Country: Lithuania is a country in northern Europe. It is located along the southeastern shore of the Baltic Sea, to the east of Sweden and Denmark. It borders Latvia, Belarus, Poland, and Kaliningrad Oblast. Its population is approximately 3 million and the capital and largest city is Vilnius. The official language is Lithuanian.
To access emergency services: Dial 112
Currency: Lithuanian litas (LTL)
Recommended immunizations and vaccines for travelers: Before traveling to Lithuania, ask your doctor what vaccines are recommended. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) are excellent resources as well.
Insurance: Find out in advance if your insurance plan will make payments directly to providers or reimburse you later for overseas health expenditures.
It is also worth ensuring your travel insurance will cover ambulances or transport either home or to more advanced medical facilities, if needed. Not all insurance covers emergency medical evacuation home or to a hospital in a major city, which may be the only way to receive medical attention in a serious emergency.
Source: International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers
What to expect in a Lithuanian hospital: Medical care in Lithuania has improved, but medical facilities do not always meet western standards. There are a few private clinics with medical supplies and services that nearly equal western European or U.S. standards. Most medical supplies are now widely available, including disposable needles, anesthetics, antibiotics, and other pharmaceuticals; however, hospitals and clinics still suffer from a lack of equipment and resources.
Lithuania has highly trained medical professionals, some of whom speak English. Serious medical problems requiring hospitalization and/or medical evacuation can cost thousands of dollars or more. Doctors and hospitals often expect immediate cash payment for health services.
Contact your embassy/consulate: When in doubt, your country’s embassy is a good resource to turn to for medical assistance guidance.
JCI-accredited hospitals/clinics in Lithuania: To read about specific facilities that are JCI-accredited, visit the Hospital Search section.
Lithuania-specific helpful health resources:
Travel health notices: Visit the CDC or the WHO for up-to-date travel notices.