It is compulsory to have a valid health insurance for entire period of stay in Lithuania. Only emergency medical aid is given free of charge.
Please make sure you have one before arrival or ask at the International Office to indicate insurance company to obtain valid health insurance here in Lithuania. A minimum insured amount of the medical insurance contract (policy) needs to be at least 30.000 Eur and the insurance contract shall guarantee that all basic medical assistance costs and travel expenses which may arise in connection with the return, for health reasons, of a foreigner to homeland (medical transportation/repatriation, including escort by medical brigade or a doctor) will be covered.
If you are a citizen of a country outside the European Union, you can contact one of the insurance companies on Lithuanian Insurers Association (LDA) list. In order to study in Lithuania you must have a valid health insurance covering the duration of your stay.
Health insurance for foreigners in Lithuania for 5 months period costs approximately 87-115 Eur. More information on local insurance companies and terms of insurance is available on http://www.draudikai.lt/en/insurers. Every time when medical treatment at a general practitioner or hospitalisation is required you will be asked to show your health insurance policy. In most cases a foreigner is required to pay for health care services to the health care institution and then needs to claim for reimbursement of expenses from their health insurance providers (accordingly, read all terms and conditions of your health insurance policy carefully and keep the contact telephone of insurance company nearby!!!).
If you are a citizen of one of the Member States of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland and have a European Health Insurance Card, you are guaranteed state health care services in the case of an accident. You need to be aware that the card does not cover the expenses of health care services provided by the private sector.
European Health Insurance Card
European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) is a document which certifies that the holder is entitled to receive state-provided medically necessary healthcare during a temporary stay in any of the EU countries, Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway and Switzerland, under the same conditions and at the same cost (free in some countries) as people insured in that country.
What is covered by the European Health Insurance Card?
The EHIC gives access to any state-provided medical treatment that becomes necessary during your stay because of either illness or an accident. It includes treatment of a chronic or pre-existing medical condition that becomes necessary during your visit.
Presenting the EHIC to health care providers entitles you to treatment that may become necessary during your trip, but does not allow you to go abroad specifically to receive medical care. However, maternity care, renal dialysis and managing the symptoms of pre-existing or chronic conditions that arise while abroad are all covered by the EHIC. Your European Health Insurance Card should cover you for routine maternity care while you are away. However, if you are going to Lithuania specifically to have your baby, you will need an E112/S2 or S1 form (in Lithuanian).
It is important to be aware, that the European Health Insurance Card gives access to reduced-cost or free medical treatment from state healthcare providers and allows you to be treated on the same basis as a resident of the country you are visiting i.e. you may have to pay a patient contribution (co-payment).
More information can be found on the website of the European Commission.
Remember to check that your European Health Insurance Card is still valid before you travel!