Self-isolation not required for Estonians arriving in Lithuania, ministry says

  • 2020-09-06
  • BNS/TBT Staff

VILNIUS – People arriving to Lithuania from Estonia will not be required to self-isolate for two weeks as of Monday, Health Minister Aurelijus Veryga said on Friday evening.

Estonia was added to the Health Ministry's updated list of coronavirus-affected countries, released earlier on Friday, because of a "technical error”, he said.

"Lithuania is not breaking the Baltic (travel) bubble. Errors do occur, and the inclusion of Estonia into the list of affected countries is a technical error that has already been corrected. We apologize for that," the minister posted on Facebook.

"The Baltic countries have agreed on a 10 percent error margin. Taking it into account, even without additional discussion, Estonia should not be on the list of affected countries," he added.

Veryga welcomed Latvia's "positive decision to keep in place the Baltic bubble".  

"So, there will be no changes for at least another week when it comes to travel to the Baltic countries," he wrote. "Let's hope that the situation will improve and we will be able to maintain the Baltic bubble."

The Latvian government said earlier on Friday that Estonia and Lithuania would not be included in the so-called "yellow" list of coronavirus-affected countries for at least another week.

According to the latest figures from the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control, the 14-day infection rate per 100,000 people currently stands at 16.1 in Lithuania, 16.4 in Estonia, and 4.3 in Latvia.