Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Lithuania Eases Quarantine Restriction for Arrivals From France, Turkey, Andorra, Puerto Rico & Mongolia

The Lithuanian Government has announced that travellers from France, Turkey, Andorra, Puerto Rico, and Mongolia will now be subject to the standard self-isolation requirements as COVID-19 infection rates in these countries have dropped.

In a previous article, it was reported that Mongolia was subjected to stringent quarantine restrictions, but due to the improvement of the situation, Lithuania eased the restrictions for the latter and for the other four countries as well.

“The number of countries from which enhanced communicable disease control measures are in place has fallen to 13,” the Ministry’s press release reads.

The new measure against these countries became effective on May 17 and will remain effective until May 23, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

In a press release issued by the Lithuanian Ministry of Health, it was noted that no changes in the isolation requirements are foreseen. Thus, indicating that the same rules will continue to remain in place.

According to the Ministry, arrivals from countries placed on the COVID-19 high-risk list are required to submit a completed questionnaire to the carrier and undergo a PCR test 72 hours before entering Lithuania. All persons over the age of 16 are obliged to undergo testing.

Moreover, except for the testing requirements, everyone is required to quarantine for ten days, and during this period, the authorities request that no one leaves their accommodation unless it is for a necessary purpose.

Nonetheless, it was pointed out that the quarantine period can be shortened if a second negative test is submitted on the seventh day of isolation. The Ministry urges that all those allowed to shorten their quarantine period must limit the number of persons they interact with.

On the other hand, based on the Ministry’s announcement, frontier workers and all persons who cross the border between Lithuania and another European Union country daily or during the workdays, including pupils, students, trainees, and business persons, are allowed to use a negative Coronavirus test result up to seven days old.

In addition, those travelling with their vehicles are exempt from the quarantine measures. Regardless, they still must submit a negative COVID-19 test not older than 72 hours or undergo testing 24 hours after entering Lithuania.

The following groups of people are also exempt from the quarantine requirement:

  • Individuals under the Vienna Convention
  • Individuals working in NATO, their family members, and personnel
  • Officials performing extradition, takeover, or transfer tasks
  • Foreigner involved in the national security of the country
  • Healthcare professionals
  • Frontier workers
  • Seafarers
  • Athletes, instructors, and health personnel
  • Lithuanian citizens who work as teachers in Belarus and commute daily between the two countries
  • Individuals working on the Aviation Board of the State Border Guard Service

Concerning those wishing to enter Lithuania from a country that is part of the European Economic Area, they are subject to the same restrictions as mentioned above. Still, they are permitted to take walks up to one kilometre away from their accommodation.

“Persons living or working abroad or when it is necessary to leave for health care purposes may leave Lithuania and leave the place of isolation before the end of the isolation period,” the Ministry notes.

Previously, Lithuania imposed stricter entry restrictions for all arrivals from India as it has registered large numbers of Coronavirus cases and deaths.

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