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Travel insurance for Lithuania: discover Northern Europe’s picturesque secret
While Lithuania is slowly but surely opening itself up to tourism, the country remains close to nature and has managed to conserve its culture and traditions. If you want to visit Lithuania, but aren’t from one of the countries of the Schengen Area, you will need a visa allowing you to move freely between the 25 countries in the zone. To obtain this visa, you will be required to provide evidence of travel insurance for Lithuania.
Go in search of Lithuania’s hidden beauty
If you live in a country outside the Schengen Area, you will need a Schengen visa to enter Lithuania. To find out which documents you will have to provide, the following link is particularly useful: https://www.axa-schengen.com/fr/pays-schengen/assurance-visa-schengen-lituanie (in French).
The Schengen visa offers you real freedom, as you will not only be able to travel anywhere in Lithuania, but also to other countries in the zone, including Switzerland, Hungary, Germany and France. You will have to state your reason for travelling (holiday, work, etc.) as well as providing an identity document and evidence of travel insurance for Lithuania, among other things.
Although compulsory, the various guarantees of your travel insurance for Lithuania will keep you protected
While you are required to provide evidence of travel insurance for Lithuania upon issuance of your Schengen visa, this insurance may well prove to be very useful. You can opt for the basic formula - which much at least cover emergency medical expenses and costs of repatriation, up to a minimum of 30,000 Euros – but you may also wish to include additional coverage options.
Depending on your situation, you might also want to protect the close ones travelling with you; through, for example, repatriation for the entire family to your country of residence.
How to get to Lithuania
By plane: the airline AirBaltic in particular provides regular flights between Riga and Vilnius, as well as Riga and Tallin. You will find flights leaving from most major European cities, although often with at least one stopover. Vilnius International Airport is located around 6km from the city centre.
By bus: if you want to travel for less, the bus is the ideal solution. You will find multiple routes and regular departures from Riga and Tallin. You can also combine multiple journeys with stops in various European capitals.
Advice on health and safety
Although there are no compulsory vaccinations for Lithuania, certain precautions are advised: hepatitis A and B, diphtheria, tetanus, typhoid and polio. Consult a doctor to find out whether you should be vaccinated against tick-borne encephalitis, especially if you will be visiting rural areas in spring or summer.
Lithuania is divided between an inland continental climate and a milder yet more unpredictable climate close to the coast, due to the influence of the Baltic Sea.
In winter, it snows for 3 to 4 months and it may therefore be very cold. It is recommended to visit Lithuania in summer in order to enjoy fine days and pleasant temperatures.
You will almost certainly begin your exploration of Lithuania in the capital, Vilnius. Among this delightful traditional city’s must-see attractions is its Old Town, inscribed on UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites. Admiring the streets and monuments, you will without a doubt notice Polish, German and Russian influences.
Hire a car to travel through Lithuania and head off in search of its traditional towns and villages:
-Kaunas is popular amongst visitors for its architectural riches, while Klaipėda is a small port city, particularly worth a visit during the Sea Festival. Trakai owes its name (“town on the water”) to the lake on which it is built. This was the mediaeval capital of the Grand Dukes, and remains very popular with visitors from all over the world.
-If you are looking for tranquillity and verdant surroundings, head for the spa resorts of Druskininkai and Palanga.
-Finally, don’t miss the unbelievable Hill of Crosses: a pilgrimage site, this hill is home to no fewer than 150,000 crosses. The tradition began in the 14th century and continues to this day.
Lithuania is a calm and peaceful country, with a low crime rate. Nevertheless, it is recommended that you remain vigilant with regards to pickpockets, especially in the stations and tourist areas. Don’t leave anything visible in your parked vehicle, especially at night.
At night in Vilnius, it is recommended to avoid the districts of Snipiskes and Naujininkai, located close to the train station. It is also better to carry photocopies of your identity documents; a very useful habit in the event of theft.
Lithuanian is not an easy language to learn or to speak. Russian is often used, as well as English in the bigger towns and cities. Equip yourself with a phrasebook for standard expressions.
Lithuania uses the Euro, and you will be able to exchange your money at the airport or withdraw Euros directly from the ATMs. Favour bank-operated ATMs so that you have someone to talk to in the event that you have a problem with your card.
Shops are generally open from 10am to 7pm during the week, and from 10am to 5pm on Saturdays. Hypermarkets have longer opening hours, often from 8am to 10pm.
16 February (Restoration of the State Day) and 11 March (Restoration of Independence Day) are bank holidays.
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