Lithuanian Airports has selected medical testing firm to provide Covid-19 testing services at the country’s airports.

The selection follows the announcement of a call for tenders last month.

As per the tender, the medical testing company will be required to offer at least three types of coronavirus tests, namely PCR, rapid PCR, and rapid antigen.

Supplementary tests will also be provided at the airport testing sites in accordance with the availability of additional testing methods in the market.

The tests will be conducted in provisional buildings housed near the airport terminals in suitable and clearly visible locations.

These temporary buildings will accommodate all the necessary equipment and adhere to all essential procedures and safety guidelines.

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Lithuanian Airports stated that all services will be offered as per the flight schedule.

The testing certificates will be issued in Lithuanian and other languages.

The tests will be conducted by the staff of, with priority given to travellers holding a valid flight ticket or boarding pass.

This initiative was taken after the passengers and air carriers voiced the necessity to open Covid-19 testing sites at airports.

Presently, a Covid-19 test is compulsory for passengers travelling to most European Union (EU) or non-EU countries.

The result should be issued not more than 72 or 48 hours before arrival to the destination country.

Arriving passengers in Lithuania are also required to have a negative test result or take the test upon arrival.

In most cases, countries are accepting both PCR and rapid antigen tests.

The network of Lithuanian Airports includes three air gateways in Vilnius, Kaunas and Palanga. It handled around 1.8 million passengers and 30,000 flights.

The testing services are expected to commence first at Vilnius Airport by the end of February and at Kaunas and Palanga airports from April.