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Foreign commercial vehicle drivers will have to self-isolate on arrival in Lithuania even if they come for a brief stay, according to a decree signed by Health Minister Aurelijus Veryga on Thursday.
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The decision "aims to ensure that foreigners engaged in commercial transportation, even if they arrive from foreign countries for several days, do not walk around the city unnecessarily and do not infect other people," the Health Ministry said.

Until now, isolation was not mandatory for drivers and other crew members "carrying out international commercial transportation by all the means of transport" if they came to Lithuania for than less than 72 hours.

The minister kept in place the requirement for foreign drivers who stay in Lithuania for more than 72 hours to get tested for COVID-19 and go into isolation for 14 days.

A number of coronavirus clusters in Lithuania have been traced back to foreign nationals employed as drivers by the country's haulage companies.

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