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Summary

  • Exercise normal safety precautions in Lithuania. Use common sense. Look out for suspicious behaviour as you would in Australia. Monitor the media and other sources for information on local travel conditions.
  • Carry your passport when crossing borders, even within the Schengen zone. See Local travel.
  • Monitor the media and other sources for changes to local and border conditions.
  • There is an ongoing risk of terrorism in Europe. Terrorist attacks have occurred in a number of European cities in recent years. See Safety and security.
  • Avoid demonstrations and large public gatherings as they may turn violent.
  • Australia has a Consulate in Lithuania, headed by an Honorary Consul, which provides limited consular services (not including the issue of passports). The Australian Embassy in Poland provides full consular assistance to Australians in Lithuania.
  • See Travel Smart for general advice for all travellers.

Entry and exit

Visas 

Lithuania is a party to the Schengen Convention, which allows you to enter Lithuania without a visa in some circumstances.

Visa and other entry and exit conditions (such as currency, customs and quarantine regulations) can change at short notice. Contact the nearest Embassy or Consulate of Lithuania for up-to-date information.

More information: Schengen Convention

Other formalities

If a child is travelling alone or with an accompanying adult not related to them, and the child is a resident of Lithuania, a consent letter from at least one of the parents is required. The consent letter should be notarised by a Lithuanian, or an Australian notary or the closest Lithuanian diplomatic office. The consent letter should indicate the child and accompanying adult's name, date of birth, personal identification number (if relevant), passport number and ID card (if relevant) including the issuing authority, date of issue and date of expiry.

Non-EU citizens visiting Lithuania must have proof of valid travel insurance. If you arrive in Lithuania without travel insurance, you may be required to purchase it at the border.

More information:  Lithuanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

The export of religious materials and antiques is subject to strict controls. Ask local authorities to confirm prior to purchase if export of such items is permitted.

Passport 

Make sure your passport is valid for at least six months from the date you intend to return to Australia.
Your passport is a valuable document and attractive to criminals who may try to use your identity to commit crimes. Always keep it in a safe place.

Carry copies of a recent passport photograph page in case you need a replacement passport while overseas.

By law, you must report the loss or theft of your passport to the Australian Government as soon as possible. You can:

 

Money

Declare cash of 10,000 Euros or more (or the equivalent in another currency) if you are travelling between Lithuania and any non-European Union (EU) country. This includes notes and coins, money orders, cheques and travellers cheques. If you fail to declare your cash or you give incorrect information on entry to, or exit from, Lithuania, you will be fined. You don't need to declare cash if you are travelling to or from another EU country.

Safety and security

Crime

Exercise normal safety precautions. Use common sense. Look out for suspicious behaviour, as you would in Australia.

Violent crime is rare in Lithuania, but incidents of car theft and theft from vehicles are common, especially for new and or expensive cars. Petty crime, such as pick-pocketing and bag snatching, occurs. Most instances of pick-pocketing occur on public transport and in bars and restaurants. Criminal activity increases after dark.

  • When driving, keep your car locked, windows up and valuables out of sight
  • Use guarded car parks where possible
  • Be aware of your personal belongings at all times and do not leave your belongings unattended or unsecured
  • Avoid walking alone at night
  • Do not accept food or drink from strangers. There have been reports of travellers being drugged ('drink spiked') and robbed.

Foreigners have been targets of scams on trains when travelling in Lithuania. Tourists are befriended and asked a series of personal questions to determine if they are worthwhile stealing from. If you have concerns about your safety while travelling on public transport, seek assistance from a driver, ticket collector, security officer or any other transport employee before leaving the vehicle/transport.

File a police report at the nearest police station if you become a victim of crime. Get a copy of the report. The Lithuanian police can provide translators to assist foreigners who are victims of crime.

More information: Where to get help

Civil unrest and political tension

Demonstrations and large public gatherings can turn violent.

  • Avoid all crowds, protests and demonstrations where possible.
  • Monitor the media for developments.
  • Follow the advice of local authorities.

Terrorism

Terrorism is a threat throughout the world, including in Europe. In the past, terrorist attacks have occurred in a number of European cities.

More information: Terrorist Threat Worldwide

Local travel 

Since 2015, there have been significant pressures on border controls in Europe due to the movement of asylum seekers. Localised disruption to some cross-border road and rail transport services is possible. If you are travelling by road or train, allow extra time to cover any disruption and be aware that border crossings may be delayed or not possible. Carry your passport when crossing borders, even within the Schengen zone. Monitor local media and other information from transport providers for up-to-date information on entry and exit changes and delays.

If you plan to visit the Southern portion of the Curonian Spit, obtain a visa for Russia. The Spit is divided between Lithuania and the Russian Federation at the Nida border crossing.

Road travel

Lithuania has one of the highest road fatality ratings among European Union countries. You're twice as likely to be killed in a motor vehicle accident in Lithuania than in Australia.

Hazards on country roads include horsedrawn carts, bicycles and cars without tail-lights or reflectors. These driving risks increase at night.

Driving in winter can be dangerous due to snow and icy conditions. Black ice on roads is a common winter hazard. Snow clearing in cities is carried out efficiently, but highways and roads in rural areas can be blocked for long periods.

There are several requirements concerning the use of a foreign driver’s licence in Lithuania. Contact your vehicle rental provider for up-to-date information, including the minimum age. Lithuania has strict guidelines on operating a motorbike and the wearing of helmets and reflective clothing.

Follow vehicle rental provider rules to ensure you comply Lithuanian and Australian vehicle operating and licence laws, otherwise you risk rendering your international travel insurance invalid in the event of an accident.

By law:

  • All vehicles must use winter tyres from 10 November until 1 April
  • Drivers must use headlights (low beam) at all times when driving
  • Drivers must carry car insurance valid for Lithuania.

More information: Road safety and driving

 

Taxi

Where possible, pre-book or hail a taxi from reputable taxi companies to ensure they use meters. Private taxis may refuse to use a meter and you may be overcharged. Taxis can be hailed in the street or found at taxi ranks. Look for the company logo before getting in. Taxis booked over the phone are usually a cheaper rate. Tips are paid at your discretion.  Uber and CITYBEE car booking service are also available in Vilnius, Kaunas and Klaipeda.

Rail travel

Train travel can also be disrupted by heavy snow in winter. There is no subway system in Lithuania.  

 

Public Transport

Lithuanian towns have limited public transport timetables. Larger cities have regular and frequent bus services. Ensure you have the right ticket to avoid fines. There is also a free bicycle rental system in Vilnius.

Air travel

The Australian Government does not provide information on the safety of individual commercial airlines or flight paths. See the Aviation Safety Network website for information on aviation safety in Lithuania.

More information:  Air travel

Laws

Local laws

You're subject to the all local laws and penalties, including those that appear harsh by Australian standards. Research local laws before travelling, especially for an extended stay.

If you're arrested or jailed, the Australian Government will do what it can to help you under our Consular Services Charter, but we can't get you out of jail.

More information: Arrested or in prison

Drug laws 

Penalties for all drug offences, even possession of small amounts, include heavy fines and/or imprisonment.

More information:

Driving laws

Penalties for driving over the blood alcohol limit (0.04) are severe and may include heavy fines, possible imprisonment and cancellation of your driver's licence.

Australian laws 

Some Australian criminal offences apply overseas. If you commit these offences, you may be prosecuted in Australia. Laws include those relating to:

  • child sex offences and child pornography
  • female genital mutilation
  • forced marriage
  • drug trafficking
  • people smuggling and human trafficking
  • bribery of foreign public officials
  • money laundering
  • terrorism and foreign incursions.

More information: Staying within the law

Dual nationals

Lithuania recognises dual nationality in limited circumstances. This may limit the ability of the Australian Government to provide consular assistance to Australian/Lithuanian dual nationals who are arrested or detained. If in doubt, contact the nearest Embassy or Consulate of Lithuania for information on your dual nationality status.

More information: Dual nationals

Health

Travel insurance 

Take out comprehensive travel insurance before you depart to cover overseas medical costs, including medical evacuation.

Remember, regardless of how healthy and fit you are, if you can't afford travel insurance, you can't afford to travel. The Australian Government will not pay for a traveller's medical expenses overseas or medical evacuation costs. This can be very expensive and cost you many thousands of dollars up-front.

Confirm:

  • what circumstances and activities are, and are not, covered under your policy
  • that you are covered for the whole time you will be away.

More information: Travel insurance

Physical and mental health 

It's important to consider your physical and mental health before travelling, especially if you have an existing medical condition.

  • At least eight weeks before you depart, see your doctor or travel clinic for a basic health check-up, and to discuss your travel plans and implications for your health.
  • Get vaccinated before you travel.

If you need counselling services, contact the Australian Consular Emergency Centre on +61 2 6261 3305 and ask to speak to a Lifeline telephone counsellor.

Medication

Not all medications available over the counter or by prescription in Australia are available in other countries. Some may even be considered illegal or a controlled substance, even if prescribed by an Australian doctor.

Take prescription medicine with you so you remain in good health. Always carry on your person a copy of your prescription or a letter from your doctor stating what the medicine is, how much you'll take and that it's for personal use only.

Before you leave Australia:

  • check if your medication is legal in each country you're travelling to, and what is required to take that medication into the country
  • get medical documents authenticated by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade before you depart (if required).

More information: Prescription medicines

Health risks

Travel in forested areas brings the risk exposure to tick-borne diseases. Ticks are common from spring to autumn.

Minimise your risk of getting swine flu by getting the annual seasonal influenza vaccine.

More information: Infectious diseases

Medical facilities

Medical professionals in Lithuania are highly trained and some speak English.

Private medical facilities are well equipped. However, public medical facilities in Lithuania do not yet meet Australian standards. Dental care is comparable to Australia in major cities.

Doctors and hospitals require up-front payment before commencing treatment.

In the event of an emergency, you may need to be evacuated to a destination with appropriate facilities. Medical evacuation costs can be very expensive.

Where to get help

Depending on the nature of your enquiry, your best option may be to first contact your family, friends, travel agent, travel insurance provider, employer or airline.

Emergencies 

  • Firefighting and rescue services: 112
  • Medical emergencies: 112
  • Criminal issues, contact police: 112

Tourism services and products 

For complaints relating to tourism services or products, contact your service provider directly.

Australian Government

Read the Consular Services Charter for what the Australian Government can and can't do to help you overseas.

Australia has a Consulate in Lithuania headed by an Honorary-Consul. The Consulate provides limited consular assistance (not including the issue of passports).

Australian Consulate, Vilnius 

Mr Tony Meschino
Honorary Consul
Vilniaus St 23
LT-01402, Vilnius, Lithuania
Telephone: +370 5 212 3369
E-mail: australia@consulate.lt

For full consular assistance, contact the Australian Embassy in Poland.

Australian Embassy, Warsaw

3rd Floor, Nautilus Building
ul. Nowogrodzka 11
00-513 Warsaw, Poland
Telephone: (48 22) 521 3444
Facsimile: (48 22) 627 3500
Website: poland.embassy.gov.au
E-mail: ambasada.australia@dfat.gov.au

Check the Australian Embassy website for information about opening hours and temporary closures that may affect service provision.

If you are unable to contact the Embassy in a consular emergency, contact the 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre on +61 2 6261 3305 or 1300 555 135 within Australia.

Additional information

Natural disasters, severe weather and climate

Lithuania can experience extremely low temperatures in winter. 

Additional Resources

For other useful information to assist travelling in this country, see: