With the spread of the COVID-19 Omicron variant, Lithuania has updated pandemic management rules. As of Monday, January 17, people can shorten their self-isolation period after coming into contact with infection. However, self-isolation is now mandatory even for the vaccinated.
LRT.lt provides an overview of the rule changes that have come into effect. Attending public indoor events will require wearing respirators (of at least FFP2 grade) instead of regular facemasks. Exceptions apply to children under six and people who cannot wear respirators due to health conditions.
Event organizers are charged with ensuring compliance and are encouraged to distribute respirators. Facemasks are also recommended for outdoor events where 2-metre distances between people cannot be maintained.
People who have had contact with a confirmed Covid-19 case will have to go into self-isolation for seven days, instead of ten. However, self-isolation is now mandatory even for those who have been vaccinated, unless they have recovered from Covid-19 within the last 90 days.
In cases of workplace infections, self-isolation will only apply to workers who have spent at least four hours in an enclosed space with a confirmed case. Otherwise, switching to remote work is recommended, as is taking a rapid antigen test.
After isolation, everyone who has been in contact with a Covid-19 case, whether they need to self-isolate or not, are required to wear facemasks for 10 days while interacting with other people. They should also refrain from attending public events. People who test positive for Covid-19 are required to self-isolate for 10 days, the period can be cut down to seven days in cases of asymptomatic infections.
This applies to people with Covid-19 who do not feel any symptoms: fever, coughing, sore throat, fatigue, headache, muscle ache, sickness, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of smell and/or taste.
Unvaccinated travellers have to go into self-isolation for seven days (instead of ten) after arriving in Lithuania. As before, they need to take a test before the trip.