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- I. Choose your Visa type
Before applying for a visa to Lithuania, you should decide the visa type under which you wish to lodge your application.
1.1. Schengen visas
- Airport transit visa (Type A) – is issued for passing through the international transit areas of airports of the Schengen Member States.
- Short-stay visa (Type C) – is issued 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 days period.
1.2. Long-stay national visas (Type D) – is issued for staying in Lithuania for a period longer than 90 days.
If you intend to stay in Lithuania for more than 90 days, you must acquire a national visa.
- Single-entry national visa – is issued to a person who has been granted a temporary or permanent residence permit in Lithuania.
- Multiple-entry national visa – is issued to a person who arrives in Lithuania for work, studies, working holidays or other long-stay purposes.
- II. Where to apply
2.1. Schengen visas:
- Residents of Japan have to apply for Schengen visa to Lithuania at the Visa Application Centre in Tokyo. Please visit the Visa Application Centre website for further information.
- Non-residents of Japan can apply for Schengen visa in Tokyo if in the country of their residency there is no Lithuanian Embassy, Visa centre or Representation Arrangement with the other Schengen Member State.
- Residents of the Philippines have to apply for Schengen 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 Schengen 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 Schengen visa to Lithuania at the Embassy of Hungary in Singapore. Please contact the Embassy directly for further information https://szingapur.mfa.gov.hu/eng
- Residents of Australia have to apply for a Schengen visa to Lithuania at the Embassy of Estonia in Canberra. Please contact the Embassy directly for further information.
2.2. National visas:
- Residents of Japan have to apply for a National visa at the Visa Application Centre in Tokyo. Please visit the Visa Application Centre website for further information.
- Non-residents of Japan can apply for National visa in Tokyo if in the country of their residency there is no Lithuanian Embassy or Visa centre.
Lithuanian Honorary Consuls do not collect or examine visa applications.
III. How to apply
You can find all the information on how to apply for a visa on the Visa Application Centre website.
3.1. Visit Visa Application Centre website to make an appointment.
You should lodge your visa application at least 15 calendar days before the intended visit and no earlier than 3 months before the start of your visit.
If you have been issued with a multiple-entry national visa for 1 year, you may be issued with another multiple-entry national visa if more than 180 days had expired from your previous visa or the total validity period of all visas you had. The total period of validity of several multiple-entry national visas must be counted from the date of issue of the previous multiple-entry national visa if less than 180 days have elapsed since the expiry of its validity.
3.2. Complete Electronic Visa Application Form and gather supporting documents.
Hand-filled applications are not accepted. You will have to submit a print-out of a fully completed and signed visa application to the Visa Application Centre.
3.3. Attend your appointment at the Visa Application Centre
You must visit the Visa Application Centre to submit your visa application, passport, supporting documents and biometrics.
At the Visa Application Centre, you will have to submit your biometrics: fingerprints and photograph.
A digital finger scanner collects images of all 10 digits. Please click here to find photo requirements.
3.4. Pay your visa fee
Visa Application Centre will collect visa fee on behalf of the Embassy. Payments for visa fee is accepted in cash with Japanese yen rate on the appointment day.
Apart from the visa fee, the Visa Application Centre charges a service fee in Japanese yen of the equivalent of 15.90 Euros.
3.5. Track your application
While waiting for the decision to be made, you can track the status of your application.
3.6. Pick up your passport
You will receive notice from the Visa Application Centre once a visa application decision has been made.
You can choose whether you would prefer to collect your documents in person or have them delivered to you by courier.
IV. Visa application processing time
The decision on visa application will be made within 15 calendar days after the receipt of visa application. In individual cases, the period may be extended up to a maximum of 30 days, in specific cases up to 60 calendar days.
V. Documents to be submitted by Visa applicants
Before applying for a visa to Lithuania, you should check what type of visa according to the purpose of your travel you should apply for. Each type of visa may require different documentation.
5.1. Schengen visas:
- Checklist-Airport transit
- Checklist-Family or friend visit
- Checklist-Medical treatment
5.2. National visas:
- Checklist- Approved migration
- Checklist-Work permit
- Checklist- Government program
- Checklist- Journalist
- Checklist- Seasonal work
- Checklist – Submitted residence permit application
Working holiday visa program allows young people of Japan and New Zealand to visit Lithuania primarily for a holiday for up to 1 year period and also engage in employment as an incidental aspect of their holiday to supplement their travel funds.
If you satisfy the following criteria, you are entitled to apply for a multiple-entry national visa (Type D) valid for a period up to 1 year from the date of issuance.
- VI. Right to appeal
If you have been refused a visa you have the right to appeal. A decision might be appealed in accordance with the Law of the Republic of Lithuania on Administrative Proceedings to the Vilnius District Administrative Court within 14 days from a day of service of the decision.