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- Normal precautions
- High degree of caution
- Avoid non-essential travel
- Do not travel
- Safety and Security
- Local Laws and Customs
- Additional Information
- Embassy Contact
General COVID-19 Travel Advisory in Operation:
Avoid non-essential travel until further notice:
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade advises against all non-essential travel overseas until further notice. This includes Great Britain but does not apply to Northern Ireland. It also includes all travel by cruise ship.
If you are currently travelling outside of Ireland:
Flight restrictions and route cancellations are happening on a daily basis worldwide and there is no guarantee that air routes will continue to operate. For this reason, where commercial flights are still an option, we recommend that people who wish to do so make arrangements to return to Ireland as soon as possible.
We are working with airlines to show maximum flexibility to those passengers who need to change their existing flight arrangements. Where commercial flights are no longer available, we are working side-by-side with our international partners to identify alternative options where possible.
It may not be feasible or possible for everyone who wants to travel back to Ireland to do so in the short term. We ask Irish citizens remaining abroad to make decisions that safeguard their health and well-being and that they follow local public health and safety requirements. We ask that they remain in close contact with family, friends and their local Irish Embassy or Consulate.
We know that this is a stressful situation for citizens and our embassy network is working around the clock to provide people with all the information and assistance that we can, bearing in mind the situation is unfolding across multiple countries and is not one under our control.
What to do on entering Ireland from abroad:
The Irish Health Authorities require anyone coming into Ireland, apart from Northern Ireland, to restrict their movements on arrival for 14 days. Check the Irish Health Service COVID-19 Advice Page for full information on these requirements. This includes Irish residents. Exemptions are in place for providers of essential supply chain services such as hauliers, pilots and maritime staff.
Where to go for more information:
We continue to make updates to our online travel advice for over 200 countries and recommend that you download our TravelWise App and follow us on Twitter. If abroad you should register with your local Irish Embassy or Consulate and regularly check their website and especially their Twitter accounts for details of any local public health measures and travel restrictions.
Avoid non-essential travel
Latest Travel Alert
A number of cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) have been confirmed in Lithuania.
See links below for details.
Quarantine was introduced at midnight on Monday 16th March and will continue until 30th March 24:00hrs.
Lithuanian citizens, with some exceptions, are banned from leaving the country, and foreigners are banned from entering the country.
Arrival of foreign nationals in the Republic of Lithuania is prohibited, except for drivers and members of crews in case of commercial and/or international carriage of goods; residents of the Republic of Lithuania, diplomats, and military personnel of military units of NATO and NATO countries, their staff and members of their families.
Foreign nationals will be allowed to enter the territory of Lithuania until midnight, March 19 on condition they cross without indispensable stop.
Border crossing shall be allowed at the following international border crossing points: Kalvarija–Budzisko, Saločiai–Grenctāle, Būtingė–Rucava, Smėlynė–Medume, Medininkai–Kamenyj Log, Raigardas–Privalka, Kybartai–Chernyshevskoe, Panemunė–Sovietsk, Vilnius, Kaunas, Palanga, Šiauliai airports, and the Klaipėda State Seaport.
Movement of goods shall not be restricted.
The majority of shops shall be closed except for groceries and pharmacies.
Individuals are obliged to self-isolate after returning from abroad.
All gatherings held in open and closed spaces are suspended until 27th March.
All public institutions advised to switch to teleworking as much as possible.
Traveling to Lithuania from an at risk zone
• A fourteen day long self-isolation period shall be mandatory to all travellers who arrive from high-risk countries, identified as such by the decision of the Head of the National Emergency Operations Centre (China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Iran, Italy, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, and Spain).
• Passengers arriving from the above mentioned countries are required to submit personal information to the National Public Health Centre (NVSC) by phone +370 5 2124098, by e-mail email@example.com, or by filling in this QUESTIONNAIRE. Travellers with possible coronavirus symptoms are urged to immediately call 112.
• All flights from Lithuania to Italy will be suspended as of 13th of March, and flights from Italy to Lithuania - as of 16th of March.
Additionally, restrictions have been put in place on social gatherings in order to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
Restrictions on public gatherings
• All gatherings across the country, held in both open and closed spaces, are prohibited.
• All bars and restaurants, museums, cinemas, gyms and similar public places have been ordered to close.
If you are in Lithuania, you should monitor developments regularly and follow the advice of local authorities. See links to relevant websites below.
Be alert to common signs of infection: respiratory problems, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. Seek medical advice if you experience these symptoms.
HSE medical advice to protect yourself from getting COVID-19 is below.
• wash your hands properly and regularly with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub
• cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when you cough and sneeze
• put used tissues into a bin and wash your hands
• touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
Additional information on COVID-19 can be found via the following links:
The best help is often close at hand so if you have problems, try talking to your local contacts, tour operator representative or hotel management.
You can contact the emergency services in Lithuania by dialling 112. The service is multilingual.
Our tips for safe travels:
- Purchase comprehensive travel insurance which covers all your intended activities.
- Get a European Health Insurance Card
- Add an alert for your destination within the Travelwise App.
- Register your details with us so that we can contact you quickly if there’s an unforeseen crisis like a natural disaster or a family emergency.
- Follow us on twitter @dfatravelwise for the latest travel updates.
- Read our ‘Know Before You Go’ guide.
Safety and Security
Safety and Security
Safety and security
Although the threat from terrorism in Lithuania is low, there is still a global risk of indiscriminate terrorist attacks, which could be against civilian targets, including places frequented by tourists and expatriates.
Crime targeting tourists remains relatively low in Lithuania but you should take sensible precautions:
- Don't carry your credit card, travel tickets and money together - leave spare cash and valuables in a safe place.
- Don't carry your passport unless absolutely necessary and leave a copy of your passport (and travel and insurance documents) with family or friends at home.
- While Lithuanian cities are generally safe, some petty crime such as pick-pocketing or bag-snatching is possible. Avoid poorly-lit streets, parks, and secluded areas after dark.
- Be wary of accepting food and drink from strangers in bars, nightclubs and restaurants.
- We recommend you check the price of drinks before ordering and whether there is a 'cover' charge made for entry to bars, restaurants and other establishments. You should be vigilant when using your credit/debit card.
If you're a victim of a crime while in Lithuania, report it to the local police immediately. Police can be contacted via the national emergency telephone number, 112.
If you want to drive:
- Bring your driving license and make sure you have adequate and appropriate insurance
- Drive on the right-hand side of the road
- Winter tyres are a legal requirement in Lithuania between 10 November and 1 April
- Dipped headlights are compulsory all year round
Right hand drive vehicles can be driven in Lithuania temporarily - while on holiday, for example, for up to 90 days per year. However, if you're moving to Lithuania on a long-term basis please note that right-hand drive vehicles cannot normally be registered in Lithuania.
Border officials and police require original car documents and if you’re driving into the country, you need car insurance valid for Lithuania.
When travelling by car, border officials will ask you for the following documents:
- A passport with a validity of at least 6 months
- Original car registration documents (copies are not acceptable)
- International vehicle insurance (Green Card)
Hiring a vehicle
If you’re hiring a vehicle, we advise you not to hand over your passport as a form of security. If you’re allowing your passport to be photocopied, keep it in your sight at all times.
Check that you have adequate insurance and read the small print of the vehicle hire contract (particularly any waiver that will come into effect if the vehicle is damaged).
Local Laws and Customs
Local Laws and Customs
Local laws and customs
Remember, the local laws apply to you as a visitor and it is your responsibility to follow them. Be sensitive to local customs, traditions and practices as your behaviour may be seen as improper, hostile or even illegal.
Illegal drug use (no matter what the drug) carries stiff penalties, including fines and long prison terms.
Public drunkenness (i.e. in the streets, on public transport, etc.) will be dealt with very severely by the Lithuanian authorities, who have the right to detain people in detoxification centres if they believe them to be very drunk. It is illegal to supply alcohol to anyone under 20 years of age in Lithuania.
We can’t pay for emergency medical repatriation, repatriation of remains, or for expenses as a result of a personal emergency while you are abroad. If you buy an appropriate travel insurance policy, these costs will be covered, provided you haven’t broken the terms and conditions.
Buying comprehensive travel insurance can save you and your family a lot of money if something goes wrong. It will also ensure that you get the medical attention you need, when you need it. Hospital bills can quickly run into thousands of euro, and a medical evacuation back to Ireland can cost thousands more.
Not all policies are the same, and the cheapest one might be cheap for a reason. Make sure your policy covers all the activities you plan to do on your trip. Insurance Ireland recommend that you purchase a policy that provides a minimum medical cover of €1 million.
Your policy should cover:
- All medical care abroad, including evacuation by air ambulance, or other emergency procedures, and any other costs associated with an unexpected longer stay.
- Your entire trip, from departure to return. Consider an annual multi-trip policy if you’re making more than one trip in the year.
- 24-hour emergency service and assistance.
- Personal liability cover (in case you’re sued for causing injury or damaging property).
- Lost and stolen possessions.
- Cancellation and curtailment.
- Any extra activities you intend to do that are excluded from standard policies (e.g. water sport activities such as jet skiing or other extreme sports).
Exclusions: You should know most insurance policies will not cover drink or drug-related incidents.
European Health Insurance Card
As an Irish resident you are entitled to get healthcare through the public system in countries of the European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland if you become ill or injured while on a temporary stay there. Ensure that you get or renew your EHIC (the new name for the E111) before you go, and remember, you need one for every person travelling in your group.
The EHIC is not a substitute for proper travel insurance provided by a reputable insurer. It doesn’t cover medical repatriation, ongoing medical treatment or treatment of a non-urgent nature. Also, some private hospitals may not accept the EHIC, so you should check with the hospital administrator beforehand.
Tick-borne encephalitis and Lyme disease are common in Lithuania, especially in forested areas during the summer months. You should seek medical advice regarding inoculations against rabies and tick-borne encephalitis if you intend to visit forested areas.
Entry requirements (visa/passport)
Irish citizens don’t need a visa to enter Lithuania. However, entry requirements may change from time to time and you should check with the nearest Lithuanian Embassy before you travel. Lithuania is a member of the Schengen Area.
It’s advisable to take a number of photocopies of your passport with you. During your stay you should carry a photocopy of your passport at all times.
If you intend to live in Lithuania for longer than three months, the Lithuanian authorities will require that any child travelling and living with you will need to have his or her own passport. You may experience difficulties upon your arrival or departure in the case of children who are listed on the passport of one of their parents.
Warm, humid weather gives rise to frequent storms throughout the year, some of which cause damage to buildings, trees, etc. You should be careful during stormy weather, and avoid unnecessary travel.
Over 30% of Lithuania is covered with forests. Forest fires are rare, but can occur in periods of dry weather. We advise you to avoid areas that may have fire warnings in place.
Please note that if you require urgent assistance while the Embassy is closed, you can contact the Duty Officer at phone number +370 65515235.
Embassy of Ireland
Gedimino pr. 1,
Monday to Friday 10:00-12:00 and 14:00-16:00
Get travel and medical insurance
Before travelling, the Department strongly recommends that you obtain comprehensive travel insurance which will cover all overseas medical costs, including medical repatriation/evacuation, repatriation of remains and legal costs. You should check any exclusions and, in particular, that your policy covers you for the activities you want to undertake.