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Travel Tips

 

TRAVEL TIPS FOR Lithuania | Everything You Need to Know Before You GO!

 

VISA AND PASSPORTS

  • Please check the expiry date on your passport: Travel outside of the United States requires a passport valid for at least the next six months.
  • US citizens may enter Lithuania for up to 90 days for tourist purposes without a visa. A US citizen must possess a valid US passport.

 

CONSULAR INFORMATION
The US State Department provides Country Specific Information sheets for every country in the world as well as Travel Alerts and Warnings. For this information, call 888 407 4747 or 202 501 4444 or visit travel.state.gov.

 

HEALTH

  • Plan to visit your doctor or local travel clinic at least 4-6 weeks before departure to allow time for any vaccinations to take effect or to fill any prescriptions.
  • Be up-to-date on all vaccinations recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There are annual measles outbreaks in Lithuania and travelers born 1957 or later should have two doses of MMR vaccine.
  • For information about outbreaks of infectious diseases abroad, consult the World Health Organization (WHO), which contains additional health information for travelers, including detailed country-specific health information.
  • If you received any vaccinations in preparation for your journey, pack your vaccination certificates in your personal carry-on baggage in case you are asked to show them on arrival.
  • Make sure that any medications you require, as well as copies of your prescriptions, are packed in your carry-on luggage and not in your checked baggage.
  • Special meals and allergies: If you require special meals for health or dietary reasons, please let your Da'at tour operator know at least 60 days prior to your departure.

 

TRAVEL INSURANCE
We strongly recommend that you purchase your own travel insurance. Please discuss land, air, and health insurance options with your insurance provider or contact Travel Insured at 1-800-344-6226, ext. 257. Some insurance programs provide more comprehensive coverage when the policy is purchased in close proximity to the initial trip deposit. We therefore recommend that you secure insurance within 14 days of your initial deposit payment date.

 

CURRENCY AND BANK INFORMATION

  • In 2015, Lithuania adopted Euro (Lithuanian: Euras (singular), Eurai (plural)), symbol €, as its currency. Euro is used in many European countries and the banknotes are similar everywhere, lacking any Lithuanian details. Some coins have Lithuanian coat of arms (Vytis) on them, but the coins with details of other European countries also circulate within Lithuania. The original Lithuanian currency Litas is no longer accepted.
  • Click here to obtain the most current exchange rates.
  • While traveling in Lithuania, we suggest you have some US money that can be exchanged, if needed, for local currency and at least two major credit cards. We recommend that you contact your bank in advance of departing on your journey to determine whether you will be able to use your ATM and credit cards while traveling. When contacting your bank, notify them of your travel dates so that they will anticipate charges being made outside of your hometown and do not suspend your cards for what may appear to them to be “suspicious” charges. We also recommend that you make a photocopy of the front and back sides of your ATM and credit cards to leave behind with someone at home who will assist you in the event your cards are misplaced, lost, or stolen.
  • The Euro is the second largest reserve currency in the world and the second most traded currency after the US Dollar. This means getting your hands on Euros ahead of time shouldn’t be a problem. That said, it’s worth waiting until you land in Lithuania to exchange your money, as you can usually get a much better exchange rate than you’ll be offered at home. Try to avoid changing your money at the airport or at a hotel. The exchange rates on offer here are normally bad, and you’ll also be charged a fee on top. Banks and exchange bureaus in the city offer far better rates. ATMs offer the best exchange rate possible because the transaction is worked out at the mid-market rate.
  • Credit/debit cards are widely but not universally accepted in Lithuania. They are less popular in smaller towns and are never used in traditional marketplaces. Chain stores and restaurants are more likely to accept cards than independent alternatives. ATM machines are readily available, including a good network of 24-hour ones, especially near main supermarkets. Visa and Master Card are the most common cards; acceptance of American Express is more limited.
  • For more information about money in Lithuania, click here.

 

ELECTRICITY

  • The electric current in Lithuania is 220 volts AC, single phase, 50 Hertz. Most hotels provide hairdryers.
  • Electric shavers, traveling irons, phone rechargers, and other small appliances may require adaptors and/or converters, which you can purchase prior to your departure or at the airport.
  • For more information, visit worldstandards.eu.

 

TIME ZONE
Lithuania (UTC+3) is seven hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time, US. To determine current time in major cities around the world, visit timeanddate.com.


CELL PHONES
Tips to avoid international roaming charges:

  • Use your existing plan – contact your local carrier to find out plans and prices for data roaming.
  • Rent a device – Rent a phone, download your information, and use the borrowed device as if it were your own.
  • Get a local SIM card – Make sure your phone is "unlocked" before purchasing a local SIM card in your destination and using your phone on the local network.
  • Wi-Fi only – Turn off your cellular data, switch your phone to airplane mode, and enable a Wi-Fi connection to access Internet hotspots in your destination.

 

INTERNATIONAL CALLS
Because of the time difference between the United States and Lithuania, some advance planning is in order so you can call at a convenient time and when calling charges are lowest.

For international calls from Lithuania to US:
Dial 00 + 1 + the area code and phone number.
For example, to dial a number in Atlanta, Georgia, you would dial 00 + 1 +404 (Atlanta area code) + your party’s phone number.

 

CUISINE
Lithuanian cuisine is a combination of fresh ingredients and dishes inspired by other cultures. Enjoy the authentic Baltic flavors wherever you go.

 

FACILITIES FOR THE DISABLED

  • Lithuania falls short in its awareness of the importance of providing facilities for the disabled. Consequently, not all places in the country are accessible for travelers with special needs.
  • Airports, public transportation, and many tourist sites are not as accessible as other European countries.
  • When making dinner plans, your hotel will be able to recommend restaurants that can accommodate your needs.
  • Should you require handicapped facilities, please contact our office.

 

LANGUAGE
The sole official language in Lithuania, as well as the language you will hear most, is Lithuanian – native to 85% of the population and spoken by 96%. It is always worthwhile to speak a little of the local lingo, so we recommend you click here for some useful Lithuanian words and phrases.  

 

WEATHER
In Lithuania, a flat country overlooking the Baltic Sea, the climate is semi-continental, with very cold winters and mild, moderately rainy summers. On the coast, the average temperatures are just below freezing in January and February and around 18 °C (64 °F) in July and August. In inland areas, the temperatures are a bit lower in winter and a bit higher in summer. 

 

Average high/low temperature: Vilnius (the difference in temperature between Vilnius and Kaunas  does not exceed a couple of degrees)

MONTHLY AVERAGES

 AVERAGE TEMPERATURES  
 FAHRENHEIT

 AVERAGE TEMPERATURES   

 CELSIUS

 AVERAGE
 PRECIPITATIONS

 LOW

HIGH

LOW

HIGH

IN MILLIMETERS

JANUARY

19°

28°

-7°

-2°

50

FEBRUARY

19°

30°

-7°

-1°

40

MARCH

27°

39°

-3°

40

APRIL

36°

54°

12°

40

MAY

45°

64°

18°

55

JUNE

52°

70°

11°

21°

80

JULY

55°

73°

13°

23°

85

AUGUST

54°

72°

12°

22°

70

SEPTEMBER

46°

63°

17°

65

OCTOBER

39°

50°

10°

55

NOVEMBER

30°

37°

-1°

50

DECEMBER

23°

30°

-5°

-1°

55

 

WHAT TO PACK
Click here for our suggested packing checklist.

 

BAGGAGE
Confirm baggage limitations with your international carrier before packing. Remember that airlines can change their baggage restrictions at any time.

 

FLIGHTS AND AIRPORTS

  • Be sure to reconfirm your international flights with your airline 24 hours prior to your departure.
  • Passengers must check in for international flights from the US/Canada at least three hours prior to departure time.

Airport Security
Security checks are carried out routinely for your protection and safety. Expect to be asked about the contents of your luggage, about who packed it, whether anyone asked you to transport items for them, and whether your luggage remained with you before you arrived at the airport. Do not take any mail, packages, or unknown items from anyone either before or after arriving at the airport.

 

ARRIVAL & DEPARTURE TRANSFERS

  • If your package includes arrival and departure transfers, this will be detailed in your travel documents which will be e-mailed to you up to one week prior to your trip.
  • If you deviate from the arrival and/or departure dates and time as specified in your travel documents, you will need to arrange your own transfers. Alternatively, you may request a transfer service up to three working days prior to your arrival and the cost of the transfer service will be added to your invoice.
  • When requesting a transfer service, please provide us with your flight information. Your arrival transfer is guaranteed for up to one hour from your scheduled arrival time in order to compensate for minor delays. 
  • Da'at or the transfer company will not be responsible for delays, for any reason, beyond one hour from your originally scheduled arrival time. In case of a delay, it will be your responsibility to contact Da'at directly and/or to make other transfer arrangements, such as by taxi.
  • Transfer costs are not refundable and any additional expenses will be your responsibility.

 

CHECKING IN AT YOUR HOTEL
If you arrive at your hotel before the customary 3:00 p.m. check-in time, your room may not be available. Store your luggage with the concierge and take the time to walk around and get a feel for your new city. 

 

PROTECTING VALUABLE ITEMS

  • Hotel safes are usually provided and can be used to protect valuables such as passports, medications, jewelry, money, and electronics. If you must carry valuables, keep them on your person at all times, be mindful of your surroundings, and take extra caution in crowds.
  • We recommend photocopying the personal information pages of your passport and leaving one copy with a family member or friend and packing another in a place separate from the passport itself. You can also scan your passport and email a copy to yourself for easy online access. This will help you to secure a replacement quickly should the need arise.

 

SHOPPING
Where and whether to shop while traveling with Da'at is a personal choice and shopping is never compulsory. If at any point during your journey you feel pressured to shop or make purchases, please discuss the matter immediately with your tour educator.

  

TIPPING GUIDELINES
We recommend the following for tipping (amounts in US dollars):

  • Groups of 20 participants or more:
    Da’at tour educator $8, local guide $5, and driver $3 per participant per day
  • Groups of 10-19 participants:
    Da’at tour educator $10, local guide $6, and driver $3 per participant per day
  • Hostess (when included):
    $4 per participant per day or a minimum of $100 per group per day
  • Security guard and/or a youth counselor (when included):
    $1 per participant per day to each security guard or youth counselor
  • Recommended restaurant tipping when lunch or dinner is on your own:
    10%-15% depending on your satisfaction.
  • Porter:
    Included in your package.

 

 

IMPORTANT CONTACT DETAILS

 

EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE IN LITHUANIA

112 is the Lithuanian equivalent of American 911.

Police | 02 or 112

Ambulance | 03 or 112

Fire Brigade | 01 or 112


Please note that 01, 02, or 03 cannot be dialed directly from a cell phone.
 

 

DA'AT EMERGENCY INFORMATION

Da'at – Israel
19 Washington Street, P.O. Box 71047, Jerusalem, 91710 Israel 
972-2-621-3333

Da'at – USA
500 7th Ave., 8th Floor, New York, NY 10018
Toll-free number: 888-811-2812

 

 

USEFUL WEBSITES
Center for Disease Control
Electricity & Plugs
Foreign Exchange Rates
Weather
U.S. Customs & Border Protection
Transportation Security Administration
Consular Affairs: Passport Information
Dates of Holidays in Lithuania

 

RESOURCES
Useful Lithuanian words and phrases
Lithuanian Timeline
Lithuania Through Film
Playlist
Recommended Restaurants in Lithuania