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Lithuania Ends Restriction-Free Travel for all but Two Countries

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Lithuania’s authorities have taken the decision to reduce their list of green countries down to just two. The only countries remaining on their green list are Poland and Czechia, as Croatia and Slovenia have just been removed from the list.
This change is due to the increase in infection rates across Europe and Lithuania are placing tighter restrictions to try and prevent increased rates in the country. Even though there has been a successful vaccination program across most European countries, infection levels have still been increasing in countries such as the UK, where the Delta variant is now the predominant variant.
Many of the European countries have been placed onto the red list. For British nationals, this means that travellers must present a PCR or antigen test, as well as going into a 10-day quarantine on arrival in Lithuania. Travellers who have had the double-vaccinations, do not need to quarantine.

Documents and Requirements to enter Lithuania

For travellers from countries that are on the yellow list, a test must be completed before arrival and then another after three to five days after arrival.
Lithuania’s yellow list:
  • Spanish Regions of Tenerife and Gran Canaria
  • Latvia
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Mayotte Region in France
  • Madeira Region in Portugal
  • Romania
  • Slovakia
  • Sweden
  • Hungary
The red list countries are:
  • Ireland
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Greece
  • Iceland
  • Spain
  • Italy
  • Cyprus
  • Croatia
  • Lichtenstein
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Portugal
  • France
  • Slovenia
  • Finland
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Germany
Third countries:
  • Afghanistan
  • Albania
  • Australia
  • Israel
  • Japan
  • Montenegro
  • United States of America
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom
  • China
The Lithuania authorities will be reviewing changes to the risk of the countries on the green, red and yellow lists and will update the lists when they deem it to be necessary.

Travel Restriction Information

Before booking travel to Lithuania or any other country, it is important to check the latest travel restrictions for both the country you are travelling from and the country you are planning on travelling to. The restrictions are changing all of the time and winter is expected to be a period where many countries will experience a spike in infection rates, despite the vaccination roll-out.
Many Europeans are deciding not to travel due to the testing requirements and the risk of testing positive and having to go into quarantine, so the tourism industry is likely to be affected for a very long time. In places like the UK, many people are choosing to holiday in their own country, rather than risk going abroad, and to avoid the inconvenience of testing and possibility of quarantine.

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