Lithuania is one of Europe’s best travel destinations that flies under the radar. One of three Baltic states, it is located along the eastern shore of the Baltic Sea. Its diverse combination of a beautiful Baltic coastline, serene lakes, lush forests and vibrant capital city, Vilnius, in addition to its roots in Soviet history, offers something for all types of travellers.
Since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, the country has seen a spike in tourism, and each year more people are realizing Lithuania’s value as a European travel destination.
Tips to simplify your trip to Lithuania
Canadian travellers must have a passport that does not expire for at least three months after their departure date. Tourist visas are not required for trips of up to 90 days, but student and employment visas are required. Health insurance is mandatory for travellers, and if you are not able to show proof of insurance, you will be required to purchase it at the border. You will also need an additional visa if you want to visit the Russian side of the Curonian Spit, a sand dune that is a popular attraction in the region.
Crime rates are low, but petty crime does occur. Take precautions to protect yourself and your personal belongings. Credit card fraud is also common, so take extra care when using your credit card.
Lithuania is a member of the European Union, and the currency used in the country is the euro (EUR). The official language is Lithuanian, but many people also speak Latvian.
Taxis are inexpensive and are one of the best ways to get around major cities. Make sure you use officially marked taxis. You can drive with a Canadian driver’s licence for up to 90 days; car insurance is mandatory and you may be asked to show proof.
Top places to see in Lithuania
Any trip to Lithuania starts with the country’s historic capital of Vilnius. Originally founded in 1323, its Old Town is the biggest in Europe and is a World Heritage site.
If you want to get active, plan a trip to the town of Nida, where you can engage in all types of water sports and enjoy white sand beaches. You can also visit Curonian Spit National Park for hiking, explore the forests in the country’s five national parks or even engage in bungee jumping, gliding and taking a hot-air balloon ride.
The country is also known for its festivals. If you want to plan your trip so that you can attend a festival, check out the Days of the Capital City festival in September, Mardi Gras in February, and the annual Folklore Festival held in May.
Travel health insurance for Lithuania
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