Lithuania starts checking digital COVID certificates electronically

  • 2021-07-13
  • BNS/TBT Staff

VILNIUS – Specialists from Lithuania's National Public Health Center have this week started checking travelers' digital COVID certificates at the country's airports electronically.

"Last week, NPHC specialists and border guards were introduced to a checking app and started using it at the country's airports on Monday," Aiste Suksta, spokeswoman for Health Minister Arunas Dulkys, told BNS on Tuesday.

NPHC specialists now randomly check about 1,000 travelers a day, Justina Petraviciene, spokeswoman for the NPHC, told BNS.

"On the first day of the app's operation, around a third of these people had digital certificates we could check using it. It ensures both a faster checking process and more reliable information about travelers," she said, adding that all checked EU digital certificates were valid and there were no technical problems.

Until then, digital EU COVID certificates and other documents letting people to enter the country without mandatory self-isolation used to be checked manually.

Meanwhile, Linas Pernavas, Lithuania's police attaché in the United Kingdom, said on Tuesday he has information that "Lithuanians are trying to leave the UK with forged COVID tests", risking to be fined.

"Tests are generated using other people's information or even using non-existent information. Once the QR code is scanned or then the identification number of checked, it becomes obvious that the test is fake. Checks have recently been stepped up on the UK-French border when traveling via the Eurotunnel or by ferry," Pernavas posted on Facebook.