- We advise you to exercise normal safety precautions in Lithuania. You should exercise common sense and look out for suspicious behaviour, as you would in Australia. Monitor the media and other sources for changes to local travelling conditions.
- There has been a significant influx of asylum seekers into Europe, causing localised disruption to cross-border road and train transport services. Travellers should be aware of the possibility of further disruptions, make appropriate contingency plans and follow the instructions of local authorities. See Local travel.
- There is an ongoing risk of terrorism in Europe. In the past, terrorist attacks have occurred in a number of European cities.
- You should 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.
- Be a smart traveller. Before heading overseas:
- organise comprehensive travel insurance and check what circumstances and activities are not covered by your policy
- register your travel and contact details, so we can contact you in an emergency
- subscribe to this travel advice to receive email updates each time it's reissued
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Entry and exit
Lithuania is a party to the Schengen Convention, along with many other European countries, which allows you to enter Lithuania without a visa in some circumstances. See our travel bulletin on the Schengen Convention for more information.
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 the most up to date information.
If a child is travelling alone or with an accompanying adult not related to them, a consent letter from at least one of the parents is required. The consent letter should be notarised by 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 Authority, date of issue and date of expiry.
Non-EU citizens visiting Lithuania are required to have proof of valid travel insurance. Travellers without travel insurance may be required to purchase it at the border. For more information see the Lithuanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.
The export of religious materials and antiques is subject to strict controls. Local authorities can confirm prior to purchase if export of such items is permitted.
People travelling directly to or from a country outside the European Union (EU) carrying 10,000 euros or more (or the equivalent amount in another currency) are required to declare the cash at the place of their arrival or departure from the EU. Under the legislation, the term "cash" includes cheques, travellers' cheques and money orders. Travellers failing to declare the cash or providing incomplete or incorrect information will incur a fine. There is no requirement to declare cash for people travelling to or from another EU country.
Make sure your passport has at least six months validity from your planned date of return to Australia.
Safety and security
There is an ongoing threat of terrorism in Europe. In the past, terrorist attacks have occurred in a number of European cities.
Terrorism is a threat throughout the world. See our Terrorist Threat Overseas bulletin.
Civil unrest/Political tension
You should avoid all protests and demonstrations, pay close attention to your personal security and monitor the media for information about possible new safety or security risks. In the event of demonstrations, you should follow the instructions of local authorities.
We advise you to exercise common sense and look out for suspicious behaviour, as you would in Australia. Petty crime, such as pick-pocketing and bag snatching does occur. Most instances of pick-pocketing occur on public transport and in bars and restaurants. Travellers should be aware of their personal belongings at all times and not leave their belongings unattended or unsecured. The risk of crime increases after dark so you should avoid walking alone at night.
Incidents of car theft and theft from vehicles are common, especially for new and or expensive cars. When driving you should keep your car locked, windows up and valuables out of sight. You should use guarded car parks where possible.
Do not accept food or drink from strangers. There have been reports of travellers being drugged and robbed.
Victims of crime should file a police report at the nearest police station. The Lithuanian police can provide translators to assist foreigners who are victims of crime.
In an emergency, call 112 for police, fire or ambulance services.
Money and valuables
Your passport is a valuable document that is attractive to criminals who may try to use your identity to commit crimes. It should always be kept in a safe place. You are required by Australian law to report a lost or stolen passport online or contact the nearest Australian Embassy, High Commission or Consulate as soon as possible.
There has been a significant influx of asylum seekers into Europe. In some cases, police have been deployed to prevent asylum seekers from crossing borders and accessing transport. As a result, there has been localised disruption to some cross-border road and rail transport services. You should be aware of the possibility of further disruption to transport services and monitor the local media and other information from transport providers for up to date information. If travelling by road or train, you should allow additional time to cover any disruption, remain vigilant and follow the instructions of local authorities. Australians travelling across affected borders, either by road or rail, should make appropriate contingency plans to cover any disruption to travel plans.
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 as roads are not always cleared. For further advice, see our road travel page.
Winter tyres are required on vehicles from 10 November until 1 April. Drivers are required to use headlights (low beam) at all times when driving. When driving, headlights must be on at all times and must carry car insurance valid for Lithuania.
Visitors to the Curonian Spit (UNESCO World Heritage Site - an elongated sand dune that separates the Curonian Lagoon from the Baltic Sea) should be aware the Spit is divided between Lithuania and the Russian Federation at the Nida border crossing. Visitors to the southern portion of the Spit, which is in Russia, require a visa.
The Australian Government does not provide information on the safety of individual commercial airlines or flight paths. See instead the Aviation Safety Network website for information on aviation safety in Lithuania.
Please also refer to our general air travel page for information on aviation safety and security.
You are subject to the local laws of Lithuania, including ones that appear harsh by Australian standards. 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 trouble or out of jail. Research laws before travelling, especially for an extended stay.
Penalties for all drug offences, even possession of small amounts, include heavy fines and/or imprisonment. See our Drugs page.
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.
Some Australian criminal laws, such as those relating to money laundering, bribery of foreign public officials, terrorism, forced marriage, female genital mutilation, child pornography, and child sex tourism, apply to Australians overseas. Australians who commit these offences while overseas may be prosecuted in Australia.
Information for 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.
Our Dual nationals page provides further information for dual nationals.
We strongly recommend that you take out comprehensive travel insurance that will cover any overseas medical costs, including medical evacuation, before you depart. Confirm that your insurance covers you for the whole time you'll be away and check what circumstances and activities are not included in your policy. For non-European Union citizens, health insurance that guarantees coverage of any health-related expense during your stay is also recommended. 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.
It is important to consider your physical and mental health before travelling overseas. We encourage you to consider having vaccinations before you travel. At least eight weeks before you depart, make an appointment with your doctor or travel clinic for a basic health check-up, and to discuss your travel plans and any implications for your health, particularly if you have an existing medical condition. The World Health Organization (WHO) provides information for travellers and our health page also provides useful information for travellers on staying healthy.
Medical professionals in Lithuania are highly trained and some may speak English. Public medical facilities in Lithuania have improved but do not yet meet Western standards. Some private medical facilities are well equipped. Dental care is comparable to Australia in most major cities and medical supplies are generally available in major cities. Visitors should bring plentiful supply of prescriptions for known health problems when travelling in regional areas.
Doctors and hospitals require up-front payment before commencing treatment. In the event of a serious accident or illness, medical evacuation to a destination with appropriate facilities may be necessary. The cost of medical evacuation could be considerable.
Travel in forested areas brings the risk of exposure to tick-borne encephalitis and other tick-borne diseases. Ticks are common from spring to autumn. H1N1 (swine flu) has been reported in Lithuania and can be managed by an annual seasonal influenza vaccine. See our infectious diseases page for more information.
Where to get help
Depending on your enquiry, your best option may be to first contact your family, friends, airline, travel agent, tour operator, employer or travel insurer. Your travel insurer should have a 24-hour emergency number.
For criminal issues, contact the local police on 112. You should also obtain a police report when reporting a crime. The national emergency number is 112.
If the matter relates to complaints about tourism services or products, contact the service provider directly.
The Consular Services Charter explains what the Australian Government can and can’t do to assist Australians overseas. Australia does not have an Embassy in Lithuania. You can contact the Australian Government at the Australian Embassy in Poland for consular assistance. See contact details below:
Australian Embassy, Warsaw
Australia has a Consulate in Lithuania headed by an Honorary-Consul. The Consulate provides limited consular assistance (not including the issue of passports). See contact details below:
Mr Tony Meschino
Vilniaus St 23
LT-01402, Vilnius, Lithuania
Telephone: +370 5 212 3369
Facsimile: +370 5 212 3369
If you are travelling to Lithuania, whatever the reason and however long you'll be there, we encourage you to register with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. You can register online or in person at any Australian Embassy, High Commission or Consulate. The information you provide will help us to contact you in an emergency - whether it is a natural disaster, civil disturbance or a family issue.
If you are unable to contact the Embassy in a consular emergency, you can contact the 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre on +61 2 6261 3305 or 1300 555 135 within Australia.
For other useful information to assist travelling in this country, see: