Important information regarding COVID-19 (updated)

Blog created at Last updated March 8, 2021

Travelling in Europe is possible, but quite complicated! 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 information about restrictions & regulations in Lithuania regarding COVID-19. We hope this will help you to plan your trip to Vilnius sooner or later!

The national quarantine is extended at least until 31st of March in Lithuania! Also, movement between regions within Lithuania will be limited until 15th of March.

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

National quarantine was declared all over Lithuania on 7th of November, 2020. Since then we live with restrictions and regulations that change depending on the active COVID-19 cases and it does not seem it will be over any time soon. It will last at least until 31st of March.

Movement regulations in Lithuania

Movement restrictions between regions within Lithuania should last until 15th of March, 2021. Until then you are only allowed to be in the municipality you live in. However from 25th of February it is allowed to go to the neighbouring municipalities next to bigger cities. Woohoo! this means we can escape from Vilnius to some forest close by laugh Travelling from one municipality to another which is further is allowed only for:

  • work;
  • funerals of close relatives;
  • health care services;
  • go back to the place you are living (place of residence);
  • going to the airport, seaport, bus stations in another municipality if you have a ticket (going abroad from Lithuania is not limited!);
  • other important reasons that the officers will evaluate.

Do not forget to have some papers to show to officers the proof of your reason of travelling. This is valid for for travelling by your own transport as well as public transport!

You can still move within your own municipality, however it is also limited. You can go out for shopping, health reasons, work if required, etc. You are also allowed to go for a walk with the people you live with! However close contacts with others should be avoided.

Newest regulations and restrictions in Lithuania

From 15th of February beauty salons and small non-food shops are allowed to operate. You can find all the information about easing the restrictions for businesses

From 25th of November, wearing masks outside is not mandatory anymore if there are no people around you in 2 m distance. If there are people closer, you should put on a mask:)

From 6th of March, it is allowed to meet outside for groups of 5 people (from two different households) & events are allowed when spectators stay in their cars.

Other regulations and restrictions in Lithuania

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

-> Wearing masks is mandatory everywhere in public places inside and outside where are people within 2 meter distance from you;

-> All outdoor and indoor, public and private events are forbidden excepts events outside when spectators stay in their cars;

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

-> Leisure, entertainment, cultural, sport establishments are closed except the outdoor ones;

-> Supermarkets, pharmacies, optical shops, orthopedic shops & veterinary shops  are open, but limiting numbers of visitors;

-> Groups of no more than 5 people are allowed to be in public places (max two different households/families).

-> Social support bubbles are allowed to be created. Support bubble is when one family members are allowed to meet with a person who lives alone, but they cannot have contacts with anyone else. This should help lonely people. Memebrs of the support bubble are allowed to travel from one municipality to another.

You can find all the restrictions on the official website to stop the spread of COVID-19 KORONASTOP.LT Just note that it takes sometime to update all the information in English after it is approved!

To put it short, even if you come to Lithuania right now, there will not be much to do:) However, you should note that hotels are allowed to work.

Also, Vaccination started in Lithuania, the same as all over Europe. As of 2nd of March, 210179 people were vaccinated (7.92% of the whole populaton). The first people to get the vaccine are the ones working in the frontline with COVID-19 patients - doctors, nurses and volunteers. There is a plan to vaccinate all the medical staff, pharmacists, elderly people during the first quarter of 2021. The vaccination of others should start during the second and third quarters of 2021.

Travelling to Lithuania

Planes in Vilnius airport

NB! COVID-19 testing is available at Vilnius airport. You can take a test before your flight in case you need to have a negative COVID-19 test at the entry of the country you are travelling to. The prices start from 30 eur and different types of tests are available.  

NB! From 10th of March it is required to be tested prior coming to Lithuania and present the negative test not older than 72 hours.

Even though nationwide quarantine was declared, travelling to Lithuania is still possible. However you should note it is not recommended (the official EU website). Lithuania is not doing very well to stop the spread of COVID-19 in the country. Even though recently the situation started to stabilize, however quite strict restrictions and regulations still apply at least until 28th of February, 2021.

Every Friday Lithuania announces the list of highly affected countries and regions within EU/EEA and the UK that takes affect on following Monday. If you come from the countries that are on that list , you will be required to self-isolate for 10 days (from 15th of February. Before it was 14 days) and have a negative COVID-19 test not older that 48 hours(or take a test on arrival with 24 hours). It means that even if you have a negative test, you will need to isolate for 10 days anyway. It is possible to shorten isolation after 7 days by doing another COVID-19 test, but not sooner than 7 days.  At the moment due to new strains of COVID-19 those restrictions apply to ALL THE COUNTRIES! However self isolation is stricter for people coming from those countries with new strains of COVID-19 (Bahrein, Brazil, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Ireland, Israel, Lebanon, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, the Netherlands, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, the United Kingdom. You can see how the self-isolation restrictions are different fo people coming from the countries above and other countries.

Also, there will be stricter control of passengers in Lithuanian airports and ports. NB! From Wednesday morning (17th of February), there will be border control between Lithuania and Poland. 

Everyone also has to register their 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

If you decided to come to Lithuania anyway, please check all the newest information about flights to Vilnius airport or information about the flights 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.

COVID-19 cases in Lithuania. Statistics

As of 8th of March almost 217500 tests were conducted in Lithuania. 

Confirmed cases: 202430
Active cases: 7024
Recovered: 188245
Deaths caused by COVID-19: 3336
No. of cases per 100 000 people in the last 14 days: 238.7

You can see the newest numbers on the official statistics website.

Vilnius free walking tours and other Vilnius City tours

WE ARE TEMPORARILY STOPPING ALL OUR REGULAR TOURS & PRIVATE TOURS. Please check the news. 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 :) You are also welcome to inquire about options of private tours for future trips! 

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.

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

Vilnius with Locals tours 2021-01-25

Dear Gurpreet, Hotels should not be closed in Lithuania. Officially they are allowed to be opened even during the lockdown. You can only apply for accommodation for self-isolation if you do not have a place to self-isolate, In that case you need to contact the municipality you are arriving to. If you are coming for work or studies, please contact your employee or university.

Gurpreet 2021-01-21

I am coming to Lithuania from a safe country in the EU. I don't need to isolation. Due to covid lockdown, the hotels and hostels are closed in Lithuania. Is there any possibility to live in Lithuania (accommodation) arrange by the government for foreign? where I can stay ? please help

Vilnius with Locals tours 2021-02-02

Hi Kristina, Thank you for your question! It seems there are no restrictions while travelling across Lithuania for transit purposes.

Kristina 2021-02-01

Hello, if I travel by my own car from Estonia to Germany via Lithuania (transit), are there any restrictions in place? Thank you, Kristina

Calvin 2021-03-01

Hello, I wanted to go to germany for 3days on April 1st week for an interview from vilnius airport to frankfurt and i will be back in 3days...so do i need to take covid test or be self isolated in both countries?

Vilnius with Locals tours 2021-03-01

Dear Calvin, It is a little bit to early to say for sure if self isolation will be needed at the beginning of April. It all depends on the statistics from two weeks. At the moment negative tests and self-isolation are required in both countries. Lithuania announces every Friday about rules for travellers for the upcoming week.