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General COVID-19 Travel Advisory in Operation
General advice is to avoid non-essential travel, other than to any countries on the ‘Green List’ where the advice is to take normal precautions.
In accordance with Government policy, which is based on official public health advice, the Department of Foreign Affairs continues to advise against non-essential travel overseas (including to Great Britain but not to Northern Ireland), other than to any countries on the ‘green list’ where the ‘normal precautions’ security status rating will apply. The request to restrict movements does not apply to individuals arriving into Ireland from any countries on the ‘green list.’
On 15 September, the Government agreed that, for the period ahead, this ‘green list’ will be updated on a weekly basis, to include any EU / EEA countries with a 14 day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100,000 of 25 or less, based on the latest data from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). Updates are being made on the basis of data each Thursday, with changes taking effect from the following Monday.
The Green List was reviewed again on the basis of the ECDC data on Thursday 15 October. As no EU / EEA countries were below the required 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases, it remains the case that there are no countries on the Green List. The new EU Recommendation on coordinating travel within the EU / EEA was adopted at the General Affairs Council in Brussels on 13 October. Implementation of this is for consideration by Government next week.
The situation in relation to COVID-19 continues to evolve quickly. Citizens who are considering travel to particular locations are advised to monitor news and information from the public authorities in their destination.
The latest updates will always be uploaded first to this General COVID-19 Travel Advisory. Country-specific tabs will be updated subsequently, and as quickly as possible, but this advisory is the primary source of information for the latest version of the list.
If you are considering travelling outside of Ireland:
Irish citizens travelling to any countries with a ‘normal precautions’ (“green”) rating are advised to follow the public health guidelines of the local health authorities and to continue to practice physical distancing measures, hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette etc. Citizens who are considering travel to these countries are also advised to monitor news and information from the public authorities in their chosen destination. This includes information regarding possible restrictions on arrival from abroad, including from Ireland. The security rating for all other countries remains unchanged at either ‘avoid non-essential travel’ (“orange”) or ‘do not travel’ (“red”).
The purpose of the Department’s Travel Advice is to provide information to the general public so that individuals can make informed decisions for themselves. There are significant risks associated with international travel in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and this is likely to remain the case for the foreseeable future. Citizens should be aware of the possible limitations to any consular assistance that could be provided. Any citizens who are considering travel abroad, or those already abroad, are advised to monitor our travel advice, and follow us on Twitter. They are also advised to register with their local Irish Embassy or Consulate and regularly check their website and Twitter accounts for details of any local public health measures and travel restrictions.
Should you decide that you need to travel, you should inform yourself about any requirements in place in the destination to which you are travelling. Testing and restrictions may be imposed or may already be in place in other countries. Flight restrictions and route cancellations continue to occur worldwide and there is no guarantee that air routes will operate as scheduled. It is important to check with your insurance provider on coverage at this time.
Where additional restrictions apply within Ireland, these are listed on the Official website of the Irish Government.
Information about what to do on entering Ireland from abroad:
Where to go for further travel information:
- DFA Travel Advice for over 200 countries
- Follow us on Twitter
- Register with your local Irish Embassy or Consulate
Avoid non-essential travel
Security Status Last Updated: 24 September 2020 to take effect from 00.00 on 28 September 2020
Latest Travel Alert
A number of cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) have been confirmed in Lithuania.
The Lithuanian Ministry of Health website provides up to date information on the COVID-19 situation in the country and details any changes to the current rules/regulations. It can be accessed by the link below;
While the majority of quarantine related restrictions were lifted on 17 June, it is still mandatory to wear a mask while indoors at a public place. For example: attending indoor events, shopping, bars and restaurants (when not eating/drinking), going to medical appointments, etc.
Traveling to Lithuania
On 28/05/20 the government agreed a plan to gradually open the country's borders to people from European countries with low coronavirus infection rates.
As of 16 September, Ireland has been removed from Lithuania’s safe list and travellers arriving from Ireland must self-isolate for 14 days.
Under certain conditions, the self-isolation period can be shortened to 10 days. This is possible if a traveller has had no direct contact with a known coronavirus case, has not developed any symptoms, and has received a second negative test for Covid-19 no earlier than eight days after coming to Lithuania. Further information available below;
Furthermore, every traveller arriving into Lithuania by air, sea or land will have to submit their personal data electronically to the staff of the National Public Health Centre (NPHC) as of Tuesday, 15 September. This means that, before boarding a plane, ferry, bus or train, a person will have to fill in a form on the NPHC website and present the confirmation received - the so-called QR code - during boarding. Individuals travelling by land, must register with the NPHC within 12 hours from the moment of arrival in the Republic of Lithuania.
The National Public Health Centre form can be found here.
Lithuania maintains a list of ‘safe countries’ that report fewer than 25 new Covid-19 cases per population of 100,000 over the previous two weeks. Travelers entering Lithuania from such countries will not be required to self-isolate. The most recent version of the list can be viewed here:
Those arriving from countries with more than 25 new Covid-19 cases per 100,000 over the previous two weeks, must self-isolate for 14 days. Ireland currently falls into this category.
Passengers arriving from countries not on the safe list are required to submit personal information to the National Public Health Centre (NVSC) by phone +370 5 2124098 or by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Travellers with possible coronavirus symptoms are urged to immediately call 112.
Restrictions on public gatherings
From 17/07/20, indoor events for up to 400 people are permitted in accordance with safety distancing and hygiene guidelines. The limit will be increased to 500 people on 01/08/20 and 600 by 16/08/20.
Outdoor events are limited to 1000 people.
The government has announced that all restrictions on public events -- both indoor and outdoor -- will be lifted completely in early October if the coronavirus situation does not worsen.
Additional information on COVID-19 can be found via the following links:
The best help is often close at hand so if you have problems, try talking to your local contacts, tour operator representative or hotel management.
You can contact the emergency services in Lithuania by dialling 112. The service is multilingual.
Our tips for safe travels:
- Purchase comprehensive travel insurance which covers all your intended activities.
- Get a European Health Insurance Card
- Add an alert for your destination within the Travelwise App.
- Register your details with us so that we can contact you quickly if there’s an unforeseen crisis like a natural disaster or a family emergency.
- Follow us on twitter @dfatravelwise for the latest travel updates.
- Read our ‘Know Before You Go’ guide.
Safety and Security
Safety and Security
Safety and security
Although the threat from terrorism in Lithuania is low, there is still a global risk of indiscriminate terrorist attacks, which could be against civilian targets, including places frequented by tourists and expatriates.
Crime targeting tourists remains relatively low in Lithuania but you should take sensible precautions:
- Don't carry your credit card, travel tickets and money together - leave spare cash and valuables in a safe place.
- Don't carry your passport unless absolutely necessary and leave a copy of your passport (and travel and insurance documents) with family or friends at home.
- While Lithuanian cities are generally safe, some petty crime such as pick-pocketing or bag-snatching is possible. Avoid poorly-lit streets, parks, and secluded areas after dark.
- Be wary of accepting food and drink from strangers in bars, nightclubs and restaurants.
- We recommend you check the price of drinks before ordering and whether there is a 'cover' charge made for entry to bars, restaurants and other establishments. You should be vigilant when using your credit/debit card.
If you're a victim of a crime while in Lithuania, report it to the local police immediately. Police can be contacted via the national emergency telephone number, 112.
If you want to drive:
- Bring your driving license and make sure you have adequate and appropriate insurance
- Drive on the right-hand side of the road
- Winter tyres are a legal requirement in Lithuania between 10 November and 1 April
- Dipped headlights are compulsory all year round
Right hand drive vehicles can be driven in Lithuania temporarily - while on holiday, for example, for up to 90 days per year. However, if you're moving to Lithuania on a long-term basis please note that right-hand drive vehicles cannot normally be registered in Lithuania.
Border officials and police require original car documents and if you’re driving into the country, you need car insurance valid for Lithuania.
When travelling by car, border officials will ask you for the following documents:
- A passport with a validity of at least 6 months
- Original car registration documents (copies are not acceptable)
- International vehicle insurance (Green Card)
Hiring a vehicle
If you’re hiring a vehicle, we advise you not to hand over your passport as a form of security. If you’re allowing your passport to be photocopied, keep it in your sight at all times.
Check that you have adequate insurance and read the small print of the vehicle hire contract (particularly any waiver that will come into effect if the vehicle is damaged).
Local Laws and Customs
Local Laws and Customs
Local laws and customs
Remember, the local laws apply to you as a visitor and it is your responsibility to follow them. Be sensitive to local customs, traditions and practices as your behaviour may be seen as improper, hostile or even illegal.
Illegal drug use (no matter what the drug) carries stiff penalties, including fines and long prison terms.
Public drunkenness (i.e. in the streets, on public transport, etc.) will be dealt with very severely by the Lithuanian authorities, who have the right to detain people in detoxification centres if they believe them to be very drunk. It is illegal to supply alcohol to anyone under 20 years of age in Lithuania.
We can’t pay for emergency medical repatriation, repatriation of remains, or for expenses as a result of a personal emergency while you are abroad. If you buy an appropriate travel insurance policy, these costs will be covered, provided you haven’t broken the terms and conditions.
Buying comprehensive travel insurance can save you and your family a lot of money if something goes wrong. It will also ensure that you get the medical attention you need, when you need it. Hospital bills can quickly run into thousands of euro, and a medical evacuation back to Ireland can cost thousands more.
Not all policies are the same, and the cheapest one might be cheap for a reason. Make sure your policy covers all the activities you plan to do on your trip. Insurance Ireland recommend that you purchase a policy that provides a minimum medical cover of €1 million.
Your policy should cover:
- All medical care abroad, including evacuation by air ambulance, or other emergency procedures, and any other costs associated with an unexpected longer stay.
- Your entire trip, from departure to return. Consider an annual multi-trip policy if you’re making more than one trip in the year.
- 24-hour emergency service and assistance.
- Personal liability cover (in case you’re sued for causing injury or damaging property).
- Lost and stolen possessions.
- Cancellation and curtailment.
- Any extra activities you intend to do that are excluded from standard policies (e.g. water sport activities such as jet skiing or other extreme sports).
Exclusions: You should know most insurance policies will not cover drink or drug-related incidents.
European Health Insurance Card
As an Irish resident you are entitled to get healthcare through the public system in countries of the European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland if you become ill or injured while on a temporary stay there. Ensure that you get or renew your EHIC (the new name for the E111) before you go, and remember, you need one for every person travelling in your group.
The EHIC is not a substitute for proper travel insurance provided by a reputable insurer. It doesn’t cover medical repatriation, ongoing medical treatment or treatment of a non-urgent nature. Also, some private hospitals may not accept the EHIC, so you should check with the hospital administrator beforehand.
Tick-borne encephalitis and Lyme disease are common in Lithuania, especially in forested areas during the summer months. You should seek medical advice regarding inoculations against rabies and tick-borne encephalitis if you intend to visit forested areas.
Entry requirements (visa/passport)
Irish citizens don’t need a visa to enter Lithuania. However, entry requirements may change from time to time and you should check with the nearest Lithuanian Embassy before you travel. Lithuania is a member of the Schengen Area.
It’s advisable to take a number of photocopies of your passport with you. During your stay you should carry a photocopy of your passport at all times.
If you intend to live in Lithuania for longer than three months, the Lithuanian authorities will require that any child travelling and living with you will need to have his or her own passport. You may experience difficulties upon your arrival or departure in the case of children who are listed on the passport of one of their parents.
Warm, humid weather gives rise to frequent storms throughout the year, some of which cause damage to buildings, trees, etc. You should be careful during stormy weather, and avoid unnecessary travel.
Over 30% of Lithuania is covered with forests. Forest fires are rare, but can occur in periods of dry weather. We advise you to avoid areas that may have fire warnings in place.
Please note that if you require urgent assistance while the Embassy is closed, you can contact the Duty Officer at phone number +370 65515235.
Embassy of Ireland
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Before travelling, the Department strongly recommends that you obtain comprehensive travel insurance which will cover all overseas medical costs, including medical repatriation/evacuation, repatriation of remains and legal costs. You should check any exclusions and, in particular, that your policy covers you for the activities you want to undertake.