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Lithuania

Capital
Vilnius
Time Zone
GMT + 2 (GMT + 3 during the summer)
Telephone Services
Country Code: 370 (2 for Vilnius, 5 for Kaunas, 6 for Klaipeda)
Outgoing Code: 810
Emergency Telephone Numbers
Ambulance – 03, Fire – 01, Police – 02
Tourist Information
Lithuanian Tourist Board, Ukmeriges 20, 2600 Vilnius, Lithuania Tel (2) 622 610 Fax (2) 226 819
Passport Information
Valid passport required by all. Requirements may be subject to short term change. Contact the relevant authority before departure.
Visa Information
Regulations are in a state of change. Contact the Embassy for an up to date list
Health Information
Other Health Risks: Rabies, Tick Bourne Encephalitis, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, and Diphtheria are present.
Food & Drink
Water is considered drinkable, normal precautions should be observed with food
Currency
The Litas = 100 centas. Exchange: Currency can be exchanged at banks and exchange bureaux
NOTE: The import of local and foreign currency is unlimited but must be declared on arrival
All major credit cards are accepted in large hotels, shops and restaurants. Most banks will cash travellers cheques, but commission rates are high. US dollars are the preferred currency. ATM availability: Over 10 locations.
Cost of Living
Tourists can expect to pay higher prices than the locals
Languages
Lithuanian and a large number of dialects.
Weather
Temperate climate but with considerable temperature variations. Summers are warm and spring and autumn are usually mild. Winters can be very cold.
Electricity
220 volts Ac, 50 Hz. European 2 pin plugs are used
Post
To Western Europe takes up to 6 days
Transport
RAIL: There are good connections from Vilnius to the other main cities. ROAD: There is a good network of roads. BUS: Generally more frequent and quicker than domestic trains and serve almost every town and village. CAR HIRE: Several local firms provide car hire services. DOCUMENTATION: European nationals should be in possession of the new European driving licence. Otherwise, a national driving licence is sufficient
Special Information
Robbery and Car theft are rife. Avoid poorly lit areas after dark. Petty crime is rife on public transport. Do not accept food or drink from strangers, as these are sometimes ‘spiked’. Lithuanians appreciate a show of respect for their culture and national heritage.