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Lithuania lifts COVID-19 restrictions on some TCNs, Belarusians can claim asylum

The Lithuanian Government has announced the lifting of COVID-19 travel restrictions for foreign students, foreign investors and foreign citizens who have registered partnerships with Lithuanians. Everyone entering the country will be required to self-isolate for 14 days.

In addition, following the violent crackdown on peaceful post-election protesters in neighbouring Belarus, it has introduced new asylum measures to support Belarusians fleeing persecution. Entry to the country has been strictly restricted during this COVID-19 period, but these new asylum measures allow the lifting of travel bans for Belarusians seeking entry for special humanitarian purposesAccording to the country's Migration Department, during the last decade Lithuania has granted asylum to 55 Belarusian citizens. As of 25 August this year, 20 Belarusians had entered Lithuania on these new humanitarian grounds. 

Lithuania is also hosting Belarusian presidential candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, who fled her country after the election and entered Lithuania with an official visa.

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