Same Country, New Currency

Monday, January 5, 2015



So, as of January 1, 2015 Lithuania officially started the process of switching from the Litas to the Euro. The first few days of this process have been a bit crazy as bank paying options and online shopping (no ordering groceries!) are temporarily on hold (but are now available as this post goes live). I've been dreading this change since I first heard about it in fear that prices would become higher and services would be suspended. Also, I like the Litas.

Luckily though, the transition has been smooth and we are now officially inter the Euro.


If you are in Lithuania here is what you need to know.

1) You can pay in Lithuanian Litas until January 15; however, you will receive change in Euro.

2) You can change your Lithuanian Litas free of charge at the Bank of Lithuania, other commercial banks, and the post office with the conversion rate of 3.45 LTL to 1 Euro.

3) You will receive a new job contract with your salary in Euro.

Good luck with the change over!


Have you ever been in a country as the currency was changing?

8 comments:

  1. How is the euro to the dollar right now? I imagine that makes it doubley as complicated for you now! x

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    1. Right now the Euro to the Dollar is 1 to 1.20, so not terrible. It is confusing getting used to the Euro though!

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  2. That is really interesting. It sounds like they are handling it well. www.eatallovertheworld.weebly.com

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    1. Yes, I am surprised by how smooth the transition is so far!

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  3. That's crazy interesting that you're there while all this is happening. I hope that everything goes smoothly - what a transition!

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  4. Hi! I'll be moving from Boston to Vilnius with my husband and son end of January. Thank you for your blog posts. They are informative and enjoyable! Looking forward to learn more about this new home of ours.

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    1. My husband and I are from very nearby Boston! How fun. If you have any questions please feel free to email me at luyoutravel@gmail.com. I'd be happy to help!

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