Lithuania has opened its borders to travellers arriving from 24 European countries, without a 14-day quarantine requirement. It is welcoming visitors from countries that have a COVID-19 infection rate below 15, meaning that no more than 15 people per 100,000 inhabitants have been infected in the passenger’s country of origin in the past 14 days.

Hill of Crosses in northern Lithuania
The government is welcoming visitors from 24 countries without a quarantine requirement © gorsh13/Getty Images

The countries now permitted to enter are Austria, Bulgaria, Estonia, the Netherlands, Croatia, Iceland, Italy, Greece, Cyprus, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Latvia, Norway, Poland, France, Romania, Germany, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Finland, Denmark, the Czech Republic and Hungary. Travellers from Ireland, Malta and Spain are also permitted to enter, providing they stay in quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.

A tower in Vilnius at night
Lithuania is opening to visitors again © Lukas Jonaitis/500px

The list of countries permitted to enter Lithuania is revised every Monday, and travel from Belgium, Sweden, Portugal and the UK is still prohibited at present, as the number of cases exceeds 25 per 100,000 inhabitants in these countries. People in Lithuania are no longer required to cover their faces outdoors, and hotels, cafés, restaurants and other establishments are open for business. Outdoor and indoor events are allowed to take place with limits on the number of spectators.

“With our low population density and points of interest not limited to just one city, we were never an overcrowded destination," says Dalius Morkvėnas, managing director of Lithuania Travel, the country‘s national tourism development agency. "I am sure that this year Lithuania can offer the kind of peaceful and healthy holiday, combining nature exploration and cultural tourism, that many across the world deserve and yearn for.”

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