Tranquil Lithuania is the southernmost Baltic state. Known for its bucolic landscapes and architecturally eclectic capital city of Vilnius, the country has historical, cultural, and linguistic ties to both Russia and Poland.
You may need a visa to travel to Lithuania, depending on where you are from (nationality), the length of your trip (duration of stay), and your reason for travel (type of visa needed). There are numerous types of visas for Lithuania, which are valid for travel for specific purposes and times. Different Lithuania visas have different Lithuania visa requirements and validity periods.
In general, Lithuania visas can be divided into two main categories: short stay visas and long stay visas (a long stay visa for Lithuania is required for those looking to spend more than 90 days in the country).
Another main distinction relates to allowed entries: a single entry will allow you just one entry into the country; a multiple entry visa for Lithuania will let you enter and exit as many times as needed.
The below long stay visas to Lithuania allow you to stay in the country for up to one year. They are available for the following purposes:
The following documents are typically required for all visas to Lithuania.
Official, government-issued document, not older than 10 years, with the correct validity length (a minimum three months past the intended day of exit from Lithuania)
Your Lithuania visa fee will depend on the type of visa you are applying for, and possibly other factors, such as your age. Adult Schengen visas fees are traditionally €80; the most long-term Lithuania national visas cost a maximum of $120
Two recently taken photos of the applicant. Photos should be passport style (and have passport dimensions). You will likely upload these photos electronically; alternatively, you will be asked to submit physical copies
You will almost certainly have to submit additional documents on your Lithuania visa application. Requested documents are typically those which help visa authorities confirm your identity, determine the truthfulness of your stated purpose of travel, and assess your financial state. The type of Lithuania visa you apply for will determine your supplemental documents, which may include the following:
Identity documents, such as your birth certificate
Documents showing your finances, such as your bank balance
Information about where you will stay in Lithuania
Proof of university education, etc.
In most cases, submitted documents and forms must be written in either Lithuanian or English (or accompanied by official translations into either language).
Applicants for Lithuania visas should follow these general steps, which may vary slightly depending on numerous factors, including visa type and application destination.
Choose your visa duration
Determine how long you intend to be in Lithuania i.e. what type of Lithuania visa you need: long, short, or airport. This will determine how you proceed with the subsequent application steps.
Select your Lithuania visa purpose
Choose your reason for travel (tourism, business, etc.)
Select your entry category
Your selection of the single-entry visa for Lithuania or the multiple entry visa for Lithuania will determine whether or not you may travel in and out of the country/Schengen area throughout your visa period. Consider that holders of the single-entry visa for Lithuania cannot return to the country after exiting. Note that Lithuanian national visas are always granted as multi-entry.
Determine where to apply
Find the physical destination for your application (the Lithuanian Embassy/Consulate or associated visa-application center where you live). See “where to apply” for more info.
Access your main application form
Most applicants should apply for their Lithuania visa online, through the official visa portal system here. Download, print out, and sign this form (and submit it at your visa appointment with the rest of your application).
If you are unable to access the online form due to your application destination, you will likely apply directly through your local Lithuanian mission. Regardless of how you apply (online or in person) you will typically need to officially submit your application through your local Lithuania embassy/consulate/visa application center in order to fulfill various in-person requirements.
Gather the rest of your documents
Gather your required documents as well as the supplemental ones required for your specific Lithuania visa type.
Almost all Lithuania visa applicants, even those who apply online, must attend a visa appointment at their application destination. Reach out to the embassy/consulate/visa application center directly (via email/phone) to make an appointment.
This is where you will submit your biometric information, pay your visa fee, be interviewed, and meet other requirements pertaining to your visa type. This is typically the final stage of the Lithuania visa application process; you will either be granted a visa upon the conclusion of your appointment, receive a rejection, or leave to await a decision.
Lithuania visa application processing occurs at Lithuania embassies and consulates (and their associated visa application centers) around the world. Depending on the type of Lithuania visa you seek, you may be able to apply online (the Lithuania Schengen visa application, for example, is online). However, even online applicants must fulfill the in-person Lithuania visa requirements, which can only be fulfilled at physical Lithuania embassies/consulates and visa application centers. If you are outside of Lithuania and are applying for a Lithuania visa, you will apply through the Lithuania embassy/consulate or visa application center where you live.
If there is no Lithuanian mission in your country, you will likely apply for your Lithuanian visa through the embassy/consulate of another country, which is representing Lithuanian interests abroad.
Applicants for short-stay visas to Lithuania are advised to submit their application a minimum of fourteen days before their intended trip. And while applying well in advance is recommended, applying too early (i.e. over six months before departure) is discouraged.
The Lithuania visa application processing time varies. Factors which determine how long it will take to get your visa include the following:
Depending on all of these factors, you could expect to receive a visa in days, weeks, or even months after you apply.
Depending on where you are from, you may need a visa to enter the country, regardless of how long you intend to stay. Some nationalities do not need a visa to travel to Lithuania. Regardless of your nationality, however, you will need a visa if you intend to stay in the country longer than 90 days and you are not an EU/EEA/Swiss citizen.
Get a travel document for Lithuania (visa) by submitting an application to your local Lithuania embassy/consulate/visa application center, meeting the visa requirements, and paying your visa fee.
The amount of money you need depends on the Schengen country you are visiting. You will likely need to show several months proof of salary/bank statements in order to meet the Schengen proof of funds requirement.
Choose from among the various types of Lithuania visa you need to apply for by considering your reason for travel and how long you want to stay in the country. These factors will determine the type of visa you need. In addition to visa type, you should also determine how many entries you need i.e. whether you need a multiple entry visa for Lithuania or a single entry visa for Lithuania.
Rejected Schengen visa applicants can appeal the decision, reapply, or apply for another travel document for Lithuania (different Lithuania visa, such as a Lithuania Business visa or Lithuania Working visa).