Amid warnings of another wave of the Corona virus expected to hit Europe in the following weeks, another European Union country has tightened entry restrictions.
On Friday, November 12, the Lithuanian Ministry of Health updated lists of countries for travelers from which stricter entry restrictions are in place starting next week, TheSchengen.com reports.
“From Monday, November 15, one country will remain in the green zone from the list of countries affected by coronavirus infection: Malta. Italy, France, the Greek islands of Rhodes and Santorini and the Spanish island of Mallorca have been moved from the yellow zone to the red zone,” the ministry notes in a press release.
It also notes that the French island of Mayotte and the islands of Fuerteventura, Tenerife and Spain’s Gran Canaria were also removed from the green list and are now part of the yellow list.
Last week, TheSchengen.com reported that Lithuania added Sweden and the Greek island of Crete to the red category for countries.
The country is currently implementing a color-coded system to divide countries into categories based on their COVID-19 status. The restrictions that travelers may encounter in Lithuania depend on which category their country is placed in.
Travelers from red countries who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 with one of the vaccines approved by the Lithuanian authorities for travel and those who have not recently recovered from COVID-19 remain subject to the ten-day quarantine obligation. They are also subject to the obligation to be tested for COVID-19.
According to those arriving from yellow countries, who have been previously vaccinated or infected, they must take a test before their trip to Lithuania. They are not subject to quarantine, but they must be tested three to five days after entering the country.
Arrivals from green countries, where Malta alone is listed, are not subject to entry restrictions, but are still subject to the requirements for completing the NVSC form.
Currently, Malta is on the green list, while Spain’s Fuerteventura, Tenerife and Gran Canaria, French Reunion and Mayotte, as well as Portugal, are part of the yellow list. All remaining countries in the world are in the red category.
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The ministry recalls that “the list of affected countries is updated every Friday and will come into effect next Monday.”
For weeks now, Lithuania has been one of the EU countries with a more severe case of COVID-19, with the country colored dark red in the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) map published to support the Council’s recommendation on a coordinated approach to the union’s travel measures European.
In the past 24 hours alone, the country recorded 2,641 more cases of COVID019, bringing the number of cases recorded in its territory since the beginning of the epidemic to 439,373 cases.
Other countries colored in dark red are also Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Ireland, Netherlands, Latvia, Romania, Hungary, Slovenia and Slovakia
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