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The spread of COVID-19 continues to lead to restrictions in international air and travel traffic and impairment of public life.

In front of unnecessary, tourist trips to Lithuania is currently being made due to high numbers of infections warned.

Epidemiological situation

Lithuania is very hard hit by COVID-19. Nationwide, the incidence is now more than 200 cases per 100,000 inhabitants over seven days, which is why Lithuania is classified as an area with a particularly high risk of infection (high incidence area).

The European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the Lithuanian government provide current and detailed figures.

entry

Entrants from all countries around the world, including Germany, are generally subject to registration, testing and quarantine requirements in Lithuania.

Every person entering the country must register online with the competent Lithuanian authority before entering the country. The transmitted QR code must be presented upon entry.

Entry into Lithuania is only possible if a negative PCR test or antigen test in one of the EU official languages ​​is no more than 72 hours old. Exceptions exist for a few groups of people, including those who have recovered from COVID-19 or who have already received two doses of vaccine or who are traveling in their own car. The Lithuanian authorities will provide information on all exceptions and other conditions.

The quarantine usually lasts ten days, but can be shortened by a negative corona test (at your own expense) from the seventh day. A shortening is only possible with a PCR test, antigen tests are currently not permitted. A free test from quarantine after seven days must be reported to the competent authority.

For travelers who have contracted COVID-19 in the past six months and have since recovered, exemption from quarantine is provided with a medical certificate. Evidence from the doctor must be submitted in one of the official EU languages. The exemption from the quarantine obligation also applies to people who have already received two doses of vaccine and who can prove this accordingly.

The quarantine must be carried out in a location that has at least one separate bedroom for persons not subject to quarantine. Contact with these people must be avoided as far as possible during this time. It is permitted to leave the apartment for a walk within a radius of one kilometer during the quarantine. Visiting shops etc. is not permitted. Special provisions apply to people entering from countries with particularly high levels of infection.

Quarantined travelers who want to leave Lithuania before the quarantine expires must notify the National Public Health Center in advance.

Transit and onward travel

Transit through Lithuania is basically possible, prior registration with the competent authority is necessary. German nationals entering from third countries are permitted to transit, but only without staying overnight in Lithuania.

At the border crossings with Poland and Latvia, there are no systematic controls by the Lithuanian border guards in the sense of the Schengen Borders Code. Also at the seaport of Klaipeda and at the international airports there are basically no ID-related border controls. However, in the course of entry, the required COVID-19 travel registration is checked. A valid travel document must always be carried with you regardless of border controls being carried out.

The border crossings are closed to the entry of private individuals from Belarus and Russia, the exit is at the border crossings Medininkai – Kamenyj Log, Šalčininkai – Benekainys, Raigardas – Privalka, Lavoriškės – Kotlovka, Kybartai – Terniševskoje, Panemunidėzyčetsk, Panemunidėzyčetsk, Šumskas-Losha and Papelekis-Lyntupy possible. Different rules apply to the commercial transport of goods.

Belarus has temporarily closed its border crossings with Lithuania. According to current knowledge, only Belarusian citizens and foreigners with a Belarusian work visa, employment contract or residence permit can continue to enter the country. It is also possible to transport goods across borders from Lithuania.

Travel connections

The range of flight connections is greatly reduced. There are no restrictions on the ferry traffic. A minimum distance of one meter to the next passenger must be maintained on public transport.

Restrictions in the country

A nationwide lockdown will apply in Lithuania until May 31, 2021.

Meetings with people from other families or households are prohibited or subject to strict conditions. Exceptions are made for stays and walks outdoors (up to a maximum of 5 people).

Most of the retail trade is open. Minimum distance, capacity and hygiene requirements continue to apply. This also applies to the cultural establishment that has been partially re-approved. Service providers close to the body are allowed to offer their services with conditions. Only out-of-home sales are permitted in restaurants; certain exceptions exist for outside terraces.

The extent of openings depends on the infection rate in the respective city / municipality. The Lithuanian government can provide further information.

Contact with a person who tested positive for COVID-19 requires a 14-day home quarantine. This quarantine cannot be shortened.

Hygiene rules

It is mandatory to wear a face mask in public places such as shops, supermarkets and on public transport. This applies nationwide, including outdoors, unless a distance of at least two meters from people in other households can be maintained. Children under the age of six are exempt from the mask requirement. The mask requirement does not apply to sporting activities. Hand disinfection is requested before entering shops.

  • Note the detailed information on the health situation based on data from the ECDC, existing restrictions including quarantine and testing requirements for travelers and mobile coronavirus contact tracking and warning apps on Re-open EU.
  • Before you start your journey, check the classification of Germany or your country of residence using the Lithuanian list of countries.
  • Inquire with your airline in good time before you start your journey whether a negative COVID-19 test is required according to the transport guidelines.
  • Note the additional information provided by the Lithuanian government.
  • If you are entering from a third country, find out whether you are required to register with the Lithuanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the local Lithuanian embassy before you start your journey.
  • In the event of COVID-19 symptoms or contact with infected people, contact the central Lithuanian hotline for suspected COVID-19 cases in Lithuania at: 1808 or from abroad at +370 (37) 367 963. Always follow the instructions of local authorities .
  • Find out from the respective travel provider in advance whether you are connected.
  • Always have a valid travel document with you.
  • When you return to Germany, note the valid entry restrictions such as registration, test and quarantine regulations, inquire about the current conditions of carriage at the relevant company or your tour operator, if necessary, and contact the health department at your place of residence or residence if you are entering from a risk area . Further information is available in our continuously updated info box on COVID-19 / Coronavirus.

security

terrorism

crime

In places frequented by tourists, such as in the old towns of larger cities, as well as in the area of ​​train stations and bus stations, petty crimes such as pickpockets occur. Assaults and violent crime are rare.
There are car thefts and vehicles are occasionally broken into.
Knockout drops and credit card fraud are also occasionally used in bars and clubs.

  • Be particularly vigilant in large crowds such as in old towns, at train stations and on public buses, and watch out for your valuables.
  • Keep money, IDs, driver's license, air tickets and other important documents safe and do not leave them in vehicles.
  • Prefer guarded parking spaces and campsites.
  • Do not leave drinks unattended in bars and clubs.
  • Be skeptical of unfamiliar e-mails, profit notifications, offers and requests for help from alleged acquaintances. Do not disclose any data about yourself; if necessary, make sure yourself personally or contact the police.

Nature and climate

There is a temperate continental climate.

Extreme cold, snowfalls and winter storms can occur in winter.

  • Be prepared accordingly in winter and always observe prohibitions, signs and warnings as well as the instructions of local authorities.

Travel info

Infrastructure / traffic

Traffic routes may be impaired due to measures related to COVID-19 containment, see Current.

There are buses and railway lines in the country. It is also mandatory to drive with dipped headlights during the day. Winter tires are compulsory for all vehicles between November 10th and April 1st. A fire extinguisher and a safety vest in the car are mandatory.

In Lithuania, the 0.4 per mille limit generally applies. Exceptions apply to drivers of buses, trucks (from 3.5 tonnes), vehicles with more than nine seats, taxis, motorcycles, mopeds, tricycles, four-wheeled light vehicles and other four-wheeled vehicles, hazardous goods transports as well as novice drivers and cyclists. Driving under the influence of alcohol is punishable by high penalties (fines or imprisonment) and, if necessary, with the withdrawal of the driver's license.

In Lithuania, novice drivers are not allowed to drive faster than 90 km / h on expressways or motorways, and not more than 70 km / h on country roads. Novice drivers who have obtained their driving license in Lithuania are also required to have a maple leaf sticker on their car.

To use the Lithuanian trunk road network, commercial vehicles must purchase a vignette, see Lithuanian Road Administration (KNMM). For all vehicle types (including cars) a toll is levied as an environmental protection fee when entering the Curonian Spit National Park. Visit Neringa provides information on the amount of the fee to be paid.

The standardized European accident report can be helpful as a form in the event of a claim.

Driver's license

The German driving license is sufficient.

Hikes in the border area with Russia and Belarus

In the Lithuania-Russia border region (Curonian Spit, Kaliningrad region) the 4 km long border is not marked with a continuous fence. Raised border signs in the dune area mark the 1.8 km length of the border. Anyone who illegally crosses the border from Lithuania (even for a few meters) can expect to be arrested by the Russian border police. According to Russian law, illegal border crossings are punishable by imprisonment. The same applies to illegal border crossings by water (paddlers, swimmers). The border is marked by yellow buoys.

The Lithuanian-Belarusian border is an external Schengen border. There is an obligation to be able to identify yourself. Entering a defined area directly at the border requires a special permit from the Lithuanian border authority. The border is not marked with a continuous fence. Signs on the Lithuanian side must be observed, patrols take place regularly. Anyone who illegally crosses the border from Lithuania (even for a few meters) can expect to be arrested by the Lithuanian or Belarusian border police.

LGBTIQ

In Lithuania there is no criminal ban on consensual homosexual acts between adults. All people, regardless of their gender and sexual orientation, have the same freedom rights. However, there is a law protecting minors from the harmful effects of public information. According to this, public information is considered harmful if it shows a different concept of marriage and starting a family than marriage between a man and a woman.

Legal specifics

The trafficking, possession and consumption of drugs are criminally punishable by relatively high penalties in Lithuania.

The practice, use and promotion of prostitution is a criminal offense in Lithuania. If minors are involved in these crimes, this has a significant impact on the sentence. Police actions and controls in the relevant regions and catering establishments must be expected at all times.

Sexual assault is also a criminal offense.

According to Lithuanian law, the unauthorized possession and carrying of weapons, especially firearms, is punishable by law and can be punished with imprisonment according to the Lithuanian penal code. Irritant pistols and alarm pistols can, under certain conditions, be subsumed under this category of penalties. The competent Lithuanian authorities provide information about specific permit requirements for import / export, transit, etc.

Money / credit cards

The means of payment is the euro. Withdrawing cash from ATMs and paying with credit cards are possible everywhere.

Entry and customs

Entry and transit regulations may currently differ due to measures to contain COVID-19, see Current.

Entry and import regulations for German citizens can change at short notice without the Foreign Office being informed beforehand. You can only obtain legally binding information and / or information that goes beyond this information on the entry and customs regulations for importing goods directly from the representatives of your destination country.
You can find the customs regulations for Germany on the website of the German customs and via the “Customs and Travel” app, or you can inquire about them by telephone.

Travel documents

Entry is possible for German citizens with the following documents:

  • Passport: Yes
  • Temporary passport: Yes
  • Identity card: Yes
  • Provisional identity card: Yes
  • Children's passport: Yes

Comments / minimum remaining validity:

Travel documents must be valid at the time of entry and exit. You should therefore check the validity of your travel document before entering Lithuania.

When Lithuania joined the Schengen area, checks on persons at the internal borders are no longer necessary, but nationwide checks are currently carried out when entering by sea and air, and random checks are possible when entering by land. A travel document (passport or identity card) must always be carried with you when crossing the border. Random checks can be expected throughout the country, which can result in a fine if no identity document is carried.

Minors

There are no special entry requirements for minors with German citizenship traveling alone. Minors traveling alone should not only have their own valid travel document but also a declaration of consent signed by their parents who have custody (if possible in German and Lithuanian) with them.

Import regulations

The import and export of goods is subject to the provisions of the European Union. The principle of the free movement of goods does not exclude random checks in the context of police surveillance of borders and police control of cross-border traffic.

When entering and leaving non-EU countries, different guide quantities for luxury foods and other notification requirements for cash apply than when traveling within EU countries.

All types of weapons are subject to notification upon entry. It is necessary to present the appropriate weapons permits.

Lithuania is a member of the Washington Convention on Endangered Species. The import of certain species of wild animals and wild plants as well as products derived from them is therefore prohibited and punishable by law.

More detailed information on the current customs regulations can also be found in English at Customs of the Republic of Lithuania.

Pets

An EU pet passport is required for travel with certain pets (dogs, cats, ferrets) in countries of the European Union with the exception of Ireland, Great Britain, Malta and Finland, where different regulations apply. He serves among other things. as proof that the animal has been vaccinated against rabies.
The Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture offers a sample ID as well as further information.

health

Current

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the disease COVID-19, which is triggered by the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, a pandemic.

measles

In January 2019, WHO declared delaying or skipping vaccinations as a threat to global health. In particular, the lack of vaccination against measles poses a high risk when the number of cases increases internationally.

  • As part of your travel preparations, check your and your children's vaccination protection against measles and have this supplemented if necessary.

Vaccination protection

No compulsory vaccinations are required to enter Lithuania.

  • Make sure that you and your children have the standard vaccinations according to the vaccination calendar of the Robert Koch Institute up to date.
  • Vaccinations against TBE are recommended as travel vaccinations, and in the case of long-term stays or special exposure also against hepatitis A, hepatitis B and rabies.
  • Please note the instructions for use and help for the indication in the travel vaccination recommendations leaflet.
  • The DTG offers up-to-date, detailed travel vaccination recommendations for specialist groups.

HIV / AIDS

There is always a high risk of HIV transmission through sexual contact, drug use (unclean syringes or cannulas) and blood transfusions.

  • Always use condoms, especially on casual acquaintances.

Early Summer Meningoencephalitis (TBE)

Across the country, early summer meningoencephalitis (TBE) is transmitted through tick bites from April to October.

  • Get advice and, if necessary, vaccinate before you start your journey about a possible TBE vaccination.
  • Protect yourself consistently against tick bites in the summer months as part of exposure prophylaxis.

Medical supplies

Medical care in accordance with German standards in the event of accidents and illness is only guaranteed in the larger cities of Wilna, Kaunas, Klaipeda, Panevezys and Siaulai.

German citizens who are temporarily staying on the territory of Lithuania can, like all other EU citizens, take advantage of benefits under Lithuanian law in the event of illness under European Community law. A European insurance card to be issued by the German health insurance company before the start of the journey is presented as proof of entitlement.

  • Take out travel health and repatriation insurance for the duration of your stay abroad. The German Liaison Office for Health Insurance - Abroad provides detailed information.
  • Before you go on a trip, seek personal advice from a travel doctor and adjust your vaccination protection. Corresponding doctors can be found e.g. B. via the DTG.

In addition to the general disclaimer, please note:

  • All information is intended for the information of medically trained. They are not a substitute for the consultation of a doctor.
  • The recommendations are tailored to direct entry from Germany to a travel destination, especially for longer stays on site. For shorter trips, entries from third countries and trips to other areas of the country, deviations may apply.
  • All information is always dependent on the individual circumstances of the traveler and may require medical advice.
  • Despite the best possible efforts, the medical information is always only an offer of advice. They cannot cover all medical aspects, eliminate all doubts or always be completely up-to-date. You stay responsible for your healthy.

Country information for your travel destination

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Further information for your trip

The global threat of terrorist attacks and kidnappings remains unchanged.

Since September 2014, the terrorist organizations "Al Qaeda" and "Islamic State" (IS) have been threatening with attacks against various countries and their nationals. There were a number of attacks with firearms, explosives, kidnappings and hostage-taking.

Even if there are currently no specific indications of a threat to German interests abroad, it cannot be ruled out that German nationals or German institutions abroad will also become targets of terrorist acts of violence.

Places with a symbolic character come into question as possible targets. These include well-known sights, government and administrative buildings, transport infrastructure (especially airplanes, trains, ships, buses), economic and tourism centers, hotels, markets, religious meeting places and generally larger gatherings of people.

The level of terrorist threat differs from country to country. There is a particular risk of an attack in countries and regions in which attacks have already been carried out repeatedly or in which they can be carried out relatively easily due to a lack of effective security measures, or in which terrorists have the support of the local population.

More detailed information about the terrorist threat can be found in the country-specific travel and safety information. These are checked regularly and adjusted if necessary.

The risk of falling victim to an attack is still comparatively low compared to other risks that travel abroad entails, such as accidents, illnesses or ordinary crime. Nevertheless, travelers should be aware of the risk.

The Federal Foreign Office strongly recommends that all travelers behave in a safety-conscious and appropriate manner. Before and during a trip, travelers should carefully inform themselves about the conditions in their country of travel, behave appropriately, follow the local media and report suspicious incidents (e.g. unattended baggage in airports or train stations, suspicious behavior by people) to the local police or security authorities .

German citizens are recommended to register in the Foreign Office's "Elefand" crisis prevention list, regardless of their country or the length of their stay abroad:
Crisis preparedness list

Please clarify with your health insurance company whether there is adequate health insurance coverage for your trip abroad, which also covers the costs of a rescue flight to Germany.

Without sufficient insurance cover, the costs necessary on site (e.g. treatment or hospital costs, flight home) are generally to be borne by the person concerned and can quickly use up all of your savings.

It is common in many countries that the costs invoiced by doctors or hospitals have to be settled or even advanced before discharge. It can also not be ruled out that the doctor / hospital will obtain a refusal to leave the country for the patient if the bill is not paid.