Lithuania orders 2-week quarantine for all non-EEA travelers

Foreign nationals coming to Lithuania from countries outside the European Economic Area (EEA) will be required to self-isolate for two weeks, according to a decree signed by Health Minister Aurelijus Veryga on Friday.

“A 14-day isolation is mandatory for foreign arrivals from outside the European Economic Area, the Swiss Confederation and the United Kingdom,” the document reads.

Foreign travelers are also required to register with the National Public Health Centre (NVSC) within 24 hours of their arrival in Lithuania.

Moreover, all travelers coming from 63 countries currently on  Lithuania’s list of coronavirus-affected territories   must get tested for Covid-19. This can be done by calling the 1808 coronavirus hotline.

On Wednesday, Veryga said that the companies inviting foreign workers who are subject to the testing and self-isolation requirements must themselves cover the cost.

The stricter rules were brought following an outbreak at a Kaunas transportation company. Nineteen truck drivers employed by Hegelmann Transporte, many of them recent arrivals from Uzbekistan, have been diagnosed with Covid-19 this week.


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