Lithuania to require Covid-19 certificate for intercity train travel

In Lithuania, where the novel coronavirus spreads rapidly again, will from next week require the country’s national opportunity pass or the pan-EU Covid-19 certificate for intercity train travel, Lithuanian public broadcaster LRT reports.
The state railway company Lietuvos geležinkeliai has issued a guide on how travel will change once the new rules come into effect from Monday, September 13.
The key points are:
– Opportunity Pass will be checked before boarding the train, therefore, passengers are recommended to arrive at the train station 15–20 minutes before departure.
– If boarding the train along the way, the pass will be checked by the train attendants and security personnel together with the ticket. A passenger may be requested to show their personal ID.
– If a person who boards the train doesn’t have the pass, they will be asked to sit aside and get access to the pass on their phone. If unable to do so, they will be asked to get off the train at the following stop.
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– Passengers may also present healthcare documents instead of the Opportunity Pass, proving their vaccination, recovery from Covid-19 or a negative test done no more than 48 hours before travel. The EU’s Digital COVID Certificate will also be accepted.
– Children under the age of 16 are exempt from the requirements.
– Facemasks will no longer be mandatory.
Lithuania’s own opportunity pass, or Galimybių Pasas, is issued to people who have recovered from Covid-19 in the past 180 days, have received a negative test for coronavirus, or have been fully vaccinated.
The article originally appeared on LRT English: