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Visit the Embassy of Lithuania website for the most current visa information.
Traveling Through Europe: If you are planning to visit or travel through European countries, you should be familiar with the requirements of the Schengen Agreement.
The Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors to or foreign residents of Lithuania.
Terrorism: Credible information indicates terrorist groups continue plotting possible near-term attacks in Europe. All European countries, including Lithuania, remain potentially vulnerable to attacks from transnational terrorist organizations. U.S. citizens are reminded to remain vigilant with regard to their personal security.
For more information, see our Terrorism page.
Foreigners, ethnic minorities, and members of the LGBTI community have been victims of harassment, physical assaults, and even robbery. This tends to occur late at night near bars and nightclubs.
Marches and protests do occur, especially in larger cities. You should avoid areas where protests are taking place.
Crime: Crimes of opportunity, such as pickpocketing and purse snatching, are common, particularly at popular tourist sites and restaurants, and on public transportation. Pickpockets take advantage of crowds getting on and off all forms of public transportation, using the jostling of people as a distraction.
Victims of Crime: Report crimes and social welfare emergencies, such as domestic violence or child abuse, to the police by dialing 112 (English-speaking operators are available). Also, contact the U.S. Embassy at (370) (5) 266-5500 for additional assistance. Remember that local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting the crime.
See our webpage on help for U.S. victims of crime overseas.
Domestic Violence: U.S. citizen victims of domestic violence are encouraged to contact the Embassy for assistance.
Tourism: The tourism industry is regulated and rules with regard to best practices and safety inspections are enforced. Hazardous areas/activities are identified with appropriate signage and professional staff is typically on hand in support of organized activities. In the event of an injury, appropriate medical treatment is widely available throughout the country. Outside of metropolitan areas, it may take more time for first responders and medical professionals to stabilize a patient and provide life-saving assistance. U.S. citizens are encouraged to purchase medical evacuation insurance. See our webpage for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage.
Criminal Penalties: You are subject to local laws. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be arrested, imprisoned, or deported.
Arrest Notification: If you are arrested or detained, ask police officials to notify the U.S. Embassy immediately. See our webpage for further information.
For more specific information about arrest procedures in Lithuania, visit the Embassy’s website.
Lithuanian customs regulations are strict for the temporary importation or export of firearms and antiquities. Contact the Embassy of Lithuania in the United States for specific information about customs requirements.
Individuals establishing a business or practicing a profession that requires additional permits or licensing should seek information from the competent local authorities, prior to practicing or operating a business.
Faith-Based Travelers: See the following webpages for details:
LGBTI Travelers: There are no legal restrictions on same-sex sexual relations or the organization of LGBTI events in Lithuania. However, members of the LGBTI community have experienced verbal harassment and physical assaults.
Travelers Who Require Accessibility Assistance: Lithuania’s Law on Equal Treatment prohibits discrimination against persons with disabilities.
Women Travelers: See our travel tips for Women Travelers.
Medical care in Lithuania has improved, but facilities may be limited outside urban areas.
Medical facilities do not always meet Western standards. Payment is expected upon admission at private hospitals.
For emergency services in Lithuania, dial 112 (English-speaking operators are available)
Ambulance services are widely available, but training and availability of emergency responders may be below U.S. standards.
We do not pay medical bills. Be aware that U.S. Medicare/Medicaid does not apply overseas. Most hospitals and doctors overseas do not accept U.S. health insurance.
Medical Insurance: Make sure your health insurance plan provides coverage overseas. Most care providers overseas only accept cash payments. See our webpage for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage. Visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for more information on type of insurance you should consider before you travel overseas.
We strongly recommend supplemental insurance to cover medical evacuation.
Always carry your prescription medication in original packaging with your doctor’s prescription. Please review the Lithuanian rules for importing medication into Lithuania here.
The Lithuanian government does not require HIV testing for U.S. citizens. Sexually transmitted diseases are a growing public health problem.
Vaccinations: Be up-to-date on all vaccinations recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Further health information:
The following diseases are prevalent:
Visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for more information about Resources for Travelers regarding specific issues in Lithuania.
Road Conditions and Safety: 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.
Traffic Laws: You may drive in Lithuania for up to 90 days with a U.S. driver’s license.
Public Transportation: Public transportation is considered safe and is readily available via taxi, Uber, or bus. If utilizing taxi services, we recommend that travelers place a request via phone, app, or hotel to ensure their safety. As in every situation, travelers should be aware of their surroundings, specifically within large crowds where petty theft could occur.
See our Road Safety page for more information.
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 the government of Lithuania’s Civil Aviation Authority for compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards. Further information may be found on the FAA’s safety assessment page.
Maritime Travel: Mariners traveling to Lithuania should check for U.S. maritime advisories and alerts. Information may also be posted to the U.S. Coast Guard homeport website and the NGA broadcast warnings.