January
25 d.

Countries with spreading coronavirus mutations listed as affected


As a result of new mutations in coronavirus (COVID-19) and the threat of their outbreak in the European Union (EU), Lithuania has tightened requirements for travellers to control the spread of the virus. 

This means that the list of affected countries will include not only the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Republic of South Africa but also other countries where mutations have been found. The list of affected countries will also include the EU countries marked in red in the maps published by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. 

All the travellers are required to have evidence of the test and to self-isolate. 

New coronavirus mutations have already been reported in many EU and world countries, but 7 countries around the world have been raising a particular concern due to the fast-spreading new coronavirus mutations: Ireland, Denmark, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the Netherlands, Brazil, Israel and South Africa. 

As of Monday (25 January), all the travellers from the affected countries will be required to evidence the test taken within 48 hours before the entry or take a test in Lithuania. 14-day self-isolation is also mandatory for everyone, with a possibility of shortening the isolation time by taking a coronavirus test at their own expense on the 10th day of isolation.

Please note that those arriving from countries with fast-spreading virus mutations will be subject to different isolation requirements compared to arrivals from other countries. The former will be subject to more stringent isolation requirements: they will not be allowed to leave the place of isolation unless they need urgent medical assistance and have to go to a medical facility, or they have to go to a mobile testing point. People in isolation may go to a funeral, change the place of isolation, or go to a medical facility for other health care services with the permission of the National Public Health Centre (NPHC). Arrivals from the countries with fast-spreading virus mutations will have to self-isolate in a separate apartment or a house, or on another well-isolated floor of a private house or apartment or in a separate isolated room with a separate bathroom. Self-isolation will be possible in the same premises only with those that travelled together, except children, who will be allowed to stay with other family members, who will be subject to the same period of self-isolation. 

Travellers from other affected countries may take a walk within the radius of 1 km. and leave the place of self-isolation without the notification of the NPHC or without its permission according to the list of exemptions. They can also self-isolate in the same apartment with non-traveling family members, only in another room, while reducing movement around the home and sharing of the common space. 

The Ministry notes that self-isolation may not be required in specific cases. The exempted occupation groups and those coming for important medical reasons or for important family matters (funerals or visiting terminal patients) will be only required testing for coronavirus. The list of exemptions is much shorter for those travelling from third countries. 

Those transiting through the Republic of Lithuania, crew members, who are employed in companies engaged in international commercial transportation, or who carry out international commercial transportation by all the means of transport will not be subject to self-isolation or testing requirements.  

It is also important to point out that those who already had the virus or have been vaccinated following the full vaccination schedule will not be required to test or self-isolate provided they have a medical certificate or vaccination certificate (with translation into Lithuanian, English or Russian) confirming that they had the virus within 90 days prior to the entry or their vaccination.

Tighter requirements for travellers have been taken in the light of the latest risk assessment published by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. (ECDC). According to the ECDC, viruses are constantly changing due to ongoing mutations. Some of them do not play a major role in spreading of the virus, but some can cause the virus to spread faster or cause a more severe form of the disease. Several mutations in the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 are currently being observed around the world for their faster-spreading and a consequently adversely affecting the epidemiological situation. 

According to the latest available information, the likelihood of such coronavirus mutations entering and spreading in the EU is assessed as high or very high. And given the faster rate of spread of the mutated coronavirus caused infection, a significant impact of the spread of new mutations on hospitalisation rates and deaths is likely, particularly among at-risk individuals, the elderly and people with chronic diseases.

In order to slow down the risk of new coronavirus mutations entering and spreading, the ECDC recommends, along with non-medical coronavirus prevention measures, to refrain from non-essential travelling and strengthen the requirements for travellers, including testing and self-isolation, particularly for travellers from the territories with fast-spreading new coronavirus mutations. 

Maps outlining the status of the common criteria for EU countries and regions published by the ECDC are available here.

The list of affected countries is published every Friday to take effect on Monday for the duration of that week.

LIST OF COUNTRIES AFFECTED BY COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS INFECTION)

 No

Country (territory)

 

EU and EEA countries (as per country/region data published by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control)

  1.  

Republic of Austria

  1.  

Kingdom of Belgium

  1.  

Republic of Bulgaria

  1.  

Czech Republic

  1.  

Republic of Estonia

  1.  

Republic of Iceland

  1.  

Kingdom of Spain

  1.  

Italian Republic

  1.  

Republic of Cyprus

  1.  

Republic of Croatia

  1.  

Republic of Latvia

  1.  

Republic of Poland

  1.  

Principality of Liechtenstein

  1.  

Grand Duchy of Luxembourg

  1.  

Republic of Malta

  1.  

Kingdom of Norway (Oslo, Wicken and Rogaland only)

  1.  

Portuguese Republic

  1.  

French Republic

  1.  

Romania

  1.  

Slovak Republic

  1.  

Republic of Slovenia

  1.  

Kingdom of Sweden

  1.  

Swiss Confederation

  1.  

Hungary

  1.  

Federal Republic of Germany

 

Countries where the spread of new SARS-CoV-2 virus mutations has been found

  1.  

Ireland 

  1.  

Kingdom of Denmark

  1.  

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland 

  1.  

Kingdom of the Netherlands

  1.  

Federative Republic of Brazil

  1.  

Israel

  1.  

Republic of South Africa

 

Other countries

  1.  

Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

  1.  

Republic of Albania

  1.  

People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria

  1.  

American Samoa

  1.  

Principality of Andorra

  1.  

Angola

  1.  

Antigua and Barbuda

  1.  

Argentine Republic

  1.  

Republic of Armenia

  1.  

Aruba

  1.  

Australia

  1.  

Republic of Azerbaijan

  1.  

Bahamas

  1.  

Kingdom of Bahrain

  1.  

Republic of Belarus

  1.  

People’s Republic of Bangladesh

  1.  

Barbados

  1.  

Belize

  1.  

Republic of Benin

  1.  

Bermuda*

  1.  

Republic of Guinea-Bissau

  1.  

Bolivia

  1.  

Bosnia and Herzegovina

  1.  

Republic of Botswana

  1.  

Brunei Darussalam

  1.  

Burkina Faso

  1.  

Republic of Burundi

  1.  

Kingdom of Bhutan

  1.  

Central African Republic

  1.  

Republic of Chad

  1.  

Republic of Chile

  1.  

Dominica

  1.  

Dominican Republic

  1.  

Republic of Côte d 'Ivoire

  1.  

Republic of Djibouti

  1.  

Egypt

  1.  

Republic of Ecuador

  1.  

Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia

  1.  

Ethiopian Federal Democratic

  1.  

Republic of the Fiji Islands

  1.  

Republic of the Philippines

  1.  

Gabonese Republic

  1.  

Republic of Guyana

  1.  

Islamic Republic of Gambia

  1.  

Republic of Ghana

  1.  

Gibraltar*

  1.  

Grenada

  1.  

Georgia (Sakartvelo)

  1.  

Guam*

  1.  

Guadeloupe

  1.  

Republic of Guatemala

  1.  

Republic of Guinea

  1.  

Republic of Haiti

  1.  

Republic of Honduras

  1.  

Republic of India

  1.  

Republic of Indonesia

  1.  

Republic of Iraq

  1.  

Islamic Republic of Iran

  1.  

Jamaica

  1.  

Japan

  1.  

Republic of Yemen

  1.  

Jordan

  1.  

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

  1.  

United States of America

  1.  

United Arab Emirates

  1.  

Montenegro

  1.  

Cayman Islands

  1.  

Christmas Island

  1.  

Kingdom of Cambodia

  1.  

Republic of Cameroon

  1.  

Canada

  1.  

Qatar

  1.  

Republic of Kazakhstan

  1.  

Republic of Kenya

  1.  

People’s Republic of China

  1.  

Kyrgyzstan

  1.  

Curaçao

  1.  

Republic of Colombia

  1.  

Democratic Republic of the Congo

  1.  

Republic of the Congo

  1.  

Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea)

  1.  

Republic of Costa Rica

  1.  

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