LithuaniaOfficial Name: Republic of Lithuania
6 months recommended
BLANK PASSPORT PAGES:
1 page per stamp
TOURIST VISA REQUIRED:
Not required for stays under 90 days
CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR ENTRY:
10,000 Euros or equivalent
CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR EXIT:
10,000 Euros or equivalent
Embassies and Consulates
Akmenu Gatve. 6
Telephone: +(370) (5) 266-5600
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(370) (5) 266 5500
Fax: +(370) (5) 266-5590
See the Department of State’s Fact Sheet on Lithuania for information on U.S.-Lithuanian relations.
Entry, Exit & Visa Requirements
- Passports should be valid for at least six months beyond your stay. For further details about travel into and within Schengen countries, please see our Schengen fact sheet.
- You must apply for temporary residency if you plan on staying in Lithuania for more than 90 days within any six-month period.
- Processing time for a residency permit can take more than 90 day. The Lithuanian authorities recommend applying for a residency permit prior to traveling.
- Children traveling unaccompanied must have written permission from at least one parent or guardian to travel outside the country. This does not apply to visitors.
HIV/AIDS RESTRICTIONS: The U.S. Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry requirements for visitors to or foreign residents of Lithuania.
Information about dual nationality or the prevention of international child abduction can be found on our website. For information about customs regulations, please read our Customs Information sheet.
Safety and Security
Terrorism: Credible information indicates terrorist groups continue to plot possible attacks in Europe. European governments are taking action to guard against terrorist attacks. However, all European countries remain potentially vulnerable to attacks from transnational terrorist organizations.
Demonstrations: Marches and protests do occur, especially in larger cities. You should avoid areas where these public protests are taking place.
Foreigners, ethnic minorities and members of the LGBTI community have been subject to robberies, and racially motivated verbal and sometimes physical harassment. This normally occurs late at night near bars and night clubs.
To stay connected:
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program so we can keep you up to date with important safety and security announcements.
- Follow the Bureau of Consular Affairs on Twitter and Facebook.
- Bookmark the Bureau of Consular Affairs website, which contains the current Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts as well as the Worldwide Caution.
- Follow the U.S. Embassy in Vilnius on Facebook and visit the Embassy’s website.
- In the event of an emergency, contact us at 1-888-407-4747 toll-free within the United States and Canada, or via a regular toll line, 1-202-501-4444, from other countries.
- Take some time before traveling to consider your personal security and check for useful tips for traveling safely abroad.
CRIME: Crimes of opportunity, such as from pickpockets and purse snatchers, particularly at popular tourist sites and restaurants, or on public transportation are common. Pick-pockets take advantage of crowds getting on and off of all forms of public transportation, using the jostling of the crowd as a distraction.
- Be aware of your surroundings and take personal security measures to stay safe.
- Thefts from cars and car thefts occur regularly. Do not leave valuables in rental cars.
- Avoid walking alone at night.
- Only use taxi services arranged by phone.
- Avoid using automatic teller machines (ATMs) in isolated or poorly lighted areas; use the buddy system and indoor bank ATMs when possible.
- Leave extra cash, credit cards, and personal documents at home or in a hotel safe.
VICTIMS OF CRIME: Report crime to the local police at 112. For social welfare emergencies such as domestic violence or child abuse, dial 112 (English speaking operators are available). Contact the U.S. Embassy at + (370) (5) 266-5600 or the Emergency after-hours telephone: (+370 5) 266 5500. Remember that local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting the crime.
- Non-governmental organizations and centers provide a number of programs for victims of crimes, including social and psychological support, rehabilitation and reintegration, shelter, material help and consultations.
- For more information please read: http://vilnius.usembassy.gov/service/crime-victim-assistance.html
- help you find appropriate medical care
- assist you in reporting a crime to the police
- contact relatives or friends with your written consent
- explain the local criminal justice process in general terms
- provide a list of local attorneys
- provide our information on victim’s compensation programs in the U.S.
- provide an emergency loan for repatriation to the United States and/or limited medical support in cases of destitution
- help you find accommodation and arrange flights home
- replace a stolen or lost passport
Domestic Violence: U.S. citizen victims of domestic violence may contact the Embassy for assistance.
Please see our information on victims of crime, including possible victim compensation programs in the United States.
Local Laws & Special Circumstances
CRIMINAL PENALTIES: While you are traveling in Lithuania, you are subject to its laws.
Regardless of local law, you can be prosecuted in the United States under U.S. law if you:
- Engage in sexual conduct with children or use/disseminate child pornography in a foreign country
- Buy pirated goods
Arrest Notification: You should ask police or prison officials to notify the U.S. Embassy immediately if you are arrested or detained. See our webpage for further information.
- Your U.S. passport won’t help you avoid arrest or prosecution.
- Penalties for possession, use, or trafficking in illegal drugs in Lithuania are severe. Convicted offenders can expect long jail sentences and heavy fines.
- Driving while intoxicated is considered a very serious offense and carries heavy penalties
- For more information about arrest procedures in Lithuania visit the Embassy’s website.
Customs: Lithuanian customs regulations are strict for the temporary importation or export of firearms and antiquities.
- Contact a Lithuanian Embassy or Consulate in the United States for specific information regarding customs requirements.
- For additional information, please e-mail, or visit the United States Council for International Business.
Phones: Telephone connections are generally good.
- U.S. 1-800 numbers can be accessed from Lithuania but not on a toll-free basis; the international long distance rate per minute will be charged. Local Internet cafes offer computer access. ATMs are widely available. Most hotels and other businesses accept major credit cards.
Persons with Mobility Issues: Lithuania’s Law on Equal Treatment prohibits discrimination against persons with disabilities.
- Public Transportation: Public transportation vehicles generally have reserved seats for individuals with disabilities. In bigger cites, there are low-floor trolleybuses and buses. Buses are marked with special signs.
- Trains: Contact the railway information center by telephone at 370 5 26 92121 for assistance boarding or descending a train. Free assistance is not provided in all stations.
- Airport: Special assistance call buttons for persons with reduced mobility are located in the car parking lot, by the bus stop, and at the departing passenger boarding point on the second level of the passenger terminal. There are wheelchair accessible WCs and elevators in the arrival and departure terminals
- Parking: There are reserved parking places for disabled individuals marked with a wheelchair symbol on roads and in car parks.
WOMEN TRAVELER INFORMATION: Woman traveling abroad, should review our travel tips for Women Travelers.
LGBTI RIGHTS: The LGBTI community is protected by anti-discrimination laws. However, members of the LGBTI community have experienced verbal and sometimes physical harassment. For more detailed information about LGBTI rights in Lithuania, you may review the State Department’s Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2014. For further information on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) travel, please read our Information for LGBTI Travelers page.
Medical care in Lithuania has improved, but facilities may be limited outside urban areas. Medical facilities do not always meet Western standards.
- You should obtain insurance that covers medical services from a private Lithuanian hospital or clinic.
- Payment is expected upon admission at private hospitals.
- Tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) and Lyme disease are widespread throughout the country. Prevention of tick bites is important for those with any degree of outdoor exposure, even in parks in towns and cities.
- Use insect repellents containing either 20% DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR3535, which will help diminish bites from ticks.
- TBE vaccine is only available in Europe. It is recommended for any travel that includes hiking, camping, or similar outdoor activities in rural wooded regions of risk areas. Transmission season is between April and October.
- Elderly travelers who require medical care may face difficulties.
- The Lithuanian government does not require HIV testing for U.S. citizens. Sexually transmitted diseases are a growing public health problem.
- Rabies exists in most of the country and is highest in the districts bordering Belarus. Fox, raccoon, dog, cat, and bat bites or scratches should be taken seriously and post-exposure prophylaxis sought even in those already immunized.
- Rabies immunization is recommended for young children and those planning a prolonged stay in rural areas. Vaccination is recommend also for shorter stays, if there is occupational exposure, or if you will be traveling to locations more than 24 hours' travel from a reliable source of human rabies immune globulin and rabies vaccine for post-exposure treatment. It is also recommended for adventure travelers, hikers, cave explorers, backpackers, and all travelers involved in any activity that might bring them into direct contact with bats.
Good information on vaccinations and other health precautions can be found via the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on the CDC website. For information about outbreaks of infectious diseases abroad, consult the World Health Organization (WHO) website, which also contains additional health information for travelers, including detailed country-specific health information .
MEDICAL INSURANCE: You can’t assume your insurance will cover you when you travel. It’s very important to find out BEFORE you leave whether your medical insurance will cover you overseas. You need to ask your insurance company two questions:
- Does my policy apply when I’m outside of the United States?
- Will it cover emergencies like a trip to a foreign hospital or a medical evacuation?
You should also
- carry proof of a medical insurance policy contracted for payment of all costs of hospitalization and medical treatment in Lithuania.
- check the health insurance section of the Embassy of Lithuania website for more information.
- expect to provide payment in cash at the time of service.
- understand your regular U.S. health insurance may not cover doctor and hospital visits in other countries. Or may not make timely payments for services provided.
- take out additional coverage for your trip if your policy doesn’t cover you when traveling. For more information, please see our medical insurance overseas page.
Travel & Transportation
TRAFFIC SAFETY AND ROAD CONDITIONS: While in Lithuania, you may encounter road conditions that differ significantly from those in the United States. Roads in Lithuania range from well-maintained two- to four-lane highways connecting major cities, to small dirt roads crossing the countryside.
- You may drive in Lithuania up to 90 days with a U.S. driver’s license.
- Seat belts are mandatory for the driver and all passengers. Children under the age of three must be seated in the back seat in a child seat appropriate for their age and size.
- Driving under the influence is considered a very serious offense and carries heavy penalties.
- You must have at least your low-beam lights on at all times while driving.
- Lithuanian law requires you to leave your vehicle where it is and immediately notify the police when involved in a traffic accident.
- The phone number for roadside assistance is 8-800-01414 from a regular phone. 1414 from a GSM mobile phone.
AVIATION SAFETY OVERSIGHT: As there is no direct commercial air service to the United States by carriers registered in Lithuania, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has not assessed Lithuania’s Civil Aviation Authority for compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards. Further information may be found on the FAA safety assessment page