UNCLAS VILNIUS 001345
E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: OTRA AMGT OREP ASEC AFIN FR NL PL RS LH
SUBJECT: COUNTRY CLEARANCE FOR CODEL SENSENBRENNER
REF(S): STATE 00228697
Â¶1. Post warmly welcomes CODEL Sensenbrenner and is pleased
to grant country clearance for the period of January 10-12,
2006 for the purpose of high-level discussions regarding
visa policy in Lithuania.
Â¶2. Ambassador Mull will greet the CODEL on its arrival at
the airport. The Embassy's point of contact for your
visit, Consul James Fellows, will also meet the CODEL at
the airport. Mr. Fellows' contact information is TEL: +370-
5-266-5591; FAX: +370-5-266-5590; MOB: 370-6-872-4443; E-
Â¶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.
Â¶4. Hotel reservations have been made, as requested reftel,
for the nights of January 10-12 at Ramada hotel for
business rooms at the rate of 126 USD per night. The room
rate includes all taxes and breakfast. Cancellations can
be made at any time without penalty. The hotel is located
at Subaciaus 2; tel: +370-5-264-6414; fax: +370-5-255-3311.
Â¶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 from 0900 to 1300 Monday-Friday and there
are automatic teller machines (ATMs) around the city.
There is also an exchange service at the airport at
commercial rates (comparable to those at the Embassy).
Â¶6. Lithuania is a relatively safe country with very little
anti-American sentiment. Vilnius has a low criminal threat
level. However, visitors should take the same precautions
that they would in any other large urban area. Crimes of
opportunity, such as pickpocketing, car break-ins, and
theft, are most common. Most crimes happen at night or in
the early morning hours. After dark, visitors should stay
in pairs; 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-
Â¶7. For additional information about Vilnius, you may wish
to log on to www.inyourpocket.com and select Vilnius.
Â¶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).
Â¶9. Visas are not required if stay is less than 90 days.
Â¶10. The climate in Vilnius during the winter is dark, cold
and wet with snow and ice. Boots, jacket and gloves are