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Destination Information

The southernmost of the three former Soviet Baltic republics, Lithuania was the first to declare its renewed independence (in 1990). In common with the other Baltic capitals, Vilnius’ Old Town center is a UNESCO World Heritage site. To the west, the cities of Kaunas and Trakai have dramatic castles, and the latter hosts a national opera, ballet and symphony. Kernavė, the ancient capital, was a medieval town destroyed in the late-14th century. In the summer, it is now the setting for colorful folklore festivals. Lithuania’s forests and marshlands are preserved in numerous national parks, many of which also host “ethnographic reserves,” where old villages with unpaved roads and thatched-roof farmsteads are protected alongside the rare birds and old-growth pines.


Seven hours ahead of New York (EST).

Direct Dial Codes

To phone hotels in Lithuania, dial 011 (international access) + 370 (Lithuania code) + city code and local numbers in listings.


Euro (€). Fluctuating rate valued at €1.00 = US$1.16 as of September 2018.


Lithuania has both maritime and continental climates, with inland areas conspicuously colder than the coast. Summers are mild and wet.

U.S. Embassy

Vilnius, Tel. 5-266-5500. 

Entry Requirements

Passport (valid for six months beyond end of stay). Visit, and for travelers’ health information,