Important information regarding COVID-19 (updated)

Blog created at Last updated May 6, 2021

The whole world is tired of the global pandemic. We have been living with a new virus for over a year now. Massive vaccination started, however the numbers of COVID-19 cases are still quite high all over Europe. Restrictions & regulations still apply. 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 May in Lithuania! 

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. It will last at least until 31st of May. 

Here is what you should know about regulations in Lithuania at the moment:

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

-> Bars, pubs, restaurants, cafes and other catering establishments are also closed, however you can take away food or beverages. Outdoor cafes are opened from 22nd of April;

-> from 19th of April indoor and outdoor events are allowed with 150 people (keeping distance and other safety regulations apply), cinemas, theatres and other cultural institutions are allowed to operate (max 150 people). Shops in shopping malls will be open as well (however only during weekdays);

-> from 15th of March, museums and galleries are opened;

-> Most of the shops are open, however limiting the number of visitors;

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

-> tours are allowed outside for groups up to 10 people.

More possibilities are coming up from 24th of May for people who are vaccinated or have COVID-19 immunity. Follow the news.

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!

Also, Vaccination started in Lithuania, the same as all over Europe. As of 4th of May, 712738 people were vaccinated (25.5% 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. However more and more people are getting the vaccine.

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. 

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 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. You can check official COVID-19 page in Lithuania for all the recent announcements.

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 4th of May almost 296000 tests were conducted in Lithuania. 

Confirmed cases: 252699
Active cases: 16178
Recovered: 227526
Deaths caused by COVID-19: 3993
No. of cases per 100 000 people in the last 14 days: 575.2

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

Vilnius free walking tours and other Vilnius City tours

WE CAN OFFER YOU A PRIVATE TOURS UP TO 10 PEOPLE AT THE MOMENT. Just drop us an email hello@vilniuswithlocals.com and we can arrange a private tour for you. ALL OUR REGULAR TOURS ARE CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. 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) 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) 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) 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) 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) 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) from Soboras (Nepriklausomybes a. 14) with pre-bookings (at least 2 people).

We will update the timetables for the tours at the end of May.

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