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Lithuania Shortens Entry Quarantine Obligation to Seven Days

The Lithuanian authorities have decided to shorten entry quarantine for travellers from risk areas from ten to seven days. The decision was announced on Friday, January 14, by the country’s Ministry of Health.

The requirement of isolation from now on will not be ten days, but seven days from arrival in the Republic of Lithuania,” the Ministry notes in a press release.

The decision has been taken at a time when the majority of the rest of the EU and Schengen Area countries have also shortened the period of isolation for incoming travellers. Since January 10, Estonia as well, has shortened the quarantine period from ten, to seven days. Other countries as Iceland and Slovenia have also taken a similar approach to shorten the quarantine obligation for travellers.

Obliged to quarantine upon arrival in Lithuania are all travellers from the country’s red and grey categories. The same also have to test for COVID-19 before they leave their country of departure in their trip to Lithuania, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

Those who are unvaccinated and unrecovered coming to Lithuania from green and yellow territories also have to isolate upon arrival in the country. Those who are vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 recently coming from green and yellow areas only need to test between the third and fifth day of their arrival in Lithuania.

However, the yellow and the green lists will remain empty for another week, as the Ministry of Health has decided to keep the lists of affected countries unchanged.

Next week, 17-23 January, the same list of affected countries will apply as this week,” the Ministry points out.

Since last week January 10, the Lithuanian authorities have added all countries in the world to the red and grey list, meaning that unvaccinated arrivals from these categories are subjected to quarantine and testing requirements.

The Lithuanian Ministry of Health updates the list of affected countries every Friday, and the same becomes effective the following Monday, based on data provided by the EU health agency (the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control – ECDC).

In its weekly published maps in support of the Council Recommendation on a coordinated approach to travel measures in the EU, the agency has once again pointed out that the COVID-19 situation in Europe remains serious, with the number of daily registered cases higher than ever in the continent.

>> All EU/Schengen Area Countries Continue to Be Highly Affected by COVID-19, EU Health Agency Shows

In the last seven days, Lithuania alone has recorded 23,575 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of infections reported in the country to 559,980 since the outbreak of the pandemic in January 2020.

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