From today, July 12, isolation and testing requirements will no longer apply to children under the age of 12 traveling from a green, yellow, red or gray country to Lithuania.
However, according to a press release from the Lithuanian Ministry of Health, children aged 12-16, arriving from a yellow country, are required to take a PCR test on the third and fifth day of their arrival. Children of the same age from a red or gray country do not have to self-isolate if they submit a PCR or antigen test before arriving in the country.
Taking a COVID-19 test before arriving in Lithuania exempts travelers from the isolation requirement, which is mandatory until the results of the Coronavirus test are out, TheSchengen.com reports.
While some restrictions are being lifted, many others are getting stricter, as the Lithuanian government tries to stop the rapid spread of the more transmissible and most deadly COVID-19 Delta variant.
For example, until further notice, airlines flying to Lithuania are allowed to stay in the country less, reducing their stay time from 72 hours to 24 hours.
“This means that crew and crew members employed in international commercial carriers or performing international commercial transport in all types of vehicles whose purpose of travel is related to the performance of business functions must bring or conduct a study on COVID-19 in Lithuania if they intend to spend longer here.” , stated in the press release.
If this person remains in Lithuania after 24 hours due to objective circumstances, they must contact their local COVID-19 center or visit one of the centers and register for a COVID-19 test and take a test on time.
Entry requirements in Lithuania are based on ECDC guidelines, which means that if the 14-day notification rate is less than 50 and the test positivity rate is less than four percent, the country is considered green, and arrivals from that country are not subject to quarantine requirements nor testing.
A state is considered orange if infection rates are between 75 and 200, with a test-positive rate of less than four percent, within a 14-day time frame. Countries and regions with 200 cases, but fewer than 500 cases are considered red, and more than 500 reported cases are considered dark red.
Countries with insufficient data or testing rates of less than 300 cases per 100,000 population are considered grey.
The majority of EU countries are on the Green List, with the exception of Ireland, and several regions of Norway, Sweden, Finland, the Netherlands, Spain, Portugal and Greece.
Spain and Portugal are considered countries with a red color, while Cyprus is a country with a darker red color. Switzerland and Liechtenstein are considered gray countries.
Lithuania successfully contacted the EUDCC portal on July 1, and issued a European COVID-19 vaccination passport to its citizens in a bid to provide safe and free movement across the EU.