Lithuania 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 220 volts, 50Hz.
Lithuanian is the official language, but Russian and English are widely spoken.
Travellers intending to visit forest areas for lengthy periods should take the necessary precautions against tick-borne encephalitis. Doctors may also advise vaccinations against 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. After Brexit, the Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) replaced the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) for UK citizens. The GHIC allows UK citizens access to state healthcare during visits to the EU. The GHIC is not valid in Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein or Switzerland, nor is it an alternative to travel insurance. 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, so 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 the usual risk of mugging, pick pocketing and bag snatching, especially on public transport.
The majority of crime is petty rather than life threatening. Visitors should exercise due care and avoid carrying valuables or flashing conspicuous wealth. It's advisable that visitors carry a copy of their 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 rather formal, though the younger generation is less conservative. Face-to-face meetings are key, with good eye contact and a firm handshake upon greeting. Businesspeople usually exchange cards and it is important to be punctual.
Suits and ties are the norm, with titles and surnames used unless otherwise indicated. Lithuanians are hospitable and friendly and any social 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 and the outgoing code is 00, followed by the relevant country code (e.g. 0044 for the UK). Travellers with unlocked phones can purchase local SIM cards, and there's fast WiFi throughout urban centres. There's often good connectivity in smaller towns as well.
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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