Severity: Critical Alert

Entry/Exit: Lithuania extends quarantine regime and restrictive measures through at least April 27 to combat COVID-19. Travel and business disruptions.

This alert affects Lithuania

This alert began 12 Apr 2020 22:01 GMT and is scheduled to expire 27 Apr 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Incident: Movement restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Date: Through at least April 27
  • Impact: Travel and business disruptions

Summary
Lithuanian authorities have extended the existing quarantine regime and constituent restrictions through at least April 27 to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). As part of these measures, authorities have implemented land-border controls barring entry for most foreign nationals, excluding permanent residents and those with family members in Lithuania and diplomats and NATO employees and their families. Lithuanian nationals will not be able to travel outside of the country without official authorization. The restrictions do not apply to freight transport.

Additionally, authorities are limiting inter- and intra-city transport and prohibiting cruise ships from docking at Klaipeda. Authorities have banned public gatherings of more than two persons from different households, closed a number of public spaces and nonessential shops, and are encouraging all employees to work from home where possible. Persons who have arrived or returned to Lithuania are subject to a mandatory 14-day self-isolation

All restrictions are subject to amendment at short notice in response to government reviews and may receive updates or extensions in the coming days.

Background and Analysis
The measures taken by the Lithuanian government correspond with similar actions taken by other European governments in recent days in response to the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). COVID-19 is a viral respiratory disease caused by infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus (previously known as 2019-nCoV). Symptoms occur 1-14 days following exposure (average of 3-7 days). These symptoms include fever, fatigue, cough, difficulty breathing, sometimes worsening to pneumonia and kidney failure - especially in those with underlying medical conditions. On March 11, the WHO declared the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic.

Advice
Follow all official instructions. Abide by national health and safety measures. Reconfirm all travel arrangements. Consider delaying traveling if experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, as they may prompt increased scrutiny and delays. Liaise with trusted contacts for further updates and guidance. Maintain contact with your diplomatic representation. Ensure contingency plans account for further disruptive measures or extensions of current restrictions. Reconsider and reconfirm nonemergency health appointments. Plan for queues and delays at available shopping centers.

Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.

Resources
Lithuanian Government: http://lrv.lt

Lithuanian Ministry of Health: http://sam.lrv.lt

COVID-19 Hotline Lithuania: 1808

World Health Organization (WHO): www.who.int