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Visas

Created: 2015.03.19 / Updated: 2020.10.05 14:54

Do I need a visa?

  • Types of Visa
    Before applying for a visa to Lithuania, you should decide the visa type under which you wish to lodge your application.

    Schengen visas
    • Short-stay visa – a visa valid for transit through or an intended stay in the territory of the Schengen Member States of a duration of no more than 90 days in any 180-day period.
    • Airport transit visa – a visa valid for transit through the international transit areas of one or more airports of the Schengen Member States.

    National visa (D) – a visa allows to enter the Republic of Lithuania and stay in it for a period longer than 90 days:

    • A single-entry national visa can be issued to a foreigner who has been granted a temporary or permanent residence permit in the Republic of Lithuania
    • A multiple-entry national visacan be issued to a foreigner whose purpose is long term stay in the Republic of Lithuania.

    Working Holiday visa – a multiple-entry national visa, which allows young people of Japan and New Zeland to visit Lithuania primarily for a holiday for an extended period and also engage in employment as an incidental aspect of their holiday to supplement their travel funds.

Schengen visa

  • Visa authority competent for examining and deciding on applications
    At the time of submission of the first application, the applicant is required to appear in person. Decisions on the issuance or refusal to issue a visa, annulment and revocation of a visa are made by diplomatic missions and consular posts of the Republic of Lithuania, which are assigned to perform functions related to the issuance of visas by the order of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania (in further text - visa authorities).

    Documents can be lodged at:

    • directly at the embassy of the Republic of Lithuania

      Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania to the People's Republic of China, to the Republic of Korea, to the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, to Mongolia, to the Kingdom of Thailand and to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam

      Address: #A-18 King's Garden Villa, 18 Xiaoyun Road, Chaoyang District, 100125 Beijing, People's Republic of China
      Phone: +86 10 845 185 20
      Fax: +86 10 659 065 07
      Email : [email protected]
      Website: http://cn.mfa.lt

      Note. Only documents of the EU nationals’ family members and holders of special passports (Diplomatic, Service, Public Affairs)

    • through an external service provider - Lithuania currently has an agreement with VF Services (UK) Ltd.

      Note. All visa applicants (short stay visa C and national visa D).

    • through the visa authority of another Schengen Member State that represents Lithuania in Schengen visa matters

      In the People’s Republic of China, the examination of applications, the decision on applications and the printing and affixing of visa stickers shall be carried out only by the Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania in Beijing.

    The Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania in Beijing is competent to examine and decide on applications submitted by applicants legally residing in its consular jurisdiction, except for countries, where another Schengen Member State represents Lithuania in Schengen visa matters:

    Residents of Mongolia have to apply for a visa to Lithuania at the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Ulan Baator. Please contact the Embassy directly for further information.

    Embassy of the Czech Republic in Mongolia

    Address: Embassy Street 9, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
    Phone: +976 11 311 053
    Fax: +976 11 323 791
    Email: [email protected]
    Website: www.mzv.cz/ulaanbaatar

    Residents of the Kingdom of Thailand have to apply for a visa to Lithuania at the Embassy of Germany in Bangkok. Please contact the Embassy directly for further information.

    Embassy of Germany in Thailand

    Address: 9 South Sathorn Rd, Bangkok 10120
    Phone: +66022679000
    Fax: +66 (0) 22856232
    Email: [email protected]
    Website: www.bangkok.diplo.de

    Residents of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam have to apply for a visa to Lithuania at the Embassy of Denmark in Vietnam. Please contact the Embassy directly for further information.

    Embassy of Denmark in Vietnam

    Address: 7th Floor, BIDV Tower, 194 Tran Quang Khai Street, Hanoi
    Phone: +8448231888
    Fax: +84 4 823 19 99
    Email: [email protected]
    Website: www.ambhanoi.um.dk


    The Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania in Beijing shall examine and decide on an application lodged by a third-country national legally present but not residing in its jurisdiction if the applicant has provided justification for lodging the application in China. Such applicants should contact the Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania in Beijing by email [email protected] before lodging their applications.

    Please click here to find the completed list of Lithuanian embassies, visa centres and representation arrangements with the other Schengen Member State.

  • Lodging an application
    In the People’s Republic of China, applications have to be lodged at the Lithuanian Visa Application Centres, closest to the applicant’s residence. For more information please visit https://www.vfsglobal.cn/Lithuania/china/English/

    At the time of submission of the first application, the applicant is required to appear in person.

    Applications shall be lodged no more than six (6) months, and for seafarers in the performance of their duties no more than nine (9) months, before the start of the intended visit, and, as a rule, no later than 15 calendar days before the start of the intended visit. In justified individual cases of urgency, the visa authority of the Republic of Lithuania or the central authorities may allow the lodging of applications later than 15 calendar days before the start of the intended visit.

    For specific possibilities to lodge an application in your country, please contact the competent visa authority of the Republic of Lithuania.
    1. Visa authorities of the Republic of Lithuania are competent for examining and deciding on an application for a uniform visa if:

    a) Lithuanian territory constitutes the sole destination of the visit(s);
    b) if the visit includes more than one destination, or if several separate visits are to be carried out within a period of two months, Lithuanian territory shall constitute the main destination of the visit(s) in terms of the length of stay, counted in days, or the purpose of stay;
    or
    c) if no main destination can be determined, Lithuanian external border should be first the applicant intends to cross in order to enter the territory of Schengen Member States.

    2. Visa authorities of the Republic of Lithuania are competent for examining and deciding on an application for a uniform visa for the purpose of transit if:

    a) in the case of transit through Lithuania only;
    or
    b) in the case of transit through several Schengen Member States, Lithuanian external border should be first the applicant intends to cross to start the transit.

    An application shall be examined and decided on by the visa authority of the Republic of Lithuania in whose jurisdiction the applicant legally resides.

    The visa authority of the Republic of Lithuania shall examine and decide on an application lodged by a third-country national legally present but not residing in its jurisdiction, if the applicant has provided justification for lodging the application at that visa authority.

    For the information on the specific supporting documents applicable in your country, also the time of appointments and other specific information, please refer to the competent visa authority of the Republic of Lithuania.

    Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania to the People's Republic of China

    Address: #A-18 King's Garden Villa, 18 Xiaoyun Road, Chaoyang District, 100125 Beijing, People's Republic of China
    Phone: +86 10 845 185 20
    Fax: +86 10 659 065 07
    Email : [email protected]
    Website: http://cn.mfa.lt


  • Lodging an application and supporting documents
    Applications shall be lodged no more than six months, and for seafarers in the performance of their duties no more than nine months, before the start of the intended visit, and, as a rule, no later than 15 calendar days before the start of the intended visit. In justified individual cases of urgency, the visa authority of the Republic of Lithuania or the central authorities may allow the lodging of applications later than 15 calendar days before the start of the intended visit. Each applicant shall submit a manually or electronically completed application form in Lithuanian or English. The application form shall be signed. Persons included in the applicant’s travel document shall submit a separate application form. Minors shall submit an application form signed by a person exercising permanent or temporary parental authority or legal guardianship.

    The applicant shall present a valid travel document satisfying the following criteria:

    • its validity shall extend at least three months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the Member States or, in the case of several visits, after the last intended date of departure from the territory of the Member States. However, in a justified case of emergency, this obligation may be waived;
    • it shall contain at least two blank pages;
    • it shall have been issued within the previous 10 years.

    The following biometric identifiers of the applicant shall be collected:

    • a photograph (according to this sample), scanned or taken at the time of application,
    and
    • 10 fingerprints taken flat and collected digitally.

    Where fingerprints as part of an earlier application were collected for the first time less than 59 months before the date of the new application, they shall be copied to the subsequent application. If at the time when the application is lodged, it cannot be immediately confirmed that the fingerprints were collected within the period of 59 months, the applicant may request that they be collected.

    The following applicants shall be exempt from the requirement to give fingerprints:

    • children under the age of 12;
    • persons for whom fingerprinting is physically impossible. If the fingerprinting of fewer than 10 fingers is possible, the maximum number of fingerprints shall be taken. However, should the impossibility be temporary, the applicant shall be required to give the fingerprints at the following application;
    • heads of State or government and members of a national government with accompanying spouses, and the members of their official delegation when they are invited by Schengen Member States’ governments or by international organisations for an official purpose;
    • sovereigns and other senior members of a royal family, when they are invited by Schengen Member States’ governments or by international organisations for an official purpose.

    However, where there is reasonable doubt regarding the identity of the applicant, the visa authority of the Republic of Lithuania shall collect fingerprints within the period of 59 months. Applicants shall pay a visa fee.

  • Visa and service fee
    1. Applicants shall pay a Schengen visa fee of EUR 80.

    2. Children from the age of six years and below the age of 12 years shall pay a Schengen visa fee of EUR 40.

    3. The visa fee shall be waived for applicants belonging to one of the following categories:

    • children under six years;
    • school pupils, students, postgraduate students and accompanying teachers who undertake stays for the purpose of study or educational training;
    • researchers, as defined in point (2) of Article 3 of Directive (EU) 2016/801 of the European Parliament and of the Council ( 8 ), travelling for the purpose of carrying out scientific research or participating in a scientific seminar or conference;
    • representatives of non-profit organisations aged 25 years or less participating in seminars, conferences, sports, cultural or educational events organised by non-profit organisations.

    4. Applicants shall pay a national visa fee of EUR 120.

    The visa fee shall be charged in euro, in the national currency of the third country or in the currency usually used in the third country where the application is lodged, and shall not be refundable.

    The visa fee may vary from country to country, as some countries may have concluded international agreements with the European Union, while others may be the subject of an implementing decision by the Council of the European Union on the increasing of the visa fee. You should inquire about the specific visa fee applicable in your country at the competent visa authority of the Republic of Lithuania.

    If applying for a visa through an external service provider, a service fee is paid. Currently, Lithuania has an agreement with VF Services (UK) Ltd., the standard service fee is EUR 15.90 if there is a visa authority of the Republic of Lithuania in the country, and EUR 30 if there is none. You should inquire about the specific fee applicable in your country at the competent visa authority of the Republic of Lithuania or at VF Services (UK) Ltd.

  • Prior consultations
    1. Applicants shall pay a Schengen visa fee of EUR 80.

    2. Children from the age of six years and below the age of 12 years shall pay a Schengen visa fee of EUR 40.

    3. The visa fee shall be waived for applicants belonging to one of the following categories:

    • children under six years;

    • school pupils, students, postgraduate students and accompanying teachers who undertake stays for the purpose of study or educational training;

    • researchers, as defined in point (2) of Article 3 of Directive (EU) 2016/801 of the European Parliament and of the Council ( 8 ), travelling for the purpose of carrying out scientific research or participating in a scientific seminar or conference;

    • representatives of non-profit organisations aged 25 years or less participating in seminars, conferences, sports, cultural or educational events organised by non-profit organisations;

    • family members of citizens of the Republic of Lithuania, European Union or European Free Trade Association.


    4. Nationals of countries (Russia, Moldova, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan), which have concluded a visa facilitation agreement with the European Union, shall pay a Schengen visa fee of EUR 35.

    The visa fee shall be charged in Japanese yen cash on the appointment day at the Lithuanian Visa Application Centre and shall not be refundable.

    In addition to a Schengen visa fee, the Lithuanian Visa Application Centre shall charge a service fee in Japanese yen cash of the equivalent of EUR 15.90.

    Please visit the Lithuanian Visa Application Centre website for details on visa and service fees in Japanese yen.

  • Prior consultations
    On the grounds of a threat to public policy, internal security, international relations or public health, a Schengen Member State may require the central authorities of other Schengen Member States to consult its central authorities during the examination of applications lodged by nationals of specific third countries or specific categories of such nationals. Such consultation shall not apply to applications for airport transit visas.

    Third countries Specific categories concerned, if applicable
    Afghanistan -
    Algeria -
    Azerbaijan -
    Bangladesh -
    Belarus Applies only to holders of diplomatic and service passports.
    D.R. Congo -
    Egypt Does not apply to holders of diplomatic and service passports.
    Eritrea -
    Ethiopia -
    Iran -
    Iraq -
    Jordan -
    Kazakhstan Does not apply to holders of diplomatic passports
    Kenya -
    Kirgizstan -
    (North) Korea -
    Kuwait -
    Lebanon -
    Libya -
    Mali -
    Mauritania -
    Morocco -
    Niger -
    Nigeria -
    Pakistan -
    Palestine1 -
    Russian Federation Applies only to holders of service passports.
    Rwanda -
    Qatar -
    Saudi Arabia Does not apply to holders of diplomatic passports.
    Somalia -
    South Sudan -
    Sri Lanka -
    Sudan -
    Syria -
    Tajikistan -
    Tunisia -
    Turkmenistan -
    Uzbekistan -
    Vietnam -
    Yemen -
    Category of persons  
    Refugees  
    Stateless Persons  
    1This designation shall not be construed as recognition of a State of Palestine and is without prejudice to the individual positions of the Member States on this issue


  • Decision on the application
    Applications shall be decided on within 15 calendar days of the date of the lodging of an application which is admissible. That period may be extended up to a maximum of 45 calendar days in individual cases, notably when further scrutiny of the application is needed.

    Applicants who have been refused a visa receives are notified by means of the standard form on the refusal, annulment or revocation of the visa, stating the reasons for the decision. Applicants have the right to appeal against the decisions to the Vilnius Regional Administrative Court (Žygimantų St. 2, LT-01102 Vilnius, tel .: +370 5 264 8703) within 14 days from the date of the delivery of the decision. In accordance with the procedure established by the Law of the Republic of Lithuania on the Legal Status of Aliens and the Law on Administrative Proceedings of the Republic of Lithuania, an appeal must be lodged in Lithuanian, and documents written in other languages must be translated into Lithuanian and approved in accordance with the established procedure. A stamp duty of EUR 30 must be paid for the appeal (if the appeal is lodged to a court only by electronic means, 75 % of the amount of the stamp duty must be paid).

    A decision on a refusal to issue a visa is not a subject of administrative appeal.

    Mere possession of a uniform visa or a visa with limited territorial validity shall not confer an automatic right of entry. Visa holders at the external border are required to provide evidence that they fulfil the entry conditions as they set in Article 6 of the Schengen Borders Code.

  • Cooperation with external service providers
    According to the agreement between Lithuania and VF Services (UK) Ltd., the latter is entrusted with the performance of the following tasks:

    a) providing general information on visa requirements and application forms;
    b) informing the applicant of the required supporting documents;
    c) collecting data and applications (including collection of biometric identifiers) and transmitting the application to the visa authority of the Republic of Lithuania or the central authorities;
    d) collecting the visa fee;
    e) managing the appointments for the applicant, where applicable, at the visa authority of the Republic of Lithuania or at the premises of an external service provider;
    f) collecting the travel documents, including a refusal notification if applicable, from the visa authority of the Republic of Lithuania or the central authorities and returning them to the applicant.

    The examination of applications, interviews (where appropriate), the decision on applications and the printing and affixing of visa stickers shall be carried out only by the visa authority of the Republic of Lithuania. Regarding the possibility to submit visa applications directly to the visa authority of the Republic of Lithuania or the Member State with which Lithuania has concluded a representation agreement - please contact the competent visa authority of the Republic of Lithuania.

  • Family members of an EU citizen or a citizen of an EFTA Member State
    According to the Article 21 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, every citizen of the Union shall have the right to move and reside freely within the territory of the Member States, subject to the limitations and conditions laid down in the Treaties and by the measures adopted to give them effect. These restrictions and conditions are, among others, set out in Directive 2004/38 / EC13 on the right of citizens of the Union and their family members to move and reside freely within the territory of the Member States. If applicants meet the status of a family member of an EU citizen as laid down in the Directive, the visa authority of the Republic of Lithuania will give them every opportunity to obtain the required visa and provide them with the best conditions to obtain it*, including:

    • no visa fee;
    • visas are issued as soon as possible (the processing of a visa application for more than 15 days can only be exceptional and duly justified), and an appointment should be made on more favourable conditions than for other third-country nationals;
    • a limited list of supporting documents (a proof that there is an EU citizen, from whom certain rights are derived, that the visa applicant is a member of the family of such an EU citizen and that the person applying for a visa accompanies the EU citizen in the host Schengen Member State, or joins him or her there).

    * The same conditions also apply to family members of a national of an EFTA (European Free Trade Association) Member State.

  • Complaints procedure
    Applicants may lodge complaints about the he conduct of staff at visa authorities of the Republic of Lithuania and, where applicable, of the external service providers or the application process. In accordance with the Article 2 p. 5 of the 1999 June 17 Law on Public Administration of the Republic of Lithuania No. VIII-1234, a complaint is a written application of a person to a public administration entity, stating that his or her rights or legitimate interests have been violated and asking to defend them. Pursuant to Article 3 p. 8, the complaint shall be lodged to the visa authority of the Republic of Lithuania concerned or directly to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

    Complaints are examined in accordance with the procedure laid down in Article 14 and Section 3 of the Law, decisions on appeals shall be taken within 20 working days. Where, for objective reasons, the complaint cannot be dealt with within that period, the period may be extended, but for no longer than 10 working days. The person shall be notified in writing of the extension within 2 working days and the reasons for the extension shall be indicated.

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