State of Emergency
On 24 February 2022, Lithuania entered into a state of announced a State of Emergency, in response to Russian military action in Ukraine. Rules relating to the State of Emergency may change at short notice.
Check the ‘Safety and security’ section for more information.
Lithuania ended all COVID-19 related entry restrictions on 1 May 2022. Travellers to Lithuania are no longer required to prove their vaccination status, recovery from COVID-19, have a negative COVID-19 test result on arrival or complete a passenger questionnaire. Self-isolation is no longer required.
Arrivals from Belarus, Ukraine or Russia (including the Kaliningrad Oblast)
If you have arrived in Lithuania from Belarus, Ukraine or Russia (including the Kaliningrad Oblast) and are in need of assistance, you should call +370 5246 2900 and select the option for “calling about an emergency involving a British national.” You can also send an enquiry via the web contact form.
All flights between Lithuanian and Belarus, Russia or Ukraine are suspended. British Nationals may travel to Lithuania from Belarus, Russia or Ukraine by car or bus. Trains between Kaliningrad and Moscow continue to transit through Lithuania. British Nationals may disembark these trains in Lithuania.
Check your passport and travel documents before you travel
If you are planning to travel to an EU country (except Ireland), or Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino or Vatican City, you must follow the Schengen area passport requirements.
Your passport must be:
- Issued less than 10 years before the date you enter the country (check the ‘date of issue’)
- valid for at least 3 months after the day you plan to leave (check the ‘expiry date’)
You must check your passport meets these requirements before you travel. If your passport was issued before 1 October 2018, extra months may have been added to its expiry date.
Contact the embassy of the country you are visiting if you think that your passport does not meet both these requirements. Renew your passport if you need to.
You can travel to countries in the Schengen area for up to 90 days in any 180-day period without a visa. This applies if you travel as a tourist, to visit family or friends, to attend business meetings, cultural or sports events, or for short-term studies or training.
If you are travelling to Lithuania and other Schengen countries without a visa, make sure your whole visit is within the 90-day limit. Visits to Schengen countries within the previous 180 days before you travel count towards your 90 days.
To stay longer, to work or study, for business travel or for other reasons, you will need to meet the Lithuanian government’s entry requirements. Check with the Lithuanian Embassy what type of visa and/or work permit you may need.
If you are travelling to Lithuania for work, read the guidance on visas and permits.
If you stay in Lithuania with a residence permit or long-stay visa, this does not count towards your 90-day visa-free limit.
Check your passport is stamped if you enter or exit the Schengen area through Lithuania as a visitor. Border guards will use passport stamps to check you’re complying with the 90-day visa-free limit for short stays in the Schengen area. If relevant entry or exit stamps are not in your passport, border guards will presume that you have overstayed your visa-free limit.
You can show evidence of when and where you entered or exited the Schengen area, and ask the border guards to add this date and location in your passport. Examples of acceptable evidence include boarding passes and tickets.
You may also need to:
- show a return or onward ticket
- show you have enough money for your stay
If you are resident in Lithuania, read our Living in Lithuania guide for passport stamping information.