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Lithuania Shortens Entry Quarantine Obligation to Seven Days

The Lithuanian authorities decided to shorten the quarantine entry for travelers from danger zones from ten to seven days. The decision was announced on Friday, January 14, by the country’s Ministry of Health.

“The condition of isolation from now on will not be ten days, but seven days from arrival in the Republic of Lithuania,” the ministry notes in a press release.

The decision was taken at a time when the majority of EU countries and the Schengen area have shortened the isolation period for arriving travelers. Since January 10, Estonia has also shortened the quarantine period from ten to seven days. Other countries such as Iceland and Slovenia have also taken a similar approach to shortening the quarantine obligation for travelers.

Quarantine is required upon arrival in Lithuania for all travelers from the country’s red and gray categories. They must also be tested for COVID-19 before they leave the country of departure on their trip to Lithuania, reports.

Those who have not been vaccinated and who have not recovered from coming to Lithuania from the green and yellow lands must also be isolated upon arrival in the country. Those who have recently been vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19 coming from green and yellow areas only need to be tested between the third and fifth day of their arrival in Lithuania.

However, the yellow and green lists will remain empty for another week, as the Ministry of Health decided to keep the lists of affected countries unchanged.

“Next week, January 17-23, the same list of affected countries will apply as this week,” the ministry notes.

Since last week January 10, the Lithuanian authorities have added all countries of the world to the red and gray list, which means that non-vaccinated arrivals from these categories are subject to quarantine and testing requirements.

The Lithuanian Ministry of Health updates the list of affected countries every Friday, and the same goes into effect the following Monday, based on data provided by the European Union’s health agency (European Center for Disease Prevention and Control – ECDC).

In its weekly maps published in support of the Council’s recommendation for a coordinated approach to travel measures in the European Union, the agency once again indicated that the COVID-19 situation in Europe remains grave, with more cases recorded per day than ever on the continent.

>> All EU/Schengen area countries still severely affected by COVID-19, EU health agency shows

In the past seven days, Lithuania alone recorded 23,575 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of infections reported in the country to 559,980 since the outbreak of the pandemic in January 2020.

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