The European Union Digital COVID Certificate issued in Lithuania has been updated to include the third dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, administered as a booster shot, and the same is valid for an indefinite period after vaccination against the virus, the country’s Ministry of Health has confirmed.
“At present, the certificate is valid indefinitely after vaccination, and the validity of the third booster dose does not affect the validity. However, if a person is vaccinated with a booster dose of COVID-19, the document updates the number of doses (3/3), and the renewed certificate takes effect immediately after the 3rd dose,” the statement published by the same Ministry reads, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.
The EU has launched the EU Digital COVID Certificates in order to facilitate the travel process for all persons who have completely finished their immunization process.
Lithuania’s government launched the EU Digital Certificate in June, becoming among the first European countries to issue such a document as part of efforts to make the travel process easier.
However, every country is eligible to apply different rules and periods of validity when it comes to the EU Digital COVID documents.
Previously, SchengenVIsaInfo.com reported that Croatia and Austria decided to impose vaccine expiration dates, which often has been considered a complicated process that caused confusion for passengers.
In Lithuania, such a certificate is considered valid if it meets the requirements mentioned below:
- Two weeks have passed since the traveller has completed the immunization process with vaccines such as Comirnaty, Spikevax, Vaxzevria or Janssen
- Vaccination based on the mixed vaccination schedule two weeks after the second dose;
- Negative COVID-19 test results not older than 72 hours, or 48 hours in case of rapid antigen test
“However, the EU Digital COVID Certificate is more strictly regulated, so it will be easier for residents if they use the Opportunity Passport in Lithuania and use the EU Digital COVID Certificate when travelling. It is also important to note that in Lithuania, the testing part of the EU Digital COVID Certificate does not provide the right to use the services provided only with the Opportunity Passport,” the statement reads.
Authorities in Lithuania have registered a total of 360,763 COVID-19 infection cases and 5,349 deaths, since the start of the pandemic, based on the figures provided by the World Health Organization (WHO).
The same source shows that the Baltic State has recorded a total of 2,962 new COVID-19 infection cases in the last 24 hours and 41 deaths.
However, despite such figures, the country’s government is attempting to open its doors to travellers from more countries, especially for all persons that have completed their immunization process.