Lithuania considers registering all air travelers while still in flight – epidemiologist

  • 2020-08-05
  • BNS/TBT Staff

VILNIUS - In a bid to stem the spread of the coronavirus and make it easier to trace contacts of infected people, Lithuania is considering registering all air travelers arriving in the country before they disembark their planes, a senior epidemiologist said on Wednesday.

"We are planning to ask everyone to register," Rolanda Lingiene, the director of the National Public Health Center's Vilnius Department, told reporters. 

"The carriers, the tour operators, would be responsible for getting people to register," she added. 

Air passengers will be asked to fill out registration forms while they are still in flight, Lingiene said, adding the measure is necessary because of rising numbers of "imported" coronavirus cases in Lithuania.

If the COVID-19 situation in the country continues to worsen, people attending various public mass events, such as festivals or concerts, will be asked to register, too, she added. 

Currently, all travelers arriving or returning from "blacklisted" countries must register with the National Public Health Center, but some people ignore this requirement, the epidemiologist said.  

As part of measures to stem the spread of COVID-19, it is mandatory to wear face coverings in shops, airports, indoor leisure and entertainment venues, customer-serving public institutions, and on public transport as of last Saturday. 

Under the Code of Administrative Offences, fines for breaking the rule range from 500 to 1,500 euros for private individuals and from 1,500 to 6,000 euros for businesses.