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Lithuania

If you’re travelling to Lithuania, our travel advice and updates give you practical tips and useful information.

Get travel and medical insurance

Before travelling, the Department strongly recommends that you obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), available by contacting the Health Service Executive, and that you also 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.

Security Status

  • Normal precautions
  • High degree of caution
  • Avoid non-essential travel
  • Do not travel
  • Overview
  • Safety and Security
  • Local Laws and Customs
  • Health
  • Additional Information
  • Embassy Contact

Overview

General COVID-19 Travel Advisory in Operation

General advice to avoid non-essential travel and ‘Normal Precautions’ list of exemptions:

In accordance with Government policy, which is based on official public health advice, the Department of Foreign Affairs continues to advise against non-essential travel overseas. This includes Great Britain but does not apply to Northern Ireland. It also includes all travel by cruise ship.

Travel to a very limited set of locations is exempted from this advice. Individuals arriving into Ireland from these locations will not be required to restrict their movements upon entry. These locations currently have a ‘normal precautions’ (“green”) security status rating. As of 4 August 2020, these locations are:

  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • Greece
  • Greenland
  • Hungary
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Norway
  • Slovakia

Inclusion on the list is based on the current epidemiological situation and related public health information in each location. The list and related travel advice will be reviewed on a fortnightly basis, based on advice from officials, including public health experts. Any updates or changes will be based on Government decisions. The latest updates will always be uploaded first to this General COVID-19 Travel Advisory. Country-specific tabs will be updated subsequently, and as quickly as possible, but this advisory is the primary source of information for the latest version of the list. The above list was updated on 4 August following the latest review.

If you are considering travelling outside of Ireland:

Irish citizens travelling to locations with a ‘normal precautions’ (“green”) rating are advised to follow the public health guidelines of the local health authorities and to continue to practice physical distancing measures, hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette etc. The security rating for all other locations remains unchanged at either to ‘avoid non-essential travel’ (“orange”) or to ‘do not travel’ (“red”).

The purpose of the Department’s Travel Advice is to provide information to the general public so that individuals can make informed decisions for themselves.  The COVID19 pandemic continues to accelerate internationally, and there are significant risks associated with international travel. Citizens should be aware of the possible limitations to any consular assistance that could be provided. Any citizens who are considering travel abroad are advised to monitor closely our travel advice and we recommend that citizens download our TravelWise App and follow us on Twitter. Citizens travelling abroad should also register with their local Irish Embassy or Consulate and regularly check their website and Twitter accounts for details of any local public health measures and travel restrictions.

Should you need to travel for essential reasons, you should inform yourself about any requirements in place in the destination to which you are travelling.  Flight restrictions and route cancellations are happening on a daily basis worldwide and there is no guarantee that air routes will continue to operate as scheduled. Testing and restrictions may be imposed or may already be in place in other countries. It is important to check with your insurance provider on coverage at this time.

What to do on entering Ireland from abroad:

The Irish Authorities advise anyone coming into Ireland, apart from Northern Ireland and individuals arriving in Ireland from locations with a security rating of ‘normal precautions’ (“green”), to restrict their movements for 14 days, and this includes citizens and residents returning to Ireland. Restricting your movements means staying indoors in one location and avoiding contact with other people and social situations as much as possible. To ensure that this is being observed all passengers arriving to Ireland from overseas are obliged to complete a mandatory Public Health Passenger Locator Form and to submit it to the relevant authority at their port of entry. For further details please see the Irish Government Advice Page. Exemptions are also in place for providers of essential supply chain services such as hauliers, pilots and maritime staff. Check the Irish Government Advice Page for full information on these requirements and further advice on returning from abroad.

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 Twitter accounts for details of any local public health measures and travel restrictions.

Overview

Security status

Take normal precautions.

Security Status Last Updated: 22 July 2020

Latest Travel Alert

Novel Coronavirus

A number of cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) have been confirmed in Lithuania.
See links below for details.

http://sam.lrv.lt/en/news/first-coronavirus-case-confirmed-in-lithuania

Quarantine was introduced at midnight on 16/03/20 and was lifted on June 17th.

Virtually all quarantine related restrictions have now been lifted, with the remaining ones relating to the size of large public events.

Traveling to Lithuania

On 28/05/20 the government agreed upon a plan to gradually open the country's borders to people from European countries with low coronavirus infection rates.

Lithuania is allowing flights from countries in the EU (as well as Switzerland and the UK) that report fewer than 25 new Covid-19 cases per population of 100,000 over the previous two weeks;

The Health Minister will announce the list of countries that meet the criteria every Monday. People arriving in Lithuania from the approved countries will not be required to self-isolate for 14 days. The list can be viewed here;

https://sam.lrv.lt/en/news/lithuanias-revised-list-of-coronavirus-safe-countries

Ireland is currently on the safe list and travellers arriving from Ireland are not required to self-isolate.

Passengers arriving from countries not on the safe list are required to submit personal information to the National Public Health Centre (NVSC) by phone +370 5 2124098 or by e-mail info@nvsc.lt. Travellers with possible coronavirus symptoms are urged to immediately call 112.

Restrictions on public gatherings

From 17/07/20, indoor events for up to 400 people are permitted in accordance with safety distancing and hygiene guidelines. The limit will be increased to 500 people on 01/08/20 and 600 by 16/08/20.

Outdoor events are limited to 1000 people.

The government has announced that all restrictions on public events -- both indoor and outdoor -- will be lifted completely in early October if the coronavirus situation does not worsen.

Lithuanian Airports:

https://www.ltou.lt/en/media-1/news/lithuanian-airports-adopt-additional-measures-to-check-the-passengers-arriving-from-northern-italy

Vilnius Airport:

https://www.vno.lt/en/news/temporary-measures-to-tackle-the-coronavirus-threat-at-lithuanian-airports

Vilnius Municipality:

https://vilnius.lt/en/2020/02/26/recommendations-to-residents-how-to-protect-yourself-from-viruses-2/

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.

Do:

• 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

Don’t:

• touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

Additional information on COVID-19 can be found via the following links:

HSE

HPSC

ECDC

World Health Organisation

Emergency assistance

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

Terrorism

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

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.

Reporting crime

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.

Driving

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.

Car documentation

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

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 drugs

Illegal drug use (no matter what the drug) carries stiff penalties, including fines and long prison terms. 

Alcohol

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.

Health

Health

Travel Insurance

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.

Emergency expenses

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.

Apply for your EHIC and find out more information.

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

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.

Additional Information

Additional information

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.

Passports

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.

Storms

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.

Forest fires

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.

Embassy contact

Embassy Contact

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,
LT-01103 Vilnius
Lithuania

Tel: +370 5262 9460
Fax: +370 5262 9462

Monday to Friday 10:00-12:00 and 14:00-16:00

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