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Information about the corona virus in Sweden including travel information

19 Oct 2020

Lithuania has prolonged travel restrictions for Swedish nationals and people residing in Sweden as of October 19. N.B. From October 2, 2020, travellers no longer need to provide a negative Covid-19 test upon arrival to Lithuanian territorry. All travellers are obliged to register with the Lithuanian health authorities before entering the country. Please be aware that these decisions are taken week by week, so the situation might change quickly why it is important to follow the Lithuanian Government's announcements. The Embassy is closely following developments in Lithuania related to the coronavirus. This article provides up-to-date information, advice and travel information.

There is an ongoing outbreak of coronavirus which causes the disease COVID-19 in Sweden. You can find emergency information from Swedish authorities regarding the corona virus including measures taken by the Swedish Government here.

The Public Health Agency of Sweden has a national responsibility for public health issues and works to ensure good public health. You find Q&A about COVID-19 in Sweden at the Agency’s homepage.

Decision to ban incoming travel to Sweden – travel from Lithuania not afftected

The Swedish Government has decided to extend the temporary entry ban to the EU via Sweden until 31 October 2020. The aim of the entry ban is, as previously, to mitigate the effects of the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and reduce the outbreak of COVID-19.

In the same way as before, it is applied to countries outside the EU, the United Kingdom, Norway, Iceland, Switzerland and Liechtenstein.  A list of countries outside the EU which are exempted from this ban is found here. This travel ban is not valid for these countries, for example, when travelling from Lithuania to Sweden. 

On June 4, the Swedish Government adopted certain amendments clarifying the ban which entered into force on 8 June 2020. More information about the amendments can be found here.

More information about the decision to extend the temporary entry ban can be found here. Specific information about which groups are exempted from the decision can be read in the regulation. Official information on the travel restrictions can be found here. Questions from the public about the practical application are answered by the police. Visit www.polisen.se or call +46 77 114 14 00 and ask your call to be transferred to the communication unit.

Traveling from Sweden to Lithuania

Lithuanian Government has prolonged restrictions to enter Lithuania from Sweden as of 19 October 2020. The list of countries which are subject to restrictions is found here. The reason is because Sweden on October 16, Friday, was having more new cases of Covid-19 per 100 000 population over a 14 day period than Lithuania. Travellers from Sweden will have to self-isolate for 14 days unless they take a Covid-19 test on the 8th day of self-isolation which proves negative. If the test result is negative, the self-isolation period is shortened to 10 days. From October 2, 2020, travellers no longer need to provide a negative Covid-19 test upon arrival to Lithuanian territorry. Read more about the new rules and smoother entry of highly-qualified staff, lecturers, and researchers here. Please be aware that the situation might change quickly so it is important to follow the Lithuanian Government's announcements. It is also compulsory for all travellers to register with Lithuanian health authorities before entering the country. 

Quarantine revoked in Lithuania - some travel restrictions still in place

The Government of Lithuania has taken a decision to lift the quarantine as of 17 June; however, the national state of emergency has been kept in force due to the threat of the spread of COVID-19. More information about the decision can be found here

Passenger air and ferry travel

Ferry services between Sweden and Lithuania are operating normally according to schedule. 

International flights have resumed and gradually more destinations are serviced. 

Transport links between Sweden and Lithuania

Even though travel companies have canceled many trips, it is still possible to travel to Sweden. 

Both trucks and passenger cars can travel on the Klaipeda-Karlshamn ferry line. As the situation may change, it is recommended to check the latest information about departures with DFDS via their website or phone: +370 46 32 32 32. The TT-line ferry line between Klaipeda and Trelleborg is also operational.  

Information on resumed flights can be found on Vilnius International Airport website and Kaunas International Airport website

Changed opening hours of the Embassy

Embassy's telephone hours: Monday-Thursday 9am to 12.30pm and 13.30pm to 16.00pm, Fridays 9am to 12.30pm and 13.30pm to 15.00pm.
The embassy's reception is closed for the time being, but for urgent questions we advise you to call during our telephone hours or send an e-mail and book a visit. 

Tel: +370 5 268 50 10. E-mail: ambassaden.vilnius@gov.se 

For questions about the coronavirus, the Government of Lithuania has established a Coronavirus Hotline: 1808. The most important information on the situation in Lithuania can be also found here. Lithuanian State Border Guard Service answers questions via +370 5 271 9305 or e-mail ncc.lithuania@vsat.vrm.lt.

Last updated 19 Oct 2020, 10.22 AM