COVID-19 related information

National and LSMU updates [18/Jan/21]

[18 January 2021]

  


Quarantine measures are very efficient 

Last week (11-17 January 2021), most pandemic indicators improved, the number of cases per day, the proportion of positive tests, the number of symptomatic people contacting mobile stations, hospital occupancy and the number of deaths from COVID-19. 

• During the week, the 14-day morbidity rate in Lithuania decreased to 747 new cases per 100 thousand population (a week ago this indicator was 1,040);  

• The average number of new cases in 7 days is 1,078 (1,780 a week ago), and the proportion of positive tests is 11.1% (14.5% a week ago).  

This demonstrates that the current set of quarantine measures is working very effectively; the pandemic acceleration remained between -25% and -30% throughout the week, i.e., both the number of cases per day and the weekly percentage average of positive tests decreased by at least 25-30% compared with the previous week. Although the improvement is positive, the situation is not yet good; 1,910 patients are still being treated in hospitals, 222 people have died during the week, which is about 10 times more than in October. We are now in an exponentially declining stage, and if the current trends continue for 5-6 weeks, the situation should return to what it was before the second wave of the pandemic in October.  

More about the COVID-19 situation overview here (in Lithuanian).

  

[03 January 2021]

  


COVID-19-related restrictions (updated on 3 January 2021)

  

[18 December 2020]

  


Rector's order of organization of study process during the quarantine
[Updated 18/12/2020, technical corrections include amended table of practices in Annex I.]

  

[14 December 2020]

  

COVID-19 pandemic management measures

The resolution takes effect from 16 December 2020, 00 hrs.

The quarantine has been extended until 31 January 2021, 24 hrs.

  

[09 December 2020]

  


LSMU Rector's order on changing of the order of organization of the study process during the quarantine

  

[08 December 2020]

  


Government extends national quarantine and approves tighter rules

  

[25 November 2020]

  


In view of the adverse epidemic coronavirus (COVID-19) situation in Lithuania and in the world, the Government decided on Wednesday to extend the national quarantine until 17 December. The Cabinet has removed however restriction from visits to museums and galleries for groups of maximum 2 people as of 10 December 2020.  This will also apply to tours in groups of maximum 2 people excluding family members.

Museums and galleries will need to ensure at least 10 square metres per visitor and a distance of at least 2 metres between individual visitors or groups of visitors.

The Ministry of Health insists on greater responsibility, proper wearing of protective equipment, refraining from gatherings, and adherence to other mandatory conditions and restrictions.

  

[13 November 2020]

  


Physician may terminate the isolation of a coronavirus patient earlier

Ministry of Health reminds that the procedure for terminating isolation is changing. Isolation can be discontinued at the earliest after 10 days. An additional PCR test for nasopharyngeal and pharyngeal smears is no longer required to determine the recovery of a person with coronavirus (COVID-19), but it is emphasized that the patient is considered healthy and can only terminate the isolation at the discretion of the treating physician. The amendments were initiated following recommendations of international organizations.

Following the Minister’s order, for patients with the mild form of coronavirus (COVID-19), isolation may be discontinued 10 days after the onset of symptoms if the patient does not have a fever for at least 3 days without taking antipyretics, and other coronavirus symptoms have subsided.

Isolation may be discontinued 20 days after the onset of symptoms if the patient’s symptoms have subsided, and he or she has no fever for at least 3 days without the use of antipyretics, for the following patients with coronavirus:

• patients with severe coronavirus;

weak immunity;

• who receive supportive treatment and nursing services;

• who work in institutions providing supportive care and nursing services;

• who live in social care institutions;

• who work in social care institutions;

• prisoners;

• those working in prisons.

In patients with asymptomatic coronavirus, isolation may be discontinued after 10 days from the date of collection of the nasopharyngeal and pharyngeal smear, which was detected by PCR.

  


[9 November 2020]

  


Registration for a COVID-19 test online

All persons who have experienced characteristic symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) infection can now register for a test at the mobile point by filling in a special questionnaire on the website 1808.lt. This will allow the resident registration procedure to be done in a faster and more convenient way without having to call the hotline 1808.

Electronic registration form can be found [here:]  

(press „Elektroninė registracija tyrimui dėl COVID-19“, then select a tab ‘Turintiems simptomų’, if the symptoms have manifested). 

One can register online if at least one symptom characteristic of coronavirus is present: fever, cough, difficulty breathing, sudden loss of smell, taste or weakness. Additional less characteristic symptoms may include headache and muscle ache, chills, fatigue, vomiting, diarrhea.

  


[6 November 2020]

  

 

COVID-19 Update following the Government decision adopted on November 4, 2020

Follow the link for more details about the national quarantine:
https://koronastop.lrv.lt/en/news/nationwide-lockdown-as-of-saturday

National Quarantine period: November 7 – November 29

  • No indoor or outdoor commercial or non-commercial cultural events allowed (except funerals) 
  • No entry to cultural, leisure, entertainment and sports establishments 
  • Bars, restaurants etc. will only offer take-away 
  • Points of sale and service will not be closed, but they will have to ensure 10 sq. m. market space per visitor 
  • No gatherings in public places for groups of more than five people 
  • Requirement to wear a face mask will not apply in the case of those exercising 
  • Passengers on public transport will have to travel seated at least a meter apart from one another 
  • State border crossing will continue restricted (see https://nvsc.lrv.lt/en/news/procedures-to-be-followed-upon-return-arrival-from-abroad-trebovaniia-pri-pribytii-iz-za-rubezha

 

Studies at LSMU will continue in a hybrid mode:

  • theoretical classes and its' tests shall take place remotely; 
  • practical classes (laboratory work, tests and practice), which are absolutely necessary for mastering the program, shall be carried out in direct contact;

if necessary, exams shall be carried out in direct contact, in compliance with all security requirements and quarantine restrictions.

  

[27 October 2020]

  

 

Given the deteriorating epidemiological situation in the country, local quarantine coming into effect on 28 October 2020, 00:00, and lasting until 11 November 2020, 24:00. All information here…

In line with the recommendations approved by the European Council, at its meeting on Wednesday (21 October) the Government decided on the criteria to be applied at the national level, based on which all the countries of the European Union would be divided into four groups according to the traffic light principle. Based on the criteria, when assessing the European Union countries, they will be classified into four groups according to colours green, yellow, red, and grey.

  


Archive

Traveling and Migration [11/Jan/21]

  


Important:

ALL REQUIREMENTS UPON RETURN / ARRIVAL FROM ABROAD (here)

Note:

Upon arrival to Lithuania is mandatory to register at National Public Health Center (here)

Migration Department under the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Lithuania

  

[11 January 2021]

  


The Ministry of Health has tightened requirements for arrivals from the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Republic of South Africa.

As a result of new mutations in coronavirus (COVID-19) and the threat of their outbreak . As of Monday, 11 January, people arriving from or travelling through the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Republic of South Africa will be required to self-isolate for 10 days or take a test for coronavirus (COVID-19). read more...

  

[04 January 2021]

  


Updated list of affected countries contains changes in self-isolation requirements for arrivals from UK.

According to the order of the Minister for Health, the updated list will take effect as of 4 January. However there will be a requirement, applicable as of 1 January for persons returning and arriving from the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Must have a test for coronavirus infection (COVID-19) taken at maximum 48 hours before the entry to the Republic of Lithuania and the confirmation of the negative result thereof.

In the case where an arriving person does not have the required test, they will have, within 24 hours from the moment of arrival in the Republic of Lithuania, contact the Coronavirus Hotline at 1808 or a laboratory that performs testing for coronavirus (COVID-19) infection to make an appointment for testing.

  

[20 December 2020]

  


Lithuania bans flights from UK over coronavirus mutation.
 

The Lithuanian government decided to halt all passenger flights from the UK where a new more transmittable strain of the coronavirus has been detected.

The flight ban comes into effect at 4:00 on Monday morning (December 21) and will be in effect until December 31.

  

[07 December 2020]

  


The Republic of Poland has been added and Malta, Slovakia, Slovenia and Scotland have been removed from the list of affected countries and regions to take effect as of Monday, 7 December. 

Depending on the rate of notifications and other criteria, all countries are mapped into green, orange, red and grey areas.  Lithuania is currently in the red area, and its list of affected countries includes only those countries and regions that are in the grey area, namely: the region of Northern Ireland, Poland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland, also all the third countries. Arrivals from affected countries will be subject to isolation or testing requirements.

https://koronastop.lrv.lt/en/news/poland-added-to-the-list-of-affected-countries-testing-or-isolation-required

  

[30 November 2020]

  


Malta, Slovakia and Slovenia added to and Wales removed from the list of affected countries and regions

The Republic of Malta, the Slovak Republic and the Republic of Slovenia have been added to and Wales removed from the list of affected countries and regions to take effect as of Monday, 30 November.

Depending on the rate of notifications and other criteria, all countries are mapped into green, orange, red and grey areas. Lithuania is currently in the red area, and its list of affected countries includes only those countries and regions that are in the grey area, namely: Northern Ireland, Scotland, Liechtenstein, Malta, Slovakia, Slovenia and Switzerland, also all the third countries. Arrivals from the affected countries will be subject to isolation or testing requirements.

More information here...

  

[24 November 2020]

  


Updated list of non-safe countries

As of 23 November, Wales and Scotland have been added to the list of affected countries. Lithuania is currently mapped in the red area, and its list of affected countries includes only those countries and regions that are in the grey area: Northern Ireland, Wales, Scotland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland, also all the third countries. Arrivals from these affected countries will be subject to isolation or testing requirements.

Last week, following reports of a mutated strain of coronavirus (COVID-19) in mink farms in Denmark, Spain, Italy, the USA, the Netherlands and Sweden, Lithuania took extra prevention measures, But as of 23 November, there will be no requirement for mandatory testing for the arrivals from these countries.

Maps in support of the Council Recommendation on a coordinated approach to the restriction of free movement in response to the COVID-19 pandemic are available HERE.

Lithuania currently lists countries in the grey area as affected. Travellers returning from or transiting these countries will be deemed to have been in contact and thus subject to 10-day isolation or required to evidence the test for COVID-19 (coronavirus infection) taken at maximum 48 hours before the entry to Lithuania with a negative result thereof.This test can also be taken in Lithuania, but isolation will be mandatory until a negative testing result. Irrespective of the negative testing result, it is nevertheless recommended to avoid social contacts and gatherings for 10 days from return or arrival in Lithuania.

More information on the link https://koronastop.lrv.lt/en/news/wales-and-scotland-listed-as-non-safe

  

[16 November 2020]

  


Following the order of the Minister of Health from 16 November, all travelers, without exception, coming from Denmark, Spain, Italy, the USA, the Netherlands and Sweden shall have no earlier than 48 hours test for COVID-19 and a negative response prior to arrival, or they shall register for the test in Lithuania within 24 hours from arrival.  

This can be done by calling the coronavirus hotline at 1808 or the organization testing for COVID-19. 

The person shall remain in self-isolation until a negative test result is obtained. 

  

[09 November 2020]

  


From Monday, November 9, a new list of affected countries based on traffic light colors enters into force. After Lithuania became the red zone, only countries in the gray zone have been considered affected: part of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, i.e., Northern Ireland, as well as Liechtenstein, Slovakia and Switzerland. Isolation or test is required upon arrival from these affected countries.

Lithuania lists countries in the red and grey areas as affected. Travelers returning from or transiting these countries will be deemed to have been in contact and thus subject to 10-day isolation or required to evidence the test for COVID-19 (corona virus infection) taken at maximum 48 hours before the entry to Lithuania with a negative result thereof.

Third countries (non-European Economic Area countries) are not included in the ECDC maps and therefore classified as grey, Exception applies in the case of countries which are included in the EU-level list of third countries, for the residents of which temporary restriction on non-essential travel to the EU should be lifted at external borders.

The list of affected countries be published every Friday to take effect on Monday. (here)    

Maps drawn up by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) against the ‘traffic light’ principle are available (here) 

  

[28 October 2020]

  


From November 2, an updated list of affected countries. The map of affected countries you can find here: 

Weekly free movement map

Note: Isolation and Covid-19 test are not mandatory if arrival from Latvia, Norway and Finland, as well as from the Canary Islands.

Under the new rules, if arrivals present a negative Covid-19 test taken no earlier than 48 hours before departing to Lithuania – or a test taken once in Lithuania – they will no longer be required to self-isolate for 10 days.
More information here….

  

Relevant links

  


Registration for a COVID-19 test online

All persons who have experienced characteristic symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) infection can now register for a test at the mobile point by filling in a special questionnaire on the website 1808.lt. This will allow the resident registration procedure to be done in a faster and more convenient way without having to call the hotline 1808.

Electronic registration form can be found [here:]  

(press „Elektroninė registracija tyrimui dėl COVID-19“, then select a tab ‘Turintiems simptomų’, if the symptoms have manifested). 

One can register online if at least one symptom characteristic of coronavirus is present: fever, cough, difficulty breathing, sudden loss of smell, taste or weakness. Additional less characteristic symptoms may include headache and muscle ache, chills, fatigue, vomiting, diarrhea.

  

USEFUL LINKS:

Migration Department under the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Lithuania

Recommendations for prevention and isolation rules

Support for using IT tools

University IT team puts all their efforts to assure that your work and learning process is smooth during quarantine period. Therefore, your attention is required to following:

  • All university IT platforms and manuals can be reached by following link.
  • Ofice365 platform has an excellent collaboration tool Microsoft Teams. Wish to start – follow this link for brief manual.
  • Moodle platform will be used as a main tool in distance studies during quarantine period. Follow this link for a brief student manual.
  • University IT team is ready to support you. Should you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact LSMU Information Systems department.

Library

Students are suggested using e-resources for their learning needs. Follow to video-manual.

Remote access to external resources under full LSMU user’s rights is possible via EzProxy or VPN protocols. More information on these services and manuals can be found here.

Following automatic reminders, students are welcomed to extend loaned book return terms in the virtual library or in the electronic catalogue. Follow to video-manual.

FAQ

I am a foreigner, am I allowed to enter Lithuania?

The country borders are not closed. Students can enter to Lithuania. 

The University highly recommend:

1. Before arriving to Lithuania have a national visa D of the Republic of Lithuania, or temporary residence permit (TRP), or temporary residence certificate (TRC) in Lithuania.

2. Have a test for coronavirus infection (COVID-19) taken at maximum 48 hours before the entry to the Republic of Lithuania and the confirmation of the negative result thereof.

I have a Schengen visa. Am I allowed to come to Lithuania?

Schengen visa is for short stays only. A national visa D is required for studying in Lithuania.

More information migracija.lt/EN/Service Information

Do I need a Covid-free health certificate?

Foreigners arriving from countries included in the list of countries affected by the coronavirus are required, within 24 hours, to contact the Hotline 1808 or any testing station in order to be tested for the coronavirus.

If I have more questions about the migration?

University – email & milda.mankeleviciene or call +370 652 90747; +370 67180131;

Migration department - migracija.gov.lt or call +370 707 67000.

Can I use public transportation?

Please note that those who need self-isolation cannot use public transportation; hence, you will need to book a ride from the airport with private car companies, e.g.,
Bolt Protect (https://bolt.eu/en/cities/kaunas/),
City Bee (https://www.citybee.lt/en),
ordinary taxi (https://www.taxi.lt/language/en/taksi/taksi-kaune-2/)

Staff of International office is always ready to help you with all the questions you face.

The University offers you psychological counselling.

Contact:

Rūta ruta.lingyte or Jevgenij jevgenij.razgulin, +37064625592.

Don’t forget:

The universities are responsible for 10-days self-isolation for students do not have a test for coronavirus infection (COVID-19) has not been taken 48 hours before the entry to Lithuania. 

Violation or non-compliance with self-isolation shall be subject to criminal liability.