LithuaniaOfficial Name: Republic of Lithuania
Three months beyond your planned date of departure from the Schengen area.
BLANK PASSPORT PAGES:
One page required for entry stamp
TOURIST VISA REQUIRED:
Not required if staying less than 90 days within a six-month period.
CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR ENTRY:
Currency in excess of 10,000 Euros must be declared
CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR EXIT:
Currency in excess of 10,000 Euros must be declared
Embassies and Consulates
Akmenu Gatve. 6
Telephone: +(370) (5) 266-5600
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(370) (5) 266 5500
Fax: +(370) (5) 266-5590
Lithuania is a stable democracy. Tourist facilities in Vilnius, the capital, and to a lesser extent in Kaunas and Klaipeda, are similar to those available in other European cities. In other parts of the country, however, some of the goods and services taken for granted in other countries may not be available. Read the Department of State Fact Sheet on Lithuania for additional information.
Entry, Exit & Visa Requirements
Lithuania is a party to the Schengen Agreement. As a U.S. citizen, you may enter the Schengen zone for up to 90 days for tourist or business purposes without a visa. Entering a different country in the Schengen zone does not reset your 90 day clock. Your passport should be valid for at least three months beyond your period of stay. You need sufficient funds and a return airline ticket. If your passport does not meet the Schengen requirements, you may be refused boarding by the airline at your point of origin or while transferring planes. You could also be denied entry when you arrive in the Schengen area. For this reason, we recommend that your passport have at least six months’ validity remaining whenever you travel abroad. For further details about travel to and within Schengen countries, please see our Schengen Fact Sheet.
If you are staying in Lithuania for more than 90 days within any six-month period, you must apply for temporary residency. Lithuanian authorities recommend applying for a residency permit through a Lithuanian embassy or consulate before initial entry into Lithuania, as processing times can run beyond 90 days. Children residing in Lithuania must have written permission from at least one parent to travel outside the country if neither parent is accompanying them on their trip. This policy is not applicable to temporary visitors. Visit the Embassy of Lithuania website for the most current visa information.
All foreigners from non-European Union countries seeking entry into Lithuania must carry proof of a medical insurance policy contracted for payment of all costs of hospitalization and medical treatment in Lithuania. Please check the health insurance section of the Embassy of Lithuania website for more information.
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 further information about customs regulations, please read our Customs Information sheet.
Safety and Security
There have been no incidents of terrorism directed toward U.S. interests in Lithuania. Incidents of anti-Americanism are rare. However, like other countries in the Schengen area, Lithuania’s open borders with its Western European neighbors allow the possibility of members of terrorist organizations entering/exiting the country with anonymity. You should remain vigilant about your personal security and exercise caution while traveling abroad.
Lithuania is not experiencing any civil unrest. However, marches and protests do occur, especially in larger cities. Although such events have generally been peaceful in nature, U.S. citizens are reminded that even gatherings intended to be peaceful can become confrontational. Therefore, we urge you to avoid the areas of demonstrations, if possible, and exercise caution if within the vicinity of any event. You should stay current with media coverage of local events and be aware of their surroundings at all times.
From time to time, especially late at night near bars and night clubs, foreigners have been subject to violent crimes, such as robberies, or have become involved in altercations with inebriated individuals. Racially motivated verbal and sometimes physical harassment of foreigners and ethnic minorities in major cities have occurred. In addition, members of the LGBT community have experienced verbal and sometimes physical harassment.
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: Although Lithuania is relatively safe, both violent and non-violent crimes affecting tourists have occurred throughout the country. You should maintain the same awareness and practice good personal security that you would in any U.S. metropolitan area. Large amounts of cash and expensive jewelry should be secured in a hotel safe or left at home. Common crimes against foreigners include pick-pocketing and thefts, so personal belongings should be well protected at all times.
Thefts from cars and car thefts occur regularly. Valuables should not be left in plain sight in parked vehicles, as there have been increasing reports of car windows being smashed and items stolen. You should avoid walking alone at night and only utilize taxi services arranged by telephone. Isolated ATMs should be avoided after dark. Like in the United States, public inebriation should be avoided as criminals have been known to take advantage of drunken pedestrians. U.S. citizens have reported being robbed and/or scammed while intoxicated.
Don’t buy counterfeit and pirated goods, even if they are widely available. Not only are the bootlegs illegal to bring back into the United States, you may be breaking local law too.
VICTIMS OF CRIME: If you or someone you know becomes the victim of a crime abroad, you should contact the local police and the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate (see the Department of State’s list of embassies and consulates). We can:
- Replace a stolen passport.
- Help you find appropriate medical care if you are the victim of violent crimes such as assault or rape.
- Put you in contact with the appropriate police authorities, and if you want us to, we can contact your family members or friends.
- Help you understand the local criminal justice process and direct you to local attorneys, although it is important to remember that local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting the crime.
- For more information about assistance for victims of crime in Lithuania, please visit the Embassy’s website. The local equivalent to the 911 emergency number in Lithuania is 112.
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 even if you are a U.S. citizen. Foreign laws and legal systems can be vastly different than our own, and criminal penalties vary from country to country. There are also some things that might be legal in Lithuania, but still illegal in the United States; for instance, you can be prosecuted under U.S. law if you buy pirated goods. Engaging in sexual conduct with children or using or disseminating child pornography in a foreign country is a crime prosecutable in the United States. If you break local laws in Lithuania, your U.S. passport won’t help you avoid arrest or prosecution.
If you break Lithuanian laws, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned. Penalties for possession, use, or trafficking in illegal drugs in Lithuania are severe, and convicted offenders can expect long jail sentences and heavy fines. For more information about arrest procedures in Lithuania please visit the Embassy’s website. While most authorities will automatically notify the U.S. Embassy if a U.S. citizen is detained or arrested, this might not always be the case. To ensure that the United States is aware of your circumstances, request that the police and prison officials notify the Embassy as soon as you are arrested or detained
Lithuanian customs authorities may enforce strict regulations concerning the temporary importation into or export from Lithuania of items such as firearms and antiquities.
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.
WOMEN TRAVELER INFORMATION: If you are a woman traveling abroad, please review our travel tips for Women Travelers.
LGBT RIGHTS: The LGBT community is protected by anti-discrimination laws. However, members of the LGBT community have experienced verbal and sometimes physical harassment. For more detailed information about LGBT rights in Lithuania, you may review the State Department’s Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2013. For further information on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) travel, please read our Information for LGBT Travelers page.
ACCESSIBILITY: While in Lithuania, individuals with disabilities may find accessibility and accommodation very different from what is found in the United States. Lithuania’s Law on Equal Treatment prohibits discrimination against persons with disabilities, although it does not specify what kind of disabilities. It mandates access to buildings for persons with disabilities; however, according to 2011 data from the Department of Statistics, only 44.1 percent of housing was accessible.
Medical care in Lithuania has improved, but medical facilities do not always meet Western standards. There are a few private clinics with medical supplies and services that nearly equal Western European or U.S. standards. Most medical supplies are now widely available, including disposable needles, anesthetics, antibiotics, and other pharmaceuticals; however, hospitals and clinics still suffer from a lack of equipment and resources. Lithuania has highly trained medical professionals, some of whom speak English, but their availability is decreasing as they leave for employment opportunities abroad. Depending on a patient’s condition, an appointment with a specialist may not be available for several weeks. Western-quality dental care can be obtained in major cities. Elderly travelers who require medical care may face difficulties. Most pharmaceuticals sold in Lithuania are from Europe; travelers will not necessarily find the same brands that they use in the United States. Serious medical problems requiring hospitalization and/or medical evacuation can cost thousands of dollars or more. Doctors and hospitals often expect immediate cash payment for health services, particularly if immigration status in Lithuania is unclear.
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. Travelers should carry and use insect repellents containing either 20% DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR3535, which will help diminish bites from ticks but also from mosquitoes, fleas, chiggers, etc., which may also carry infectious diseases.
TBE vaccine is only available in Europe but is recommended for any travel that includes hiking, camping, or similar outdoor activities in rural wooded regions of risk areas, and for all long-term urban expatriates due to the likelihood of occasional rural travel or exposure in the outskirts of urban areas. Risk exists throughout the country, including in parks in and around Vilnius. Transmission season is between April and October.
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 those with prolonged stays, especially for young children and rural travel. Immunization is recommend also for shorter stays, if there is occupational exposure, or 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, and backpackers; and all travelers involved in any activity that might bring them into direct contact with bats.
The Lithuanian government does not require HIV testing for U.S. citizens; however, sexually transmitted diseases are a growing public health problem.
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 .
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 traversing the countryside. 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. Children under the age of 12 and under 150 cm (approximately 59 inches) may not be seated in the front seat.
You may drive in Lithuania with a U.S. driver’s license for up to 90 days. U.S. citizens who reside in Lithuania for 185 days or more in one calendar year and who wish to continue driving in Lithuania must acquire a Lithuanian driver's license. An applicant for a driver’s license must take both the written and driving exams. The foreign license must be given to the Lithuanian Road Police to be processed by the Consular Department of the Lithuanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. For more information, please visit the U.S. Embassy’s website.
Violation of traffic rules is common. It is not unusual to be overtaken by other automobiles traveling at high speed, even in crowded urban areas. Driving at night-- especially in the countryside--can be particularly hazardous. In summer, older seasonal vehicles and inexperienced drivers can be extra hazards. Drive with caution at all times. Driving while intoxicated is considered a very serious offense and carries heavy penalties. Be aware that such laws are significantly stricter than in many states in the United States. The speed limit is 50 km/hr in town and 90 km/hr out of town unless otherwise indicated.
During the winter, most major roads are cleared of snow. Winter or all-season tires are required from November 10th through April 1st. Studded tires are not allowed from April 10th through October 31st. Drivers must have at least their low-beam lights on at all times while driving.
The phone number for roadside assistance is 8-800-01414 from a regular phone and 1414 from a GSM mobile phone. If you are involved in a traffic accident, be aware that moving the car before the police arrive can result in your being charged with hit and run.
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.