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Expat guide to living in Lithuania

Expat guide to living in Lithuania

Living in Lithuania


Lithuania is stretched between the Black Sea and the Baltic. This little country, fresh from gaining their independence, is quickly getting into the rhythm of urban development, while maintaining the charm of its historical roots. We’ve gathered some important info to get you through your move.

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Expat Clubs


International Women's Association of Vilnius
 
The International Women's Association of Vilnius (IWAV) welcomes women of all nationalities interested in sharing the experience of living in Vilnius. Women from nearly 20 cultures form our diverse membership.
Address: Victoria Tower, J. Jasinskio str. 16B, LT-01112 Vilnius, Lithuania
Email: iwavilnius@gmail.com
FB: www.facebook.com/IWAVilnius
Website: www.iwav.lt/

International Schools 


American International School of Vilnius
AISV is a fully accredited school. Their program have been reviewed and validated by two outside agencies - the Middle States Association of Schools and Colleges (MSA) and the Council of International Schools (CIS). AISV is also associated with the United States Embassy and works with  the U. S. Department of State and the Office of Overseas Schools. AISV also works closely with the College Board and serve as an Scholastic Aptitude Testing site. Recently, AISV was authorized to offer the IB Diploma Program by the International Baccalaureate Organization.
Curriculum: American, International Baccalaureate
Address: Subačiaus St. #41, Vilnius LT- 11350, Lithuania
Tel: +370 5 212 10 31
Fax: +370 5 264 72 02
Email: admissions@aisv.lt, receptionist@aisv.lt
Website: www.aisv.lt   
 
Vilnius International School
Vilnius International School provides Lithuanian and expatriate children ages 3 through 16 a rigorous international education that inspires commitment to become learners for life, compassion for the people and environment around them and a sense of responsibility to act for the betterment of the world. In December 2010, Vilnius International School was authorised as an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School. It is the first school in Lithuania to offer the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP).
 
Curriculum: International Baccalaureate
Address:
Tel: +370 5 276 15 64, +370 698 86 218
Website: vischool.lt/

Local News in English


The Lithuania Tribune
This is an English-language news site that delivers up-to-date local news, politics, economy, foreign affairs and opinion.
Website: www.lithuaniatribune.com/

Country Information 


Location: Europe
Capital City: Vilnius
Other Important Cities: Kaunas
Currency: Lithuanian litas (Lt) and Euro
Language: Lithuanian
Calling Code: 370
Internet TLD: .lt
Electricity: The country runs on 220V 50Hz
Emergency Numbers:
 
Medical: *03
Fire: *01
Police: *02
 
Country Information
en.wikipedia.org

Embassy Information


Are you looking for your embassy in Lithuania? We found this website had a really useful list of all the local embassies in the country...

embassy.goabroad.com/embassies-in/lithuania

Residents Visa and Work Permit information


Lithuania is part of the Schengen territories therefore visa exemptions for eligible countries including the US apply. Other countries must secure a Schengen visa through a Lithuanian embassy or consulate in their home or host country.
 
Expats staying for more than three months in the country needs to obtain a national visa. This comes either in single or multiple-entry visa, and can be applied for only when a residence permit has been granted.
 
National visas are for students, temporary workers, medical purposes and other personal circumstances which require the expat to stay for an extended period.
Documents required:
 
  • A completed (in capital letters) and signed application form.
  • A valid travel document.
  • A colour photo corresponding to the age of an applicant.
  • The proof of the applicant's legal status in the U.S.
  • Documents in relation to accommodation, or proof of sufficient means to cover her accommodation.
  • Documents indicating that the applicant possesses sufficient means of subsistence both for the duration of the intended stay and for the return to his country of origin or residence.
  • A document, proving the possession of adequate and valid travel medical insurance during the stay(s) on the territory of Lithuania.
  • Consular fee. In addition, an applicant shall sign the statement, set out in the application form, declaring that he/she is aware that visa fee is not refunded if the visa is refused.
  • For more information please visit the Lithuanian embassy in the US site: usa.mfa.lt/usa/en/national-visas

Accommodation


The most popular place for expats is the capital Vilnius. This baroque town has a skyline of spires reflecting the religious iconography prominent in the city. Declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, tourists flock to Vilnius to bask in the sights and sounds of this European destination.
 
Expats rent or buy property, but this really depends on the length of stay. Landlord and tenants negotiate on the rental price. Advance payment can only amount to the first month of rent and nothing more. Rent is paid every 20th of the month.
 
Usually a lease is for a duration of 1 year, if unspecified then the contract is deemed indefinite. Should a tenant decide to terminate the contract, they must submit this in writing 1 month before the intended date of termination.
 
Apartments can go between 800 to 2,000 Euros per month, depending on the closeness to the city center and other important amenities and civic services.

Driving License


An international driving license may be used to drive legally in Lithuania for a limited period. For extended stays, expats must exchange their domestic license for a local Lithuanian one. Citizens from the EU may use their domestic license freely.
 
The expat driving license must be translated into Lithuanian before presenting to the State Enterprise REGITRA. A theory test is also required; a practical test is to be expected. For more information please visit: www.regitra.lt/en/services/driving-licences/driving-license-info
 

Healthcare


Medical services in Lithuania is still progressing and improving up to Western standards. Medical supplies have become widely available, including medication and other healthcare resources. English-speaking doctors are few.
It is highly advisable to stock up on personal medication as the same brands may not be available in the country. Cash payment is to be expected. It is recommended to secure a comprehensive health insurance that can reimburse medical costs.
 
Health Insurance
 
MSH International – ASFE
For twenty years, ASFE has designed and managed international healthcare insurance solutions for all mobile individuals:
·         Expatriates living abroad alone or with their families,
·         Students, interns and young people with "Working Holiday Visas",
·         Self-employed persons or company employees,
·         Seniors.
Website: www.asfe-expat.com/index.php?a=en&b=Fiches-Pays&c=LT
 
Hospitals
 
Baltic American Clinic
Baltic-American Medical & Surgical Clinic is one of the leading private hospitals in Lithuania, established to attend the human needs and promote an environment in which quick access to supreme Health Care is achieved.
Address: Nemencines road 54A, Vilnius, 10103, Lithuania
Tel: +370 2 342 020
Fax: +370 2 767 942
Website: www.bak.lt/
 
Kardiolita Private Hospital in Vlinius
Established in 1998 Kardiolita provides full range of medical services - from comprehensive diagnostics to various surgical treatments within many medical areas. Kardiolita employs 190 highly qualified Lithuanian doctors with extensive international experience and treatment performance of more than 45 medical areas. The Hospital is equipped with cutting-edge medical equipment and laboratory, employs the most advanced and effective methods for diagnostics and treatment. Kardiolita possesses out-patient department, 3 modern operating rooms, a 24-hour intensive care unit (10 beds), in-patient department with cosy wards (single, double, family, luxury - 44 beds in total). The hospital has a long-term experience in treating international patients.
Address: Laisves pr. 64a, Vilnius, Lithuania
Tel: +370 85 2390 501
Website: www.kardiolita.lt/en/
 
Med General Private Clinic
The Only   Western General & Family Doctor in Vilnius. Native-English speaker, Western trained, Embassy and UN Affiliated
Address: Gedimino pr. 1A-19, Vilnius, Lithuania
Tel: +370 2 613 534
Fax: +370 2 613 537
Website: www.clinic.lt/
 
Odontika
Odontika has treated patients from more than 70 Countries and 6 Continents. Over 800 foreign patients visited Odontika in 2013 alone. Making Odontika the home for dental tourism patients in Lithuania and the Baltic.
Address: Kriviu 5, Vilnius, LT-01204,Lithuania
Tel: +370 5 215 31135
Fax: +370 5 215 31135
Website: odontika.com/en/
 


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