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Lithuania travel guide

About Lithuania

Lithuania is a spellbinding land of castles, lakes and forests. Though relatively few knew of its charms until recently, Lithuania's capital, Vilnius, is one of Europe's most enchanting cities, owing especially to its Baroque old town. Then there is the Baltic shore, which may not have the sun-soaked appeal of other coasts, but is idyllic and largely unspoilt. The southernmost country in the Baltics, Lithuania is also home to vast plains parted by hills and sand dunes.

Lithuanian independence came soon after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. By 1995, the transition to a full market economy had been completed. The long-running border dispute with Poland was settled with the signing of a friendship and co-operation treaty in January 1992 and negotiations with Russia led to the withdrawal of the remaining Russian troops in Lithuania in August 1993. The Russian connection remains, however, with Russians being the second largest ethnic minority in the country. The largest of the three Baltic states, Lithuania gaining EU membership in 2004, since which time the country has been thrust on to the global stage, encouraging more visitors than ever.

Most of the attraction for Lithuania lies with its natural treasures. Much of the country is verdant, with several national parks that are perfect for hikers and explorers. All around the country there are countless sprawling forests ripe for wandering, as well as numerous lakes sprinkled across the landscape.

Perhaps the country's trump card is the Baltic coastline, where beguiling wetlands brim with wildlife, most notably the thousands of bird species. There's also the Curonian Spit, a stunning 100km strip of land that separates the Curonian Lagoon from the Baltic Sea, which is covered in white sands.

Key facts

Area:

65,300 sq km (25,212 sq miles).

Population:

2,850,030 (UN estimate 2016).

Population density:

44.2 per sq km.

Capital:

Vilnius.

Government:

Republic.

Head of state:

President Gitanas Nauseda since 2019.

Head of government:

Prime Minister Ingrida Šimonytė since 2020.

Travel Advice

Coronavirus travel health

Check the latest information on risk from COVID-19 for Lithuania on the TravelHealthPro website

See the TravelHealthPro website for further advice on travel abroad and reducing spread of respiratory viruses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

International travel

Commercial flights are operating to and from Lithuania. You should check with your travel company for the latest information on their services.

Entry and borders

See Entry requirements to find out what you will need to do when you arrive in Lithuania.

Returning to the UK

When you return, you must follow the rules for entering the UK.

You are responsible for organising your own COVID-19 test, in line with UK government testing requirements. You should contact local authorities for information on testing facilities. You should check that the test result can be provided in the correct format and language.

Be prepared for your plans to change

No travel is risk-free during COVID. Countries may further restrict travel or bring in new rules at short notice, for example due to a new COVID-19 variant. Check with your travel company or airline for any transport changes which may delay your journey home.

If you test positive for COVID-19, you may need to stay where you are until you test negative. You may also need to seek treatment there.

Plan ahead and make sure you:

  • can access money
  • understand what your insurance will cover
  • can make arrangements to extend your stay and be away for longer than planned

Travel in Lithuania

Passengers on public transport must be seated at least 1m from individuals outside their household. Facemasks

Facemasks

You must wear a facemask in all indoor public spaces in Lithuania, including shops, restaurants, businesses, workplaces, museums, theatres, public transport, taxis and educational environments.

This does not apply to children under the age of six, or people with a medical exemption. If you cannot wear facemasks on medical grounds, you are advised to wear face shields if possible. Exemptions also apply to those doing physical exercise, providing a service that cannot be done with a facemask, or consuming food or drink.

Public places and services

From 13 September, a number of restrictions apply to those not vaccinated against COVID-19.

UK nationals resident in Lithuania may be able to apply for the Lithuanian Freedom Pass, to prove their vaccination status. More information about registering for the pass is available on the Lithuanian Ministry of the Economy and Innovation website. The pass is designed to be used for public services in Lithuania, it is not considered valid proof of vaccination status for the purpose of international travel.

UK nationals without a Lithuanian Freedom Pass may use their NHS vaccination certificate (on the NHS app or paper certificate) as proof of vaccination. Your NHS appointment card from vaccination centres is not designed to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate your vaccine status.

More information on COVID-19 related restrictions to public places and services in Lithuania is available on the KoronaStop website.

Healthcare in Lithuania

Many non-essential health services have been temporarily suspended. If you have a medical appointment, check with the service provider to confirm whether the appointment can take place as planned.

If you have symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in contact with a confirmed case within the previous 14 days, call the Lithuanian COVID-19 hotline on +370 37367 963 to request a COVID-19 PCR test. The hotline is open daily between 8am and 11pm. In case of an emergency, call 112. Tests booked through the hotline are free of charge.

A list of private clinics offering PCR and antigen tests is available on the Lithuanian Ministry of Health website. The tests booked through these clinics will be charged.

Please note that not all testing centres in Lithuania offer results in English. Should you require your results in English, you should request at the point of booking. English language result certificates are likely to incur additional charges.

If you do not have access to a private vehicle, you will need to travel to the testing centre by taxi. You are advised to check at the time of booking whether the taxi company is able to take you to a testing centre, as some taxis may not have the precautions in place to provide this service.

Testing positive for COVID-19 in Lithuania

If you test positive for COVID-19 with an antigen test, you should immediately register for a PCR test. Call the Lithuanian COVID-19 hotline on +370 37367 963 to request a COVID-19 PCR test. The hotline is open daily between 8am and 11pm. You must self-isolate until you receive your results and instructions from public health officials, even if you are asymptomatic.

If you test positive for COVID-19 with a PCR test, you must self-isolate for 14 days.

While in isolation, you must:

  • not leave your place of isolation without the permission of a healthcare professional;
  • not go to the shops;
  • not attend face to face public services;
  • not have guests/visitors;
  • organise for essential provisions to be delivered by friends, family or delivery services;
  • consult with a GP by phone/email to arrange extensions to prescriptions;
  • call the Lithuanian COVID-19 hotline on +370 37367 963 if you display COVID-19 symptoms; and
  • call the Emergency Response Centre on 112 if your symptoms become severe.

The Lithuanian Government advises against self-isolating in properties with those who are not isolating. If this is not possible, you should stay in separate, well-ventilated rooms, restrict your movement within the home and minimise use of common spaces. Children who test positive for COVID-19 may isolate with a parent or guardian, but they must also adhere to self-isolation rules. You will be expected to cover the cost of your self-isolation accommodation, if you are unable to stay in a private property.

While in isolation, you should expect to be contacted by Lithuanian health officials. They will ask you to provide:

  • A list of individuals with whom you have been in close contact in the 14 days leading up to your first symptoms or to your day of testing, if you are asymptomatic. Close contacts are considered to be those people with whom you have been less than two metres apart for 15 minutes or more, without facemasks; and
  • A list of locations that you have visited over the previous 14 days and the time of your visit.

If you have a pet, but are unable to arrange alternative pet care, you may leave your place of isolation for up to 15 minutes at a time to walk your pet. This exception only applies to individuals who have no COVID-19 symptoms.

British nationals needing to temporarily break isolation, who meet one of the requirements set out by the Lithuanian Government, must notify the NVSC in advance. You do not need to inform the NVSC if you are breaking isolation for a COVID-19 PCR test or for emergency medical treatment.

COVID-19 vaccines if you live in Lithuania

Wherever possible British nationals should aim to be vaccinated in the country where they live. We will update this page when the Government of Lithuania announces new information on the national vaccination programme. You can sign up to get email notifications when this page is updated.

The Lithuanian national vaccination programme started in December 2020 and is using the Pfizer-BioNTech, Astra Zeneca, Moderna, and Janssen vaccines. British nationals resident in Lithuania are eligible for vaccination. UK nationals with Lithuanian residency may register for a vaccination in Lithuania over the phone on +370 5 230 0123 or email klausimai@ulac.lt. More information about the Lithuanian government’s vaccine priorities and estimated timeline for mass vaccination is available on the KoronaStop website.

Find out more, including about vaccines that are authorised in the UK or approved by the World Health Organisation, on the COVID-19 vaccines if you live abroad. If you’re a British national living in Lithuania, you should seek medical advice from your local healthcare provider. Information about COVID-19 vaccines used in the national programme where you live, including regulatory status, should be available from local authorities.

If you receive your COVID-19 vaccination in Lithuania, you can get an EU Digital COVID Certificate from the national authorities. The Certificate proves that you have been vaccinated against COVID-19, received a negative test result, or recovered from COVID-19. It will help facilitate your travel within the EU and, in some countries, you can use it to demonstrate your COVID-19 status to businesses and other organisations. For further information visit the European Commission’s EU Digital COVID Certificate page.

Finance

For information on financial support you can access whilst abroad, visit our financial assistance guidance.

Further information

Further details on Lithuania’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic are available in English on the Lithuanian Government Korona Stop website.

Crime

There have been reports of petty theft and robbery. Beware of pickpockets, avoid unlit streets and parks at night, and be extra vigilant if you’re walking alone. Take extra care of your belongings in busy locations and on public transport. Don’t leave coats and handbags unattended in bars, pubs and clubs.

A small number of tourists have reported incidents on public transport and around the train station area of Vilnius where they have been approached by small groups of people asking for money or help. Be vigilant in these areas.

Don’t leave drinks unattended and be wary of accepting food and drink from strangers in bars, nightclubs and restaurants.

Car theft is a problem in certain areas. Lock unattended vehicles and hide contents. Use guarded car parks in cities, especially overnight.
 
There have been a number of thefts of bicycles in Vilnius.

In an emergency or if you wish to report a crime, call the police on 112.

Local travel

Public transport

On local buses and trolley-buses, remember to activate your ticket (whether it’s pre-purchased or bought from the driver) on the machine on board or you may be fined by undercover inspectors.

Taxis are reasonably priced. Make sure the meter is used. It is cheaper and safer to phone for a taxi from a recognised company than to hail one in the street. Ask your hotel reception to call one. Do not use unregistered taxis.

Klaipeda, Nida and Palanga

If you intend to walk along the Curonian Spit be aware that after a short distance the Spit forms part of Kaliningrad, which is a territory of the Russian Federation.

Road travel

In 2019 there were 184 road deaths in the Lithuania (source: Department for Transport). This equates to 6.6 road deaths per 100,000 of population and compares to the UK average of 2.6 road deaths per 100,000 of population in 2019.

If you are planning to drive in Lithuania, see information on Driving Abroad.

Licences and documentation

You can drive using a UK photo card driving licence. You must have suitable insurance and carry the original vehicle registration documents (copies are not acceptable).

If you’re living in Lithuania, check the Living in Guide for information on requirements for residents.

Driving a British car abroad

You may need a GB sticker or a UK sticker to drive your car outside the UK. From 28 September UK stickers will replace GB stickers. Check the GOV.UK Displaying number plates website for more information on what to do if you are driving outside the UK before, on or after 28 September 2021.

Road safety

Driving regulations

Winter tyres are a legal requirement in Lithuania between 10 November and 10 April.

Dipped headlights are compulsory all year round.

Speed limits, unless otherwise indicated, are 50km/h in towns, 90km/h on country roads and 110km/h on highways.

Don’t drink and drive. The legal blood-alcohol limit is 0.04%. Those found over the limit face a fine and possible imprisonment.

See the European Commission, AA and RAC guides for advice on driving in Lithuania.

Bringing a vehicle into Lithuania

When arriving in Lithuania with a car, border officials will ask for a passport which is valid for the duration of your stay, the original vehicle registration documents (copies are not acceptable) and evidence of international vehicle insurance (Green Card).

Winter travel

Be prepared for extremely cold and possibly hazardous weather if you intend to travel to Lithuania in the winter (October to March). There’s likely to be snow or ice on the ground and temperatures may drop to -25°C or below.

Attacks in Lithuania can’t be ruled out.

UK Counter Terrorism Policing has information and advice on staying safe abroad and what to do in the event of a terrorist attack. Find out more about the global threat from terrorism.

You should be aware of the global risk of indiscriminate terrorist attacks which could be in public areas, including those frequented by expatriates and foreign travellers.

There is a heightened threat of terrorist attack globally against UK interests and British nationals, from groups or individuals motivated by the conflict in Iraq and Syria. You should be vigilant at this time.

This page reflects the UK government’s understanding of current rules for people travelling on a full ‘British Citizen’ passport, for the most common types of travel.

The authorities in Lithuania set and enforce entry rules. For further information contact the embassy, high commission or consulate of the country or territory you’re travelling to. You should also consider checking with your transport provider or travel company to make sure your passport and other travel documents meet their requirements.

If you are travelling to Lithuania for work, read the guidance on visas and permits as the rules have changed since 1 January 2021.

Entry rules in response to coronavirus (COVID-19)

Entry to Lithuania

British nationals travelling to Lithuania from overseas must complete an online registration form no earlier than 48 hours before they begin their journey to Lithuania. British nationals arriving in Lithuania by private vehicles or on foot must complete the online registration form within 12 hours of arriving in Lithuania.

British nationals travelling to Lithuania from the UK are required to self-isolate for 10 days and provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 PCR test (taken no earlier than 72 hours before arrival) or antigen test (taken no earlier than 48 hours before arrival). You must also register for a PCR test, to take place between day three and five of isolation. For more information on getting a PCR test in Lithuania, see the NVSC website.

There are a number of exemptions from testing and isolation requirements for British nationals travelling from the UK. See Exemptions from COVID-19 tests and self-isolation

You may shorten your isolation period by taking a third PCR test from day seven of your isolation period. You may leave isolation if the test returns a negative result. You must inform the NVSC of your negative result and intention to end isolation early.

Different arrival requirements may apply, depending on your country of departure. For more information on the requirements for arrivals from other countries, check the Lithuanian Ministry of Health website.

Exemptions from COVID-19 tests and self-isolation

British nationals travelling to Lithuania from the UK, who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, are exempt from both self-isolation and the requirement to provide evidence of a negative PCR/antigen test.

The Lithuanian government considers individuals to be fully vaccinated 14 days after they have completed a full course of COVID-19 vaccination, with a vaccine registered in the EU Register of Medicinal Products.

If you have had a full course of COVID-19 vaccination, but plan to travel to Lithuania before 14 days have passed, you must remain in self-isolation from the point of arrival until the 14 day period has ended.

See Demonstrating your COVID-19 status

Children under the age of 12, who are travelling to Lithuania from the UK, will not be required to self-isolate on arrival or provide evidence of a negative PCR/antigen test result.

Unvaccinated children aged between 12 and 16, who are travelling to Lithuania from the UK will be exempt from self-isolation if they provide a negative PCR test result (taken no earlier than 72 hours before arrival) or antigen test (taken no earlier than 48 hours before arrival). If they arrive in Lithuania without a negative PCR/antigen test result, they will be required to self-isolate for 10 days.

There are a small number of additional exemptions from self-isolation and testing on arrival from overseas. Please check the Lithuanian National Public Health Centre (NVSC) website for the latest information on exemptions.

Demonstrating your COVID-19 status

Lithuania will accept the UK’s proof of COVID-19 recovery and vaccination record. Your NHS appointment card from vaccination centres is not designed to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate your vaccine status.

Quarantine requirements

While in isolation after arrival from the UK, you must:

  • stay in separate rooms to individuals within your household who were not part of your travelling party;
  • not go to shops;
  • not attend face to face public services;
  • not have guests/visitors;
  • organise for essential provisions to be delivered by friends, family or delivery services;
  • consult with a GP by phone/email to arrange extensions to prescriptions; and
  • call the Emergency Response Centre on 112, or COVID-19 hotline on +370 37367 963, if you develop symptoms of COVID-19. The hotline is open daily between 8am and 11pm.

When isolating on arrival from the UK, you may go outside for a walk, within a 1km radius of your place of self-isolation. While outside, you must wear a facemask, stay away from crowded areas and not mix with individuals outside your travelling party.

While in isolation, you may be contacted by Lithuanian health officials.

British nationals needing to temporarily break isolation, who meet one of the requirements set out by the Lithuanian Government, must notify the NVSC in advance. You do not need to inform the NVSC if you are breaking isolation for a COVID-19 PCR test or for emergency medical treatment.

British nationals may leave Lithuania before the end of their isolation period in order to return to the UK/their country of residence. However, you must register your travels plans with the NVSC at least 24 hours before departure.

Neighbouring countries

There may be restrictions in countries neighbouring Lithuania. Please check country-specific FCDO Travel Advice for details and contact the British Embassy if you need assistance.

You should follow the local quarantine measures of the country that you are in.

Visas

If you need further information about entry requirements, contact the local immigration authorities or the nearest Lithuanian embassy/consulate. You should also check with your airline or travel company for the latest information.

Regular entry requirements

Visas

The rules for travelling or working in European countries changed on 1 January 2021:

  • you can travel to countries in the Schengen area for up to 90 days in any 180-day period without a visa. This applies if you travel as a tourist, to visit family or friends, to attend business meetings, cultural or sports events, or for short-term studies or training.

  • if you are travelling to Lithuania and other Schengen countries without a visa, make sure your whole visit is within the 90-day limit. Visits to Schengen countries within the previous 180 days before you travel count towards your 90 days

  • to stay longer, to work or study, for business travel or for other reasons, you will need to meet the Lithuanian government’s entry requirements. Check with the Lithuanian Embassy what type of visa and/or work permit you may need

  • if you stay in Lithuania with a residence permit or long-stay visa, this does not count towards your 90-day visa-free limit

Any time you spent in Lithuania or other Schengen countries before 1 January 2021 does not count towards your 90-day visa-free limit.

At Lithuanian border control, you may need to use separate lanes from EU, EEA and Swiss citizens when queueing. Your passport may be stamped on entry and exit. You may also need to:

  • show a return or onward ticket
  • show you have enough money for your stay

There are separate requirements for those who are resident in Lithuania. If you are resident in Lithuania, you should carry proof of residence as well as your valid passport when you travel. For further information on these requirements, see our Living in Lithuania guide.

Passport validity

Check your passport is valid for travel before you book your trip, and renew your passport if you do not have enough time left on it.

Make sure your passport is:

  • valid for at least 3 months after the day you plan to leave Lithuania, or any other Schengen country
  • less than 10 years old

The 3 months you need when leaving a country must be within 10 years of the passport issue date.

If you renewed your current passport before the previous one expired, extra months may have been added to its expiry date. Any extra months on your passport over 10 years may not count towards the minimum 3 months needed.

UK Emergency Travel Documents

UK Emergency Travel Documents (ETDs) are accepted for entry, airside transit and exit from Lithuania.

Don’t become involved with drugs. Possession of even very small quantities can lead to imprisonment or heavy fines.

Taking food and drink into the EU

You cannot take meat, milk or products containing them into EU countries. There are some exceptions for medical reasons, for example certain amounts of powdered infant milk, infant food, or pet food required for medical reasons. Check the rules about taking food and drink into the EU on the European Commission website.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Check the latest information on risk from COVID-19 for Lithuania on the TravelHealthPro website

See the healthcare information in the Coronavirus section for information on what to do if you think you have coronavirus while in Lithuania.

At least 8 weeks before your trip, check the latest country-specific health advice from the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC) on the TravelHealthPro website. Each country-specific page has information on vaccine recommendations, any current health risks or outbreaks, and factsheets with information on staying healthy abroad. Guidance is also available from NHS (Scotland) on the FitForTravel website.

General information on travel vaccinations and a travel health checklist is available on the NHS website. You may then wish to contact your health adviser or pharmacy for advice on other preventive measures and managing any pre-existing medical conditions while you’re abroad.

The legal status and regulation of some medicines prescribed or purchased in the UK can be different in other countries. If you’re travelling with prescription or over-the-counter medicine, read this guidance from NaTHNaC on best practice when travelling with medicines. For further information on the legal status of a specific medicine, you’ll need to contact the embassy, high commission or consulate of the country or territory you’re travelling to.

While travel can be enjoyable, it can sometimes be challenging. There are clear links between mental and physical health, so looking after yourself during travel and when abroad is important. Information on travelling with mental health conditions is available in our guidance page. Further information is also available from the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC).

Healthcare

You should get a free UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) or European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) before leaving the UK. If you already have an EHIC it will still be valid as long as it remains in date.

The GHIC or EHIC entitles you to state provided medical treatment that may become necessary during your trip. Any treatment provided is on the same terms as Lithuanian nationals. If you don’t have your EHIC with you or you’ve lost it, you can call the NHS Overseas Healthcare Team on +44 191 218 1999 to get a Provisional Replacement Certificate.

It’s important to take out appropriate travel insurance for your needs. A GHIC or EHIC is not an alternative to travel insurance and you should have both before you travel. It does not cover all health-related costs, for example, medical repatriation, ongoing medical treatment and non-urgent treatment. Read more about what your travel insurance should cover.

If you’re living in Lithuania, you can also find more information on healthcare for residents in our Living In Lithuania guide.

If you need emergency medical assistance during your trip, dial 112 and ask for an ambulance. If you are referred to a medical facility for treatment you should contact your insurance/medical assistance company immediately.

The currency of Lithuania is the euro.

All major credit cards are accepted and there are plenty of ATMs for withdrawing local currency.

If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission. If you need urgent help because something has happened to a friend or relative abroad, contact the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) in London on 020 7008 5000 (24 hours).

Foreign travel checklist

Read our foreign travel checklist to help you plan for your trip abroad and stay safe while you’re there.

Travel safety

The FCDO travel advice helps you make your own decisions about foreign travel. Your safety is our main concern, but we can’t provide tailored advice for individual trips. If you’re concerned about whether or not it’s safe for you to travel, you should read the travel advice for the country or territory you’re travelling to, together with information from other sources you’ve identified, before making your own decision on whether to travel. Only you can decide whether it’s safe for you to travel.

When we judge the level of risk to British nationals in a particular place has become unacceptably high, we’ll state on the travel advice page for that country or territory that we advise against all or all but essential travel. Read more about how the FCDO assesses and categorises risk in foreign travel advice.

Our crisis overseas page suggests additional things you can do before and during foreign travel to help you stay safe.

Refunds and cancellations

If you wish to cancel or change a holiday that you’ve booked, you should contact your travel company. The question of refunds and cancellations is a matter for you and your travel company. Travel companies make their own decisions about whether or not to offer customers a refund. Many of them use our travel advice to help them reach these decisions, but we do not instruct travel companies on when they can or can’t offer a refund to their customers.

For more information about your rights if you wish to cancel a holiday, visit the Citizen’s Advice Bureau website. For help resolving problems with a flight booking, visit the website of the Civil Aviation Authority. For questions about travel insurance, contact your insurance provider and if you’re not happy with their response, you can complain to the Financial Ombudsman Service.

Registering your travel details with us

We’re no longer asking people to register with us before travel. Our foreign travel checklist and crisis overseas page suggest things you can do before and during foreign travel to plan your trip and stay safe.

Previous versions of FCDO travel advice

If you’re looking for a previous version of the FCDO travel advice, visit the National Archives website. Versions prior to 2 September 2020 will be archived as FCO travel advice. If you can’t find the page you’re looking for there, send the Travel Advice Team a request.

Further help

If you’re a British national and you have a question about travelling abroad that isn’t covered in our foreign travel advice or elsewhere on GOV.UK, you can submit an enquiry. We’re not able to provide tailored advice for specific trips.

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