Lithuanian minister: EU should lift self-isolation for visitors from low-risk countries

  • 2020-06-07
  • BNS/TBT Staff

VILNIUS - Visitors from low-risk countries outside the European Union should not be required to self-isolate after the bloc opens its external borders, Lithuanian Interior Minister Rita Tamasuniene said on Friday. 

"Once decisions to allow entry for third-country nationals have been made, it would make sense not to apply quarantine requirements to arrivals from third countries of low epidemiological risk," she said in a press release. 

Tamasuniene discussed these ideas during an informal video conference of EU interior ministers earlier on Friday. 

According to the Lithuanian minister, the European Commission and the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control could regularly issue guidelines or recommendations for a coordinated list of such non-EU countries.

"We believe that all member states should consistently follow such recommendations," she said. 

In line with the Commission's recommendations, Lithuania has shut its external EU border to non-essential travel by non-EU nationals. The ban will expire on June 16 unless extended.