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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

Overview

Security Status

High Degree of Caution

Latest Travel Alert

Anyone considering travel should be aware that restrictions are subject to change at short notice, and all passengers should undertake proper research and carefully consider the necessity of their travel at this time. Citizens should be aware of the possible limitations to any consular assistance that could be provided. It is also important to check with your travel insurance provider on coverage before travel.

If considering travelling abroad, you are advised to monitor the official advice and information provided by the authorities at your destination. Information about entry restrictions applied by other countries is available below. Additional restrictions may be imposed by the country of your destination, including during your visit.

Travel to Lithuania

Passengers are required to complete a registration form no earlier than 48 hours prior to arrival in Lithuania and to show the confirmation (QR code) to the carrier when boarding the vehicle, or those travelling by their own transport will have to show it to the NPHC staff or other officials at the border checkpoint or passenger checkpoint.

Passengers from all countries must present a negative COVID -19 test, unless they can prove they have immunity: have been fully vaccinated (at least two weeks before the arrival) or recovered from the disease. Those recovered from COVID-19 are considered immune for 180 days after the diagnosis. There are no testing or self-isolation requirements for children under the age of 12.

Lithuania has implemented a three-tier rule system for all arrivals from 14 June, based on the weekly map issued by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), which can be viewed here.

  • Countries classed as orange or green.

    No self-isolation required; a COVID-19 antigen or PCR test to be taken no more than 72 hours before the arrival (and provide evidence of such in an official EU language).

  • Countries classed as red or grey.
     
    10 Self-isolation required unless vaccinated or recovered from the coronavirus; a COVID-19 antigen or PCR test to be taken no more than 72 hours before the arrival (and provide evidence of such in an official EU language).

  • High-risk countries

    Self-isolation for 10 days required for all arrivals, including those vaccinated or recovered from the coronavirus. All children will also need to self-isolate. A COVID-19 antigen or PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival.

Ireland is currently classified as ‘Red’.

Rules for mandatory 10-day self-isolation:

  • Allowed to go outside for a walk within the radius of maximum 1 km from the place of self-isolation while wearing protective equipment covering nose and mouth. Public areas should be avoided
  • When staying with other people, it is required to self-isolate in a separate room, but those staying together do not have to self-isolate;
  • It is possible to shorten self-isolation time by taking a COVID-19 test (PCR), at personal expense, on the 7th day of self-isolation at the earliest, with a negative response thereof.

Self-isolation exemptions

At present, arrivals to Lithuania are exempt from both self-isolation and testing requirements if they can provide evidence to show they have received a vaccine or have recovered from COVID-19;

Arrivals who have recovered from COVID-19

Quarantine/testing exemptions apply to arrivals holding a medical document confirming recovery from coronavirus diagnosed on the basis of a positive COVID-19 PCR test or an antigen test and that maximum 180 days have passed from the positive testing until the return/entry to the of Lithuania.

A document from a medical establishment will not be required in the cases where COVID-19 was diagnosed in Lithuania and the data have been communicated to the Information System of Electronic Health Services and Cooperation Infrastructure in the case of travelling by their own transport to Lithuania. This exemption will apply when the purpose of travelling is not necessarily related to the performance of work functions.

Vaccinated arrivals : To be eligible for quarantine/testing exemptions, vaccinated arrivals must produce a medical document, a country-specific vaccination certificate or an international vaccination certificate confirming that they have gone through the full programme of COVID-19 vaccination with a vaccine registered in the Union Register of Medicinal Products.

All documents confirming the results of a COVID-19 test, proof of vaccination or recovery must be submitted in one of the official languages of the European Union.

Anyone considering travel to Lithuania should check the latest information from the local authorities regarding requirements for international passengers arriving in the country.

Foreign arrivals who have to self-isolate upon arrival, but wish to leave Lithuania before the 10-day isolation period has lapsed may do so, but only if they are granted permission by the National Public Health Centre (NPHC). Further information can be found here.

According to Health Ministry guidelines, people who have been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 need to self-isolate for 10 days after the date of contact.

Those who suspect they have the virus need to self-isolate until they receive a negative test result.

General Travel Advice

On Thursday 1 July, Lithuania officially ended its state of lockdown, which began on 7 November 2020. However, some restrictions remain in place.

For example, the wearing of facemasks will remain mandatory in public indoor spaces, including shopping malls, as well as public transport, indoor common areas or meetings at work. Lithuania remains in a state of nationwide quarantine

To take COVID -19 test in Lithuania, arrivals call the COVID-19 hotline tel. 1808 or do so via a private clinic.

The Lithuanian Ministry of Health website provides up to date information on the COVID-19 situation in the country and details any changes to the current rules/regulations.

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

Lithuanian Airports

Vilnius Airport

Emergency assistance

You can contact the emergency services in Lithuania by dialling 112. The service is multilingual.

Travel to Ireland

 

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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