In a move to ease its lockdown measures, the Lithuanian government has approved that travellers coming from 24 European countries will not be subject to 14 days of self-isolation upon arrival.
The move follows the lifting of restrictions on the arrival of neighbouring Latvian and Estonian nationals and residents on 15 May.
“The ‘Baltic Travel Bubble’, has been a success and had no negative impact on infection rates in any of the three countries. Now, Lithuania is opening up for business and leisure trips to residents of other countries, deemed epidemiologically safe by the Lithuanian government,” said Dalius Morkvėnas, Managing Director of Lithuania Travel, the country‘s National Tourism Development Agency.
Restrictions have been lifted for citizens and lawful residents of the countries of the European Economic Area, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom, who arrive from one of these countries, provided the incidence of Covid-19 in their country where they lawfully reside is less than 15 cases/100,000 population in the last 14 days. The Lithuanian decree was signed by the State Commander of National Emergency Operations, Aurelijus Veryga, and comes into power on 1 June.
The current ‘safe list’ of countries includes Germany, Poland, France, Italy, Finland, Norway, Denmark, Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Switzerland.
Travellers coming from Ireland, Malta and Spain (all of which have an infection rate of more than 15 but less than 25 cases/100,000 population) can enter Lithuania, but will be subject to a 14-day self-isolation period.
Travel is still prohibited from Belgium, Sweden, Portugal, and the UK, where the number of Covid-19 incidents exceeds 25 cases/100,000 population. Lithuanian citizens returning from these countries are exempt from this ban.
A revised list of countries to which the Lithuanian borders are open shall be published every Monday by the State Commander of National Emergency Operations.
Lithuania is resuming regular flights to Latvia, Estonia, Germany, Norway and the Netherlands and there are plans to resume flights to Denmark and Finland in upcoming week.
People are no longer required to cover their faces outdoors; hotels, cafes, restaurants and other establishments are open for business; outdoor and indoor events are allowed with limits on the number of spectators. The quarantine regime is still in effect until 16 June. The updated set of measures can be found here.
“With our low population density and points of interest not limited to just one city, we were never an overcrowded destination. I am sure that this year Lithuania can offer the kind of peaceful and healthy holiday, combining nature exploration and cultural tourism, that many across the world deserve and yearn for,” said Morkvėnas.
According to the World Economic Forum T&T Competitiveness Report, Lithuania has one of the highest scores worldwide (6.9 out of 7) for Health & Hygiene.
As of 29 May, the country had 1,662 confirmed Covid-19 cases, out of which 1,216 had recovered. Lithuania registered 68 deaths caused by Covid-19 and 300,000 samples have been tested, which is over 10% of country’s population.