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Visas

Created: 2019.05.29 / Updated: 2022.05.09 17:11
Please be informed that according to the provisions of the Resolution of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania "On the Introduction of the State of Emergency", the acceptance of visa applications of the citizens of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus and the adoption of decisions on these applications by the Lithuanian visa authorities abroad is suspended, except in cases when the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania mediates the issuance of visas. Visa applications may be submitted by family members of citizens of the Republic of Lithuania and of the European Union.

Before applying for a visa to Lithuania, you should decide the visa type under which you wish to submit your application.

Schengen visa

A short-stay visa is a visa valid for transit through or an intended stay in the territory of the Schengen Member States for a duration of no longer than 90 days in any 180-day period.

A transit visa is a visa valid for transit through the international transit areas of one or more airports of the Schengen Member States.

A National visa (D) is a visa which allows the visa holder 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 foreign national who has been granted a temporary or permanent residence permit in the Republic of Lithuania.

A multiple-entry national visa can be issued to a foreign national whose purpose is a long-term stay in the Republic of Lithuania.

Visa authority responsible for examining and making decisions about applications.

Decisions on the issuance or refusal to issue a visa, annulment and revocation of a visa are rendered by diplomatic missions and consular posts of the Republic of Lithuania, assigned to perform functions related to the issuance of visas by order of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania (further “visa authorities”).

  1. Visa authorities of the Republic of Lithuania are responsible for examining and deciding on an application for a visa if:
    1. Lithuanian territory constitutes the sole destination of the visit(s);
    2. if the visit includes more than one destination, or if several separate visits are to be carried out within a period of two months, and 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
    3. if no main destination can be determined, and the Lithuanian external border should be the first the applicant intends to cross in order to enter the territory of the Schengen Member States.
  2. Visa authorities of the Republic of Lithuania are responsible for examining and deciding on an application for a uniform visa for the purpose of transit if:
    1. the transit will be through Lithuania only;
      or
    2. in the case of transit through several Schengen Member States, the Lithuanian external border should be the first the applicant intends to cross to start transit.

In Canada, 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 Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania to Canada.

The Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania to Canada is responsible for examining and deciding on applications submitted by applicants legally residing in its consular jurisdiction.

The Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania to Canada examines and decides on an application submitted by a third-country national legally present but not residing in its jurisdiction if the applicant has provided justification for submitting the application in Canada. Such applicants should contact the Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania to Canada by email [email protected] before submitting their applications.

Electronic Visa application form

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

Applications shall be submitted not earlier than six (6) months, and for seafarers in the performance of their duties not earlier 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 submission of applications later than 15 calendar days before the start of the intended visit.

As from October 25, 2021, applications for Schengen and a National visa may be submitted not only at the Embassy of Lithuania to Canada in Ottawa, but at the Visa Application Centers of VFS Global in Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver and Edmonton, as per the agreement signed in 2019 between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania and VF Services (UK) Ltd. About the locations of VFS Visa Centers and the description of the application process, please refer to the VFS Global Homepage

The application shall be accepted if the following requiraments have been met:

  1. The application shall be submitted within the period referred to above.
  2. 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.

  1. The applicant shall present a valid travel document satisfying the following requirements:
  • It shall still be valid at least three (3) 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 State. However, in a justified case of emergency, this requirement 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,
  • 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 submitted, it cannot be immediately confirmed that the fingerprints were collected within the period of 59 months, the applicant may request that they be collected again.

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.

Schengen visa

Documents to be submitted by all applicants for a Schengen visa:

  1. Completed and signed Schengen visa application form
  2. One recent passport photo, 35x45 mm in colour or white and black background.
  3. A valid travel document — passport (containing at least 2 blank pages, issued within the previous 10 years, valid at least three months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the Member States). Non-Canadian nationals residing in Canada shall also present the temporary or permanent residence visa granted to the applicant. Non-Canadian nationals visiting Canada may submit an application if in their country of residence and/or nationality no Lithuanian Embassy or external service provider are present; they shall also present a visa/permit proving their legal status in Canada.
  4. Valid health insurance covering the duration of their stay in the Schengen area (in the case of multi-entry visas — for the first trip). The minimum amount of medical insurance coverage is EUR 30,000.
  5. Copy of flight ticket or flight reservation, including return flight.
  6. Verifiable evidence of sufficient means of financial support during intended stay:
    1. pay slips;
    2. a valid international credit card accompanied by bank statements;
    3. bank account statements for the last three months;
    4. or a national form for proof of sponsorship and/or accommodation.
  7. Proof of accommodation:
    1. hotel reservation;
    2. proof of rental or ownership of real estate in the Member State of destination;
    3. confirmation of private accommodation, indicating that the host will cover the accommodation costs; or
    4. confirmation of accommodation by the company inviting the applicant, indicating that the company will cover the accommodation costs.
  8. For minors travelling without their parents/legal guardian, an original authorisation signed by their parents/legal guardian in front of a visa officer or duly legalised authorisation and copy of passport(s) of parents/legal guardian.
  9. Residence permit valid for three months beyond the intended date of departure from the territory of the Member States or Canadian ID card valid for three months after the intended departure date from the territory of the Member States.
  10. For employees, an original letter from their employer stating the applicant’s employment status, position, length of contract and salary.
  11. For self-employed persons, ,a valid original trade licence.
  12. To obtain a multiple-entry short stay visa, a foreign national must submit documents substantiating the necessity for such a visa or documents substantiating the circumstances entitling them to a multiple-entry short stay visa.
  13. Visa fee.

Additional documents to be submitted relating to the purpose of the trip.

Business

  • Invitation letter from a company or an authority to attend a meeting, conference or event, or other documents which show the existence of a trade relationship or relations for work purposes (e.g. confirmed registrations for trade fairs or congresses).

Official delegation/mission

  • Letter issued by the authority(-ies) concerned confirming the identity of the applicant(s), the purpose of the trip (meetings, consultations, negotiations or events held by intergovernmental organizations), the period of the intended stay and accommodation details.

Tourism

  • Full travel itinerary.

Private visit

  • Invitation letter signed by the host covering the period of the intended stay.

Medical treatment

  • A document issued by the medical institution in the destination Member State confirming that the applicant will receive medical care in that institution.
  • Pre-payment or other proof of sufficient financial means to cover the medical treatment and related expenses, such as insurance coverage.

Study or training

  • A certificate of enrolment at an educational establishment for the purposes of attending vocational or theoretical courses within the framework of basic and further training.
  • Student cards or certificates for the courses to be attended.

Airport transit

  • Valid visa for the country of next or final destination.
  • Proof of the intention of carrying out the onward journey: copy of ticket or reservation of ticket for onward journey.

National (D) visa

Documents to be submitted by all applicants for a National (D) visa:

  1. Completed and signed application form, filled in English or Lithuanian online, saved for submission, submitted, downloaded, printed and signed (for minors-signed by both parents). The application form is free of charge and has to be filled for every applicant separately.
  2. One recent passport photo, 35x45 mm in colour or white and black background.
  3. A valid travel document — passport (containing at least 2 blank pages, issued within the previous 10 years and valid for at least 3 months beyond the intended departure from Lithuania.
  4. Proof of legal status in Canada (does not apply to Canadian passport holders). The Embassy accepts only valid original Canadian residency permits.
  5. Proof of possession of travel medical insurance. The insurance shall be valid in all Schengen countries throughout entire validity of the visa and cover medical repatriation, urgent medical care and emergency hospital treatment, death-related expenses. The minimum coverage shall be EUR 30000. No deductibles (no excess)!
  6. Airline ticket and detailed itinerary including booking code, dates and flight numbers.
  7. Prepaid Canada express post envelope.
  8. Visa fee – 120 EUR (The exact amount in CAD differs each month depending on the currency exchange rate at the time and has been provided on the 1st day of each month.)

   Free of charge for:

  • Children under 6 years of age;
  • Holders of diplomatic passports or other similar official  travel documents, when they come for the cultural, foreign policy, development cooperation and other socially important reasons;
  • Persons who are Lithuanian descendants and have proving documents;
  • Persons who have secured a right for the citizenship of Lithuania and have proving documents;
  • Foreigners for whom there was a decision to issue a Lithuanian residence permit.

Additional requirements for a student enrolled at a higher education institution

  1. The request, drawn by a college or university in Lithuania, to issue a multiple entry National D type visa. The request has to be in electronic format and you have to provide the Embassy with the unique request number.
  2. The inviting legal person’s commitment in written to ensure, that applicant will comply with the imposed decisions and recommendations of the State Commander of National Emergency Operations at the time when extreme situation or quarantine is promulgated on the territory of the Republic of Lithuania, and, if needed, to cover all the costs incurred by the state related to these obligations.
  3. Proof of sufficient funds and (or) income of EUR 321 (as of 1 January 2021) for every month, while staying in Lithuania and additional EUR 642 for departure expenses. The original bank statements have to include all transactions for past 6 months.

Please be advised that in order to get your biometrics recorded at the Embassy, please, book an appointment via email: [email protected] .

As from October 25, 2021, applications for Schengen and a National visa may be submitted not only at the Embassy of Lithuania to Canada in Ottawa, but at the Visa Application Centers of VFS Global in Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver and Edmonton, as per the agreement signed in 2019 between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania and VF Services (UK) Ltd. About the locations of VFS Visa Centers and the description of the application process, please refer to the VFS Global Homepage

  1. Applicants shall pay a Schengen visa fee of EUR 80 (depending on ECB exchange rate  in CAD).
  2. Children from the age of six years and below the age of 12 years shall pay a Schengen visa fee of EUR 40 (depending on ECB exchange rate  in CAD).
  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; and
    • 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, and 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 Canadian dollars on the appointment day at the Lithuanian Embassy and shall not be refundable.

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 submitted by nationals from specific third countries or specific categories of such nationals. Such consultation shall not apply to applications for airport transit visas.

Application approvals or denials shall be decided within 15 calendar days of the date of the submitting of an acceptable application. 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 will receive a notification 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 submitted 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 submitted to a court only by electronic means, 75% of the amount of the stamp duty must be paid).

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 set in Article 6 of the Schengen Borders Code.

According to 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 rights 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 if duly justified), and an appointment should be made on more favourable conditions than for other third-country nationals; and
  • a limited list of supporting documents (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 to 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.

Applicants may file complaints about the 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 Article 2 pg. 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 submitted 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 made 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 ten (10) working days. The person shall be notified in writing of the extension within two (2) working days, and the reasons for the extension shall be indicated.

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