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Lithuania extends border control: verification of documents on entry remains

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2020 08 12

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The Government has expressed its support for the proposal of the Ministry of the Interior to continue controls at internal borders in airports and sea ports for one month, i.e. until 14 September, in the light of the current COVID-19 related situation and tendencies.

'Border controls in airports and sea ports will continue, border officials will conduct increased patrols on roads at the borders with Poland and Latvia. As the number of COVID-19 cases increases, we must act responsibly,' says the Minister of the Interior Rita Tamašunienė.

A two-week self-isolation requirement is also applied to persons arriving from COVID-19 affected countries or in transit through them. Persons entering the country are required to complete a questionnaire available on the website of the National Public Health Centre.

The list of countries, from which entry to Lithuania is allowed, is updated each week in the light of the epidemiological situation in foreign countries. The citizens of Lithuania are allowed, as before, to arrive from any country, however, 14 days of isolation is mandatory for returnees from the countries on the list of the affected countries, i. e. those in which the incidence of the coronavirus infection is higher than 16 cases per 100,000 population in the last 14 days.

The Baltic States reopened their borders for the free movement of their residents in mid-May, however, document checks by Lithuania at the border with Latvia remained until the beginning of June. The land border with Poland was reopened in mid-June.