Amid warnings of another wave of the Coronavirus expected to hit Europe in the following weeks, another European Union country has further tightened its entry restrictions.
On Friday, November 12, the Lithuanian Ministry of Health has updated the lists of countries for travellers from which stricter entry restrictions apply starting from next week, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.
“From Monday, November 15, one country will remain in the green zone of the list of countries affected by coronavirus infection: Malta. Italy, France, the Greek islands of Rhodes and Santorini and the Spanish island of Mallorca are being moved from the yellow to the red zone,” the Ministry notes in a press release.
It also points out that the French island of Mayotte and the Spanish islands of Fuerteventura, Tenerife and Gran Canaria have also been dropped from the green list and are now part of the yellow one.
Last week, SchengenVisaInfo.com reported that Lithuania had added Sweden and the Greek island of Crete to the red category of countries.
The country currently applies the coded colour system for separating countries into categories based on their COVID-19 situation. Restrictions that travellers may face in Lithuania depend on the category in which their country is placed.
Travellers from red countries who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 with one of the vaccines approved by Lithuanian authorities for travel and those who haven’t recently recovered from COVID-19 remain subject to the quarantine obligation which lasts ten days. They are also subject to the obligation to test for COVID-19.
As per those reaching from yellow countries, who have been either vaccinated or previously infected, they must take a test before their trip to Lithuania. They are not subject to quarantine, but they should, however, test three to five days after entering the country.
Arrivals from green countries, in which category Malta is listed alone, are not subject to entry restrictions, but they are still subject to the requirement of completing an NVSC form.
Currently, Malta is on the green list, whereas Spain’s Fuerteventura, Tenerife and Gran Canaria, the French Reunion and Mayotte, as well as Portugal, are part of the yellow list. All the rest of the world countries are in the red category.
“The list of affected countries is updated every Friday and takes effect next Monday,” the Ministry recalls.
For weeks now, Lithuania has been one of the countries in the European Union with a more severe COVID-19 situation, as the country is coloured dark red in the map of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) published in support of the Council Recommendation on a coordinated approach to travel measures in the EU.
In the last 24 hours alone, the country has recorded another 2,641 cases of COVID019, thus bringing the number of cases recorded in its territory since the beginning of the pandemic to 439,373.
Other countries coloured in dark red are also Austria, Belgium, Czechia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Ireland, the Netherlands, Latvia, Romania, Hungary, Slovenia, and Slovakia