Traveling Luck for Lithuania

Lithuania is located in Eastern Europe, bordering the Baltic Sea, between Latvia and Russia.

Lithuania has borders with Belarus for 660km, Latvia for 576km, Poland for 103km and Russia for 273km.

Land in Lithuania is lowland, many scattered small lakes, fertile soil.

Lithuanian land covers an area of 65200 square kilometers which is slightly larger than West Virginia

As for the Lithuanian climate; transitional, between maritime and continental; wet, moderate winters and summers.

Lithuanian(s) speak Lithuanian (official) 82%, Russian 8%, Polish 5.6%, other and unspecified 4.4% (2001 census).

Lithuanian National Map

Lithuanian Map

Regions of Lithuania

Independent between the two World Wars, Lithuania was annexed by the USSR in 1940. On 11 March 1990, Lithuania became the first of the Soviet republics to declare its independence, but Moscow did not recognize this proclamation until September of 1991 (following the abortive coup in Moscow). The last Russian troops withdrew in 1993. Lithuania subsequently restructured its economy for integration into Western European institutions; it joined both NATO and the EU in the spring of 2004.


Lithuania Country Profile

Lithuania, the Baltic state that has conducted the most trade with Russia, has slowly rebounded from the 1998 Russian financial crisis. Unemployment dropped from 11% in 2003 to 5.3% in 2005. Growing domestic consumption and increased investment have furthered recovery. Trade has been increasingly oriented toward the West. Lithuania has gained membership in the World Trade Organization and joined the EU in May 2004. Privatization of the large, state-owned utilities, particularly in the energy sector, is nearing completion. Overall, more than 80% of enterprises have been privatized. Foreign government and business support have helped in the transition from the old command economy to a market economy.

Lithuanian natural resources include peat, arable land, amber

fertile central plains are separated by hilly uplands that are ancient glacial deposits

Lithuanian religion is Roman Catholic 79%, Russian Orthodox 4.1%, Protestant (including Lutheran and Evangelical Christian Baptist) 1.9%, other or unspecified 5.5%, none 9.5% (2001 census).

Natural hazards in Lithuania include NA.

Travel Advice on Lithuania

Lithuania

This advice has been reviewed and reissued with amendments to the Health section (EHIC) and General section (EU Aviation Regulations).  The overall level of the advice has not changed.

SUMMARY

  • The threat from terrorism is low.  But you should be aware of the global risk of indiscriminate terrorist attacks which could be against civilian targets, including places frequented by foreigners.

  • Road traffic accidents are common.  Extra care must be taken at all times when driving, particularly when driving at night.

  • Road hauliers should be prepared for severe delays at all Lithuania-Latvia border crossing points.

  • You should seek medical advice about inoculations against rabies and tick-borne encephalitis if you intend to visit forested areas.

  • Around 25,000 to 30,000 British tourists visit Lithuania every year.  The main type of incident for which British nationals require consular assistance in Lithuania is for replacing lost and stolen passports.  You should leave your passport in a safe place and keep a copy of it with you for identification purposes.

  • We strongly recommend that you obtain comprehensive travel and medical insurance before travelling.  You should check any exclusions, and that your policy covers you for the activities you want to undertake.  Please see:  Travel Insurance


SAFETY AND SECURITY

EU Aviation Regulations
The revised EU-wide security measures that came into effect for all passengers departing from UK airports in November 2006 are also being implemented in Lithuania.  For more details about this please see:  DfT - Airline Security Update.
The official currency of Lithuania is Litas (Lt).  Major credit cards are widely accepted and ATM machines can be found in most banks and hotels.  There are numerous currency exchange kiosks in the capital Vilnius and travellers cheques can be cashed at some banks.
You should ensure that any Sterling you take to Lithuania is in Bank of England notes.  Banks and Bureaux de Change have refused to exchange Scottish or Irish notes, as they do not recognise them as Sterling.
The British Embassy cannot issue passports locally but it can issue temporary passports.  The Embassy can arrange for replacement passports to be issued via our Embassy in Warsaw.  They can arrange for the application to be sent by courier (this will be at your own expense) and aim to issue a replacement passport within 15 days.  Otherwise an application can take up to six weeks to process.
European Union
Information on the EU can be found at:  Travelling and Living in the EU (pdf) and Britain in the EU.
Travel to Klaipeda, Nida & Palanga
Those wishing to travel to Klaipeda, Nida and Palanga should be aware that we now have an Honorary Consul, Mark Uribe, to assist you should you have any difficulties.  His number is: 8-699 33210 and the address of the Honorary Consulate is: Zveju 2/513, Klaipeda.
If you intend to walk along the Curonian Spit you should be aware that after a short distance the Spit forms part of Kaliningrad, which is territory of the Russian Federation.