Last updated July 9, 2021
Today’s Status, Looking Towards Fall 2021 — Yellow
There are several current factors to watch in Lithuania. After a relatively low number of cases in the fall, the country experienced a sharp increase. It’s something we’re watching carefully. Another element to consider is the school situation — the schools where ILP volunteers teach in Lithuania need more time to re-open.
Check below to get more details on some key aspects that we’re watching. Each of these components help us determine when we’ll be able to send volunteers to Lithuania again (it’s stuff you’re going to want to know). Also, this info is changing often. Our goal is to keep things current with weekly updates, so check back frequently.
Lithuania is now open for fully vaccinated travelers which is a great first step for this location.
However, there have been some recently added restrictions in an attempt to contain the Delta variant. As of July 5th, all arrivals who are not fully vaccinated are subject to various testing depending on the “color status” of their country. Green country arrivals will need a Negative Covid-19 test, Yellow country arrivals will need the same (and be tested upon arrival), etc.
You don’t need a visa to enter Lithuania: all tourists get a 90-day stay. Since your ILP semester is longer than 90 days, volunteers typically leave the country and visit favorite spots in Europe.
Airports are open!
The country went on a strict lockdown in March 2020 which did a good job curbing infection rates. Since slowly opening up, numbers have been increasing, with a series of subsequent lockdowns. After months of spiking cases, numbers are decreasing — as of July 9th, Lithuania has 234.8 active cases per 100,000 people.
Quality health care in Lithuania and other nearby countries in the EU is available and the outbreak in Lithuania has not ever reached the point that they were overwhelmed or even full.
The country went on a strict lockdown in March 2020 which did a good job curbing infection rates. Since slowly opening up, numbers have been increasing, with a series of subsequent lockdowns. After months of spiking cases, numbers are decreasing — as of June 14th, Lithuania has 358.9 active cases per 100,000 people.
Quality health care in Lithuania and other nearby countries in the EU is available and the outbreak in Lithuania has not ever reached the point that they were overwhelmed or even full. Lithuania has had a relatively successful rollout plan for the vaccine, starting with essential personnel and now moving towards the general public.
The country has been under different levels of lockdown that fluctuate as case numbers rise and fall
Lately, locals have been able to shop, visit parks, enjoy the city square, and more as life returns back to its new definition of normal. At the end of January, ski resorts were opened, which was a happy update. In April, gyms, some pools, and saunas reopened in Lithuania. There are some changes to be aware of like events capped at capacity, social distancing, and wearing masks for some activities, just like you’re seeing at home.
Out & About
Lithuania has renewed their national lockdown until the end of June, with some loosened restrictions. Outdoor cafes are now allowed to stay open two hours later, groups of 10 may now socialize indoors, and there is no longer a limit on outdoor gatherings. As of July 1, 2021, the nation is now in a state of national emergency, a switch from the national quarantine stage which lasted from November 2020 to June 2021.
When the nation isn’t under strict lockdown, in-country travel options are a go, with buses and trains taking people to some of our favorite things to see in Lithuania. Plan on visiting pretty coastal towns, peeking around the famous Hill of Crosses, and spending weekends touring picturesque Old Towns.
When volunteers are in-country, we’ll be working with them about what vacation options are available.
Okay, now what? Should I still apply for Lithuania?
If you’re thinking “that’s all really good to know, but what does that mean for me?” we have some good news to share: time is still totally on your side.
We’ve seen policies change without notice that have made the difference between us thinking we’ll need to wait longer and helping us determine that this location is something we’re pretty optimistic about. Sometimes that has happened in the span of just a couple of weeks or even in a single day. A lot could change for Summer 2021 volunteers.
So we say start your application now so that you’re ready when the time comes. We are going to need volunteers who are ready to go right when things change for the better, which is why we think it’s a good idea to have your application in (even if things potentially look uncertain right now). Time really is on your side.
We’re also here for all of your questions. We’d love to talk about deferring to a later semester if things still need more time or finding a country right now that’ll be a good fit for you. You can bet that once things open up, you’ll be the first to know!