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Borders start opening - important information regarding COVID-19 (updated 03/08/2020)

June 3, 2020
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Updated: 03/08/2020

Travelling in Europe is possible again! However in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 we have to be aware of what is going on and follow the news. The situation changes very quickly, so here you can find the most important recent announcements about restrictions & regulations in Lithuania regarding COVID-19. We hope this will help you to plan your trip to Vilnius and meet us on our Vilnius city tours! 

Travelling to Lithuania

Planes in Vilnius airport

We are very sorry to inform you that Lithuania are not letting in citizens of Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Luxembourg, Malta, Portugal, Romania, Spain and Sweden until the number of COVID-19 cases will start decreasing (the number has to be lower than 16 cases per 100000 people). The list of countries changes every week depending on the active COVID-19 cases. You can check the updated list every Friday here.

As the number of COVID-19 cases starting rising in Lithuania (mainly from abroad), the authorities made some changes in requirements for self-isolation. Anyone from Austria, France and Switzerland coming to Lithuania from will have to self-isolate for 14 days! It is not a recommendation, you will be required to do it and report to some institutions so if you are the citizen of these countries, better wait for some time until the number of active COVID-19 cases in your country decreases... Also, if you have visited those countries mentioned on your way to Lithuania, self-isolation applies to you as well.

Lithuania still welcomes citizens of the following countries: Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, the United Kingdom. No self-isolation will be required for the citizens of those countries.

You should note that the check points are at the airports adn ports, however there is no border control at the moment.

If you are the citizen of one of the countries that Lithuania lets to come without required self-isolation and want to have a holiday abroad, you can start looking for flights to Vilnius. The airline companies like AirBaltic, Brussels Airlines, Finnair, Wizzair, Ryanair, LOT Polish AIrlines, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Lufthansa, SAS are renewing their flights to the capital of Lithuania. You can find all the newest information about flights to Vilnius airport here, but see the list below of the cities from which you can fly to Vilnius:

AirBaltic - from Amsterdam, Berlin (TXL), Dublin, Dubrovnik, London(LGW), Oslo (OSL), Paris(CDG), Riga, Tallinn.

Brussels Airlines - from Brussels.

Finnair - from Helsinki.

Wizzair - from Barcelona, Belfast, Billund, Dortmund, Doncaster-Sheffield, Eindhoven, Larnaca, Milan (MXP), Nice, Oslo (TRF), Paris(BVA), Kyiv, Lviv, London (LTN), Tel Aviv.

LOT Polish Airlines - from Warsaw.

Lufthansa - from Frankfurt.

Norwegian Air Shuttle - from Oslo (OSL)

Ryanair - from Barcelona, Chania, Tel Aviv, Liverpool, London (LTN, STN, SEN), Athens, Corfu, Dublin, Miland Bergamo, Paris (BVA), Rome (CIA), Kyiv, Vienna.

SAS - from Copenhagen.

Flights to Kaunas airport were also renewed You can fly from Bergen, Eindhoven, Alesund, Stavanger and Turku with Wizzair! Ryanair is also planning to renew flights from July (Alicante, Dublin, Milan (MXP), Naples, Palma de Mallorca, Paphos, Rhodes and Shannnon). Information about the flights from/to Kaunas airport

There is no more border control between Lithuania and Latvia, which makes it easier to visit more places if you want to have a longer holiday. You can check our blog post of how to get to Riga from Vilnius here. However from 16th of July if you travel by public transport you will be required to register your arrival to Latvia.

Border between Poland & Lithuania is also opened! Which means you can also reach us by bus from Warsaw or by car if you are coming from somewhere else.

Do not forget to check the regulations in your country before buying the tickets ;) European Union made a website with information about each country in Europe, where you can find all things you need to know before visiting that country. Check here

From 17th of July, all the foreigners arriving from third countries outside EU, Switzerland, or UK will have to stay in isolation for 2 weeks and take COVID-19 test even if they do not feel any symptoms. This is also valid for EU countries mentioned at the beginning of this article. The registration form is here: https://keleiviams.nvsc.lt/en/form

What you should know

The quarantine ended, but Lithuanian government still issued guidelines and recommendations of how we should continue fighting the spread of COVID-19:

-> Outdoor and indoor events are allowed, however the numbers are limited;

-> From 1st of August wearing masks will be mandatory in public indoor places and public transport;

-> Wearing masks is still obligatory in the airports;

-> Bars, clubs, cafes, etc. are open, and opening times are not limited anymore, wearing masks is not obligatory in those places;

-> Most of the hotels/hostels start reopening as well;

-> It is recommended to keep one meter distance in queues, events or other places with more people;

-> Wearing masks durings the tours is not obligatory, but it is recommended as well as keeping the distance between other guests.

Statistics

As of 3rd of August, more than 527000 tests were conducted in Lithuania. 

Confirmed cases: 2120
Active cases: 382
Recovered: 1645
Deaths of people who had coronavirus, but it was not the main reason: 13
Total deaths: 80

Our tours in Vilnius

All our Vilnius with Locals tours guides are very excited to welcome you again in Vilnius. We started doing our free & paid regular tours as usual from 1st of July. The number of people on the tours will be limited, so pre-booking is required. If no one books the tour until 7 pm of previous evening, the guide will not show up. If at least 1 person books, the tour will take place, but if you are not sure or if you decided to join the tour last minute, give us a call +37069169365 or text us/email us. Also, if we get many bookings, we can send two guides two the meeting point, so everyone will feel safe and comfortable in a group. So please book and  let us know you want to join us!

We will offer:

  • Free Vilnius Old Town & Uzupis tour everyday at 10 am & 12 pm from Vilnius Town Hall (Didžioji g. 31- on the stairs near the entrance to the tourism information centre);

  • Free Vilnius Alternative tour everyday at 3 pm from Hales Market (Pylimo g. 58 - the guide will wait for you near the main entrance from Bazilijonų street);

  • Jewish Vilnius tour (12 EUR/person if you pre-book; 15 EUR/person on the spot) - on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays at 10 am from Vilnius Town Hall (Didžioji g. 31-on the stairs near the entrance to the tourism information centre);

  • Soviet Vilnius Tour (12 EUR/person if you pre-book; 15 EUR/person on the spot) - on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 3 pm from Gediminas monument at the Cathedral square;

  • Ghost Vilnius Tour (12 EUR/person if you pre-book; 15 EUR/person on the spot) - on Fridays & Saturdays at 7 pm from Gaono g. 1 (look for the guide with a yellow bag near the corner of Gaono/Universiteto streets);

  • Vilnius Food Tour (65 EUR/person) - on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 4 pm. 24 hour pre-booking is required! 

You can also book private tours with our guides if you want to have more personalized experiece. Find more information here: Private Vilnius City Tour.

NB! Please respect us and other travellers and do not join any of our tours if you feel any symptoms of COVID-19 or if you have been in contact with someone who has COVID-19. 

Last update:  03/08/2020

Sources: 
Korona stop - Official Lithuanian Government website
Vilnius airport
Kaunas airport

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