Monday, May 10, 2021

Lithuania Imposes Stringent Quarantine Restrictions for Arrivals From Costa Rica, Maldives & Mongolia

The Lithuanian Ministry of Health has informed that starting from today, stricter entry restrictions will apply to arrivals from Costa Rica, the Maldives, and Mongolia.

In addition, the same revealed that arrivals from Serbia and Bermuda will be subject to the country’s regular isolation requirements.

The newly introduced measures entered into force today, on May 10, and will be effective until May 16, reports.

Based on the Ministry’s announcement, Costa Rica, the Maldives, and Mongolia, along with hundreds of other countries, will have to undergo several restrictions while in Lithuania.

In a press release issued by the Ministry, it was explained that all arrivals are obliged to present a completed questionnaire to the carrier and undergo a COVID-19 test within 72 hours before entering the country. The test is mandatory for all persons over the age of 16.

In addition to the testing requirement, based on the Ministry’s announcement, everyone will be required to stay self-isolated for ten days. During the self-isolation period, the authorities urge that no one leaves their accommodation unless it is for an essential reason.

However, cross-border workers and all persons who cross the border between Lithuania and another European Union country on a daily basis, such as students, pupils, trainees, and business persons, can use a COVID-19 test up to seven days old.

The Ministry pointed out that the self-isolation period can be shortened if a second negative PCR test is submitted on the seventh day. Nevertheless, all those who are permitted to reduce their self-isolation period must limit the number of individuals they are in contact with.

Exempt from the quarantine measures are all those travelling with their own vehicle. However, they are still required to present a negative Coronavirus test not older than 72 hours or undergo the testing procedure in Lithuania within 24 hours of their arrival.

Moreover, self-isolation requirements do not apply to the following groups of people:

  • Persons under the Vienna Convention
  • Persons serving in NATO, their family members, and personnel
  • Officials carrying out transfer, extradition, or takeover tasks
  • Foreigners ensuring national security in Lithuania
  • Health professionals
  • Cross-border workers
  • Seafarers
  • Athletes, sports professionals, instructors, and medical personnel
  • Lithuanian citizens working as teachers in Belarus
  • Employees of the Aviation Board of the State Border Guard Service

As for individuals entering Lithuania from a country in the European Economic Area, they will also be subject to the same restrictions as the above-mentioned countries. However, they will be allowed to take walks up to one kilometre away from their accommodation as long as they keep the protective equipment on them.

Previously, Lithuania imposed stringent rules on all arrivals from India after the latter registered a record number of COVID-19 cases and deaths.

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