Lithuania Tightens Entry Restrictions for Latvia, Romania & Luxembourg

The country’s authorities have announced that unvaccinated travelers from Latvia, Romania and Luxembourg arriving in Lithuania must take a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test within 72 hours prior to arrival and quarantine for ten days.

According to the press release from the Lithuanian Ministry of Health, a change in entry restrictions has been imposed on arrivals from Iceland and Portugal as well, with countries moved from red to orange. This means that from September 20, unvaccinated arrivals will no longer have to quarantine upon arrival in Lithuania but must take pre-arrival and upon arrival testing, according to TheSchengen.com.

Furthermore, PCR tests must be performed 72 hours prior to departure, and antigen tests are only valid if they are performed within 48 hours prior to travel to Lithuania.

Poland and the Czech Republic remain on Lithuania’s Green List, which means that unvaccinated travelers from these countries do not have to be quarantined or tested prior to arrival but must take a test upon arrival in Lithuania.

However, it is essential that everyone wishing to travel to Lithuania, regardless of vaccination status or country of origin, complete the health declaration known as the Naval Health Declaration to the National Public Health Center (NVSC) 48 hours prior to travel.

Other unvaccinated travelers who must be quarantined upon arrival in Lithuania include arrivals from the following EU and Third Red List countries (red list countries):

Ireland Austria Belgium Bulgaria Denmark Estonia Greece Spain Italy Cyprus Croatia Liechtenstein Netherlands Norway France Slovenia Finland Switzerland Germany

Third countries such as United States, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates, Australia, Japan, Canada, Thailand, South Africa, New Zealand, Singapore, San Marino, Andorra, Albania and Vatican City.

Countries on Lithuania’s yellow list include Tenerife, Gran Canary, Malta, France, Slovakia, Sweden and Hungary.

However, entry requirements do not apply to fully vaccinated travelers who have recovered from COVID-19. Furthermore, Lithuania has successfully connected to the EUDCC portal, which means that travelers who present an EU COVID-19 digital certificate are allowed to enter the country without entry requirements.

Based on World Health Organization (WHO) figures, as of September 20, Lithuania had identified 313,692 cases of COVID-19, with only 1,211 new cases reported in the past 24 hours. Additionally, since the start of the pandemic, the country has reported 4,763 deaths related to the health fallout from COVID-19, with 12 of those reported in the last day.

According to the Lithuanian government office, the country has administered about 3,132,592 coronavirus vaccine doses so far. This means that 61.58 percent or 1,721,489 citizens of the country have received the first dose of the vaccine, while 57.11 percent or 1,596,523 citizens have been fully vaccinated.

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Source: schengenvisainfo.com

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