Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Lithuania Imposes Stringent Restrictions for Arrivals From India – Updates List of COVID-19 Highly Affected Countries

The Lithuanian authorities have announced that since May 3, stringent self-isolation measures will apply to travellers entering Lithuania from India.

At the same time, the country announced that the exact requirements that were valid until now will continue to remain effective for all arrivals from Estonia, Poland, Slovenia, Hungary, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Chile, Northern Macedonia, Aruba, and San Marino.

The new measures entered into force on May 3 and will remain effective until May 9, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

In a press release issued by the Ministry of Health, it was explained that within 48 hours of entry into Lithuania, everyone is obliged to register on the website of the National Center for Public Health and fill in the electronic form, based on whether they are travelling by land roads, plane, or ferry.

“The list of affected countries is published every Friday, takes effect on Monday and is valid for a week,” the Ministry of Health statement reads.

All persons entering the territory of Lithuania from India or any other country placed on the high-risk list, including Andorra, Argentina, Bahrain, Bermuda, Brazil, Cyprus, Croatia, the Netherlands, South Africa, France, Puerto Rico, Seychelles, Sweden, Turkey, and Uruguay and several European Economic Area countries will be subject to stricter restrictions.

Nonetheless, frontier workers and persons who cross the border between Lithuania and another European Union country daily, such as students, pupils, trainees, and business travellers, will be allowed to use the same test result for seven days.

Additionally, foreigners who arrive in Lithuania for humanitarian reasons are not obliged to provide a negative test result to the carrier. However, they must undergo a COVID-19 test within 24 hours after their arrival.

As for the rest of the travellers, the COVID-19 test results should not be older than 72 hours when entering Lithuania. Moreover, the COVID-19 test will be obligatory for all individuals over 16.

In addition to the testing requirements, everyone will be subject to a ten-day self-isolation period. During this time, no one is allowed to leave their accommodation unless they have to carry out essential activities.

Furthermore, the Ministry pointed out that the isolation period can be shortened if a negative PCR test is provided after the seventh day of self-isolation. However, all persons who had their self-isolation period shortened must limit the number of persons they have contact with for two weeks.

Regarding the arrivals from countries in the EEA, they will be subject to the same rules as the countries mentioned earlier. Nonetheless, they will be able to leave their accommodation to take a walk outside, provided that they have all the protective equipment.

Based on the Worldometers figures, up to this date, Lithuania has registered 251,450 cases, 3,976 deaths, and it currently numbers 20,879 active cases. On the other hand, India has registered 20,282,833 COVID-19 cases, 222,408 deaths, and 3,447,133 cases are active at present.

Previously, Lithuania imposed stricter isolation rules for several countries after they were placed on the list of countries heavily affected by the Coronavirus.

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