Travelers from Estonia, Iceland, Finland and Sweden will be required to follow testing and quarantine requirements when planning entry to Lithuania as the Lithuanian government has added these countries to the red list, which includes areas that were recently severely affected by the coronavirus.
According to the statement published by the Lithuanian Ministry of Health, the new changes will take effect on August 9, TheSchengen.com reports.
However, the same ministry clarified that travelers from the above-mentioned countries who have been fully vaccinated and who have recovered from the disease will be exempted from the last rule.
In addition, Luxembourg and Germany are placed in the yellow category which means that citizens from these regions will also be required to carefully follow the entry requirements.
Passengers from the states included in the yellow category must fill out the form and submit a negative PCR or antigen test result, as well as undergo another test three to five days after their arrival in Lithuania.
At the same time, the Czech Republic has been added to the green list, which consists of regions that have recently reported a low rate of infection with the COVID-19 virus; Therefore, Czech citizens will only have to submit a negative COVID-19 test result upon arrival in Lithuania.
Authorities in the Baltic state categorized the other countries into green, yellow, red and grey, taking into account their COVID-19 status, based on data provided by the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).
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Travelers from Red List countries must fill out an arrival form, submit a PCR or negative antigen test result, and self-isolate for ten days. However, the Lithuanian Ministry of Health has clarified that the seventh-day quarantine period can be shortened if travelers take a second COVID-19 test and get a negative result.
According to data provided by the World Health Organization (WHO), Lithuania has reported more than 285,200 cases and 4,424 deaths since the start of the coronavirus outbreak.
The same source confirmed that Lithuania recorded a total of 777 new cases during the past 24 hours.
Earlier this month, Lithuania announced that unvaccinated passengers from Italy and France would have to follow testing and quarantine requirements, with both countries placed on the red list.
In an effort to facilitate the travel process for fully vaccinated people, Lithuania launched the European Vaccination Passport a month before the June deadline.