Latest News: Lithuanian government announces travelers from Andorra, France, Mongolia, Puerto Rico, Turkey will now be subject to standard self-isolation requirements (Schengen Visa Info, 19.05.2021). Lithuanian government imposes stringent restrictions for arrivals from India, updates list of COVID-19 highly-affected countries (Schengen Visa Info, 04.05.2021).
*From within the EU:
Lithuania adopts its own national classification of risk areas, hence travel restrictions for Lithuania are not based on the common "EU Traffic Lights" map.
Is a coronavirus test required?
All travellers arriving from countries listed as risk areas are subject to the requirement for a pre-departure negative PCR test.
The test must be taken within 72 hours prior to arrival.
Children aged 15 and under are exempt.
The certificate can be in one of the official languages of the European Union.
Travellers arriving by private transport should register for a test in Lithuania within 24 hours of arrival by calling the hotline +370 (5 2) 196 180.
Provisions for vaccinated people
Travellers who have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 are exempted from providing a negative COVID-19 test. A certificate of vaccination is needed.
Also, those holding a medical certificate confirming that they had coronavirus are exempt from testing and quarantine. The diagnosis should be confirmed by a positive PCR test, and maximum 180 days may have passed since the positive testing.
Is a quarantine required?
Travellers arriving from countries that are listed as risk areas should self-isolate for 10 days from the day of arrival in the Republic of Lithuania (regardless of the negative test result). The isolation period may be shortened after a second negative PCR test performed no earlier than on day 7 of self-isolation (the test is carried out at own expenses).
Depending on the local epidemiological situation, travellers from some countries face stricter measures during the isolation period.
Persons arriving from countries where the spread of new virus variants has been detected must obtain the NPHC permission to leave the place of isolation for certain specified reasons. To leave Lithuania for the country of residence or work before the end of self-isolation period, a notification must be sent to NPHC 24 hours before departure.
Travellers that can provide proof of full vaccination or recent recovery of COVID-19 infection are not required to quarantine.
Mandatory travel documentation
Every traveller returning to, or arriving by air, sea, or land, will have to fill in a form on the website of the National Public Health Centre and present the confirmation received, the QR code, at the time of boarding.
All persons arriving in Lithuania by car must register with the National Public Health Center within 12 hours of arrival.
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Health cover for temporary stays *Transit:
As a general rule, passengers in transit in the EU+ area are exempted from temporary travel restrictions.
EU citizens entering the EU from a third country, as well as their family members, irrespective of their nationality, are exempted from the travel restrictions regardless of whether or not they are returning to their country of nationality or residence.
Passengers travelling from a non-EU country to another non-EU country may transit through the international transit area of airports located in the Schengen area. Rules regarding airport transit visa requirements continue to apply.
Additionally, for Lithuania, the following rules apply:
Transit through the territory of Lithuania is allowed for foreigners:
- On their return to their country of residence;
- In whose respect a reasoned request has been made by a foreign country;
- Using facilitated transit of persons from the territory of the Russian Federation to Kaliningrad region of the Russian Federation and backward (this transit of persons shall be carried out only through Kena railway border checkpoint and Kybartai railway border checkpoint under the conditions laid down by the Minister for Foreign affairs of the Republic of Lithuania).
Regardless of the transport used by travelers in transit through Lithuania, it is not necessary to fill in the NPHC form and submit your personal data. There is no need for self-isolation or negative test result, if you travel by air transport and you do not leave the transit area at the airport. The carriers must allow transit passengers with onward air travel tickets to board the aircraft without a QR code.*From Third Countries:
Travellers from third countries listed as risk areas should:
- have a certificate proving a negative laboratory test for COVID-19 disease performed not earlier than 72 hours before arriving in the Republic of Lithuania. The form can be in any of the official languages of the European Union. Children aged 16 and under are exempt from the test obligation.
- self-isolate for 10 days from the day of arrival in the Republic of Lithuania following the applicable isolation measures. The isolation period may be shortened after a negative SARS-Co-V2 PCR test for COVID-19 (coronavirus infection) performed not earlier than on day 7 of self-isolation (the test is carried out at own expense).;
Those with a medical certificate that proves they have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test.
Also, those holding a medical certificate confirming that they had coronavirus infection are exempt from testing and quarantine. The diagnosis should be confirmed by a positive PCR test, and a maximum of 90 days may have passed since the positive testing.
Persons arriving from countries where the spread of new virus variants has been detected must obtain the NPHC permission, to leave the place of isolation for certain specified reasons. To leave Lithuania for the country of residence or work before the end of the self-isolation period must notify NPHC 24 hours before departure.
Every traveller returning to or arriving in Lithuania by regular, special or charter transport by air, sea, or land, will have to electronically submit their personal data to the National Public Health Centre. This means that before boarding a plane, ferry, bus, or train, a traveller will have to fill in a form on the website of the National Public Health Centre, and present the confirmation received, the QR code, at the time of boarding.
*Travel in Lithuania: On 16 December, Lithuania entered a nationwide lockdown. The following restrictions are in place:
• Passengers on public transport must be seated and leave a 1m distance between themselves and other passengers
• Taxis may be used, but should be booked for one household or two people from separate households
*Public places and services: You are advised to wear facemasks when mixing with individuals outside your household
• Facemasks are compulsory indoors (with the exception of private homes and private offices)
• Up to five people, or two households, may meet outdoors, including for physical activities
• Meeting with members of another household indoors is prohibited, unless you are part of a support bubble
• Rooms in temporary accommodation may only be shared by members of the same household
• From 22 April, restaurants and cafés may open from 7am to 9pm and serve food and drink to tables of two people or one household, in outside areas
• From 26 April, sports clubs and gyms may re-open, allowing a minimum of 20m² per customer. Indoor group classes with up to five participants may resume
• From 26 April, swimming pools and saunas in hotels and spas may re-open. Groups of one household at a time are permitted
• Outdoor cultural, leisure, entertainment areas may re-open, in groups of up to five people or two households
• Indoor museums, galleries and other exhibition may re-open. Visitor numbers will be restricted and tickets must be booked in advance. Groups of either one household or two people from separate households are permitted
• Pool and sauna services provided in rural tourism homesteads for members of no more than one family or household may re-open
• Drive in events are permitted. Cars may have either one household or two people from separate households
• Libraries may open for in-person customers in districts with a 14 day new case rate below 100/100,000
• Private sector workers are advised to work remotely
• The majority of adult and children’s education remains online only
• Driving lessons and tests may resume
• Public sector workers are required to work remotely
• Visiting hospital patients/social care residents is prohibited, except those in a terminal condition, children under 14 and new mothers, with the permission of the responsible physician
• Short visits to correctional facilities are permitted
• Essential medical, financial or legal services for which the 10m² distance cannot be guaranteed, which cannot be delivered virtually, may continue to operate
• Shops with direct street access may open. They must provide either 15m² space per customer or serve only one customer at a time
• From 19 April, non-essential shops in shopping centres, without direct street access may re-open from Monday to Friday only.
• Beauty services and hairdressers may open, if they have direct street access
• It is recommended that religious services are held remotely
• Funerals may be attended by up to 10 people