LITHUANIA TRAVEL GUIDE

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INTRODUCTION

Lithuania is the only Baltic country with more than eight hundred years of statehood tradition and its name was first mentioned one thousand years ago, in 1009. Wedged at the dividing line of Western and Eastern civilisations, Lithuania battled dramatically for its independence and survival. Once in the Middle Ages (15th century), Lithuania was the largest state in the entire continent of Europe, where crafts and overseas trade prospered.

 

Lithuanians describe their land with the help of poetry. Poetry and songs are filled with romantic images of gently rolling hills, vast valleys and meandering rivers, sombre forests rich of animals, meadows full of butterflies and the birds singing in the sky. This embodies what the Lithuanian is looking for and is happy when he finds it. Locals would tell you that if you don’t want to make any effort you don’t deserve to step outside the city. But if some effort is not a big trouble to you, all those gently rolling hills, vast valleys and meandering rivers, sombre forests, meadows full of butterflies and the birds singing in the sky are almost every time guaranteed.

COVID-19 TRAVEL STATUS

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Lithuania has begun to ease its travel restrictions. Although flights from outside of the European Economic Area are still suspended for everyone except for Lithuanian nationals and residents, travel restrictions from other countries in the wider European area have been lifted. From August 10, individuals traveling to Lithuania by air will need to complete a registration form prior to arrival to support Lithuania’s track and trace effort. Registration forms can be filled out on paper during the flight, or in advance online.As well as Lithuanian nationals and residents, citizens and residents of countries in the European Economic Area, Switzerland or the United Kingdom may now enter Lithuania if the rate of COVID-19 incidence in their country of residence has not exceeded 25 cases/100,000 population in the last 14 calendar days. Those arriving from countries with a rate of 16-25/100,000 population must quarantine for 14 days on arrival. The list of such countries is published every Monday by the State Commander of National Emergency Operations and can be found here.Foreign travelers arriving from the list of countries affected with the incidence rate above 25 cases over the last 14 days must present a negative COVID-19 test issued within 72 hours before entry to Lithuania, except in cases provided for by the Minister for Health.Lithuanian citizens and persons lawfully residing in Lithuania arriving from the countries on the list of countries most affected by coronavirus infection, if the country of travel or transit had more than 25 cases in the last 14 calendar days, must present a negative COVID-19 test issued within 72 hours before the entry to Lithuania, or contact the Hotline 1808 or other establishments that performs Coronavirus tests within 24 hours of the entry, except cases provided for by the Minister for Health.As of September 7, British nationals resident in the UK will need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test issued within 72 hours before the entry to Lithuania. Other test results, including antibody tests, are not accepted. This is in addition to the requirement to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival.There are no controls on passengers crossing a land border from other EU countries into Lithuania (from Latvia/Poland).

 

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  • Capital: Vilnius
  • Currency: Euro (EUR)
  • Area: 65,200 km²
  • Population: 2,794 million (2020)
  • Language: Lithuanian (official), English, Polish, Russian
  • Religion: Roman Catholic (primarily), Lutheran, Russian Orthodox, Protestant, Evangelical Christian Baptist, Pagan
  • Electricity: 220V, 50Hz (type C, European style plug, commonly 2-prong without earth)
 

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PUBLIC HOLIDAYS

  • 16 February, Independence Day (1918)
  • 11 March, Restoration of Statehood Day (1990)
  • 1 May, Labour Day (banks open)
  • 1st Sunday in May, Mother’s Day
  • 24 June, St. John’s Day (Midsummer)
  • 6 July, Anniversary of the Coronation of King Mindaugas
  • 15 August, Assumption
  • 1 November, All Saints Day

Also, Easter Monday.

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WEATHER SYNOPSIS

Transitional, Between Maritime And Continental; Wet, Moderate Winters And Summers

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Most destinations have different times of the year when they’re more or less popular with tourists. 

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LGBTQ

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in Lithuania face legal and social challenges not experienced by non-LGBT citizens. Although homosexuality was decriminalised in 1993 and same-sex sexual activity is legal in Lithuania, neither civil same-sex partnership nor same-sex marriage are available.

 

Negative attitudes against gay and lesbian men and women remain firmly entrenched throughout the country and opposition to same-sex marriage and homosexuality in general continues to be widespread in Lithuanian society. There are small gay communities in Vilnius, Kaunas and Klaipėda. Elsewhere in Lithuania, however, there is still a predominant hostility towards LGBT people.

 

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