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IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR TOURISTS REGARDING THE CORONAVIRUS

 

We would like to inform that Lithuanian authorities have announced additional precautionary measures to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus in the country from 16 March to 13 April.

Quarantine set to be introduced at midnight on March 16, Monday to slow down the spread of the coronavirus. Once the quarantine is in place, Lithuanian citizens, with some exceptions, will be banned from leaving the country, and foreigners will be banned from entering the country.

All the latest information can be found on the Lithuanian Ministry of Health website and WHO webpage.

 

Important restrictions (16 March – 13 April):

  • Foreign nationals will not be allowed to come to Lithuania.

1. If you are a foreign citizen planning to return to your home country during the quarantine, we strongly advise contacting your embassy immediately. Here’s a list of Lithuania-based embassies and consulates.

2. People must self-isolate for two weeks after returning from any foreign country.

3. More information can be found here www.urm.lt  

  • The number of border checkpoints to enter Lithuania has been reduced.
  • Lithuanian citizens will not be allowed to leave the country unless they reside or work in another country. The State Border Guard Service has the right to grant exceptions on a case-by-case basis.
  • SPA centres, beauty salons, shops and shopping centres are closed.
  • Museums, theatres, cinemas, schools and universities are closed, as are the city’s Tourist Information Centre’s.
  • Restaurants and bars are closed, except for food deliveriesGrocery stores, markets and pharmacies will continue operating.
  • All public events, including conferences and other performances, are cancelled.
  • The municipality has suspended non-essential services.
  • Visiting patients in medical treatments facilities is prohibitedso is visiting prisoners in incarceration facilities.
  • Planned elective medical procedures have been postponed, with the exception of emergency medical assistance. Rehabilitation and dental services are also suspendedas well as planned vaccinations.
  • The number of passengers on intercity buses and trains is restricted to maintain the necessary distances between passengers. This requirement also applies to public transport within Vilnius. There is no public transport going to and from the Vilnius Airport.
  • Buses and trolleybuses are still running, but have a reduced frequency and modified schedule: www.stops.lt. Tickets can no longer be purchased on the bus directly from the driver. We suggest downloading the Trafi App (download on the App Store, download on the Android) and using online tickets. It’s easy, very simple and available in English. Night buses are cancelled.
  • Hotels have been informed that they will have to allow people to stay during quarantine if necessary; the state will cover these costs.
  • Public and private sectors workers are recommended to work from home. Read about employer/employee relations in our page here.

The introduction of the quarantine regime can be enforced through the provisions of the Code of Administrative Offenses, and failure to comply with it may result in criminal liability. Administrative misconduct can result in a fine of up to €560 for an individual and up to €3,000 for a legal entity.

You can follow the latest news about the situation on the LRT English website of the Lithuanian National Broadcaster.

All the information regarding the quarantine can be found on this website: karantinas.lt/en.

COVID-19 Hotline in Lithuania: 1808 (free of charge).

If necessary, please contact us at tic@vilnius.lt, by phone +370 5 262 9660 or through social media: FacebookInstagram.

 

Prevention recommendations:

  1. Make sure that rooms are properly ventilated with fresh air at least five times a day.
  2. Use personal hygiene products (soap, disposable paper towels, hand sanitizer) and make sure they are replenished regularly.
  3. Make sure that personal hygiene products (disinfectants) are available at all times.
  4. Make sure that surfaces (tables, chairs, windowsills, etc.) are wiped down with a damp cloth at least once a day.
  5. Make sure that WC facilities, including WC door handles, are disinfected at least five times a day.
  6. If you have returned from regions affected by the coronavirus in the last 14 days, work remotely.
  7. People returning in the last 14 days from China (all provinces), Italy, Spain, Germany, France, Denmark, Austria, Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Egypt, Netherlands, Switzerland, Hong Kong, Iran, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, please provide information by e-mail info@nvsc.lt or phone +37052124098 or 1808 .
  8. The Ministry of Health has announced that no tests or special measures are needed for those who have not travelled to COVID-19 affected countries if they have not come in contact with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 and if they are not experiencing flu-like symptoms characteristic of the disease.
  9. To prevent coronavirus infection, everyone is recommended to follow standard measures to reduce the spread of disease: wash hands frequently with warm water and soap, avoid touching the face and eyes, practice proper coughing and sneezing etiquette (coughing and sneezing into a tissue or bent elbow), practice safe cooking (especially with regard to meat or eggs) and avoid close contact with anyone who exhibits respiratory disease symptoms, like coughing or sneezing.
  10. National Public Health Center hotline: +37061879984 or +37061694562 (24/7)

What to do if you suspect you have a virus:

  1. If symptoms occur within two weeks of travelling to one the affected areas (http://sam.lrv.lt/lt/naujienos/koronavirusas) or you have been in contact with people with confirmed COVID-19 cases, you should immediately call the Emergency Help Centre line 112, report the circumstances of the illness, and follow medical advice.
  2. IMPORTANT: please do not go to the hospital by yourself.
  3. Avoid any contact. Self-insulating until ambulance arrives. An ambulance crew will take you to the hospital.
  4. Laboratory diagnostics will be performed at the hospital. Hospital staff will inform you of further steps.

Coronavirus Symptoms:

Signs and symptoms of coronavirus infection may appear two to 14 days after exposure and can include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

Currently, there are no restrictions regarding coronavirus, so we encourage you to follow these guidelines.

 

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