VILNIUS – Travel agencies will have 90 days, not two weeks, to refund people whose travel plans have been affected by the coronavirus crisis.
Such an exception, however, will only apply to the cases of war, emergency situation, mobilization, quarantine or if Lithuanian citizens are banned from leaving the country and foreigners are banned from coming to Lithuania.
61 members of the Lithuanian Seimas voted for such an amendment to the Civil Code today, 11 ere against and 32 abstained.
Travel agencies will have to pay back within 90 days from the end of quarantine, if a tourist and an agency do not agree otherwise.
Under the existing Civil Code, travelers have to be refunded within 14 days.
The Justice Ministry has warned that such a change will come in violation of the related EU regulation on 14-day refunds for cancelled trips, but the amendment's initiators paid attention to the fact that some other countries have set even longer refund period without the fear of repercussions from Brussels as it's the only way to rescue travel agencies.