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FIFA World Cup 2018 -Travel advice for fans travelling through Lithuania

The England team will play Belgium in Kaliningrad on Thursday 28 June. England fans travelling to the match through Lithuania should familiarise themselves with this advice.

Lithuania
Lithuania

The 2018 FIFA World Cup will take place in Russia from 14 June to 15 July.

The England team will play Belgium in Kaliningrad on Thursday 28 June. Numbers of England fans are expected to travel to Kaliningrad for the match through Lithuania.

Make sure you are familiar with guidance and tips for fans travelling to the World Cup before you go. You can sign up for email alerts to be notified of any updates on travel advice to Russia before and during your trip.

As well as this advice, check out our Lithuania travel advice.

Top tips before going to Lithuania

  • make sure your passport is valid for the whole of your stay in Lithuania; keep your passport safe during your trip; you don’t need a visa to travel to Lithuania
  • your European Health Insurance Card is not valid in Russia, but it is valid in Lithuania – take it with you and make sure it hasn’t expired
  • take out travel insurance; it could save you a lot of money if you get into difficulties
  • make copies of your passport and important documents; keep them safe in a separate location to your passport

Minors

Minors under the age of 16 travelling to Lithuania without a parent or legal guardian should check their airline’s policy on unaccompanied minors. In some cases when a minor is travelling alone or with a person other than a parent, written parental consent might be required.

Top tips on arrival in Lithuania

  • carry your original photo ID or passport with you at all times; consider leaving a copy of your passport at your place of accommodation
  • you can exchange your currency to Euros in currency exchange bureaus or banks
  • ATMs are widely available around in Vilnius, Kaunas and Klaipeda
  • public transport tickets must be purchased and validated at the start of a journey. You will be fined if do not hold a ticket or if you are travelling with an invalid ticket. You can buy a ticket “Bilietas” from driver
  • Lithuanian cities are connected by motorways, public buses are widely available across the country; there is a railway connecting Vilnius, Kaunas and Klaipeda

Emergency services numbers in Lithuania

  • All emergency services - 112

British Embassy Vilnius contact details

Kaunas

Kaunas is the historical capital and the second-largest city in Lithuania with a population about 312,120 inhabitants. It is located at the confluence of the two largest Lithuanian rivers, the Nemunas and the Neris and has a lot of surviving valuable architectural examples, including the modernist architectural heritage. Kaunas is located 100km from the capital Vilnius and 212km from the country’s major seaport Klaipeda.

City is located some 102km away from the main Kybartai-Chernyshevsky border crossing point to Russia. It also operates Kaunas Airport, connected to Kaunas city centre and other major Lithuanian cities by public busses.

Palanga

Palanga is Lithuanian city on the Baltic coast, located some 82km (including ferry) away from Nida-Morskoe border crossing point. It is the busiest summer resort in the country and has a status of a city municipality. City operates Palanga`s International Airport, which is connected to Palanga and country’s major seaport Klaipeda by public bus No. 100.

Crossing the border to Russia

Given the high volume of regular traffic on top of high volume of fans expected to cross the border, it is recommended that you allow yourself plenty of time for border procedures. In Lithuania there are four border crossing points to Kaliningrad:

No Name
1 Kybartai-Chernyshevsky
2 Nida-Morskoe
3 Panemune-Sovetsk
4 Ramoniskiai-Pogranichnyy

Make sure you have your passport and FAN ID with you, and familiarise yourself with the entry requirements.

Further information and guidance can be found at World Cup 2018: Be on the Ball.

Published 14 June 2018