The Lithuania travel restrictions have seen a big change this week as the country has announced the welcome of international travellers, fully vaccinated and otherwise, with their new relaxed rules of entry. The new Lithuania travel restrictions went into effect on the 15th of February (Tuesday).
They are one of the first destinations to reduce restrictions to this extent for unvaccinated travellers, rather than focusing on the entry of fully vaccinated travellers. Lithuania has now adopted a system for travel restrictions that allows an alternative to gaining entry than being fully vaccinated. This means that all requirements for self-isolation on arrival have been dropped.
Unvaccinated travellers will no longer need to isolate, as well as those who have recently recovered from Covid or are only partially vaccinated.
Instead, the Lithuania travel restrictions have set out the following requirements for international travellers aged 16 or over, only one of the following requirements must be met, either:
- Provide proof of being fully vaccinated,
- Provide proof of recovery from Covid within the past 180 days; or
- Provide proof of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours pre-departure.
To qualify as full vaccinated, the traveller must have received the final dose of their chosen vaccination programme between 14- and 270-days pre-departure. If their second/final dose of the vaccine was administered over 270 days prior to travel, they must have their booster vaccine to qualify as fully vaccinated.
However, if a traveller can prove they have recovered from Covid within the past 180 days, one dose of the vaccination will be sufficient to be exempt from testing.
Many of the tourism attractions in Lithuania are also open to visitors, with only the necessary safety restrictions in place. If you’d like to find out more about the Lithuania travel restrictions and what you will need to travel to Lithuania, we recommend you keep up to date on the Foreign Travel Advice page or contact your trusted travel agent and PTS member to keep up to date on the requirements for your destination.
National tourism agency, Lithuania Travel, said, “this decision taken by the Lithuanian government follows the recommendations of the World Health Organisation to lift or ease travel restrictions, as prolonged strict Covid-19 measures can potentially cause economic and social harm.
“After implementing these changes, Lithuania remains one of the most open European countries regarding international travel.”
Economy and innovation minister, Ausrine Armonaite, added, “Lithuania is one of the first countries in the region to quickly and flexibly respond to the changing nature of the virus.
“The lifted restrictions send a positive message to the entire Lithuanian tourism sector, which has been affected by the pandemic.
“Previous restrictions would no longer serve the same purpose and would only have a negative impact on the economy, seeing that the current strain of virus is considered milder.
“This is also good news for tourists and Lithuanians living abroad since both groups will now find it easier to come to Lithuania.”
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