Viewing cable 04VILNIUS1477
Title: COUNTRY CLEARANCE FOR ACTING ASSISTANT SECRETARY

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04VILNIUS14772004-12-03 07:34:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 UNCLASSIFIED Embassy Vilnius
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UNCLAS VILNIUS 001477 
 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: OTRA AMGT PGOV PHUM KDEM LI LH
SUBJECT:  COUNTRY CLEARANCE FOR ACTING ASSISTANT SECRETARY 
MICHAEL KOZAK 
 
REF(S): STATE 257064 
 
¶1.  Post warmly welcomes Ambassador Michael Kozak and is pleased 
to grant country clearance for the period of December 3-6, 
2004 to attend the "Advancing Europe Whole and Free: Challenges 
and Opportunities for Transatlantic Cooperation" conference. 
 
¶2.  Embassy point of contact for your visit is Trevor 
Boyd, POL/ECON. Contact information is TEL: +370-5-266- 
5539; FAX: +370-5-266-5510; E-MAIL: BoydTW@state.gov. 
 
¶3.  The American Embassy address is Akmenu 6.  The 24-hour 
Embassy telephone number is +370-5-2665500; fax number is 
+370-5-2665510.  All operators speak English. 
 
¶4.  Hotel reservations have been made, as requested reftel 
for the nights of December 3-5 at Stikliai hotel for a 
single room at the rate of 126 USD per night.  The room 
rate includes all taxes and breakfast.  The hotel is 
located at Gaono 7; tel: +370-5-264-9596; fax: +370-5-212- 
¶3870. 
 
¶5.  Your hotel, most restaurants and many stores accept 
credit cards.  However, it is a good idea to have some 
cash on hand since much of Lithuania still operates on a 
cash economy.  The Embassy cashier is available for check 
cashing services (during the hours 0900 to 1300 M,T,TH,F) 
and there are automatic teller machines (ATM) around the 
city.  There is also an exchange service at the airport at 
commercial rates (comparable to those at the Embassy). 
 
¶6.  Lithuania is a relatively safe country with very 
little anti-American sentiment.  Vilnius has a low 
criminal threat level, however, visitors should take 
standard precautions, as in any other large urban area. 
Crimes of opportunity are most common, pick pocketing, car 
break-ins and theft.  Most crimes happen at night or in 
the early morning hours.  After dark, visitors should stay 
in pairs and exercise common sense and avoid isolated 
areas.  Visitors are encouraged to leave any valuables in 
their hotel safety deposit boxes.  Use of public 
transportation is not recommended.  Should you wish a 
security briefing upon arrival, please contact the RSO at 
tel: +370-5-2665621. 
 
¶7.  For additional information about Vilnius you may wish 
to log on to www.inyourpocket.com and select Vilnius. 
 
¶8.  Visitors are advised to arrange taxi service through 
their hotel or the Embassy.  However, taxis that are 
parked in front of the airport are reliable.  Be aware of 
rogue taxi drivers who approach you offering their taxi 
service.  Always inquire what the fare will be in advance. 
The trip into town from the airport should cost around 
$5.00-$10.00 (depending on exchange rate and day of the 
week). 
 
¶9.  Visas are not required if stay is less than 90 days. 
 
¶10.  The climate in Vilnius during the winter is dark, 
cold and wet with snow and ice.  Boots, jacket and gloves 
are necessary. 
 
MULL