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Although developing rapidly, the Baltic states still have few facilities for yachts. Most will be found at yacht clubs, rather than marinas.

EU member?




Ship’s papers

Ship’s registration papers

List of crew, with dates of birth and passport numbers.

Crew papers


Report to Customs ?

Yes, at port of entry Klaipeda. Notify Customs of all valuable items on board eg cameras, watches, radios, etc, as these may be checked later against receipts and money-changing dockets. Keep a record of all your financial transactions, and all bills and receipts. It is illegal to make trade, or sell goods.

Other information

Enquire at Klaipeda yacht club about visiting other harbours in Lithuania.


Difficult. The yacht club may be able to help.


At yacht club.

Shore power 220V AC

At yacht club.


Butane not obtainable. Propane possibly obtained through yacht club.

Camping Gaz

Not obtainable.

Berthing fees

Cheaper than UK.



Lita may not be taken out of the country. Take a supply of low-denomination US dollars, Deutschmarks and Finnish currency.

Credit cards

Only accepted in large tourist shops and hotels. Cashpoints at large banks in capital, Vilnius, but not in small towns yet.


Not used.

Travellers cheques

Can change in banks.

Emergencies ­ VHF

Klaipeda coast radio station monitors Ch 16.

Emergencies ­ phone

Police 02

Ambulance 03

Fire 014


Must have certificate of health and proof of rabies injection.

Telephone boxes

New telephone boxes have been installed all over the country, which locals say makes international dialling easier than phoning the next town! Buy phonecards from newsagents and post offices.

Dialling code to UK

81044 then the number, omitting the first 0.

Weather forecasts

No VHF or other broadcast services available at time of writing.

British Embassy

2 Antakalnio, 2055 Vilnius. Tel: (00370) 2222070. (Very helpful.) Visit or e-mail

Embassy in UK

84 Gloucester Place, London W1U 6AU. Tel: 020 7486 6400/1/2

Visit or or e-mail

Charts and books

Admiralty charts.

The Baltic Sea. RCC Pilotage Foundation. Imray.

Useful publications

On arrival in Klaipeda, look for the very useful booklet, Klaipeda in Your Pocket, written in English. This has up-to-date information. Things are changing rapidly in the Baltic states. Try to find a really up-to-date guidebook before you go.



September 2001


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