RSS Important information regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
The first case of the new coronavirus (COVID-19) has been confirmed in Lithuania on 28th of February. Test results have confirmed infection to a female patient who returned from Verona (Italy) on 24 February 2020.
National level emergency
On 26 February 2020, the Government of the Republic of Lithuania decided to declare a national level emergency in the country, preparing for potential spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The declaration of a state of emergency in the country is a preventive measure against the spread of the coronavirus. It will help to coordinate the work of the responsible institutions, utilise equipment in state reserves, and streamline other procedures.
At a meeting of the National Emergency Operations Centre on 27th February, it was recommended to residents of Lithuania to avoid mass gatherings.
On February 24, Lithuanian Airports initiated additional risk management tools, related with the outbreak of coronavirus in Italy. All passengers arriving from the airports of Northern Italy to Lithuania shall undergo a health check and consulting provided by the professionals of the National Public Health Center.
All travellers who have travelled to China and Northern Italy are also asked to fill a questionnaire and follow the recommendations on the website of the National Public Health Centre under the Ministry of Health (http://nvsc.lrv.lt/COVID-19). They are asked to self-quarantine by staying at home, monitoring their health and limiting interaction with other people during a 14-day period after their return from the above-mentioned destinations. Travellers with possible coronavirus symptoms are urged to immediately call 112.
The Ministry of Health also urged employers in the country to show solidarity with efforts to tackle this infection. Employers are asked to allow workers who have recently visited the People's Republic of China, Northern Italy (Veneto, Lombardy, Piedmont and Emilia-Romagna), Hong Kong, Iran, Japan, South Korea, Singapore to work from home, minimizing their contact with others.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania currently recommends against travelling to China, South Korea, Northern Italy (Veneto, Lombardy, Piedmont and Emilia-Romagna), and the city of Adeje in the southern part of Tenerife (Spain) and its surroundings. It is recommended to take precautionary measures if traveling to the EU and the Schengen area, and the United Kingdom.
Travel recommendation for a specific country could be checked at https://keliauk.urm.lt .
Important to know
To prevent chances of getting infected with the coronavirus, it is recommended following standard measures to reduce the spread of the disease: frequently washing hands with warm water and soap, not touching the face and eyes, observing the coughing and sneezing etiquette (covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue or the bent of an elbow), observing safe cooking (especially when using uncooked meat or eggs) and avoiding close contact with anyone who has symptoms of respiratory disease such as cough or sneezing.
If within 14 days of your last visit to the COVID-19 affected areas (China (all provinces), Northern Italy (Lombardy, Veneto, Piedmont and Emilia-Romagna regions), Hong Kong, Iran, Japan, South Korea and Singapore) or following a close contact with a person with a confirmed COVID-19 disease you have experienced flu-like symptoms, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath or other respiratory problems, muscle pain or fatigue, please immediately call Emergency Help Centre line 112 and follow medical advice.
If you have not travelled to these countries, have not been in contact with persons with a confirmed COVID-19 disease and have experienced flu-like symptoms, please contact your family doctor or the nearest health facility. For more information, please call +370 618 79984 or send an email (24/7) to [email protected].
COVID-19 Hotline: +370 618 79984 (specialists from National Public Health Center provide information a 24-hour availability).
Government’s web page: http://lrv.lt/en/relevant-information/coronavirus-in-lithuania/relevant-information-1
Ministry of Health - http://sam.lrv.lt/en/
National Preparedness for Emergencies in Lithuania - https://www.lt72.lt/go.php/eng/Frequently-asked-questions-faq-about-the-novel-coronavirus
Rearrangements in receiving and examining applications for Schengen or national Visas
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Please be informed that as of 22 December 2019, due to rearrangements in the organization of performance of consular functions, the Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania in the Kingdom of the Netherlands will not receive and examine applications for Schengen or national visas.
The third-country nationals legally residing in the Kingdom of the Netherlands should consult the Migration Office of the Kingdom of the Netherlands with regard to all matters relating to travel within the Schengen area.
Public debate "The Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact and its Legacy: Spheres of Influence in Europe"
Cultural diplomacy »
On 28 November 2019 a Public debate "The Molotov-Robbentrop Pact and its Legacy: spheres of Influence in Europe" will take place at Wijnhaven, The Hague campus of Leiden University.
17.00 Welcome by Vidmantas Purlys, Ambassador of Lithuania in the Netherlands
17.05 "The genesis of the Ribbentrop and Molotov pact and its consequences for the Baltic States"(by Dr. Kęstutis Kilinskas, Vilnius University)
17.25 The Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact and its long-term consequences (by Professor André Gerrits, Leiden University)
17.45-19.00 Panel discussion moderated by Adriaan Jacobovits de Szeged. Participants: Dr. Kęstutis Kilinskas; Professor Sławomir Dębski, Director of Polish Institute of International Affairs; Hugo Klijn, Senior Research Fellow of the Clingendael Institute and Professor André Gerrits
Public debate is organized by SGTRS Foundation History of Totalitarian Regime and their Victims and BASIS (Bachelor Students of International Studies).
RSS L. Linkevičius: Europe must strengthen medical industry
News of the Ministry » Speeches, Statements »
On 3 April, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius took part in the second video conference of the European Union's Foreign Affairs Ministers to discuss international aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic, with a particular focus on consular coordination and repatriation, strengthening international cooperation and assistance.
NATO Foreign Ministers discuss Alliance’s response to coronavirus pandemic
On 2 April, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius took part in a meeting of NATO Foreign Ministers by secure videoconference for the first time in the Alliance’s history. The meeting discussed the Alliance’s response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, situation in Iraq and Afghanistan, NATO’s role in the Middle East and North Africa region. NATO Ministers also exchanged their views on Russia, arms control, and relations with partners.
Principles of the rule of law have to be upheld even in time of crisis, says Minister L.Linkevičius
All European Union Member States and institutions do their utmost to address COVID-19 challenges. However, these efforts must not undermine the rule of law, democracy and fundamental rights.
Plane with Lithuanian citizens from Vietnam and Thailand lands in Kaunas
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On 31 March, an aircraft of Vietnam’s Bamboo Airways landed at Kaunas airport with 111 citizens returning to Lithuania from Vietnam and Thailand thanks to the efforts of Lithuania’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Embassy of Lithuania in China, and the Honorary Consul of Lithuania in Vietnam Nguyen The Kien.
L. Linkevičius: EU needs to join efforts to repatriate EU citizens from third countries
Multilateral Relations » European Union »
On 23 March, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius participated in a video conference of the EU Foreign Affairs Ministers, who exchanged views on the international response to the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) with a particular focus on the repatriation of EU travelers stranded abroad. Foreign Ministers also discussed how to step up international cooperation in order to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
Joint statement on so-called “presidential elections” in Abkhazia
Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Canada, Estonia, Finland, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Romania, Sweden, Ukraine, United Kingdom and the United States of America do not recognize the legitimacy of the so-called “presidential elections” held in Georgia’s Abkhazia region on March 22, 2020.
Joint Statement of Nordic-Baltic Foreign Ministers meeting on 16 March 2020
Multilateral Relations » News of the Ministry » Speeches, Statements »
The Foreign Ministers of Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia and the State Secretary of Norway discussed over the video conference today the response to the situation caused by the spread of COVID-19 corona virus.
Minister Linkevičius and the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State discussed bilateral cooperation
Bilateral Relations » Activities of the Minister of Foreign Affairs » News of the Ministry »
On 11 March Linas Linkevičius, Minister of Foreign Affairs, had a meeting with Philip Thomas Reeker, the United States of America Assistant Secretary of State, where they discussed relevant issues of transatlantic cooperation and regional security including partner efforts in countering disinformation and attempts to rewrite history.
Vilnius hosted the Bucharest Nine meeting of ministers of foreign affairs
Activities of the Minister of Foreign Affairs » News of the Ministry »
On 10 March, on the eve of the 30th anniversary of the Restoration of the Independence of Lithuania, Vilnius held the Bucharest Nine (B9) meeting of the foreign ministers of Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Poland, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia, and Hungary. Delegates from the United States of America and NATO attended the meeting as guests. Gitanas Nausėda, President of the Republic of Lithuania, greeted the participants in the Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania.
Lithuania officially opens its Embassy in United Arab Emirates
Bilateral Relations »
On 8 March, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius visited Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates, met with Ministers and officially opened the Lithuanian Embassy in the UAE.