Lithuanian authorities announced that arrivals from all countries will continue to be subject to strict entry rules as no changes have been made to the list of affected countries.
Lithuania places countries on four different lists – green, yellow, red, gray and black – based on their epidemic risk.
However, as the COVID-19 situation has not improved in any of the countries, it has been revealed that all EU/Schengen area countries and third countries will remain part of the red and gray list until January 30, TheSchengen.com reports.
In line with the current rules in force in Lithuania, all non-vaccinated and non-exempt travelers arriving in its territory from one of the countries that are part of the Red and Gray List must take a pre-entry test.
Regardless of the testing requirements, all travelers from the red and gray region who have not been vaccinated or recovered from the virus must remain isolated for seven days upon arrival in Lithuania.
“All countries of the world remain in the red and gray zone, and unvaccinated and unsick people (or sick before 180 days) coming from abroad must be tested for COVID-19 immediately prior to flight and isolated seven days after entry into the Republic of Lithuania,” a statement from the Ministry of Lithuanian Health.
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All travelers are also advised to take another PCR or rapid antigen test at their own expense three days after arrival. However, it has been clarified that this recommendation does not apply to people who have tested positive within the past 90 days.
In addition to the above rules, all persons, regardless of vaccination status or country of origin, must fill out an entry form within 48 hours before entering Lithuania.
Lithuania itself is currently classified as a dark red country by the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). Last week, the European Union’s health agency announced through its latest map update that all countries within the European continent are currently dealing with increasing infection rates with COVID-19.
According to data provided by the World Health Organization (WHO), Lithuania has reported only 35,572 new cases of infection in the past seven days. These numbers indicate that infection rates in the country are increasing rapidly.
As for the vaccination rate, figures from ECDC show that Lithuania has given a total of 4340,107 doses of COVID-19.
Accordingly, 80.6 percent of the total adult population in Lithuania received at least one dose, 78.1 percent were fully vaccinated, and 35.1 percent received an additional dose, also known as the booster vaccine.