Lithuania is essentially a safe country to travel to, and the vast majority of journeys go smoothly. Norway’s diplomatic presence is represented by the embassy in Vilnius and honorary consulate in Kaunas and Klaipėda.
Lithuania is essentially a safe country to travel to, and the vast majority of journeys go smoothly. Norway’s diplomatic presence is represented by the embassy in Vilnius and an honorary consulate in Kaunas and an honorary consulate in Klaipėda.
There have been no cases of terrorist acts in Lithuania, and the risk of terrorist incidents is considered low. When it comes to personal security, one should exercise the same caution as in Norway and other European countries. Like most other places, thefts, robberies and violence occur, but at a lower frequency than in many other European countries. One should exercise general caution in moving in low-traffic streets at night and on the outskirts of major cities. Valuables should not be left visible in parked cars.
Traffic is more at risk than we are used to in Scandinavia, and accident statistics are high – many accidents are related to driving in an alcohol-affected state. Caution and extra attention should be exercised when using your own car, especially on major highways where the speed is often high and there are careless bypasses. As a pedestrian, one should pay extra attention to pedestrian lanes without traffic lights and the use of reflectors in the evening is encouraged.
After independence, Lithuania decriminalized homosexual acts. However, it is worth noting that in Lithuania there is some hatred against gays.
Norwegian citizens staying for a shorter or longer period in Lithuania are encouraged to register at http://www.reiseregistrering.no/. Norwegian citizens are encouraged to have valid travel insurance.
- Countryaah: Vilnius is the capital of Lithuania. Check to find information of population, geography, history, and economy about the capital city.
The local emergency number in Lithuania is 112. In crisis and emergency, the public is encouraged to contact the embassy:
K. Kalinausko g. 24, Vilnius.
Phone: +370 5 261 00 00.
Email: [email protected]
Outside the embassy’s opening hours, the public can contact the UD’s 24-hour operating center on tel: +47 23 95 00 00 or by e-mail: [email protected]
Please note that entry regulations may change. The Foreign Service is not responsible if the following information on entry regulations or visa requirements is changed at short notice. It is the responsibility of the traveler to ensure that travel documents are valid for entry and to familiarize themselves with the current entry rules for each country.
Lithuania joined the Schengen cooperation on December 21, 2007, and Norwegians can travel freely in and out of the country without a visa. Otherwise, the same general provisions for imports etc. apply as in other EU countries.
Passports are still considered the only valid credentials for Norwegians, and must therefore be brought with them when visiting Lithuania. It is the traveler’s responsibility to ensure that the passport is valid.
For stays of more than three months, it is recommended to apply to the Migration Ministry under the Ministry of the Interior.
Coronavirus (covid-19): Norwegian travelers should keep abreast of the development of the coronavirus.
Feel free to follow the advice, guidance and directions of local authorities on how to deal with the situation:
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania
- National Preparedness for Emergencies in Lithuania
For more information, call Lithuania’s National Public Health Center + 370 618 79984 (telephone is available 24 hours a day).
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs does not create travel advice because of the risk of infection. It is the Public Health Institute that provides infection protection advice when traveling. You can find more information and guidance from Norwegian health authorities on the website of the Norwegian Institute of Public Health.
Overall, Lithuania is a health-safe place to travel, although health services outside Vilnius do not always live up to Western standards. See the website of the Norwegian Institute of Public Health for recommendations on vaccines and official health travel advice.
The public health system in Lithuania is developing and improving. However, a lack of finances and equipment will still result in the service in many respects being perceived as unsatisfactory by Norwegian standards. There are private alternatives in the major cities that most foreigners use. In an emergency, one should consult with the hotel first; The larger hotels may have doctors on duty.
Practically every pharmacy in the big cities stores western medicine.
European health insurance cards cover most medical treatments, but only if urgent medical treatment is required, and not for the cost of return. See more information on the health care website.
Lithuania is part of the Eastern European time zone (GMT + 2 in winter and GMT + 3 in summer). The time difference between Norway and Lithuania is +1 hour.
Communication: Fast internet and stable telephone network.
National telephone code: + 370. (allcitycodes)
Coin Value: Euro
Credit Cards: Most hotels, restaurants and shops (especially in the larger cities) accept international credit cards. Many taxi companies only take cash.
Normal opening hours are for banks 08.00-16.00, offices 08.00-17.00, grocery stores 08.00-22.00 (some are open 24 hours). Other shops are open from 08:00 to 19:00 and restaurants from 12:00 to 23:00.
National Holidays: January 1 – New Year’s Day, February 16 – National Day, March 11 – Independence Day, Good Friday, Easter Eve, 1st Easter Day, June 24 – St. Hans, July 6 – National Day (“Day of Statehood”), August 15 – Ascension of the Virgin Mary, November 1 – All Saints’ Day, December 24-26 – Christmas Eve, 1st and 2nd Christmas Day.
It is quite common, but not mandatory, to tip waiters 5 percent to 10 percent by rounding up the bill. Some haggling (but not much) is going on in the market. The savings are likely to be no more than 10-20 percent of the original price.
In general, one cannot take for granted that English is understood outside the places that regularly visit tourists (in practice Vilnius, Kaunas, Klaipeda and the tourist sites along the coast). German is mastered to a limited extent. Many people know Russian, though this varies by age. As a general rule, people under 35 speak English, while those over 35 also speak Russian as a second language.
People have the most English skills in the larger cities.
Some phrases in Lithuanian: Good day – laba diena, have a good time – viso gero, thank you – ači¨±.
In Lithuania, it is generally much cheaper to book a taxi than it is to get into a vacant one. If you fly to Vilnius and you choose to use a taxi that is outside the arrival terminal, it often costs around 20-30 euros to get to the city. It is recommended to contact the information desk in the Arrivals Hall, which will order a taxi for you at the cheapest rate.
Letters and postcards from Lithuania take about two to four days to Norway. Occasionally, as in all other countries, a letter or package may get lost in a few weeks, but in general everything comes to an end.
Most Lithuanians are welcoming, informal and pleasant. The law requires the police to be called in on traffic accidents. The phone number for the directory information is: +370 70055118.
It is quite common, but not mandatory, to tip waiters five to ten percent by rounding up the bill. Some haggling (but not much) takes place in the markets. The savings are not normally more than 10 to 20 percent of the original price.