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From February 14, citizens of Lithuania can travel to Thailand with a new eVisa On Arrival (eVOA), just in time for St Valentine celebrations

VILNIUS - No more long waiting at the border. To boost tourism, Thailand is offering citizens of Lithuania a new “0ne minute” express eVisa On Arrival (eVOA) service from Feb 14, just in time for St Valentine celebrations. 

The new service is provided by VFS Global, the world leader in government services technology, with the Immigration Bureau of Thailand. The eVOA service will be available as of 14 February 2019.

In three simple steps, eligible travellers can apply online for eVOA for Thailand by visiting anytime, anywhere or get assistance at VFS Global visa application centres across the globe.

Lithuanians can apply on-line and make an e-payment any time regardless of embassy working hours, and the Thai government also waived a 2,000-baht, visa-on-arrival fee for visitors from Lithuania and other 20 countries until April 30 in a bid to boost the number of tourists. 

Once the tourists arrive at airports, they can show their passports at specific counters to obtain a visa in just one minute, rather than a one-to-two-hour wait, at Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueng airports in Bangkok, as well as at Phuket and Chiang Mai airports flying by Thai Airways and other airlines.

Under the new system, people can receive their travel authorisation online prior to departure within 24 to 72 hours. Visitors will be able to use the eVOA service from 30 days to at least 24 hours before arriving in Thailand.

Thailand last year welcomed a record 38.27 million tourists, up 7.5% from 2017.

Flu epidemic declared in 14 Lithuanian municipalities

VILNIUS - An influenza epidemic has already been declared in 14 out of Lithuania's 60 municipalities as in the number of flu and acute upper respiratory tract infection (URTI) cases continues to rise in the country.  

The town of Alytus and the districts of Panevezys, Raseiniai, Salcininkai and Telsiai declared a flu epidemic on Tuesday and the city of Klaipeda plans to do so on Wednesday.

Other affected municipalities include the cities of Kaunas and Panevezys and the districts of Elektrenai, Prienai, Ukmerge, Ignalina, Kedainiai, Jonava and Trakai.  

The National Public Health Center recommended on Monday that the district of Kaisiadorys be added to the list, too.  

Lithuania’s overall flu and acute upper respiratory tract infection (URI) incidence rate reached 155.2 per 10,000 inhabitants on January 21 to 27, up from 127.7 a week ago.

Lithuanian civil servants obligated to report known cases of corruption

VILNIUS - Civil servants in Lithuania are obligated to report known cases of corruption to the Special Investigation Service (STT), prosecutors or other pre-trial investigation bodies under new provisions in the Law on Corruption Prevention in place since January 1. 

Ruta Kaziliunaite, head of the Corruption Prevention Department at STT, says civil servants must report known cases of corruption if they have indisputable evidence of such activity.

This obligation does not apply only if an act of corruption was committed by one's family member or other relative. 

"If there is a suspicion that a criminal act might have been committed and there is reasonable evidence to believe so, we encourage (everyone) not to hesitate to contact law-enforcement bodies so that they could do their job and confirm or dispel these suspicions," she told BNS. 

A civil servant who fails to report a known case of corruption may face a penalty ranging from a verbal warning to being barred from public service employment.