Lithuania Travel Advice
Security travel advice for Lithuania
How safe is Lithuania?
Threat level: Low-Medium
The current travel advice for visits to Lithuania is to remain cautious of petty crime, however any visit should be relatively trouble-free, the terror threat is low as is the crime rate. The country does have some areas, particularly tourist attractions that attract petty crimes such as pick pocketing. Tourists are also sometimes targeted in night clubs and bars, and have reported having drinks and food drugged to make them more vulnerable targets for various crimes, although cases like this are quite uncommon.
One of the main crimes that occur in the cities like Vilnius is car theft. Cars left in streets and not in secure car parks are at most risk, and reports of car theft have increased over recent years. Lock unattended vehicles and hide contents. Use guarded car parks in cities if possible, risk of car theft is higher at night.
Basic security precautions should be taken when travelling to Lithuania to ensure a trouble-free visit. Public transport hubs such as bus stops and train stations attract crimes such as muggings and bag snatching, they do not occur at a higher rate but thieves often target tourists. Avoid crowded places where possible and keep travel documents and other valuables close to you at all times.
Lithuania's International Relations
Lithuania is a member of both the United Nations and the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, maintaining foreign diplomatic relationships in 94 countries. It is also an active member in the cooperation between Northern Europe countries and is a member of Baltic Council.
Lithuania has shaky relations with Latvia, as there are minor disputes over a maritime boundary and oil exploration rights. The countries share over 350 miles of boundary and most of this is undisputed.
Travelling around Lithuania
You can drive in Lithuania with a UK driver's licence and other EU licences. It is a legal requirement for all drivers to have suitable insurance and carry the original vehicle registration documents.
Between 10 November and 1 April, it is a legal requirements to have winter tires and you must drive with dipped headlights all year round.
Emergency services in Lithuania:
Police emergency: 112
Fire emergency: 112
Medical emergency: 112
Religion: Christianity (Roman Catholic Church)
Currency: Euro (EUR)
Time now in Vilnius:
Consular information for Lithuania
Akmenų g. 6
Telephone: +370 5 266 5500
Antakalnio str. 2
Telephone: +370 5 246 2900
Visa requirements for Lithuania
Australian, Canadian and US citizens can stay in Lithuania for up to 90 days without a visa. EU nationals may stay for an unlimited period, but must register with the local authorities after three months. Other nations should check with their nearest embassy before travel to avoid complications.
Healthcare and Immunisations
It is advised that visitors to Lithuania are up-to-date with primary boosters such as MMR. It is further recommended that most travellers also get Tetanus and Hepatitis A vaccinations. Check with your local health professional prior to travel if you are unsure.
Tick born Encephalitis is a risk in Lithuania during the warmer months and is more common in rural areas.