After exempting several categories from the Passenger Locator Form (PLF) requirement, the Lithuanian government has announced a full abolishment of the requirement, permitting travellers to enter the country freely starting on March 31.- Advertisement –
However, as the press release issued by the Health Ministry reveals, arrivals from third countries will remain subject to an entry ban, meaning that current restrictions will remain effective until further notice, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.
“In view of the observed rise in the incidence of COVID-19 in some countries, the government on Wednesday decided to extend the ban on foreigners from third countries to enter Lithuania, applying the existing exemptions to certain countries and categories of persons,” the press release reads.
As per arrivals from third countries, those have to undergo a PCR or antigen test taken 24 hours of arrival unless they fall into one of the following categories:
- He/she is a minor under the age of 16.
- Travelled to Lithuania between 14 and 270 days of vaccination with one of the shots approved by health authorities (Comirnaty, Spikevax, Vaxzevria, Janssen, Nuvaxovid, Covishield).
- Recovered from COVID-19 about 180 days before entering Lithuania and has the necessary documentation to prove the previous infection.
- Is crew or crew member engaged in Lithuanian companies for international transport
- Enters the country for special humanitarian reasons.
On the other hand, arrivals from countries like the United Kingdom, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, Vatican City, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland and the European Union are permitted to enter Lithuania exempted from additional requirements.
In addition, only arrivals from countries that have joined the EU Digital COVID-19 (EUDCC) and those included on the EU’s safe third countries list as shown below, are permitted to enter Lithuania without undergoing testing requirements.
In addition to the new changes, the Lithuanian government has waived the requirement for wearing masks, starting on Monday, April 4.
“Although the wearing of masks will not be mandatory, it remains recommended in confined spaces where a safe distance, poor ventilation, or increased crowding cannot be maintained. The use of masks in health, nursing and care facilities and in public transport remains mandatory,” a press release issued by the authority reads.