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- Types of Visa
Before applying for a visa to Lithuania, you should decide the visa type under which you wish to lodge your application.
- 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.
- Visa authority competent for examining and deciding on applications
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, 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).
- 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 the several Schengen Member States, Lithuanian external border should be first the applicant intends to cross to start the transit.
In Japan, 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 in Tokyo.
The Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania in Tokyo 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 the Philippines have to apply for a visa to Lithuania at the Embassy of Austria in Manila. Please contact the Embassy directly for further information.
- Residents of Indonesia have to apply for a visa to Lithuania at the Embassy of Hungary in Jakarta. Please contact the Embassy directly for further information.
- Residents of Singapore have to apply for a visa to Lithuania at the Embassy of Hungary in Singapore. Please contact the EEmbassy directly for further information.
- Residents of Australia have to apply for a visa to Lithuania at the Embassy of Estonia in Canberra. Please contact the Embassy directly for further information.
The Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania in Tokyo 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 Japan. Such applicants should contact the Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania in Tokyo 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.
- Visa authorities of the Republic of Lithuania are competent for examining and deciding on an application for a uniform visa if:
Lodging an application
In Japan, applications have to be lodged at the Lithuanian Visa Application Centre in Tokyo, address:
SANKI Shiba Kanasugibashi Bldg 4F
1-4-3 Shiba, Minato-ku, Tokyo
An appointment for the lodging of an application is required and can be obtained on the Lithuanian Visa Application Centre website.
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.
Criteria for an application to be considered admissible
The application shall be admissible if the following conditions have been fulfilled:
1. The application shall be lodged within the period referred 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.
3. The applicant shall present a valid travel document satisfying the following criteria:
- its validity shall extend 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 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.
4. 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 are 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.
5. Applicants shall pay a visa fee.
In addition, applicants shall submit supporting documents according to the purpose of their travel:
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;
• 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.
- 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.
- Right to appeal
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).
- Rights derived from an issued visa
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.
- 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 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 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 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.