Vilnius Travel Information
Local time is GMT +2 (GMT +1 between April and October)
European-style, two-pin plug sockets are standard, with an electrical current of 230 volts, 50Hz.
Lithuanian is the official language, but Russian and English are widely spoken.
The only real health risks associated with visiting Lithuania are for those intending to visit forested areas for lengthy periods, who are advised to take the necessary precautions against tick-borne encephalitis. Nevertheless, your doctor may advise that you are also vaccinated for hepatitis A and hepatitis B.
EU citizens are entitled to emergency medical treatment if they have a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) from their country of origin. Medical facilities are fair and there are plenty of doctors, but equipment and resources are lacking in some areas. There are a few private clinics of high standard. Doctors and hospitals usually expect immediate cash payment for services. Travel medical insurance is highly recommended.
Safety in Lithuania is not a major issue for travellers as the country is largely devoid of civil unrest and the terrorism threat is low. Car theft is rife, and there is a risk of mugging, pick-pocketing and bag snatching especially on public transport, but the majority of crime is petty rather than life-threatening. Visitors should exercise due care and avoid carrying valuables or flashing conspicuous wealth. It is advisable to carry a copy of your passport for identification purposes. Traffic accidents are common, so extra vigilance is required for driving, especially at night.
The Catholic Church is influential in Lithuania and travellers should be respectful of religious customs. A handshake is the most common greeting among strangers in Lithuania.
Business in Lithuania is usually conducted formally, though the younger generation is less conservative. Face-to-face meetings are key, with good eye contact and a firm handshake upon greeting. Business cards are usually exchanged and it is important to be punctual. Use titles and surnames, unless otherwise indicated. Suits and ties are the norm. Lithuanians are hospitable and friendly and any invitation should be accepted, as this is a good opportunity to forge better business relations and build trust. Meetings tend to start with some small talk and can sometimes end with a summary of the discussions, though decision making and results can be slow. Business hours are usually from 9am to 1pm and 2pm to 6pm, Monday to Friday.
The international dialling code for Lithuania is +370. The outgoing code is 00 followed by the relevant country code (e.g. 0044 for the UK) and the country has three-digit area codes. Local calls can be dialled without the area codes. There are at least three major mobile GSM network service providers and connections are excellent. There are also 2G and 3G networks, with 4G/LTE networks starting out in the bigger cities. The internet is well established in Lithuania and cities teem with internet cafes. Small towns and villages have public internet access points in libraries, post offices and tourist information centres.
Duty free allowances for non-EU travellers to Lithuania include 200 cigarettes or 250g of tobacco or 50 cigars; 1 litre spirits, 4 litres wine or 16 litres beer; perfume for personal use. There is technically no limitation on alcohol and tobacco products for those travelling from other EU countries.
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