From today, November 29, arrivals from Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe are required to undergo stricter entry rules when traveling to Lithuania regardless of vaccination or recovery status. These countries are included in a special category; Gray category, which includes regions of virus variants, TheSchengen.com reports.
In addition, Portugal was added to the red category, as the number of positive cases infected with COVID-19 in these countries reached 181,161 in the past seven days.
The changes imposed on the gray category countries were introduced in an effort to mitigate the further spread of the new variant of COVID-19 called B.1.1.529, detected in South Africa.
Thus, those coming from these countries must follow the rules mentioned below:
Get a COVID-19 test 72 hours before arrival.
In addition, the isolation time can be terminated if the result of the second test is negative.
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While the Lithuanian authorities continue to implement the color-coding system, red-class arrivals must be tested 72 hours before arrival and isolated for ten days.
Moreover, yellow category arrivals must take the test before the flight and repeat it three to five days after arrival, exempt from the ten-day quarantine requirement.
Furthermore, green entrants, like all other travelers, are required to complete an NVSC form and complete a COVID-19 survey prior to travel.
Currently, the red category includes all EU countries, with the exception of Malta, the French regions of Mayotte and French Guiana, which fall into the orange category. In addition, the green category does not include any country at the moment.
These strict entry rules were introduced to European Union member states last week, as the number of positive cases in the country increased rapidly across the 27-nation bloc. In response, several countries in the region have imposed stricter entry rules, or even national lockdowns, such as Slovakia and Austria, recently.
WHO data also shows it has reported 12,294 cases of COVID-19 in the past seven days, as well as 183 deaths from the disease. According to the vaccination release, about 66.5 percent of the population in Lithuania is partially vaccinated, while 63.1 percent is for those who have been fully vaccinated, which is about 2.9 percent below the average vaccination uptake in EU/EEA countries European.