The Lithuanian Ministry of Health has announced that travelers to Lithuania are obligated to cover their test expenses starting from January 31.
According to a press release from the authority, COVID-19 testing should be covered by travelers’ own expenses while on international routes by all types of transportation, TheSchengen.com reports.
“From now on, the test must be carried out at its own expense by crew and crew members who transport passengers on international routes by all types of vehicles when their stay in Lithuania is longer than 24 hours, as well as foreigners who arrive in Lithuania for special humanitarian reasons.”
Entry requirements for travelers in Lithuania are based on vaccination status and country of origin, with authorities classifying countries into four groups – green, yellow, red, gray and black, depending on their epidemiological risk.
The same order recommended that arrivals from countries included in the Lithuania Red and Gray List, regardless of their vaccination status, undergo PCR testing within 72 hours of arrival or 24 hours for users of antigen tests.
A similar recommendation applies to non-vaccinated arrivals from yellow countries, while arrivals from countries with reinforced measures are obliged to undergo a PCR test within 72 hours of arrival and another no later than the 7-10th days of arrival regardless of their vaccination status.
Currently, all countries have been added to the red category in Lithuania, which means that all arrivals must undergo testing within the first three days of their arrival.
“All countries of the world remain in the red and gray area, and unvaccinated and non-sick people (or sick before 180 days) coming from abroad must be tested for COVID-19 immediately prior to the flight and isolated seven days after entry into the Republic of Lithuania,” a statement from the Ministry of Lithuanian Health.
According to the Medical Diagnostic and Treatment Center of Lithuania, the price range for PCR tests in the country ranges from 79 euros to 140 euros.
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World Health Organization (WHO) data shows that 50,320 positive cases of COVID-19 and 100 deaths related to the virus have been reported in Lithuania over the past seven days. Furthermore, the country’s vaccination rates are 67.1% for fully vaccinated travelers, about 3% lower than the average EU/EEA population. Moreover, 29.9 percent, or 83,000 Lithuanians, have received a booster dose so far.