| Before You Go
No health certificates or vaccinations are required for entering the country. Non EU student must have health insurance. International students from non-EU countries will have to pay for all the medical services and later all their expenses will be reimbursed by the insurance company. Students coming from EU countries and having the European Health Insurance Card get medical services in the same way as Lithuanian students. Emergency line is 112. Please visit this website for more information about health care in Lithuania: http://www.vlk.lt
HEALTH AND SAFETY
In general, Lithuania is a safe country. However, you should take the following basic safety measures while in country:
- Try to avoid showing a big sum of money. It is best not to try spending larger notes - several 10 and 20 Litas notes are better than a large note such as a 200 Litas or greater. You may draw a lot of attention to yourself if you try to use one of the larger banknotes for a small purchase such as a drink and may also cause the business difficulty in giving you change. However, the larger and busier establishments will change notes without any problem. When changing foreign currency into Litas, ask for the smaller notes.
- Take care when visiting potentially dangerous neighborhoods at night. After dark it is safer and strongly recommended to take a taxi to you destination. If there are no possibilities to call a taxi, try to walk along main roads rather than take a short cut through a park or apartment complex, as these areas often have very poor lighting. A thing to watch out for is bicycle theft. It is also advisable not to leave valuable things in a car.
- Driving in Lithuania can be dangerous. As a pedestrian, take great care when crossing the roads, always cross the road at a pedestrian crossing. It is also strongly recommended to wear a reflector especially in twilight and at night in dimly lit streets. When driving be careful of aggressive, irresponsible and speeding drivers. Keep in mind that traffic police could be corrupt. Mind the forest roads, collisions with wildlife animals sometimes occur.
There are many psychological services and health centers where student can receive psychological counseling in English at Vilnius University. If you feel lonely, depressed, or have difficulties with adjustments and new friendships, you can contact the following PTMC Psychology Consultation:
Universiteto st. 9/1 room 116
Tel.: (+370 5) 268 72 54
Office hours: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Youth line (Jaunimo linija) – psychological aid via telephone
Tel.: (+370) 800 28 888
WHAT TO BRING
Pack as you would for any Northern European city: more dressy outfits for formal restaurants and nightclubs and casual clothes for everywhere else. Even in summer bring a light jacket because the evenings can occasionally be cool. Needless to say you should bring a thick coat, gloves, and a wool hat in winter.