from the COVID-19 disease.
“Testing is not required for those who have recovered from COVID-19 disease, have been fully vaccinated, are members of official delegations, and children under 12 years old,” the Lithuanian Ministry of Health said in a statement.
Travel to Lithuania from Red/Grey List Countries
All countries that are not included in the green or yellow list are classified as red and gray countries. This list currently includes 12 European countries and the rest of the Third World. The European countries and regions included in this list are as follows:
Ireland Belgium Greece, including Crete, Rhodes, Santorini, Corfu, Kefalonia and Zakynthos Denmark Italy Spain, including Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Mallorca, Cyprus, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands Portugal, except for Madeira Switzerland French regions: Corsica, Guadeloupe, Martinique, French Guiana, Reunion
Although these countries are part of Lithuania’s red and gray list, vaccinated travelers and those who have recovered from the disease can enter their territory without restrictions, meaning they do not need to undergo testing before arrival or remain in isolation upon entering Lithuania.
In contrast, stricter rules apply to unvaccinated travelers coming from countries listed in red/grey. They are required to fill out an arrival form, submit a PCR or antigen test result, and stay isolated for ten days. It has been noted that the 7th day self-isolation period can be shortened at the earliest by submitting a second negative COVID-19 test result.
Previously, TheSchengen.com reported that unvaccinated travelers from Italy and France will be required to follow testing and quarantine rules upon arrival in Lithuania.
Traveling from epidemiologically safe third countries
Except for the above countries, according to the official Lithuania travel page, unvaccinated travelers and those who have not recovered coming from one of the countries on the EU’s list of epidemiologically safe countries can also enter Lithuania. The EU’s list of epidemiologically safe countries currently includes:
Albania Armenia Australia Azerbaijan Bosnia and Herzegovina Brunei Canada Israel Japan Jordan Kosovo Lebanon Moldova Montenegro New Zealand North Macedonia Qatar Saudi Arabia Serbia Singapore South Korea Taiwan Ukraine USA China SAR Hong Kong and Macau What is open to tourists in Lithuania?
According to Lithuania’s official travel website, all tourist attractions are open in the country with minimal restrictions in place.
As such, all people arriving in Lithuania will be able to find the most open spaces, including hotels, shopping centers, cinemas and galleries. Cafés, bars and restaurants are also open for takeaway as well as for indoor and outdoor dining.
In addition, zoos, botanical gardens, museums, sightseeing, and guided tours are widely available for up to four tourists.
In order to make the experience in Lithuania more enjoyable, the travel website has emphasized that there are no curfews or restrictions on freedom of movement.
Lithuania passport vaccination
Lithuania is one of the first countries to connect to the EU COVID-19 digital certification portal and start issuing and verifying COVID permits.
This means that all citizens of Lithuania, as well as residents of other countries who hold a digital EU COVID-19 passport, can travel safely and freely within European countries without being subject to strict restrictions.
The EU Digital COVID-19 Passport has been created by the European Commission with the aim of facilitating travel within the European Union and features these key features:
A one-page document issued in digital or paper format provided in the national language and English for free Safe and secure Recognized in all EU countries Coronavirus status and vaccination rate in Lithuania
Based on WHO figures, as of August 2, Lithuania had identified 283,016 cases of COVID-19, with only 198 new cases reported in the past 24 hours. Additionally, since the start of the pandemic, the country has reported 4,416 deaths related to the health fallout of COVID-19.
According to the Lithuanian government office, the country has administered about 2,579,218 coronavirus vaccine doses so far. This means that 50.63 percent or 1415161 citizens of the country have received at least the first dose of the vaccine, while 44.58 percent or 1,246,226 citizens have been fully vaccinated.
Do not forget to purchase travel insurance when traveling to Lithuania
All vacationers planning to visit Lithuania or any other European country during the coronavirus pandemic are strongly advised to purchase travel insurance packages that cover epidemic situations.
Purchasing this travel insurance ensures that travelers can save most of the money spent on booking their flight if it is canceled due to the unexpected rise in COVID-19 infections.
Travel insurance for Lithuania can be purchased at a reasonable price from MondialCare, AXA Assistance or Europ Assistance.
Everything you need to know before visiting other EU countries during the COVID-19 pandemic
EU countries currently apply different measures and restrictions from each other. If you plan to visit other EU countries, except for Lithuania this summer, the following guides contain everything you need to know before booking a flight: