Lithuania - Exercise normal security precautions
There is no nationwide advisory in effect for Lithuania. Exercise normal security precautions.
The decision to travel is your responsibility. You are also responsible for your personal safety abroad. The purpose of this Travel Advice is to provide up-to-date information to enable you to make well-informed decisions.
The crime rate is low. However, petty crime (mugging, purse snatching) occurs, particularly on public transport and in bars and restaurants. Foreigners are often targeted.
After dark, walk only along main roads and sidewalks. At night, avoid walking alone in parks, poorly lit areas, parking lots, and side streets and alleys, particularly in the Old Town and Uzupis neighbourhoods of Vilnius.
Auto theft, especially of new and expensive cars, is rampant. Lock unattended vehicles and conceal all items (including radios). Keep vehicles in a guarded parking lot, particularly overnight.
Roads are generally in good condition, but lanes are not always clearly marked. Travelling at night can be hazardous as slow-moving horse-drawn carts, bicycles and vehicles travel without taillights or reflectors on poorly lit streets and highways.
Winter driving can be especially dangerous, since roads are not always plowed.
Taxis are inexpensive. Use only officially marked taxis from taxi stands or reputable hotels.
Rail service is generally slow, and trains are old and uncomfortable. Safeguard personal belongings on overnight international trains.
Bus service within the capital and its environs is safe and reliable. Frequent bus and air services link Lithuania to neighbouring countries.
The most convenient international airports for transatlantic flights are in Copenhagen (Denmark), Frankfurt (Germany), Amsterdam (Netherlands) and Warsaw (Poland).
Consult our Transportation Safety page in order to verify if national airlines meet safety standards.
Demonstrations occur periodically in larger urban centres. Although they are usually peaceful, avoid all demonstrations and large gatherings as some may suddenly turn violent. Follow the advice of local authorities and monitor local media.
Spiked food and drinks
Never leave food or drinks unattended or in the care of strangers. Be wary of accepting snacks, beverages, gum or cigarettes from new acquaintances, as they may contain drugs that could put you at risk of sexual assault and robbery.
Credit card fraud occurs, particularly in areas frequented by tourists. When using your card, ensure that it remains in view and retain your transaction copy along with the carbon paper, should there be one.
See our Overseas Fraud page for more information on scams abroad.
General safety measures
Exercise normal security precautions in crowded areas, on public transportation, and at airports, railway stations, bars, restaurants and hotels. Ensure that your personal belongings, passports and other travel documents are secure at all times.
Dial 112 for emergency assistance.
Police headquarters in Vilnius provides interpreters at police stations to assist with incidents involving foreigners.
Dial 1414 for roadside assistance from a GSM mobile or regular phone.
The police are not required to respond to minor road accidents, provided there are no injuries to persons and provided both parties are in agreement.
It is the sole prerogative of each country or region to determine who is allowed to enter. Canadian consular officials cannot intervene on your behalf if you do not meet entry requirements. The following information on entry and exit requirements has been obtained from the Lithuanian authorities. However, these requirements are subject to change at any time. It is your responsibility to check with the Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania or one of its consulates for up-to-date information.
Official (special and diplomatic) passport holders must consult the Official Travel page, as they may be subject to different entry requirements.
Canadians must present a passport which must be valid for at least three months beyond the date of their expected departure from the Schengen area. Before you leave, ask your transportation company about its requirements related to passport validity, which may be more stringent than the country's entry rules.
Health insurance is mandatory for non-EU citizens. You must be able to show sufficient proof of medical insurance to customs officials, or otherwise purchase short-term insurance at the border.
Tourist visa: Not required for stays up to 90 days.*
Special visa (employment and student authorization): Required
* The 90 days begin upon initial entry into any country of the Schengen area.
The Curonian Spit – an elongated sand dune that separates the Curonian Lagoon from the Baltic Sea – is divided between Lithuania and the Russian Federation, with a border crossing at Nida. Canadians wishing to visit the Curonian Spit region in Russia must possess a visa.
The following 26 countries comprise the Schengen Area: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.
The Schengen area has common rules regarding visas and controls at external borders:
You do not need visas for short-term visits of up to 90 days within a six-month period. Your stays are cumulative, and include visits to any country within the Schengen area. Some countries require that you register with local authorities within three working days of your arrival.
It is important to get your passport stamped when entering the Schengen area. The absence of an entry stamp from the initial Schengen port of entry could create difficulties during subsequent encounters with local police or other authorities throughout the Schengen area.
After 90 days of stay in the Schengen area, you must leave for another 90 days before you can re-enter.
If you overstay the permitted 90 days in the Schengen area, you may be fined or deported. To visit for longer than 90 days, you must obtain a long-stay national visa.
Children and travel
Children need special documentation to visit certain countries. Please consult our Children page for more information.
Some countries require proof of yellow fever vaccination before allowing entry. Consult the World Health Organization’s country list to obtain information on this country’s requirements.
The Agency strongly recommends that you consult with a travel medicine clinic or health care provider preferably six weeks before departure.
The Agency publishes travel health advice for Lithuania.
Medical care in Lithuania has improved but is not yet up to Western standards. Medical supplies are increasingly available. You may be at risk outside major centres if you have existing health problems.
Doctors and hospitals often expect immediate cash payment for health services.
Western-type dental care is available in most major cities.
Laws & Culture
You are subject to local laws. Consult our Arrest and Detention FAQ for more information.
Canada and Lithuania are signatories to the European Convention on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons. This enables a Canadian imprisoned in Lithuania to request a transfer to a Canadian prison to complete a sentence. The transfer requires the agreement of both Canadian and Lithuanian authorities.
Penalties for possession, use or trafficking of illegal drugs are strict. Convicted offenders can expect jail sentences or heavy fines.
You are allowed to drive with a Canadian driver’s licence for up to 90 days. You must acquire a Lithuanian driver’s licence if you reside in Lithuania for 185 days or more in one calendar year.
Car insurance is mandatory. Border officials may request that you show them original documents.
Seat belts are mandatory, except for children under the age of 12. A car seat on the back seat is mandatory for children under three, and a car seat on the front seat is mandatory for children under 12.
Headlights must be on at all times from September 1 to April 1. Studded tires are not allowed from April 10 through November 1.
Penalties for drinking and driving are strict. Convicted offenders can expect heavy fines, and driver's licences may be suspended.
The currency of Lithuania is the litas (LTL), which is pegged to the euro (EUR).
The economy is mainly cash-based, but most hotels, restaurants and stores accept major credit cards (primarily Visa and MasterCard).
Foreign currency, especially U.S. dollars and euros, can easily be exchanged. Marked or torn notes may be discounted. Traveller’s cheques can only be cashed at banks.
Automated banking machines (ABMs) are widely available in urban centres and accept Canadian bank cards and major credit cards.
When crossing one of the external border control points of the European Union (EU), you must make a declaration to customs upon entry or exit if you have at least €10,000, or the equivalent in other currencies. The sum can be in cash, cheques, money orders, traveller’s cheques or any other convertible assets. This does not apply if you are travelling within the EU or in transit to a non-EU country. For more information on the EU legislation and links to EU countries’ sites, visit the web page of the European Commission on cash controls.
Natural Disasters & Climate
Lithuania is subject to extremely cold temperatures and windstorms in winter.
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