Security Alert
May 17, 2024

Worldwide Caution

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Republic of Lithuania
Exercise normal precautions in Lithuania.

Reissued with obsolete COVID-19 page links removed.

Exercise normal precautions in Lithuania.

Read the country information page for additional information on travel to Lithuania.

If you decide to travel to Lithuania:


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Embassies and Consulates

U.S. Embassy Lithuania

Akmenu Gatve. 6
Vilnius, Lithuania
+(370) (5) 266-5600
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(370) (5) 266 5500
Fax: +(370) (5) 266-5590

Entry, Exit and Visa Requirements

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. 

  • Your passport should be valid for at least three months beyond the period of stay. If you plan on transiting a Schengen country, review our U.S. Travelers in Europe page
  • You will need sufficient proof of funds and a return plane ticket.  
  • For additional information about visas for the Schengen area, see the Schengen Visa page.

The Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors to or foreign residents of Lithuania.  

Find information on dual nationality, prevention of international child abduction, and customs regulations on our websites.

Safety and Security

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.

  • Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and possibly become violent.  
  • Avoid areas around demonstrations.  
  • Check local media for updates and traffic advisories.  

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.

  • 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.

International Financial Scams: See the Department of State and the FBIpages for information.

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.

We can: 

  • Help you find appropriate medical care.  
  • Assist you in reporting a crime to the police. 
  • Contact relatives or friends with your written consent. 
  • Provide general information regarding the victim’s role during the local investigation and following its conclusion. 
  • Provide a list of local attorneys. 
  • Provide our information on victim’s compensation programs in the U.S.
  • Assist you with a list of non-governmental organizations and centers providing programs for victims of crime in Lithuania. Please see our website for more information.
  • 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 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

Local Laws & Special Circumstances

Criminal Penalties: You are subject to local laws. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be arrested, imprisoned, or deported. 

Furthermore, some laws are also prosecutable in the United States, regardless of local law. For examples, see our website on crimes against minors abroad and Department of Justice’s website. 

Arrest Notification: If you are arrested or detained, ask police officials to notify the U.S. Embassy immediately. See our webpage for further information.

  • 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 a very serious offense and carries heavy penalties.

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.

See our LGBTI Travel Information page and section 6 of our Human Rights report for further details.  

Travelers Who Require Accessibility Assistance: Lithuania’s Law on Equal Treatment prohibits discrimination against persons with disabilities.

  • Public transportation: Public transportation generally has reserved seats for individuals with disabilities. In cities, there are low-floor trolleybuses and buses, which are marked with special signs.
  • Trains: For assistance getting on or off a train, contact the railway information center by telephone at (370) (5) 269-2121. Free assistance is not provided in all stations.
  • Airports: At the 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 bathrooms and elevators in the arrival and departure terminals.
  • Reserved parking places for disabled individuals are marked with a wheelchair symbol on roads and in car parks.

Students: See our Students Abroad page and FBI travel tips.  

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 coverage overseas. 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:

General Health

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.

Travel and Transportation

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.

  • 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. The legal limit in Lithuania is the equivalent of 0.04% BAC.
  • You must have at least your low beam lights on at all times while driving.
  • Pedestrians have the right of way at crosswalks.
  • When involved in a traffic accident, Lithuanian law requires you to leave your vehicle where it is and immediately notify the police (112).
  • Drivers must carry a driver’s license, insurance, registration, etc. in the vehicle at all times.
  • The phone number for roadside assistance is 8-800-01414 from a regular phone. 1414 from a GSM mobile phone.

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

For additional travel information

International Parental Child Abduction

Review information about International Parental Child Abduction in Lithuania. For additional IPCA-related information, please see the International Child Abduction Prevention and Return Act (ICAPRA) report.

Last Updated: July 26, 2023

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Assistance for U.S. Citizens

U.S. Embassy Lithuania
Akmenu Gatve. 6
Vilnius, Lithuania
+(370) (5) 266-5600
+(370) (5) 266 5500

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