Dual citizenship

Lithuania is among many countries of the world which allow dual citizenship in very rare and exceptional cases. Usually these are highly exceptional situations when a person possessing double citizenship is a child or a youth who was born abroad or in a mixed family.

The amendment to the Law on Citizenship came into effect as of 28 November 2015 and allows people who have acquired citizenship of Lithuania and another country by birth to have two citizenships. Such people, upon reaching the age of 21 will not need to choose a passport of which country to keep because this law provides them with the possibility to possess two citizenships.

A citizen of the Republic of Lithuania can also be a citizen of another state if they satisfy one of the following conditions:

  • acquired citizenship of the Republic of Lithuania and of another country by birth;
  • is a person who was deported from the occupied Lithuania prior to 11 March 1990 and has acquired citizenship of another state;
  • is a person who left Lithuania prior to 11 March 1990 and has acquired citizenship of another state;
  • is a child or grandchild of the person specified in Points 2 or 3;
  • when contracting marriage with a citizen of another state acquired citizenship of that state by the fact itself (ipso facto);
  • is a person under 21 if they were adopted by the citizens (citizen) of the Republic of Lithuania before they became 18 years old and on that account acquired citizenship of the Republic of Lithuania according to part 1 of Article 17 of the Republic of Lithuania Law on Citizenship;
  • is a person under 21 if he is a citizen of the Republic of Lithuania who was adopted before he became 18 by the citizens (citizen) of another state and because of this they acquired citizenship of another state;
  • acquired citizen of the Republic of Lithuania exceptionally while a citizen of another state;
  • acquired citizenship of the Republic of Lithuania having the status of a refugee in the Republic of Lithuania.

The status of a citizen of the Republic of Lithuania who also has a citizenship of another state

In Lithuania, a citizen of the Republic of Lithuania who also has a citizenship of another state is considered to be only a citizen of the Republic of Lithuania. The possession of the citizenship of another state does not exempt one from the duties of a citizen of the Republic of Lithuania as established in Lithuanian laws and other legal acts.

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Prepared according to the information of the Migration department

Information updated: 2019-08-28
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