Lithuanian authorities have announced that the country has ended the requirement to hold a COVID-19 passport when attending various events and services within the country.
This means that citizens of the country, as well as travelers visiting Lithuania, will not be required to provide proof of vaccination, recovery or a negative test result upon arrival at restaurants, bars, social events and services, among other things, TheSchengen.com reports.
“National certification has been an effective tool in controlling the epidemic. It has helped keep businesses and industries open, promote more vaccination among the population, and thus prevent another closure,” said Ingrida Simonetto, Prime Minister of Lithuania, commenting on the merits of the certification.
However, with the majority of the population already vaccinated and the COVID-19 situation under control, the authorities assessed that there was no longer any need to maintain strict national rules.
However, the government made it clear that although the requirement to submit a permit was abolished, everyone would be required to follow basic measures, such as wearing a face mask and maintaining a social distance.
Although Lithuania has relaxed its national rules, it still imposes entry restrictions on incoming travelers.
According to the authorities, since February 5, all countries of the European Union and the European Economic Area have been classified as orange countries. This designation means that non-vaccinated and non-exempt EU/EEA travelers can now enter Lithuania without having to follow self-isolation rules.
Non-exempt and unvaccinated EU/EEA travelers can now enter Lithuania provided they undergo a COVID-19 test.
On the other hand, fully vaccinated EU/EEA travelers can travel to Lithuania without having to follow any additional entry rules, provided they have received their last vaccine dose within the last 270 days.
EU/EEA travelers who hold a take-back certificate are also allowed unrestricted entry as long as the document proves that the holder has been infected with the virus within the past 180 days.
Through the same update, it revealed that self-isolation and testing requirements will continue to apply to third-country travelers who were fully vaccinated more than 270 days ago but did not take a booster dose.
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With the exception of Lithuania, many EU/Schengen area countries have already relaxed some COVID-19 restrictions.