COVID-19: useful information for businesses in Lithuania

In these trying times, Invest Lithuania continues to co-operate pro-actively with investors. Our team has collected information regarding the challenges and issues faced by investors during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, including issues related to migration, state support, or the lack of relevant information provided in English. To provide a clearer picture for our investors and partners, we have addressed these questions to the competent authorities and compiled the information gathered. The result is the following FAQ, which is being continuously updated, as the circumstances and rulings change.

We hope this will be a valuable resource, and if you feel there are any additional areas you would like us to cover, please feel free to contact us.

Frequently asked questions

Information last updated on 29 September 2021

1. Support measures for business

Due to the ongoing nationwide state of emergency in Lithuania, the Lithuanian Government is reviewing and updating the financial support measures for businesses. Please follow our updates to be the first to hear about them.

  • 1.1. Financial measures offered by Investment and Business Guarantees (INVEGA)

    At the moment, INVEGA provides the following financial measures for business during the COVID-19 pandemic:

    • Individual guarantees. INVEGA guarantees the repayment of the first instalment of the loan to the credit institution up to 80 %. The remainder is covered by collateral offered by the borrower. An individual INVEGA guarantee can be used both for lending to businesses under market conditions and for taking out any soft loan facility administered by INVEGA (applications are open until 15 October 2021).
    • Portfolio guarantees to financial institutions for business loans and leasing transactions. Targeted at companies facing shortages due to the COVID-19 outbreak. This instrument reduces financing risk and thus facilitates the availability of loans and leasing to improve corporate liquidity.
    • Crowdfunding loans known as Avietė enable small and medium-sized enterprises operating in Lithuania to borrow through crowdfunding platforms.
    • Loans for Providers of Accommodation and Catering Services. Loans are aimed at reducing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the tourism business by providing funding in the form of loans to cover the essential expenses of accommodation service providers who provide qualifying accommodation services, and of business entities that provide catering services.
    • Loans for Travel Service Providers. Loans aimed at providing funding in the form of loans to tour operators to allow them to issue refunds to tourists who have had their trips cancelled as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.
    • INVEGA provides several different types of loans for small and medium-sized businesses.

    You will find more detailed information regarding the financial measures provided by INVEGA here.


  • 1.2. Financial measures offered by the Government

    The Government approved the following additional financial measures for businesses:

    • Compensation to accommodation providers for the third night (applications are open until 8 November 2021). This financial measure is aimed at accommodation providers. It gives tourists who have received a special code by means of marketing the right to contact participating accommodation providers and receive a third consecutive night free of charge. For details, please visit this page (page currently only in Lithuanian).
    • Alternative Lending for Businesses. Loans enable small and medium-sized entities (hereinafter – SMEs) to obtain the necessary financing for their business through alternative finance providers. Loans may be granted to finance investments and/or to supplement a shortage of working capital, provided that such financing is related to the launch of new business activities by the SME or to the maintenance, strengthening or development of its existing activities.
    • Business Support Fund. The Business Support Fund invests in medium-sized and large enterprises whose activities have been affected by the COVID-19 outbreak and whose cessation or disruption may affect the sustainability of other businesses, as well as having significant socio-economic consequences. The Business Support Fund is managed by the State Investment Management Agency VIVA. More information can be found here.

  • 1.3. Contact details

    For more detailed information regarding financial measures, please contact:

    • Ministry of the Economy and Innovation or read more information here. Contact details: verslui@eimin.lt or (+370) 706 64 845 / (+370) 706 64 868
    • Ministry of Finance. Contact details: rsvp@finmin.lt or (+370) 5 239 0000
    • Investment and Business Guarantees (INVEGA) or read more information here. Contact details: uzklausos@invega.lt or (+370) 5 210 7510

2. Tax payments

  • 2.1. Automatic postponement of tax payments

    The State Tax Inspectorate (STI) announced a list of companies (taxpayers) that may have been directly affected by the COVID-19. The list is updated by the STI on a monthly basis, you can check the list here.

    The companies included in this list, automatically (without submitting a request) until 31 October 2021:

    • won’t be charged interest;
    • won’t be subject to tax recovery.

  • 2.2. Tax loan agreements

    All companies (taxpayers) affected by COVID-19 may apply to the STI to conclude interest-free Tax Loan Agreements, depending on factual circumstances, i.e.:

    • companies included in the new list of companies directly affected by COVID-19. An application had to be submitted to the STI by 31 August 2021;
    • companies that have been subject to tax aid measures in 2020 and are not included in the new list. An interest-free Tax Loan Agreement for tax debts incurred from 1 January 2021 until 31 August 2021 can be concluded;
    • If a company did not apply in time, it should pay the provided fees by 31 October 2021; in the event that the company does not have an opportunity to do so, it should apply to the STI in a general manner.

    According to such agreements, VAT, PIT and other taxes payable by 31 August 2021 could be paid in interest-free instalments by 31 December 2022. It is also possible to request a deferral of payment of the first instalment for one year.


  • 2.3. Contact details of the State Tax Inspectorate

    For more detailed information regarding tax measures, please contact the State Tax Inspectorate or read more information here.

    Contact details: vmi@vmi.lt or (+370) 5 266 8200


3. Social insurance

  • 3.1. Contact details of State Social Insurance Fund

    For more detailed information regarding social insurance notifications, issuance of certificates of incapacity for work and benefits, as well as other issues during the state of national emergency, please contact the State Social Insurance Fund Board or read more information here.

    Contact details: info@sodra.lt or (+370) 5 250 0883


4. Guidelines for employers

  • 4.1. Remote work

    It is recommended that office work must be organised remotely.

    An exception applies when functions can only be performed in the workplace – in such case, the employer might allow the employee to work in the office. However, the employer must ensure a safe and healthy work environment for its employees: (i) manage employee flows, especially in the common areas, such as meeting rooms and the cafeteria, (ii) provide the employees with protective equipment, such as masks and disinfectants, (iii) ensure sufficient ventilation in the office, (iv) disinfect all surfaces regularly, (v) inform employees and visitors about the COVID-19 safety measures, such as mandatory masks.

    Communicate the main COVID-19 related safety rules and remote work requirements to your employees (e.g. working time, use of work equipment, reimbursement of increased expenses, compliance with safety and health requirements, etc.).

    The Lithuanian Labor Code establishes a general requirement that if an employee incurs additional costs related to his work, acquisition, installation and use of work equipment while working remotely, the employer must reimburse such costs (the amount of expenses and the procedure for reimbursement must be agreed in advance).


  • 4.2. Recommendations for employers when COVID-19 is confirmed to an employee, who is not working remotely

    If an employee is confirmed to have COVID-19, the employer should take the following actions:

    • Contact the National Center for Public Health (NCPH) regarding the infected employee.
    • Identify all employees, who were in close contact with the infected employee and thus are at high risk of contracting COVID-19. Instruct these employees to self-isolate. The list of these high-risk employees should be sent to the NCPH.
    • High-risk employees must self-isolate and monitor their health for 14 days (except for people, who have already had contracted a coronavirus infection within a period of 90 days;). If the signs of COVID-19 infection occur, inform these employees to reach out to the COVID-19 hotline by calling 1808 and follow all further instructions.
    • Allow the high-risk employees to self-isolate by working remotely (if possible) or declaring idle time.
    • If there is no possibility for the high-risk employees to work remotely or declare idle time, inform them to reach out to the NCPH with a request to issue a certificate of incapacity for work.
    • Inform the rest of your employees, who were not in close contact with the infected employee and thus are at low risk of contracting COVID-19, to monitor their health for 14 days. Ask them to maintain 2 meters from other people, follow hand hygiene, as well as sneezing and coughing etiquette. If signs of COVID-19 infection occur, these employees must self-isolate and reach out to the COVID-19 hotline by calling 1808.
    • Following a case of COVID-19 infection, clean and disinfect all work premises.
    • Employees are allowed to return to work only if they have not been in high-risk contact with an employee infected with COVID-19 and their functions can only be performed in the workplace.

  • 4.3. Returning to work after recovery of COVID-19

    In order for a person to be considered recovered from COVID-19, no further COVID-19 test is required. The person is considered healthy and can terminate the isolation at the discretion of the attending physician.

    Depending on the severity of COVID-19 disease, different isolation terms apply.

    Isolation may be terminated for asymptomatic and mild COVID-19 patients:

    • after 10 days since the first symptoms of COVID-19; and
    • if the patient doesn’t have a fever for at least 3 days.

    Isolation may be terminated for severe form of COVID-19 patients:

    • after 20 days since the first symptoms of COVID-19; and
    • if the patient doesn’t have a fever for at least 3 days.

  • 4.4. How to ensure the health and safety of employees

    The State Labour Inspectorate has prepared relevant information, recommendations and guidelines for employers, advising them on how to ensure the health and safety of their employees during the COVID-19 pandemic. For details, please visit here.

    Please note that the State Labour Inspectorate regularly updates the recommendations and information it provides for employers based on decisions taken by the relevant authorities in particular fields.

    For more detailed information please contact the State Labour Inspectorate – info@vdi.lt or (+370 5) 213 9772.


5. Migration

  • 5.1. Migration requirements

    Measures with regard to entry into the territory of the Republic of Lithuania and requirements for isolation are applied due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.

    Crossing the state border is restricted by prohibiting foreigners from entering Lithuania. This prohibition does not apply to the following:

    • citizens and legal residents of the countries of the EEA, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, and the Vatican;
    • third country nationals who have a document confirming their right to reside in the Republic of Lithuania or on whose behalf the Migration Department has made a decision to issue such a document or sent a notice to submit the necessary originals and biometric data, as well as third country nationals who are family members of Lithuanian citizens, and third country nationals who have the right to reside in Lithuania on a permanent basis;
    • third country nationals who have a national visa of Lithuania (D) or on whose behalf the Migration Department has made a decision to issue a national visa (D);
    • third country nationals legally residing in countries which are included in the list of third countries established at the level of the European Union, whose residents should not be subject to temporary restrictions on crossing external borders for the purpose of unnecessary travel to the EU.
    • foreign investors arriving to Lithuania with the permission of the Minister of Economy and Innovation, when the confirmation of foreign investors planned to carry out investment in the amount of not less than 1,448,100 EUR is issued;
    • diplomats, staff of international organisations and people invited by international organisations whose physical presence is required for the well-functioning of these organisations, military personnel and humanitarian aid workers and civil protection personnel in the exercise of their functions;
    • transport personnel – crew members working in Lithuanian companies engaged in international commercial transport or performing international commercial transport in any type of vehicle, as well as seafarers;
    • passengers in transit;
    • in other exceptional cases, when third country nationals are allowed to enter Lithuania with a separate permission of the Minister of the relevant area of ​​government.

  • 5.2. Requirement of isolation

    EU nationals

    People returning / arriving from affected EU countries should obtain a COVID-19 test and self-isolate for 10 days (self-isolation is mandatory even if the test result is negative), nevertheless, self-isolation is not required for those who are fully vaccinated or who have recovered from COVID-19 in the past 180 days.

    As of 10 March 2021, all passengers arriving through transport services organised and operated by carriers will be required to provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test taken 72 hours at the earliest before the arrival in Lithuania.

    All carriers, travel operators and tourism service providers organising and operating passenger transport on international routes as regular, special and charter services (by all types of vehicles) will be required to prevent passengers that fail to present documentation confirming a taken COVID-19 test and a negative COVID-19 test result from boarding the vehicle.

    The following are exempt from the COVID-19 testing requirements:

    • crew members;
    • passengers transiting through Lithuania;
    • those holding a medical certificate confirming a past COVID-19 infection, where the diagnosis was confirmed through a positive PCR test or an antibody test, and no more than 90 days have passed between the receipt of a positive test and the return/entry to Lithuania, or those holding a document issued by a medical establishment, a country-specific vaccination certificate or an international vaccination certificate confirming that they have been administered an EE-registered COVID-19 vaccine;
    • those under 16 years.

    Passengers travelling to Lithuania with their transport should obtain a COVID-19 test 72 hours at the earliest before the arrival in Lithuania or 24 hours after arriving in Lithuania (in the latter case, please call the Coronavirus Hotline (1808) or a laboratory performing tests for COVID-19 and register for the test).

    The self-isolation period can be reduced to 7 days if no earlier than on the 7th day of self-isolation the person performs a COVID-19 test at their own expense and receives a negative result.

    Exemptions from self-isolation requirements are possible. In some cases, persons benefiting from the self-isolation exemptions will be required to have documentation demonstrating the intended exemption, which might be requested by the National Center for Public Health to verify compliance with the self-isolation requirements. Please find the latest information regarding exemptions here.

    Also please note that in some cases it is only possible to leave the place of self-isolation after informing the National Center for Public Health by filling in the Application for leaving the place of isolation.

    The latest list of affected countries in the EU, the EEA and other areas can be found on the website of the National Public Health Center.

    People returning / arriving to Lithuania from affected countries by any means of transportation organised and operated by carriers must register on the website of the National Public Health Center and, prior to entering the vehicle, to submit to the carrier (or a representative thereof) with a confirmation of the completion of an electronic questionnaire (QR code). In other cases (for example, when travelling by own transport) it is required to register with the National Public Health Center no later than within 12 hours from the moment of return / arrival to Lithuania.

    During the self-isolation period, it is forbidden to visit places of mass gatherings (events, shops, museums, restaurants, etc.). In all cases, while in Lithuania it is recommended to limit the number of people contacted for the first 14 days. Also, personal protective equipment that covers the nose and mouth (masks) is mandatory in all indoor and crowded outdoor public places.

    COVID-19 testing and self-isolation will not be required if a person has a certificate from a medical establishment confirming the person had been previously infected by the coronavirus and had recovered within 90 days prior to entering Lithuania, or if a person has been vaccinated according to the full COVID-19 vaccination schedule and has a certificate from a medical institution or a vaccination certificate to prove it (with translation into Lithuanian, English or Russian).


    Third-country nationals

    Third-country nationals arriving in Lithuania are required to:

    • Obtain a COVID-19 test and self-isolate for 10 days (self-isolation is mandatory even if the test result is negative), nevertheless, self-isolation is not required for those who are fully vaccinated or who have recovered from COVID-19 in the past 180 days. The self-isolation period can be reduced to 7 days if no earlier than on the 7th day of self-isolation the person performs a COVID-19 test at their own expense and receives a negative result.
    • As of 10 March 2021, all passengers arriving through transport services organised and operated by carriers will be required to provide evidence of  a negative COVID-19 test taken 72 hours at the earliest before the arrival in Lithuania. All carriers, travel operators and tourism service providers organising and operating passenger transport on international routes as regular, special and charter services (by all types of vehicles) will be required to prevent passengers that fail to present documentation confirming a taken COVID-19 test and a negative COVID-19 test result from boarding the vehicle. The following are exempt from the COVID-19 testing requirements:
      • crew members;
      • passengers transiting through Lithuania;
      • those holding a medical certificate confirming a past COVID-19 infection, where the diagnosis was confirmed through a positive PCR test or an antibody test, and no more than 90 days have passed between the receipt of a positive test and the return/entry to Lithuania, or those holding a document issued by a medical establishment, a country-specific vaccination certificate or an international vaccination certificate confirming that they have been administered an EE-registered COVID-19 vaccine;
      • those under 16 years.
    • Passengers travelling to Lithuania with their transport should obtain a COVID-19 test 72 hours at the earliest before the arrival in Lithuania or 24 hours after arriving in Lithuania.
    • Exemptions from self-isolation requirements are possible. In some cases, persons benefiting from the self-isolation exemptions will be required to have documentation demonstrating the intended exemption, which might be requested by the National Center for Public Health to verify compliance with the self-isolation requirements. Please find the latest information regarding exemptions here.
    • During the self-isolation period, it is forbidden to visit places of mass gatherings (events, shops, museums, restaurants, etc.).
    • Personal protective equipment covering the nose and mouth (masks) is mandatory in all indoor and crowded outdoor public places.

    People returning / arriving to Lithuania from affected countries by any means of transportation organised and operated by carriers must register on the website of the National Public Health Center and, prior to entering the vehicle, to submit to the carrier (or a representative thereof) with a confirmation of the completion of an electronic questionnaire (QR code). In other cases (for example, when travelling by own transport) it is required to register with the National Public Health Center no later than within 12 hours from the moment of return / arrival to Lithuania.


    Isolation facilities, transportation to isolation facilities, transportation to the site of COVID-19 testing, and testing for COVID-19 for third-country nationals arriving to Lithuania must be provided and paid for by the employer, inviting person, the institution of science and education or the third country national him- or her-self.


  • 5.3. Business visits

    A nationwide state of emergency is announced in Lithuania until 15 October 2021 (it may be extended or stopped depending on the COVID-19 situation).

    Please be aware that isolation of persons arriving from foreign countries might be mandatory. For more detailed information, please refer to section 7.2 Requirements of Isolation.

    Protective equipment that covers the nose and mouth (masks) is mandatory in most indoor and crowded outdoor public places.

    Hotel activities are not prohibited, however, please keep in mind the following safety measures:

    • no more than one family and / or one household member can stay in one room;
    • masks are mandatory in all common areas;
    • maintaining a distance of at least 2 meters between people is required;

    Remote business meetings are highly recommended. If, for an objective reason, it is impossible to organise a meeting remotely (e.g. signing documents) such a meeting may be held ensuring that safety and hygiene conditions are met (controlled flow of people, safe distance, hygiene, masks).

    Cash payments are not prohibited, however, it is recommended to opt for other payment options.

    For more detailed information and assistance please contact us at info@investlithuania.com.


6. COVID-19 testing

  • 6.1. When to perform a COVID-19 test

    People returning / arriving from affected countries should obtain a COVID-19 test and self-isolate for 10 days.

    The self-isolation period can be reduced to 7 days if no earlier than on the 7th day of self-isolation the person performs a COVID-19 test at their own expense and receives a negative result.

    As of 10 March 2021, all passengers arriving through transport services organised and operated by carriers will be required to provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test taken 72 hours at the earliest before the arrival in Lithuania.

    Passengers travelling to Lithuania with their transport should obtain a COVID-19 test 72 hours at the earliest before the arrival in Lithuania or 24 hours after arriving in Lithuania (in the latter case, please call the Coronavirus Hotline (1808) or a laboratory performing tests for COVID-19 and register for the test).

    COVID-19 testing and self-isolation will not be required if a person has a certificate from a medical establishment confirming the person had been previously infected by the coronavirus and had recovered within 90 days prior to entering Lithuania, or if a person has been vaccinated according to the full COVID-19 vaccination schedule and has a certificate from a medical institution or a vaccination certificate to prove it (with translation into Lithuanian, English or Russian).

    The latest list of affected countries in the EU, the EEA and other areas can be found on the website of the National Public Health Center.

    A list of private laboratories performing testing for COVID-19 can be found here.


7. The Opportunity Pass

From 13 September 2021, all contact services will be provided, economic activities and events will be organised (with certain exceptions) only for persons who meet the criteria for the Opportunity Pass (Lithuanian: ‘Galimybių Pasas’);

  • 7.1. Issue of the Opportunity Pass

    The Pass is issued to people who have recovered from COVID-19 in the past 180 days, have tested negative for coronavirus using a PCR or antigen test, or have been fully vaccinated. If you arrive from abroad, documents certifying the aforementioned statuses can be used as an alternative to the Opportunity Pass. The EU’s Digital COVID Certificate will also be valid;


  • 7.2. For persons without the Opportunity Pass

    Persons without the Opportunity Pass may still shop and receive services outdoors, participate in events of up to 500 people, visit museums, exhibitions and libraries, access indoor marketplaces and shops selling essential goods and which are smaller than 1,500 sq. metres, and receive medical assistance with a negative COVID test prior to the planned procedure. More information about the Opportunity Pass can be found here.


8. Government decisions and other relevant information about COVID-19

  • 8.1. Contact details

    For more detailed information about Government decisions and other relevant information about the COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation in Lithuania, please visit here.


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