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Summary

  • Exercise normal safety precautions. Use common sense. Look out for suspicious behaviour. Monitor the media and other sources for information on local conditions.
  • Carry your passport when crossing borders, even within the Schengen area. See Local travel.
  • 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, which provides limited consular services. It does not issue passports. The Australian Embassy in Poland provides full consular assistance to Australians in Lithuania.

Entry and exit

Every country or territory decides who can enter or exit through its borders. The Australian Government cannot intervene on your behalf if you do not meet your destination’s entry or exit requirements. 

Visas 

Lithuania is part of the Schengen area, which allows you to enter 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, who is resident in Lithuania, is travelling alone or with an adult not related to them, they need a consent letter from at least one of the parents is required. The letter must be notarised by a Lithuanian or Australian notary, or the closest Lithuanian diplomatic office.The letter must have the child’s and accompanying adult's names, dates of birth, personal identification numbers (if relevant), passport numbers and ID cards (if relevant) including the issuing authority, date of issue and date of expiry.

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

More information:  Lithuanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Exporting religious materials and antiques is subject to strict controls. Ask local authorities to confirm prior to purchase if you can export such items.

Passport 

Check the expiry date of your Australian passport before you travel. Some countries won't let you enter unless your passport is valid for six months from when you plan to leave that country.

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.

If your passport is lost or stolen, you must notify the Australian Government as soon as possible.

Money

If you're travelling to or from an EU country declare cash of 10,000 Euros or more (or equivalent). This includes notes and coins, money orders, cheques and travellers cheques. If you fail to declare your cash or give incorrect information, you'll be fined. You don't need to declare cash if you're travelling to or from another EU country.

Safety and security

Crime

Exercise normal safety precautions. Use common sense. Look out for suspicious behaviour.

Violent crime is rare, but incidents of car theft and theft from vehicles are common, especially for new and/or expensive cars. Pickpocketing and bag snatching, occurs. Most instances of pickpocketing occur on public transport and in bars and restaurants. .

  • When driving, keep your car locked, windows up and valuables out of sight.
  • Use guarded car parks where possible.
  • Be alert to your personal belongings.
  • Avoid walking alone at night.
  • Be alert to drink and food spiking.

Scam target foreigners on trains. Scammers befriend tourists and ask personal questions to work our if they're worth robbing. If you're concerned about your safety while on public transport, seek help from a driver, ticket collector, security officer or any other transport employee before disembarking.

File a police report if you become a victim of crime. Get a copy of the report. The Lithuanian police can provide translators.

More information: Where to get help

Civil unrest and political tension

Demonstrations and large public gatherings can turn violent.

  • Avoid crowds, protests and demonstrations.
  • Monitor the media for developments.
  • Follow the local authorities' advice.

Terrorism

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

More information: Terrorist threat worldwide

Local travel 

Localised disruptions to some cross-border road and rail transport services are possible. Border crossings may be delayed or not possible. If you travel by road or train, allow extra time to cover any disruption

  • Always carry your passport when crossing borders, even within the Schengen area.
  • Monitor local media and advice 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, get 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 in the EU. You're twice as likely to be killed in a motor vehicle accident in Lithuania as in Australia.

Hazards on country roads include horsedrawn carts, and bicycles and cars without tail-lights or reflectors.

Sno and icy conditions make driving in winter can be dangerous. Black ice is common. Snow clearing is efficient, but highways and roads in rural areas can be blocked for long periods.

Your vehicle rental provider can give up-to-date information on car rental requirements, including minimum age. Lithuania has strict guidelines on operating a motorbike and associated safety gear.

To drive in Lithuania use an Australia driver's licence with an International Driving Permit. Permanent residents need to apply for a change of licence. More information: The State Enterprise Regitra.

By law:

  • Vehicles must use winter tyres from 10 November until 1 April
  • Drivers must use headlights (low beam) at all times when driving
  • Drivers must have car insurance.

More information: Road safety and driving

Taxi

Use reputable taxi companies that use meters. Private taxis may refuse to use meters and overcharge. Look for the company logo before getting in. Tipping is your discretion. Bolt, Uber and CITYBEE car booking are  in Vilnius, Kaunas and Klaipeda.

Rail travel

Heavy snow can disrupt train travel.

Public transport

Towns have limited public transport timetables. Larger cities have regular and frequent bus services. Ensure you have the right ticket to avoid fines. You can rent bicycles and electric scooters in Vilnius, Kaunas and Klaipeda.

Air travel

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade doesn't 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 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 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 include heavy fines, imprisonment and driver's licence cancellation.

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 arrested or detained Australian/Lithuanian dual nationals. 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 leaving 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 won't pay for your 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 

Consider your physical and mental health before travelling, especially if you have an existing medical condition.

  • At least eight weeks before you depart, see a doctor for a basic health check-up. 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 medication available over the counter or by prescription in Australia is available in other countries. Some may be illegal or a controlled substance, even if prescribed by an Australian doctor.

Take enough prescription medication to last for your trip. Carry 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.

Check if your medication is legal in Lithuania, and what is required to take that medication into the country

Get medical documents authenticated by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade before departing (if required).

More information: Prescription medicines

Health risks

There is a risk of tick-borne diseases in forested areas. 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 are highly trained and some speak English.

Private medical facilities are well equipped. However, public medical facilities don't meet Australian standards. Dental care in major cities comparable to Australia.

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

In the event of an emergency, you may need to be evacuated. Medical evacuation can be very expensive.

Natural disasters

Lithuania can experience extremely low temperatures in winter. Wind, snow and ice-related accidents can cause injury or death. These include falls, traffic accidents, snow falling from rooves, falling debris or collapsed rooves and prolonged exposure to extreme cold.

Take care when walking in snowy/icy or windy conditions.

When driving use appropriate equipment, such as winter tyres or chains.

Monitor the media and other local sources of information for advice on weather conditions, and prepare yourself accordingly.

More information: Severe weather

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.

Emergency phone numbers

Fire, medical and crime: 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 

Australia's Consulate in Lithuania provides limited consular services. It does not issue passports. You can get full consular assistance from 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're 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

Additional resources

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