Lithuanian authorities have tightened entry restrictions for travelers from Germany, Norway, Liechtenstein, Thassos (Greece) and Bulgaria because the countries are now considered epidemiologically unsafe.
Beginning Monday, August 23, travelers from the above areas are required to present a test certificate taken 72 hours prior to departure for PCR tests and 48 hours for antigen tests. They must also be tested after entering the country and self-isolate for ten days upon arrival, with the possibility of ending the quarantine if the test is taken at the traveler’s expense no later than the seventh day of isolation, TheSchengen.com reports.
However, these rules do not apply to those who have been fully vaccinated against coronavirus with one of the approved European Medicines Agency vaccines (Moderna, AstraZeneca, Pfizer and Janssen) and those who have recovered from the virus.
On the other hand, countries such as Latvia and Malta have been added to the country’s yellow category, which means that passengers are required to fill out the form and submit a negative PCR or antigen test result and take a test three to five days after they arrive in Lithuania.
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The countries still on the yellow list for Lithuania are Austria, Croatia, Luxembourg, Madeira (Portugal), and Slovenia, while the countries on the green list are the Czech Republic, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, and Hungary. However, proof of entry form and negative test certificate only must be presented to travelers from these countries upon arrival.
Previously, Lithuania tightened its entry restrictions for Bulgarian, Liechtenstein and Slovenian travelers, putting their countries on its yellow list from the green list, which automatically requires all non-vaccinated passengers to undergo testing within 72 or 48 hours for the virus in order to enter a country.
“COVID-19 testing is mandatory for those coming from these countries before the flight and after their arrival in Lithuania (PCR or antigen test is recognized). Study is not required for individuals who have been vaccinated or relapsed under the full vaccination schedule,” the Ministry of Health said in a statement. .
Like Lithuania, Norway recently imposed stricter measures on Germany and Latvia by declaring the two countries in red and requiring travelers to undergo testing and quarantine upon arrival. Despite the smaller numbers compared to Germany, Latvia has seen an increase in coronavirus infections. As of August 23, the country has 146 positive cases and one death, while Germany has reported 13 deaths and 9,280 positive cases.
according to the epidemiological situation in Lithuania; The country has reported five deaths related to COVID-19 and 583 positive cases in the past 24 hours. Since the pandemic, 4,471 people have died from the effects associated with the coronavirus, and 292,552 positive cases have been reported, WHO data reveals.
The vaccination campaign in Lithuania is still underway, with health authorities vaccinating about 67 percent of the population with the first dose of the vaccine and 59.8 percent fully immunized against the disease.