Lithuania lifts quarantine requirement for EU and EEA travelers who took booster dose
Lithuanian authorities have announced that internationals who have completed their vaccination process against the virus within 270 days and have not taken a booster will no longer be excluded from mandatory self-isolation rules upon arrival in Lithuania.
Such a decision which has been confirmed by the Lithuanian Ministry of Health will enter into force on February 5, reports SchengenVisaInfo.com.
In addition, according to the announcement of the same ministry, in the list of countries considered to be heavily affected by the coronavirus, known as the red list, the countries of the European Union and the European Economic Area (EEA) are no longer placed, after they moved to the yellow list, which consists of medium-risk countries in terms of the COVID-19 situation.
Such a decision means that travelers from EEA countries will no longer be obliged to remain isolated upon arrival in Lithuania if they meet the criteria mentioned above.
Furthermore, the Lithuanian authorities have also announced that the Nuvaxovid and Covishield vaccines will also be recognized as valid proof of immunity against the virus.
“Once a new COVID-19 vaccine Nuvaxovid is registered in the EU, people who have been vaccinated will also be exempt from testing and isolation. Upon arrival in Lithuania, the Covishield vaccine manufactured in India under license from pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca will also be recognized,” read the statement.
Lithuanian authorities have pointed out that in order to harmonize travel requirements for citizens of European Union countries, the obligation to present a negative test result will be waived if travelers meet the requirements of the Lithuanian COVID digital certificate. EU.
“Testing will not be required for people who relapsed from COVID-19 within the 180-day PCR period or were fully vaccinated within 270 days (270 days does not apply to people under 18 years) or who received a booster dose of the vaccine. People who do not meet these criteria will be required to take the COVID-19 test” notes the press release issued by the Ministry of Health.
The Lithuanian government has confirmed that from tomorrow all EU and EEA countries will be on the yellow list, which means that the quarantine requirement will no longer be applied to people who follow the new rules. .
Regarding people arriving from countries outside the EU and EEA, the red and gray list will continue to be effective, which means that countries will be classified into specific categories, taking into account the epidemiological situation. in these.