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Lithuania Scraps Colour-Coded Categorisation – Permits Entry for All Vaccinated Arrivals

The Lithuanian Ministry of Health has announced that the color-coding system to allocate entry rules for travelers based on the epidemiological rates of their country of origin has been abolished.

The news was shared through a press release issued by the authority, and will become effective today, February 23. However, many restrictions will remain in place, such as requirements for PCR testing for citizens of other countries who are not vaccinated, TheSchengen.com reports.

More specifically, travelers from third countries are required to submit a completed passenger questionnaire on the National Public Health Center (NVSC) website form prior to arrival and to undergo a PCR 72 test prior to departure if they have not been vaccinated.

“Also, no later than the third day after arrival in Lithuania, it is recommended that a polymerase chain reaction or antigen test be performed in the medical institution or laboratory of its choice at its own expense,” the press release notes, also adding that the recommendation does not apply to travelers with a certificate Recovery.

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On the other hand, travelers from the European Union, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and Vatican City are allowed to enter Lithuania exempt from the test requirements, regardless of vaccination or refund certificate. In addition, travelers from these countries are also exempt from the requirement to complete and submit the NVSC form.

Except for the European Union, arrivals from the following countries that have implemented the EU COVID-19 Digital Certificate are allowed to enter the country:

European countries: Albania, Armenia, Faroe Islands, North Macedonia, Ukraine, Montenegro, Moldova, and Serbia.

Non-European Countries: Togo, Turkey, Uruguay, Cape Verde, Israel, United States, United Arab Emirates, Lebanon, Morocco, New Zealand, Panama, El Salvador, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Tunisia.

The only entrants from these countries who are required to take the test are those who fall under one of the following categories:

They were not vaccinated against COVID-19 until 14 days after full immunization with unrecognized vaccines in Lithuania; They were fully vaccinated more than 270 days prior to arrival, did not receive a booster dose, and had not had COVID-19 for 180 days.

Moreover, it calls on the authorities to respect preventive measures throughout the flight, such as wearing a medical mask, maintaining a distance, and washing hands frequently. It is also recommended not to travel if a person has symptoms, including cough, runny nose, difficulty breathing, and fever.

According to the data of the World Health Organization (WHO), 44,617 positive cases of COVID-19 and 121 deaths related to the virus were reported in Lithuania during the past seven days.

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Source: schengenvisainfo.com

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