VILNIUS – Lithuania on Monday introduced a 14-day isolation requirement for the country’s nationals arriving from 50 countries most affected by coronavirus infection, including Sweden, Russia and Belarus, the Ministry of Health said adding that this measure had been taken in view of increasing morbidity rates in those states.
Previously, the authorities made do with a self-isolation recommendation for the nationals arriving from the countries affected by COVID-19.
Also, the competent institutions kept in place an entry ban for foreign nationals arriving from the most affected countries, excluding foreigners having special permits issued by the Lithuanian government or other authorized bodies.
“Previously, those arriving from the affected countries were only recommended to self-isolate. Starting from today, June 29, the 14-day isolation for such persons becomes mandatory… The procedure has been tightened in view of deteriorating epidemiological indicators in certain foreign countries,” the ministry told BNS.
The ministry has been updating its list of countries most affected by COVID-19 on a weekly basis in accordance with those indicators.
The countries most affected are those with the 14-day morbidity rate of more than 25 cases per 100,000 population. As regards the countries with the morbidity rate of between 15 and 25 cases per 100,000 population over the previous 14 days, foreign nationals arriving from such countries are allowed entry into Lithuania but are advised to self-isolate.
Lithuania currently allows entry for foreigners from 29 countries, which include the United Kingdom from June 29.