Travelers arriving in Lithuania from Cyprus, Crete, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and France, starting from Monday, October 11, will be subject to less stringent entry rules as these countries have been removed from the red list of countries severely affected by the coronavirus.
This decision means that entrants from the above-mentioned territories are eligible to enter Lithuania by submitting a pre-departure COVID test and undergoing a second test conducted between the third and fifth day of their stay in the country, TheSchengen.com reports.
According to the announcement by the Lithuanian Ministry of Health, the same entry rules apply to all arriving passengers in the yellow category, which along with the newly added countries also include the Czech Republic, Denmark, Iceland, the Spanish region of Mallorca, Portugal, Finland and Sweden.
“From Monday, October 11, Hungary will be moved to the red zone in the list of affected countries, but Cyprus, Crete, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and France (except Martinique and Guyana) will leave the zone,” according to a press release published by the country’s Ministry of Health read.
However, authorities in Lithuania made it clear that travelers who have been fully vaccinated with approved vaccines or have recovered from COVID-19 are not subject to these rules, including holders of an EU COVID-19 digital certificate.
The latest statement by the Lithuanian Ministry of Health also revealed that Hungarians will no longer be able to enter Lithuania only by providing pre-departure and on-arrival tests. Instead, they are required to undergo a ten-day quarantine and submit a COVID test which is taken 72 or 48 hours before departure.
Other travelers who must follow similar rules to Hungary, since their countries of departure are considered high risk or red category include the following:
Ireland Austria Belgium Bulgaria Estonia Greece, excluding Crete Spain Italy Croatia Latvia Poland Norway Martinique and Guyana Regions of France Romania Slovakia Slovenia Switzerland Germany
The three countries currently in the red category in Lithuania include Israel, Japan, the United States of America, the United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom.
At the same time, the green category was supplemented by a new country and region; The Spanish islands of Liechtenstein, Tenerife and Gran Canary. Passengers arriving in Lithuania from the green list of countries consisting only of Malta must submit a test taken before departure.
“PCR test for COVID-19 must be done at least 72 hours before arrival in Lithuania, negative response received, antigen test must be done at least 48 hours before arrival in Lithuania, negative answer received. Document proving negative test result must be submitted to carrier before the flight,” the press release explains.
Authorities in the Baltic state have also made it clear that all travelers aged 16 or older from the following countries must follow these entry rules to be allowed to enter Lithuania.
So far, a total of 347,548 positive cases with COVID-19 have been registered in Lithuania, with 2,453 cases reported in the past 24 hours, based on data provided by the World Health Organization (WHO).