The European Commission has recommended that EU member states use uniform criteria when introducing coronavirus-related travel restrictions. It would mean lighter restrictions than currently in place in Lithuania.
The EC recommendations , released last week, suggest that EU travelers coming from countries with less than 25 new coronavirus cases per population of 100,000 over the last 14 days should not have to self-isolate.
Those coming from countries with 25 to 50 cases per 100,000 people could be asked to self-isolate or be tested.
The EC’s proposal will be discussed in the Council of the European Union in the coming weeks.
“Even though the document is a recommendation, it is an important basis for a discussion on travel rules within the EU,” Lithuania’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement to BNS.
“The situation in Europe is changing fast and is rather different [in various countries], so we do not expect easy discussions,” according to the ministry.
Travelers in Lithuania are currently required to self-isolate for two weeks if they come from countries that have reported more than 16 new Covid-19 cases per 100,000 people over the past 14 days.
However, as most EU countries have crossed the threshold – Lithuania’s own rate has been close to or above 16 – there have been proposals to raise the limit.
Health Minister Aurelijus Veryga said on Monday that Lithuania supported the EC’s proposal.