Will I need an ETIAS to visit Lithuania?
Lithuania is a member of both the E.U. and the Schengen Area.
Once ETIAS becomes an official travel authorization, it will be compulsory for all applicable citizens. There are presently about sixty countries around the world whose nationals can visit most of Europe without being vetted or pre-approved for travel.
If you are American, for example, at present you do not need a visa to visit Lithuania. In 2021 the situation will change, and you will need to apply for an ETIAS to be electronically attached to your passport before embarking on your European journey.
ETIAS, the E.U. Travel Information Authorization System, is a pre-travel authorization. Enabling vetting and monitoring of travelers hoping to visit Europe, the scheme is the latest effort in the long fight against terrorism.
The application is a simple online process. After filling in an online form and paying a seven euro fee, applicants will be informed very quickly if their application was successful. It is estimated that 95% of travelers will receive their ETIAS within days.
The infrastructure involved in operating the scheme will take until 2021 to be in place. There are some Schengen countries that do not have the same level of sophistication at their border controls and in their immigration processes as others, ETIAS has been designed to give the same level of security to all member countries.
Lithuania, officially the Republic of Lithuania, is an Eastern European country situated along the southeastern shore of the Baltic Sea. The country shares a maritime border with Sweden. It shares land borders with Belarus, Latvia, Poland, and Russia. It is the largest and most populated of the three Baltic states.
Lithuania covers an area of 65,300 sq. km with a population of 2.8 million people. The official language is Lithuanian, and the main religion is Roman Catholicism. The capital and largest city is Vilnius, and the currency is the euro.
Lithuania lies at the geographic center of Europe. The countries largest river, the Nemenus River carries International shipping.
Lithuania has around 99 kilometers of sandy coastline. The popular seaside resort of Palanga has wonderful beaches and sand dunes. Sand dunes are also to be found at the almost 100 kilometers long Curonian Spit. It is a World Heritage site shared between Lithuania and Russia. There is a popular cycle path along the Curonian Spit.
There are 5 National Parks in Lithuania
- Aukštaitija National Park
- Dzūkija National Park And Čepkeliai Nature Reserve
- Samogitian National Park
- National park Of Curonian Spit
- Trakai Historical National Park
Lithuania at a glance
Timezone: UTC/GMT +2 hours
Languages: Lithuanian 82%, Russian 8%, Polish 5.6%, Other 0.9%, Unspecified 3.5%
Area: 65,200 KM2
Currency: Euro (EUR)
Calling Code: +370
Travel in Lithuania
The capital city of Vilnius has a UNESCO listed historic center. There are a variety of architectural buildings to be enjoyed, including baroque, gothic, renaissance and neoclassical.
The capital is home to sixty-five churches, the Royal Palace, the Presidential Palace, the Gediminas Tower, and the Cathedral Square.
There are many cafes, monuments, and museums for the visitor to enjoy.
Lithuania’s landscape is dominated by meadows, forests and fertile fields. It has over 3.000 lakes and many rivers, the longest being the Nemunas.
Forests occupy one-third of the country’s land, timber-related production accounts for almost eleven percent of the industrial production in the country.
Lithuania is home to some 250,000 larger wild animals. The most prolific is roe deer, followed by boars, fallow deer, and moose. Foxes are common, but wolves and lynx are rare.
In the recreation areas of Lithuania, there is a distinct lack of infrastructure and facilities. For Lithuanians, visiting nature is viewed as requiring some distinction between their usual town or city comforts, and the wild nature of their lands.
Visitors to the natural world are expected to ‘pave their own path’ through the woods, encouraging visitors to become pathfinders, forcing visitors to be affected by the elements of nature. And not passively viewing it. Locals believe that if you don’t want to make the effort to be in nature, you should stay in the city.
The US and Lithuania
The U.S. and Lithuania are strong partners and valued allies.
Lithuania is a strong supporter of U.S. objectives in the important area of democracy promotion. It has helped nationals of other European countries develop and strengthen civil institutions. The U.S.A. is Lithuania’s seventh largest trading partner.
Lithuania has a dynamic European economy where there are growing opportunities for U.S. businesses.
The U.S. and Lithuania both belong to the following organizations
- The United Nations
- North Atlantic Treaty Organization
- Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe
- International Monetary Fund
- World Bank
- World Trade Organization
When traveling from the U.S.A., there are no direct flights to Lithuania; the quickest routes are via Frankfurt, Amsterdam, and Helsinki.
There are also direct flights from London.
Lithuania is a popular destination for travelers wanting to experience a variety of sports. In Nida, a village on the Split, there are opportunities for kiting, paragliding, windsurfing, and sailing. Further afield there are also opportunities for hot air ballooning and gliding. The tallest bungee jump of its kind in Europe is the Vilnius TV Tower.
For digital nomads, or simply visitors wanting to stay electronically connected, Lithuania has among the fastest internet speeds in the world, ranking in the top five for both downloads and uploads speeds.
List of US diplomatic offices in Lithuania
The Embassy of USA in Vilnius, Lithuania
Address: Akmenų g. 6 Vilnius, Lithuania LT-03106
Phone: +370 5 266 5500
Fax: +370 5 266 5510
Facts: Marcus Micheli – Ambassador
The Embassy of Lithuania in Washington, USA
Address: 2622 16th Street NW, Washington, DC 20009, USA
Phone: +1 202 234 5860
Fax: +1 202 328 0466
Email: [email protected]
Facts: Rolandas Kriščiūnas – Ambassador