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Important travel information regarding COVID-19 (updated 30/11/2020)

June 3, 2020
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Updated: 30/11/2020

Travelling in Europe is possible, but quite complicated! The second wave of COVID-19 started shaking Europe again. 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! NB! The national quarantine was declared from 7th of November until 17th of December in Lithuania! 

Travelling to Lithuania

Planes in Vilnius airport

Even though nationwide quarantine was declared, travelling to Lithuania is still possible. However you should note it is not recommended. Lithuania is not doing very well to stop the spread of COVID-19 in the country. Currently the number of cases is very high every day.  

Every Friday Lithuania announces the list of highly affected countries and regions within EU/EEA and the UK. If you come from the countries that are on that list, you will be required to self-isolate for ten days or have a negative COVID-19 test not older that 48 hours. This requirement takes effect on following Monday and is valid for the whole week. It means that if you want to travel to Lithuania next week, you can check on Friday if you will not need to self-isolate or have a negative COVID-19 test. At the moment restrictions apply to those countries and regions: Liechtenstein, Malta, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Slovakia, Slovenia  and Switzerland. If you come from any other country within EU/EEA and the UK, no restrictions apply to you. However you will have to register you arrival online  prior arrival! You will have to show the QR code (you will get it when registering your arrival online on the website of National Public Health Center under the Ministry of Health) before going to the plane, bus, ferry or train.  If you come by your transport you are still required to register within 12 hours by filling the same form online. This is required for absolutely everyone coming to Lithuania. You can check the newest information on the official website to prevent the spread of COVID-19

NB! Even there are no restrictions for most of European citizens to travel to Lithuania, you should be aware, that Lithuania is considered quite risky at the moment. Please check the regulations of your country.

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

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

Do not forget to check the regulations in your country before buying the tickets ;) Lithuania is a part of the Red group of countries (highly affected). 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 the official EU website. You can also check IATA Interntional Travel Centre website to see the restrictions & regulations all over the world.

What you should know about regulations in Lithuania due to COVID-19

As the number of COVID-19 cases started growing rapidly in Lithuania, new measures are being introduced to fight the spread of the virus. National quarantine was declared all over Lithuania from 7th of November. It will last at least until 17th of December 23.59. If the situation does not get worse in Lithuania, museums will be opened and private tours can be arranged for 2 people or one family from 10th of December. 

Here are the restrictions, guidelines and recommendations by Lithuanian authorities how we should continue fighting the spread of COVID-19 under quarantine:

-> All outdoor and indoor events in public places are temporarily cancelled;

-> Bars, pubs, restaurants, cafes and other catering establishments are also closed, however you can take away food or beverages;

-> Wearing masks is mandatory everywhere in public places inside and outside:

-> Most of leisure, entertainment, cultural, sport establishments are closed;

-> Supermarkets, shops, pharmacies are open, but limiting numbers of visitors.

To put it short, even if you come to Lithuania right now, there will not be much to do:) You can find all the restrictions on the official website to stop the spread of COVID-19 KORONASTOP.LT

COVID-19 cases in Lithuania. Statistics

As of 30th of November almost 1250000 tests were conducted in Lithuania. 

Confirmed cases: 61325
Active cases: 46378
Recovered: 14211
Deaths of people who had coronavirus, but it was not the main reason: 231
Total deaths: 505

No. of cases per 100 000 people: 959.3 (as of 29th of November)

Vilnius free walking tours and other Vilnius City tours

WE ARE TEMPORARILY STOPPING ALL OUR REGULAR TOURS (at least until 18th of December). Please check the news. If nothing changes, from 10th of December we will be able to offer private tours for groups of two people or families. You can also find the latest news about our free walking tours in Vilnius and other regular paid Vilnius city tours on our Facebook page and Instagram stories

Until we are able to guide you around Vilnius again, we offer you to discover Vilnius from your sofa! :)

Once we are able to start showing you around Vilnius, we will offer:

  • Vilnius Free Walking Tour (Old Town & Uzupis) (pay what you want) on Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays at 12 pm from Vilnius Town Hall (Didžioji g. 31- on the stairs near the entrance to the tourism information centre) with pre-bookings (at least 2 people);

  • Vilnius free alternative walking tour (pay what you want) on Fridays & Sundays at 2 pm from Hales Market (Pylimo g. 58 - the guide will wait for you near the main entrance from Bazilijonų street)  with pre-bookings (at least 2 people);

  • Jewish Vilnius tour (12 EUR/person if you pay online; 15 EUR/person on the spot) - on Sundays at 10 am from Vilnius Town Hall (Didžioji g. 31-on the stairs near the entrance to the tourism information centre)  with pre-bookings (at least 2 people);

  • Soviet Vilnius Tour (12 EUR/person if you pay online; 15 EUR/person on the spot) - on Saturdays at 2 pm from Gediminas monument at the Cathedral square  with pre-bookings (at least 2 people);

  • Ghost Vilnius Tour (12 EUR/person if you pay online; 15 EUR/person on the spot) - on Saturdays at 5 pm from Gaono g. 1 (look for the guide with a yellow bag near the corner of Gaono/Universiteto streets) with pre-bookings (at least 2 people);

  • Kaunas free walking tour (pay what you want) on Saturdays at 12 pm from Soboras (Nepriklausomybes a. 14) with pre-bookings (at least 2 people);

You can also book private tours with our guides if you want to have more personalized experience. 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, if you have been in contact with someone who has COVID-19, or if you come from highly affected countries.

Last update:  30/11/2020

Sources: 
Korona stop - Official Lithuanian Government website
"Traffic light" map for affected countries of Europe
Vilnius airport
Kaunas airport

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