The Lithuanian authorities announced that as of today, August 16, Bulgaria, Liechtenstein and Slovenia will move from the green list to the yellow list.
Thus, this means that all travelers who have not been vaccinated or have previously recovered from COVID-19 coming from one of these three countries are subject to the dual test requirement.
“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. .
According to a press release from the Lithuanian Ministry of Health, travelers over 16 years of age arriving from a yellow-listed country are required to submit a negative PCR test result or a rapid antigen test result, taken prior to arriving in Lithuania.
The PCR test result must be no older than 72 hours upon entry to Lithuania, while the rapid antigen test must be performed 48 hours prior to entry, TheSchengen.com reports.
In addition, travelers of this category need to take a second COVID-19 test three to five days after arrival in Lithuania as well as fill out the arrival form 48 hours prior to entry.
However, it has been emphasized that cross-border workers and people who cross the border between Lithuania and another EEA country on a daily or every working day for educational or commercial purposes are allowed to submit a negative test result for up to seven days.
Besides the newly added countries, Lithuania’s yellow list already includes Austria, Croatia, Luxembourg, Norway and Germany. This means that travelers from these countries need to follow the same rules mentioned above.
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In contrast, the Lithuanian authorities maintain looser rules against non-vaccinated and non-exempt travelers from countries on the green list. Lithuania’s green list currently includes the Czech Republic, Latvia, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, and Hungary.
Travelers from these countries are only required to fill out an arrival form and submit a negative test result upon entering Lithuanian territory.
According to WHO figures, since the beginning of the epidemic, Lithuania has identified 288,747 cases of COVID-19 and recorded 4,440 deaths.
Previously, Lithuanian authorities decided to impose testing and quarantine requirements on arrivals from Estonia, Iceland, Finland and Sweden, as countries were added to the red list.