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European-style, two-pin plug sockets are standard, with an electrical current of 220 volts, 50Hz.
Lithuanian is the official language, but Russian and English are widely spoken.
The unit of currency is the Euro (EUR), divided into 100 cents. There are plenty of ATMs for withdrawing local currency and all major credit cards are accepted.
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Travellers intending to visit forest areas for lengthy periods should take the necessary precautions against tick-borne encephalitis. Doctors may also advise vaccinations against hepatitis A and hepatitis B. EU citizens are entitled to emergency medical treatment if they have a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) from their country of origin. After Brexit, the Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) replaced the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) for UK citizens. The GHIC allows UK citizens access to state healthcare during visits to the EU. The GHIC is not valid in Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein or Switzerland, nor is it an alternative to travel insurance. Medical facilities are fair and there are plenty of doctors, but equipment and resources are lacking in some areas. There are a few private clinics of high standard. Doctors and hospitals usually expect immediate cash payment for services, so travel medical insurance is highly recommended.
Safety in Lithuania is not a major issue for travellers as the country is largely devoid of civil unrest and the terrorism threat is low. Car theft is rife, and there is the usual risk of mugging, pick pocketing and bag snatching, especially on public transport.
The majority of crime is petty rather than life threatening. Visitors should exercise due care and avoid carrying valuables or flashing conspicuous wealth. It's advisable that visitors carry a copy of their passport for identification purposes. Traffic accidents are common, so extra vigilance is required for driving, especially at night.
The Catholic Church is influential in Lithuania and travellers should be respectful of religious customs. A handshake is the most common greeting among strangers in Lithuania.
Business in Lithuania is rather formal, though the younger generation is less conservative. Face-to-face meetings are key, with good eye contact and a firm handshake upon greeting. Businesspeople usually exchange cards and it is important to be punctual.
Suits and ties are the norm, with titles and surnames used unless otherwise indicated. Lithuanians are hospitable and friendly and any social invitation should be accepted, as this is a good opportunity to forge better business relations and build trust.
Meetings tend to start with some small talk and can sometimes end with a summary of the discussions, though decision making and results can be slow. Business hours are usually from 9am to 1pm and 2pm to 6pm, Monday to Friday.
Duty free allowances for non-EU travellers to Lithuania include 200 cigarettes or 250g of tobacco or 50 cigars; 1 litre spirits, 4 litres wine or 16 litres beer; perfume for personal use. There is technically no limitation on alcohol and tobacco products for those travelling from other EU countries.
The international dialling code for Lithuania is +370 and the outgoing code is 00, followed by the relevant country code (e.g. 0044 for the UK). Travellers with unlocked phones can purchase local SIM cards, and there's fast WiFi throughout urban centres. There's often good connectivity in smaller towns as well.
Passport & Visa
The borderless region known as the Schengen Area includes the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. All these countries issue a standard Schengen visa that has a multiple entry option, and which allows the holder to travel freely within the borders of all the aforementioned countries.
Non-EEA foreign passengers to Lithuania must hold (i) return/onward tickets, (ii) the necessary travel documentation for their next destination, (iii) sufficient funds to cover their expenses while in the country, and (iv) valid health and travel insurance, to cover any medical expenses incurred while in Lithuania.
NOTE: It is highly recommended that your passport has at least six months validity remaining after your intended date of departure from your travel destination. Immigration officials often apply different rules to those stated by travel agents and official sources.
US citizens must have a passport that is valid for at least three months beyond the period of intended stay in Lithuania. No visa is required for stays of up to 90 days within a 180 day period.
British passports endorsed 'British Citizen', 'British Subject' (containing a Certificate of Entitlement to the Right of Abode issued by the United Kingdom), and 'British Overseas Territories Citizen' issued by Gibraltar, only need to be valid for period of intended stay in Lithuania. All other endorsements require at least three months validity beyond the period of intended stay in Lithuania.
A visa is not required for passports endorsed 'British Citizen', 'British Subject' (containing a Certificate of Entitlement to the Right of Abode issued by the United Kingdom), and 'British Overseas Territories Citizen' issued by Gibraltar. No visa is required for stays of up to 90 days in a 180 day period for holders of passports with any other endorsement.
Canadian citizens must have a passport that is valid for at least three months beyond the period of intended stay in Lithuania. No visa is required for stays of up to 90 days within a 180 day period.
Australian citizens must have a passport that is valid for at least three months beyond the period of intended stay in Lithuania. No visa is required for stays of up to 90 days within a 180 day period.
South African citizens must have a passport that is valid for at least three months beyond the period of intended stay in Lithuania. A visa is required.
Irish citizens must have a passport that is valid on arrival in Lithuania. No visa is required.
New Zealand citizens must have a passport that is valid for at least three months beyond the period of intended stay in Lithuania. No visa is required for stays of up to 90 days within a 180 day period.
Lithuanian Official Tourism Website: www.tourism.ltEmergencies: 112
Embassies / consulates in other countries
Embassy of Lithuania, Washington DC, United States: +1 202 234 5860.
Embassy of Lithuania, London, United Kingdom: +44 20 7592 2840.
Embassy of Lithuania, Ottawa, Canada: +1 (613) 567 5458.
Consulate General of Lithuania, New South Wales, Australia: +61 2 9969 6232.
Honorary Consul of Lithuania, Pretoria, South Africa: +27 12 328 3550.
Embassy of Lithuania, Dublin, Ireland: +353 1 203 5757.
Embassies / consulates in Lithuania
United States Embassy, Vilnius: +370 (5)26 65500.
British Embassy, Vilnius: +370 (5)24 62900.
Canadian Embassy, Vilnius: +370 (5)24 90950.
Australian Honourary Consul, Vilnius: +370 (5)212 3369.
Irish Embassy, Vilnius: +370 (5)262 9460.