Unvaccinated travelers from Italy and France will be required to follow testing and quarantine rules upon arrival in Lithuania, as both regions have been placed on the latter’s red list of countries considered severely affected by the coronavirus.
In addition, citizens of both countries mentioned above who have not recovered from the disease in the past six months will be subject to the same requirements, TheSchengen.com reports.
The statement published by the Lithuanian Ministry of Health confirmed that all people seeking to enter Lithuania from Austria, Estonia, Norway, Iceland and Thassos will be required to undergo a testing process before arriving in the Baltic state, as these two regions have reported a slight increase in the number of infections in the past two weeks.
On the other hand, Liechtenstein is now considered a safe country and has been placed on the Green List, which consists of regions with low rates of COVID-19 infection; Therefore, travelers from Liechtenstein are allowed to enter Lithuania without restrictions.
Besides Lithuania, Liechtenstein is also considered a safe country by the authorities in Norway.
The Lithuanian Ministry of Health revealed that the new changes will take effect on Monday, August 2.
“Cruise ship passengers will not be required to complete mandatory passenger forms for foreign arrivals from Monday if the ship’s crew submits the Marine Health Statement to the National Public Health Center (NVSC) in accordance with the International Health Regulations and the NVSC Quarantine Control Regulations,” the statement explained.
According to figures published by the World Health Organization, Lithuania has confirmed a total of 314,983 cases of COVID-19 so far.
The same source reveals that 848 people have died due to the Corona virus in this country since the beginning of the epidemic.
On Friday, authorities in Lithuania confirmed that the 14-day infection rate of COVID-19 was 101.9 cases per 100,000 people. These numbers put this country on the Red List based on its coded national ranking.
Previously, the government of Lithuania imposed quarantine requirements on all travelers arriving in the Baltic countries from Belgium, Ireland and the Greek islands. However, the authorities in Vilnius made it clear that such a rule would apply only to people who have not been vaccinated or have contracted the disease in the past six months.
Due to the COVID-19 situation, on July 19, authorities in Lithuania also moved several European Economic Areas (EEA) and third countries into the red category after confirming that they had reported several cases of infection.