From Wednesday, Lithuania tightened the rules for entering the country. Everyone should be tested negative for Covid-19 when crossing the border. Until now, it was possible to do the test just after entering Lithuania.
The Minister of Health of Lithuania, Arunas Dulkys, argues that the restrictions were introduced due to the spread of the British variant of the coronavirus.
A week ago, only six cases of this variant were recorded in the country. On Wednesday, it was reported that this number had risen to 80. In recent days, most - eight cases of the British variant of the coronavirus have been detected in the Mariampole district bordering, among others, from Poland.
The National Center for Public Health (NVSC) emphasizes that people going to Lithuania must have a Covid-19 test performed no later than 72 hours before arrival. Travellers should present a document confirming that the SARS-CoV-2 PCR test has been performed or a negative antigen test.
Before coming to Lithuania, everyone must also register on the NVSC website to complete the electronic form and obtain confirmation, i.e. the so-called QR code.
Carriers and tour operators are required to check that passengers have the required documents. Without them, people are not allowed onboard a bus, plane or ferry.
After coming to Lithuania, there is also a 10-day self-isolation.
The new requirements do not apply to the crews of means of transport, people transiting the country in transit, children under 16 and vaccinated people.
According to the data of the Lithuanian Department of Statistics, 460 new cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in the country during the past 24 hours, eight people have died. The number of cases per 100,000 inhabitants in 14 days is 237. In Lithuania so far 203 thousand have fallen ill with Covid-19. 386 people, 3 thousand died 351. Coronavirus infection - directly or indirectly - is associated with 6,000 725 deaths.
From Vilnius Aleksandra Akińczo (PAP)