Lithuanian authorities have announced that unvaccinated travelers arriving in Lithuania from Austria and Portuguese Madeira are required to take two tests to be eligible to enter the country, both of which have been placed on the red list.
Arrivals from red countries are required to present a test certificate taken within 72 hours (PCR tests) or 48 hours (Antigen test) prior to arrival and also to take the test on entry, as well as a ten-day quarantine requirement, which can be terminated earlier. If the traveler decides to take another test on the seventh day, at their own expense, TheSchengen.com reports.
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However, these rules do not apply to those who have been fully vaccinated against the Corona virus, with one of the vaccines authorized by the European Medicines Agency (EMA), which are Moderna, AstraZeneca, Pfizer and Janssen, and those who have previously contracted the virus. virus.
Along with Austria and Madeira, Romania’s classification has been lowered from green to yellow, which means that travelers from this country are now required to get a PCR test within 72 hours, an antigen test 48 hours before departure, or another test upon arrival.
Previously, Lithuania imposed quarantine and double-testing requirements on travelers from Germany, Norway, Liechtenstein, Bulgaria and the Greek island of Thassos by placing these territories on its red list.
Other European countries that the Lithuanian authorities consider epidemiologically unsafe are Ireland, Iceland, Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Bulgaria, Spain, Greece, Italy, Cyprus, Portugal, France, Finland, Sweden and Switzerland.
Besides the travel ban imposed on European countries, Lithuania places physical restrictions with Belarus, its neighboring country, due to the influx of migrants fleeing their country for security reasons. Last week, the Lithuanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed that a 508-kilometre wall would be built on the border with Belarus, a project that has been valued at a cost of around 52 million euros.
According to FRONTEX, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, more than 3,000 Belarusians arrived in Lithuania illegally during July, 180 headed to Poland and 200 to Latvia.
However, the epidemiological situation in Lithuania in the last 24 hours amounted to seven deaths and 642 positive cases, as revealed by WHO data. Since January 2020, the country has seen 4,520 deaths, and 296,738 people have contracted the virus.
According to the vaccination campaign, Lithuania has fully vaccinated about 62.3 percent of its population, while 68.8 percent have been vaccinated with at least the first injection of the COVID vaccine.