Lithuania now lifts most travel restrictions
Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the tourism sector was an important part of the Lithuanian economy, accounting for more than 977.8 million euros in total spent every year. In 2019, nearly 2 million tourists visited the country.
Now, Lithuania is finally ready to welcome travelers again, because, from February 5, tourists from EU and EEA areas will only need one certificate that a person is fully vaccinated, has recovered from COVID-19 within 180 days, or has recently tested negative for COVID-19. Less restricted travel is expected to lead the country’s tourism sector to a faster recovery.
Additionally, from this Saturday, Lithuanians will no longer be required to present a national certificate (or other COVID-19 related document) to access indoor public spaces, including tourist accommodation, restaurants, museums, venues for sporting or cultural events and other facilities. . Only individual safety measures, such as wearing masks or respirators indoors and maintaining distance, are applied.
The decision by the Lithuanian government follows the recent recommendation by the World Health Organization (WHO) to lift or relax travel restrictions, as such measures can cause economic and social damage.
Currently, Lithuania is one of the most open countries in Europe for international travel. recent regulatory changes have made it the ideal hassle-free destination, especially for travelers who have been fully vaccinated and received a timely booster.
“These are big steps towards normality in the tourism sector. Statistics show that people’s desire to travel remains at a very high level all over the world. We are happy that Lithuania is easing restrictions to be more open to foreign visitors because, especially this year, there is so much to see and experience in Lithuania and its biggest cities,” said Olga Gončarova, Managing Director of Travel to Lithuaniathe national tourism development agency.
Besides lush nature and historical sites, this year Lithuania will have a lot to offer city dwellers with Kaunas, European Capital of Culture, and capital Vilnius events related to its upcoming 700th anniversary.
As most tourist attractions are now open in Lithuania, visitors can easily explore the country with minimal limitations, such as wearing medical masks in indoor public spaces, while FFP2 grade respirators are required at events in room.