This week in Lithuania


The Annual Sea Festival is On!

See it online

The traditional “Sea Festival” (Jūros šventė) in Lithuania’s major seaport of Klaipėda is taking place July 24-26 with a scaled-back program due to coronavirus concerns. The traditional festival dates back to August 12, 1934.

Some of the events that draw large crowds, such as the maritime community parade, have been changed. A Salute of Nations will begin the festival instead of the parade, and all major concerts will be performed on a mobile stage that will make its way through across Old Town, surprising visitors with short 15-minute dance, song and theatre performances in unexpected places. Fountain displays and fireworks have been cancelled.

The theme of the festival this year is “Rendez-vous with the Wind”. The traditional boat show will take place on the Dangė River, with extreme water sports competitions and musical performances. There will also be six historic sailboats at the cruise terminal.

Main events can bee viewed on the internet. See it all at, on the YouTube channel “Klaipėdos šventės” or Facebook pages “Kultūros uostas” and “We love Lithuania”.

With news from BNS and the Jūros šventė website.

Coronavirus Update

More than 50 new coronavirus cases have been recorded in Lithuania this week and the circumstances surrounding the majority of them are isolated. According to the National Public Health Centre, this is a positive trend, however with the number of cases growing, it’s obvious that restrictions cannot be relaxed. Self-isolation is still one of the key measures helping to slow the spread of the virus. The total number of infected persons is 1,986 as of July 24. There are currently has 277 active cases in Lithuania and 1,616 recoveries, and 99 people are in isolation. Eighty people have died of COVID-19 in the country so far, and another 13 coronavirus-infected patients have died of other causes.

With news from and BNS

Self Check-In at Vilnius Airport

The Vilnius Airport Authority plans more convenient ticket check-in, as reported by BNS (Baltic News Service) on July 20, 2020. Automatic self-boarding gates will be installed at Vilnius Airport early next year, and the airport hopes the novelty will help speed up passenger flow once travel returns to pre-COVID levels. This technology will welcome passengers before they enter the aviation safety check zone – the area where passengers are screened and have hand luggage checked. Now this function is performed by aviation safety specialists. Lithuania’s NT Service and Germany’s Magnetic Autocontrol will carry out the installation work for 249,000 euros. The contract was signed earlier this month. This technology is already in use in airports in other countries. Other self-service features will be introduced over the next three years.

With news from and BNS