Apart from the need to obtain a Schengen visa to visit Lithuania, perhaps, there are no more negative qualities for a Russian tourist. Here you will get first-class service, the famous hospitality of local residents, a rich excursion program to historical and cultural places, the most beautiful nature of the Baltic, treatment at the best resorts in Eastern Europe, and all this at prices significantly lower than all-European ones!
Geography of Lithuania
According to collegesanduniversitiesinusa, Lithuania is geographically located in northern Europe on the eastern coast of the Baltic Sea. It has borders with Latvia in the north, with Belarus in the southeast, with Poland and Russia (Kaliningrad region) in the southwest. The entire territory of Lithuania (65,301 km²) is made up of plains, the highest point is the Aukstojas hill, 293 meters above sea level. 57% of the country’s area is occupied by fields and meadows, 30% by forests and shrubs, 4% by inland waters and 3% by swamps. Two large rivers Neman and Viliya flow through the country, in Lithuania there are also about 3,000, including very ancient, lakes.
The area of Lithuania is 65,301 km. sq., occupies the 123rd place in the world in terms of area.
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The national currency is the Lithuanian litas (LTL).
Official language – Lithuanian
Visa to Lithuania
To visit Lithuania, citizens of the Russian Federation will need a Schengen visa, as Lithuania is a member of the Schengen Agreement. You can apply for a visa at the Embassy of Lithuania in Moscow, at consulates, consulates general and visa centers of Lithuania in 19 other cities of Russia. Requirements for obtaining a visa are standard, “Schengen”. The consular fee is 35 euros, paperwork takes 5 working days. For an urgent visa – 3 working days and 70 euros. Please note that Lithuanian Visa Application Centers separately charge a fee of 1,400 rubles for processing documents in the standard mode and 2,800 rubles in the expedited mode. Visa centers of Lithuania are located in such cities as Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sovetsk, Kalningrad, Irkutsk, Vladivostok, Yekaterinburg, Kazan, Krasnodar, Krasnoyarsk, Nizhny Novgorod, Novosibirsk, Omsk, Perm,
Weather in Lithuania
In Lithuania, there are two types of climate, smoothly transitioning into each other. Maritime on the coast and continental on the plains. Lithuanian summer is comfortable and not hot, the average July temperature is 17-20°C. Winters in Lithuania are mild, in January the average temperature is only -4.9°C. The swimming season in Lithuania begins in mid-June, at which time the water temperature is at least 16°C. The climate of Lithuania is incredibly comfortable for recreation and travel, especially for children and the elderly. There are no sudden changes in temperature, sweltering heat and active sun, since most of the time the sky is covered with clouds.
Currency exchange in Lithuania
You can exchange money for the local currency – Lithuanian litas (LTL) everywhere, at banks or exchange points. On the other hand, it is not at all necessary to do this, since Russian rubles are also actively accepted in the country. Most local banks operate from Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 17:00, and some also work on Saturdays from 9:00 to 13:00. Please note: only non-torn banknotes in good condition are accepted for exchange, you may well be refused to accept shabby banknotes. You can pay with a bank card in most large shops, restaurants and hotels in Lithuania. Cashing out the card is also not difficult: you can find ATMs of local banks everywhere.
Mains voltage 230V, 50Hz. Type C sockets, European with two round horizontal pins. Type F sockets are also found, they are the same as European ones, but have two metal plates for grounding.
There is no state religion in Lithuania, and the church is separated from the state. However, about 80% of the country’s population are Catholics and follow the religion of the Roman Catholic Church. Orthodox make up only 4% of local residents.
Lithuania, like any European country, is safe for foreign tourists, but you should not neglect simple rules of caution, such as: do not carry large sums of money, documents and valuables with you. All this is better to leave in the hotel safe. Be especially careful in tourist areas and places of mass congestion of people, here the likelihood of petty pickpocketing is higher.
Lithuania is a generally safe territory for health, there are no mandatory vaccinations before visiting it. Health care in Lithuania is well developed, but in order to protect yourself from excessive medical costs, it is recommended to take out health insurance in advance.