Lithuania has lifted entry restrictions for Israeli tourists after the Council of the European Union added the Jewish state to a list of non-EU countries whose citizens should be allowed to freely travel to Europe for tourism.
Economy and Innovation Minister Ausrine Armonaite says the government is offering a helping hand to local businesses by reopening the borders to tourists from Israel and other “safe third countries”. The Council updates its recommendations on restriction-free travel by non-EU nationals every two weeks. Israel was added to the list last Thursday. Other recommended exceptions to the EU travel ban include Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, and China.
According to Lithuania Travel, the government’s tourism promotion agency, the number of Israeli tourists in Lithuania surged by 92 percent between 2015 and 2019. Israel also leads in terms of the average length of stay, which amounted to 4.8 nights per tourist before the pandemic.