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National Certificate offering more freedom for people and businesses will be available at the end of May

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2021 05 05

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In Lithuania, the National Certificate will be valid from 24 May; this National Certificate will allow businesses to work with a stronger capacity and people will be offered a wider range of services. Today, the Government approved the National Certificate conception initiated by the Ministry of the Economy and Innovation.

‘With the ongoing vaccination in the meantime, the National Certificate is one of the most rational and effective ways to allow businesses to act faster and people to return to work and enjoy services. This document will enable a bigger number of people  able to participate in various events; personal holidays will have no restrictions on the number of participants; equally, it will enable freeing up activities of catering establishments and will facilitate the provision of accommodation services,’ says Minister of the Economy and Innovation Aušrinė Armonaitė.

Catering establishments, restaurants, cafes, casinos and bars, with the exception of night clubs, will be able to serve inside individuals possessing the National Certificate. Also, once this National Certificate enters into force, it will be possible to organise events with up to 500 participants in both indoor and outdoor locations. During indoor events, the audience would be allowed to occupy up to 75 percent of seats. People will have to present their National Certificate before visiting an event or a catering establishment.

The National Certificate will remove restrictions on the number of people taking part in personal holidays. With this National Certificate, a number of people allowed to rent premises for a personal holiday will also be unlimited. The National Certificate will enable the provision of a wide range of leisure activities outdoors, like recreational boating, and indoors, like billiards or bowling. With the National Certificate, accommodation facilities will be able to accommodate in one room members from different families.

The National Certificate is a QR code in a phone given to individuals vaccinated against COVID-19, those who have had coronavirus or have a  negative COVID-19 test result. The code will also be available for printing.

People who have been vaccinated would have access to the National Certificate 1 week after the second dose of the Comirnaty or COVID-19 Vaccine Moderna vaccine; 4 weeks after vaccination with the COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen vaccine; 4 weeks after the first dose of the Vaxzevria vaccine but for no longer than the period of 12 weeks; after a second dose of the Vaxzevria vaccine.

The National Certificate will also be available to those who have had the COVID-19 disease where the diagnosis had been confirmed on the basis of a positive result of a PCR test or an antigen test. No more than 180 days will have to elapse from the positive result of this test. The National Certificate will be valid no earlier than the expiry of the isolation period for the person concerned.

The National Certificate will also be issued in case of a PCR test or antigen test carried out no more than 24 hours from the time the sample was taken with a negative result. The National Certificate will be available for children under the age of 16.

To ensure access to the National Certificate for all people the test costs will be covered by the State. Those who wish to do the test faster will be able to use paid services. Based on the eHealth system data, the technical implementation of the National Certificate will be carried out by the Centre of Registers.

The National Certificate started in Lithuania will later be able to be integrated in the planned digital immunity certificate of the EU, which has been proposed by the European Commission on an EU-wide basis.