Lithuania announced a nation-wide quarantine from March 16 to March 30. During this time period, foreign citizens, except those having a residence or work permit, won't be allowed entry. The time period may be reassessed during or after the announced quarantine. So far, fourteen cases of COVID-19 have been identified; all of them are people having returned from abroad.
Terms of the quarantine:
Full list of measures under the quarantine can be accessed here.
If you are a foreign citizen planning to return to your home country during the quarantine, we strongly advise contacting your embassy immediately. Here's a list of Lithuania-based embassies and consulates.
A set of pre-emptive measures implemented before the quarantine since mid-February helped the Baltic nation to minimize panic and mitigate the risks of contagion:
Keeping all publics informed. The Government established a uniform communication channel on January 27. All key publics (medical professionals, journalists, citizens) have a reliable source of information updated once per day.
State of Emergency drill initiated pre-emptively. Declaring a State of Emergency before the first case was even reported allowed the Government to:
More about these and other measures can be found here.
Containment strategy at work – as of the morning of March 16, fourteen cases have been reported.
As of March 14, 520 samples in Lithuania were tested. 9176 individuals are currently under watch after returning from high-risk territories or being in contact with potential carriers.
Article by Keliauk Lietuvoje
Photo by A. Aleksandravičius