FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Do I need visa to enter Lithuania?
Lithuania is part of the European Union. Non-residents of Lithuania require a full passport to enter the country, which should be valid for six months beyond the expected length of stay. Citizens of most countries, including all E.U. member states, U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand do not require a visa to enter Lithuania. Please note that visa regulations are subject to change and we advise that you check your own visa requirements prior to travel.
Are there any essential vaccination requirements for Lithuania?
There are currently no essential vaccination requirements for Lithuania, however it is advisable to re-check this information eight weeks before you travel. You should also ensure that your immunity to tetanus and polio is up-to-date.
Do I need to purchase a travel insurance?
Yes. Customers should take care of their travel insurance by themselves. It is also worth applying for the European Health Insurance Card which can be obtained free of charge by the citizens of EU/EEA and of Switzerland. The card holders are entitled to medical care while staying temporarily in an other EU/EEA country or in Switzerland (with same regulations and co-payments like the residents of the country). More information about the card is available here. Having this card helps a lot in the case of accident - without the card a customer has to pay all medical costs on spot.
Are there any mosquitoes in Lithuania?
During the summer, mosquitoes are a nuisance in the Lithuanian countryside. The number of mosquitoes varies each year, so it is hard to say how it will be when you arrive. A lot of our tours take place in pine forests close to lakes and other wetland areas, such as swamps and bogs. Therefore mosquitoes can sometimes be of an annoyance. You can protect yourself from mosquito bites by using mosquito repellent (if forgot to buy your own, your guide will have a repellent as well) and we recommend you to wear long sleeves and trousers and a hat or a scarf – this protects both from the mosquitoes and the sun.
And what about ticks?
During the summer, ticks are commonly found in the Lithuanian countryside, especially in the wooded and bushy areas of high grass and off the beaten track. Although most ticks don't carry the infection, some can transmit tick-borne illnesses such as Lyme disease or encephalitis.
It is therefore strongly advisable to wear long sleeved tops and long trousers tucked into socks to protect yourself from a direct contact with ticks. Always use a repellent containing 20%-30% DEET or 20% Picaridin on exposed skin for protection, and if possible apply a permethrin spray or solution to clothing and gear.
Following your tour (or at the end of the day for longer tours), conduct a full-body tick check on yourself and your children, especially in the armpits, groin and behind the knees. Bathe or shower as soon as possible after coming indoors (preferably within two hours) to wash off and more easily find ticks that are crawling on you. Remove ticks promptly and correctly, using a tick remover or a pair of fine tweezers, grasping the tick head as close to the skin as possible and pulling upwards at right-angles to the skin. Then clean the bite site with antiseptic.
What should I wear?
What to wear while canoeing is important.
When the air and water are warm, simply dress for a day at the beach. Keeping in mind to wear things that protect you from the sun and keep you cool.
When the air is cool, you have to assess the conditions and your capabilities more carefully.
The key concept to bear in mind is layering. Several thin garments will keep you just as warm as a single thicker one, and are much more versatile. Remember you’ll need to think about staying cool as much as staying warm, and you can always add or subtract layers. The base-layer provides insulation and picks up perspiration and either absorbs it (like cotton or wool) or wicks it outward (like synthetic fibers). You want moisture to be wicked away. The insulating layer can be wool, fleece, or a similar material. Look for garments that are cut to allow complete freedom of movement. The outer layer protects you, the base-layer, and the insulating layer from the elements. Make sure it is both windproof and waterproof.
Footwear can range from old sneakers to hiking boots, to rubber boots.