F.A.Q.

Having spent a significant time abroad, one may feel a little bit estranged upon return as many aspects of life now seem different. Thus, relocating back even to the place where one was raised might be less smooth than wished for. Regarding these types of concerns is exactly the reason why Migration Information Centre was established -it is a project based on a single point of contact structure which aims to provide all necessary information regarding the return back to Lithuania. "I Choose Lithuania" sees the return as planned and informed process which makes the decision to return back easier. 

These are the general question which Migration Information Centre faces every day. Despite that, everyone's situation is unique and therefore, after getting acquainted with presented information and finding no suitable answer, we encourage you to contact us directly - we are always happy to help.


First steps

  1. Make sure you possess required documents prior to your departure.
  2. Declare departure from the foreign country that you are leaving
  3. Declare a place of residence upon arriving to Lithuania (if you declared departure at the time when you left). This can be done via the “E-Government Gateway” website epaslaugos.lt/portal/en (although, it needs to be noted that one needs an electronic Lithuanian bank account or a mobile/electronic signature), or in your local eldership.
  4. Ensure that you have taken care of the compulsory health insurance (CHI), because as soon as one declares a place of residence in Lithuania, there is an obligation to pay the CHI payment to “Sodra”. If a person is working, there is no need for these payments, as they are automatically charged along with paychecks. If a person who has returned from abroad does not work for a period of time, he has to pay the required contributions on his own (or one can be insured by the state, if he is a retired person, unemployed and registered at the Lithuanian Labor Exchange, student, one of the parents that is raising a child under 8 years old, etc.).
  5. Choose and register to a health institutionBefore registering, make sure that your chosen health institution has entered an agreement with the territorial patient fund regarding the compensation of healthcare services. Then you will not have to pay for the services that are covered by the budget of the compulsory health insurance fund (CHIF).

More informationFirst steps in Lithuania

1. Documents certifying periods of employment and professional relations, such as:

  • Payslips or forms certifying income;
  • Contracts of employment;
  • U1 form (which will be useful claiming unemployment social insurance benefit (UI) in Lithuania);
  • U2 form (if you receive UI benefit in other EU member state and would like to transfer it to Lithuania);
  • P60 or P45 forms (relevant to those living in United Kingdom or Ireland);
  • Pension certificate (if you are retired).

2. Documents certifying social contributions, such as:

    • E104 form;
    • Form which includes your social insurance number.

3. S1/E106 forms (useful if you plan to live in Lithuania but work and/or your health is insured in other EU member states) or S2/E112 (useful if one is coming back for planned medical treatment).

4. European health insurance card which will guarantee an access to medically necessary state-provided healthcare during a temporary stay in Lithuania.

5. Documents certifying, child’s level of education completed abroad; a certificate from local Lithuanian school (if a child was attending one).

6. If you are a foreigner, bring documents required for the residence permit or visa. If a foreigner intends to get married in Lithuania, he should also bring his birth certificate and the certificate of no impediment.

More information: First steps in Lithuania

One can do it in person by arriving to the local eldership or via the e-government website (www.epaslaugos.lt/portal/en) using electronic banking, mobile or electronic signature to sign in. It is worth noting that declaring the place of residence at the premises, which are the property or the right of use belongs to another person, a permission of said person is necessary.

More informationRegistering as a resident


Education

Children that have been born and raised abroad can face difficulties in school after returning to Lithuania due to their Lithuanian language skills. According to Lithuanian law, every public school should provide additional Lithuanian language classes, create extra classes or formulate and individual educational program for children of returning Lithuanian migrants. In reality though, this should be discussed with the school (its administration) individually.

Documents necessary for admission:

  1. Application form;
  2. Document certifying learning achievements (a document attesting completion of educational curriculum or part of it abroad), which needs to be translated into Lithuanian. (The requirement to have the translation approved by the notary depends on each school’s internal procedures);
  3. Other documents as indicated in the school admission procedure (each school establishes its own individual requirements for the submitted documents). Schools (primary, secondary and pro-gymnasiums) give priority to the children whose place of residence is registered within the area serviced by schools; therefore, you may be required to submit a document of a declared place of residence.

For a child under 14, a request for school admission has to be submitted by one of the parents (guardians), and from 14 years of age, the child is required to write an application himself (in some cases, different procedures may be adopted by schools).

More information: Education and Ministry of Education and Science

Yes, that is a possibility.

Ethnic minority schools in Lithuania provide education in languages such as Russian, Polish, Belarusian.

Some schools in Lithuania (both private and public) emphasize learning of a foreign language (i.e. implementation of bilingual studies). In these schools, children of various age groups have part of their classes in English, French, or German.

For those who want to continue their studies in English in 11-12th grades, they have the opportunity to receive an international baccalaureate (IB) diploma in six schools: Vilnius international school (the only school in Lithuania that has primary and secondary IB education programs), Vilnius lyceum, Kaunas Jesuit High School, Kaunas Jonas Jablonskis gymnasium, Kaunas Erudito lyceum, Siauliai “Didzvaris” gymnasium and Taurage “Versmes” gymnasium. All disciplines in the IB program are taught in English (except from Lithuanian language and literature). The IB is a two-year program for students in the 11-12th grade (apart from the primary and secondary IB education programs that are being organized by the Vilnius international school).

The American international school in Vilnius, Klaipeda lyceum, Klaipeda “Universa Via” international school all provide the possibility to complete secondary education in English. “VIMS – International Meridian School” also provides a secondary education program in English and primary education in English can be completed in Queen Morta school.

Vilnius French school provides education in French.

Vilnius Lithuanians’ House aims to provide education for children of returning migrants. Along with a regular school curriculum, the school provides extra Lithuanian language lessons, as well as education about Lithuanian culture and history. Pupils can live in a dormitory with all the necessary facilities for free (the education is also free); they can apply from ages 7 to 17.

More informationPrimary and secondary schools

Distance learning is organized in two ways:

  1. According to the general Ministry of Education curriculum, when a person learns all subjects and after completion receives a corresponding document: primary or secondary education completion certificate or the Award of Brandos Atestatas (Maturity Certificate) (if a person has completed only a part of the program, he is issued a certificate of completion of the relevant part of the program).
  2. One can choose to study the “Lithuanian package”: choosing to enroll only in Lithuanian language, literature, history and geography classes (and receiving a certificate after completing this course).

Distance learning is carried out via Skype, using e-lessons, videos etc. One has to arrive to the educational institution only to take the final exams in the 12th grade, in some cases – to assess one’s knowledge after the 10th grade.

Distance learning is free and currently is being provided in these institutions:

More information: E-learning

The basics can be learned via the internet, for example in a new website called Let’s be Friends (https://friends.ugdome.lt/), pages like www.loescen.com or www.surfacelanguages.com as well as language schools, which can be found in all major Lithuanian cities.

Lithuanian can also be studied with the help of private teachers. Most universities which have foreign students offer Lithuanian language courses.

More information: Lithuanian language courses


Allowances

You may have a right to an unemployment social security benefit if:

  • You were insured with unemployment social insurance , that is to say – You yourself paid or someone else has been paying unemployment social insurance tax for You;
  • You have registered at the local Lithuanian Labour Exchange subdivision;
  • Labour Exchange has not offered You a job;
  • Unemployment status was granted for You by Lithuanian Labour Exchange;
  • Over the past 3 years You have been employed for at least 12 months;

If over the past 3 years a person has not been employed for 12 months in Lithuania, but has been employed for the same period in another EU member state, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Ukraine or Belarus, these work periods can be accumulated. If that is the case, documents on unemployment insurance and employment periods from the previous State of employment competent authorities would have to be presented (in EU, EFTA and Switzerland, this document is a U1 form). Then the unemployment insurance period will be credited to Lithuania. If one cannot obtain the U1 form, the person has to provide “Sodra” with documents, related to work in another Member State, and the institutions responsible for social benefits in Lithuania and the foreign country, will contact each other for data retrieval

If one has been working in other EU, EEA member state or Switzerland and has a right to unemployment benefit in one of these states, he/she may look for a job in Lithuania and, in the meantime, receive unemployment benefit from foreign country (transfer it to Lithuania)

More information: Unemployment benefits

Yes. If you are a recipient of the unemployment benefit in one of the EU, EFTA member states or Switzerland, you have the right to go search for a job in Lithuania and during this period receive unemployment benefits from, for example: United Kingdom (i.e. the unemployment benefit can be exported to Lithuania).

You can continue to receive the unemployment benefits for at least three months from the EU country where you have registered at the labor exchange, but come to Lithuania to look for a job, if:

  • In the country, where you became unemployed, you are entitled to unemployment benefits;
  • At least 4 weeks prior, you have registered as a job seeker at the employment services of the country where you became unemployed;
  • You asked your national employment services for a permit to export your unemployment benefits (the relevant document is the U2 form);
  • You registered at the Lithuanian Employment Service within 7 days and will be visiting it on a regular basis.

More information: Lithuanian Employment Service (Lithuanian only)

A person obtains the right to receive a state social insurance pension, when he/she meets these requirements:

  • Reaches the statutory retirement age (in 2022: 64 and 4 months for men and 63 and 8 months for women);
  • Has acquired the minimum state social pension insurance period, set forth in order to receive old-age pensions (15 years).

If a person has not worked for 15 years in Lithuania, the right to a pension can be summed up from his insurance periods completed in other countries (EU and EFTA member states, Switzerland, as well as countries that signed international agreements with Lithuania, apart from Russia).

Whether a person is entitled to a pension is decided according to the general record acquired, but every country will pay pensions only based on the record in that specific state. When a person has worked in several countries, the general rule is that two countries cannot pay a pension for the same period.

Example: If a person has worked in Lithuania for 8 years, and 12 years in France, Lithuania accounts for both social insurance periods and sums them up to 20 years. But when calculating a concrete sum of the pension, Lithuania only accounts for the revenue and periods of work that were attained in the 8 years spent in Lithuania. France will pay the pension for the other 12 years.

When the countries in which the person has worked have a different retirement age (ex.: Ireland – 67, Lithuania – 63), a person must apply to the foreign payment service when he reaches the age of retirement in the country from which he must receive the pension.

It is worth noting that when receiving a pension from a foreign country, one cannot be granted an early retirement in Lithuania.

More informationOld-age pensions

Only in the case if you have a 12 month (in the past 24 months) maternity and sickness insurance record and your last place of employment before going on maternity leave was in Lithuania. If your last place of employment was not in Lithuania, you cannot receive a maternity benefit. According to the law, if a pregnant woman cannot receive maternity benefits, 70 days before the expected date of child birth, one is given a single payment – the sum of 6,43 basic social benefit payments (270 Eur). Every newborn (or an adopted child) receives the sum of 11 basic social benefit payments (462 Eur). The single payment is granted by the municipality to one of the parents (or a single parent) or a guardian.

More info: Child benefits


Healthcare

If you are insured in another EU member state, where you had been living before your return, your insurance will be intact in Lithuania.

If you move to Lithuania to live, you should apply for a form S1 (E106, E109, E120, E121) at the country of your previous residence. After you declare your place of residency in Lithuania you should register the S1 form at the Lithuanian National Health Insurance Fund and you will be insured in Lithuania. If you wish to receive scheduled medical assistance in Lithuania, you should secure documents S2 (E 112) from the workplace in the EU country you have been working in up to this point. These documents guarantee that all the medical fees will be covered by the country that issued the forms. See here for more information about forms S1 and S2. 


If you arrive to Lithuania without possessing these documents, the medical bill would have to be covered by the institution that is providing the medical assistance. If you have insurance in a country, that is not part of the EU, you have to find out if and under what circumstances any medical procedures (related to child birth) can be provided in Lithuania.

If you declare your place of residence in Lithuania, from the 28th week of pregnancy until child birth and 56 days after, you can be insured with the compulsory health insurance in Lithuania by the state (there are some exceptions to this rule for foreigners who possess a temporary residence permit).

If before returning you had sickness and maternity insurance in a EU, EEA state or Switzerland, you have to provide “Sodra” with a E 104 form certificate or a replacing structured electronic document (SED) S041 (that would confirm the acquired insurance period in an EU, EEA member state or Switzerland). There is also an option to apply to “Sodra” territorial division for mediation in acquiring these documents. The form E 104 discloses what payments were made in a foreign country where you resided and provides the opportunity to accelerate the process of summing up the insurance periods.

More informationHealthcare

The common EU health care system only applies for immediate medical assistance (when in possession of the European health insurance card (EHIC)). People who have EHIC are admitted to health care institutions, but depending on the institution and services received, one might still be required to pay for provided assistance. Afterwards, a person is given the opportunity to appeal to the national insurance fund in the country that issued the EHIC to cover the expenses according to the bills provided.

Before deciding to undergo various medical procedures in another EU country, it is recommended to visit the nearest territorial health insurance fund and find out, for what procedures and sums compensations will be provided and what documents will need to be submitted to receive the compensation after returning. It should be noted that documents should be submitted as soon as possible after returning, in order to avoid any disruptions.

More informationHealthcare


Foreigners in Lithuania

When getting married with a foreigner in Lithuania it is important that when presenting the applications in the registry office, both spouses have to be present.

The documents that have to be presented to the registry office:

  1. Identity documents;
  2. Birth certificates;
  3. If the person who intends to marry is a foreign national, he has to provide an additional document confirming that the marriage does not face any obstacles (which is issued by competent home country institutions). If the foreigner is divorced or a widower, he has to present relevant documents, issued by competent home country institutions.

All of the documents of a foreign national (except a passport) have to be legalized and receive an approval certificate (Apostille), and if Lithuania’s international agreements and European Union legislation do not say otherwise, the documents also have to be translated to Lithuanian.

The request to get married is accepted immediately and the marriage is registered in accordance with the law of one of the spouses or their parents’ declared place of residence registration office. The marriage is registered after at least one month after the date of filling the application.

More information:  Getting married in Lithuania

In order to register a marriage one has to present these documents:

  1. Documents certifying one’s ID
  2. A marriage certificate issued in a foreign state
  3. For a foreign citizen who is a widow/widower or who has been divorced, an additional document from the country of origin is required that would certify persons’ divorce or the death of his/her former spouse

Important: Documents issued by a foreign state (excluding passport) have to be legalized or approved with Appostille certificate (the requirement does not apply when documents are issued in Estonia, Russia, Latvia, Moldova or Ukraine) and translated to Lithuanian language.

Once the documents are presented to local civil registry office, the Lithuanian equivalent of foreign issued document will be provided to You.

More information: Getting married outside Lithuania

Foreigners who must declare a place of residence:

  • EU citizens, that have arrived to reside in Lithuania for longer than three months;
  • Citizens of third countries who have permits for temporary or permanent residence in Lithuania or an EU citizen’s family member card.

Foreigners who have a long-term visa cannot declare a place of residence.

From March 22nd 2016 foreigners that have never declared a place of residence in Lithuania can do so in the Department of Migration when receiving documents for permanent or temporary residence. The Department of Migration sends this data to the Centre of Registers.

More information: Registering as a resident

EU citizens can come to Lithuania and stay up to three months. If they decide to stay longer, they will need to apply for a certificate of an EU national. It is issued on the basis of legal work, family relations, studies etc. Then, after declaring a place of residence the EU citizen is granted all of the rights in Lithuania, except for those which are strictly limited to citizens (ex.: voting). This certificate is valid for 5 years or for the period that the foreigner intends to stay in the country.

More information: Residents permits for EU citizens

Every citizen from a third country, that does not have a visa-free regime with Lithuania, must have a valid travel document. For a short-term visit, a Schengen visa is sufficient, which is valid for 90 days in a 180 day period. Visas for foreigners can be issued on the grounds of an invitation. Lithuanian citizens, wishing to invite foreigners to the country have to submit the invitation to a migration office that is in the territory where they have declared a place of residency or via the internet (https://epis.vrm.lt/epis/).

For people who want to arrive to Lithuania for a longer period, (study, work, join their family members) have to acquire one of these two documents: a National visa or a residence permit.

A National visa can be issued for a maximum length of one year. The most common ground for issuing this document is getting a work permit, studies or people who are waiting for a residence permit to be issued. A National visa is issued in 15 days.

A residence permit is usually issued for a period of two years, but can be extended. The most common groups of people, who apply for the residence permits are foreigners who intend to arrive to Lithuania to work as highly qualified professionals, people who arrive along with their significant others or persons, who intend to live in Lithuania for a longer period and have a valid basis for their stay. A residence permit is issued in 4 months (with several exceptions).

One can apply for either of the documents while in Lithuania and in Lithuanian Embassies abroad. Although, it must be noted that an application does not give the right to legally stay in Lithuania, thus if one is applying whilst in Lithuania, he/she must have a valid travel document, that allows legal stay in the country.

More information: Foreigners in Lithuania


Citizenship

Even though a citizen of the Republic of Lithuania cannot simultaneously have a citizenship of another country, there are certain exceptions. For example, a child can be granted both a Lithuanian citizenship and a citizenship of another country if he attained them during birth. These persons do not have to choose between passports after they turn 21, because the law allows them to keep both citizenships.

More informationCitizenship


Ukraine

REGISTRATION:

  • if you have nowhere to stay after arriving in Lithuania, you must immediately arrive at the registration centre (Pramonės St. 1B, Alytus, Parko st. 9, Marijampolė, Minties st. 3, Vilnius). Registration centres are open 24 hours a day;
  • if you have a place to stay after coming to Lithuania, you can come to any branch of the Migration Department Vilnius, Kaunas, XXXX) during working hours: Vilnius, Vytenio g. 18; Kaunas, A. Juozapavičiaus pr. 57; Klaipėda, Kauno g. 6; Šiauliai, Aušros al. 19; Panevėžys, K. Binkio g. 14; Alytus, Jotvingių g. 8; Marijampolė, Kęstučio g. 1; Utena, Maironio g. 4; Telšiai, Žemaitės g. 34; Tauragė; Stoties g. 15; Elektrėnai, Draugystės g. 32; Visaginas, Veteranų g. 13; Šalčininkai, Architekto g. 4. In this case, it is not necessary to go to the registration center in Alytus.

WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO REGISTER? It is necessary to register so that we can take care of you and create conditions for you to stay legally in Lithuania.

AT REGISTRATION CENTER:

  • you will be provided with detailed information about the possibilities of your stay in Lithuania;
  • you will be provided with temporary accommodation in Lithuania;
  • you will receive food rations, you will receive basic medical care.

CONDITIONS FOR STAYING IN LITHUANIA, after registration you will be able to:

  • obtain a temporary residence permit in Lithuania (for 1 year);
  • a national visa (for 1 year).

Further information from the Migration Department can be found here.

Відповідаючи на ситуацію в Україні, повідомляємо, що:

 ????  Громадяни України можуть в'їжджати в Литву без візи.

 ????  До громадян України, які мають біометричні паспорти, застосовується безвізовий режим (90 днів протягом 180 днів).

????  Громадяни України та члени їхніх сімей, стосовно яких прийнято рішення про повернення їх іноземну державу, можуть залишатися в Литовській Республіці.

???? Інформація надається громадянам України на гарячу лінію +370 5 271 7112 щодня та у вихідні дні з 7.30 до 21.00.

РЕЄСТРАЦІЯ:

  • якщо вам ніде зупинитися після прибуття до Литви, ви повинні негайно прибути до реєстраційного центру в Аліті (Alytus, Pramonės g. 1B; Marijampolė, Parko g. 9; Vilnius, Minties g. 3). Реєстраційні центри працюють 24 години на добу;
  • якщо у вас є житло після прибуття до Литви, ви можете прийти в будь-яке відділення міграційного управління у робочий час: Вільнюс (Vilnius, Vytenio g. 18); Каунас (Kaunas, A. Juozapavičiaus pr. 57); Клайпеда (Klaipėda, Kauno g. 6); Шяуляй (Šiauliai, Aušros al. 19); Панєвєжіс (Panevėžys, K. Binkio g. 14); Алітус (Alytus, Jotvingių g. 8); Маріямполє (Marijampolė, Kęstučio g. 1); Утяна (Utena, Maironio g. 4); Тельшяй (Telšiai, Žemaitės g. 34); Таураґє (Tauragė, Stoties g. 15); Елєктрєнай (Elektrėnai, Draugystės g. 32); Вісаґінас (Visaginas, Veteranų g. 13); Шальчінінкай (Šalčininkai, Architekto g. 4). У цьому випадку не обов’язково йти до реєстраційного центру в Алітусі.

ЧОМУ ВАЖЛИВО ЗАРЕЄСТРУВАТИСЯ? Необхідно зареєструватися, щоб ми могли піклуватися про вас і створювати умови для легального перебування в Литві.

РЕЄСТРАЦІЙНИЙ ЦЕНТР:

  • вам нададуть детальну інформацію про можливості вашого перебування в Литві;
  • вам нададуть тимчасове житло в Литві;
  • ви отримаєте харчові пайки, ви отримаєте елементарне медичне обслуговування.

УМОВИ ПЕРЕБУВАННЯ В ЛИТВІ. Після реєстрації Ви зможете:

  • отримати дозвіл на тимчасове проживання в Литві (на 1 рік);
  • національну візу (на 1 рік).

Більше інформації можна знайти тут.

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Ukrainians will receive access to necessary healthcare free of charge:

  • Emergency medical aid;
  • Pregnancy care and supervision;
  • Medical care during childbirth and other necessary levels I, II, and III healthcare services which, if not provided, could lead to a deterioration in health to the extent that emergency medical care would be required;
  • Medical treatment and rehabilitation services to foreigners injured during military operations in Ukraine;
  • Charge-free immunoprophylaxis for COVID-19 coronavirus infection and prophylaxis as well as vaccination of minors in accordance with the pediatric preventive vaccination schedule.


Ukraine - departure

At the moment, the Ukrainian airspace is closed. The only way to travel is travelling by road towards Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, and Rumania. It is recommended not to travel to Russia or Belorussia. 

Information about waiting time on the border checkpoints is updated and can be found here.

Information from the Polish border can be found here.

Poland allows entry without a travel document. In such bases, Polish border guards undertake identity verification procedures at the border.  

Slovakia allows entry for persons whose travel document has recently expired. 

If you have a valid travel document this will expedite the border crossing procedure.

Ukraine has declared a general mobilization. This means that Ukrainian male citizens (age 18-60) cannot leave the country. Unfortunately, Lithuanian authorities cannot help in these circumstances.  


Ukraine - arrival

Citizens of Ukraine first need to reach Poland. From there, we can offer transport to Lithuania. Fill in the form for help here – www.sylnirazom.lt or call +370 677 22222 to get a transfer. 

Also, foreigners can reach Lithuania on their own.

Citizens of Ukraine do not need a visa for arrival to Lithuania. They can enter under the visa-free regime for 90 days. You need a biometric passport but if you don’t have it, you will be able to enter the territory as well. The migration department of Lithuania can issue a new travel document – a temporary alien’s passport.

There are no restrictions for arriving Ukrainian citizens. There is no requirement to have a negative COVID-19 test or to self-isolate.  

There are no obstacles for Ukrainian citizens who do not have travel documents to transit through the territory of the Republic of Lithuania.


Ukraine - registration

Ukrainian citizens and their family members are registered only during the working hours of the Migration Department (I-IV 7.30-16.30, V 7.30–15.15) in:

  • Vilnius, Vytenio str. 18;
  • Kaunas (at the registration center), Vytauto ave. 79;
  • Klaipėda (at the registration center), Paryžiaus Komunos str. 16A until 31st May 2022;
  • Klaipėda, Kauno str. 6 from 1st June 2022;
  • Šiauliai, Aušros al. 19;
  • Panevėžys, K. Binkio str. 14;
  • Alytus, Jotvingių str. 8 or at the registration center, Juozapavičiaus str. 33;
  • Marijampolė, Kęstučio str. 1;
  • Tauragė, Stoties str. 15;
  • Telšiai, Žemaitės str. 34;
  • Utena, Maironio str. 4;
  • Visaginas, Veteranų str. 13;
  • Šalčininkai, Architekto str. 4;
  • Elektrėnai, Draugystės str. 32. 
  • Vilnius, Vytenio str. 18;
  • Kaunas (at the registration center), Vytauto ave. 79;
  • Klaipėda (at the registration center), Paryžiaus Komunos str. 16A until 31st May 2022;
  • Klaipėda, Kauno str. 6 from 1st June 2022;
  • Šiauliai, Aušros al. 19;
  • Panevėžys, K. Binkio str. 14;
  • Alytus, Jotvingių str. 8 or at the registration center, Juozapavičiaus str. 33;
  • Marijampolė, Kęstučio str. 1;
  • Tauragė, Stoties str. 15;
  • Telšiai, Žemaitės str. 34;
  • Utena, Maironio str. 4;
  • Visaginas, Veteranų str. 13;
  • Šalčininkai, Architekto str. 4;
  • Elektrėnai, Draugystės str. 32. 

 You must register immediately or as soon as possible.

It is necessary for you to register so that Lithuanian authorities and institutions can provide you with help and ensure your stay in Lithuania is legal.  

Only persons who arrive to the registration center will be registered. You have to bring your children as well in person.  


Ukraine - documents

Citizens of Ukraine do not have to apply for asylum. Ukrainians can obtain: 

  • A temporary residence permit in Lithuania (for 1 year); 
  • A national visa (for 1 year). 

These documents will ensure your right to reside and work in Lithuania as well as to receive social guarantees such as medical care and integration assistance.  

  • Visa will be issued within 15 calendar days 
  • Temporary residence permit will be issued within 1 month. 

You will be exempt from the state charges and a national visa, or a temporary residence permit will be issued free of charge.  

Ukrainian citizens who arrive without a valid biometric passport cannot be issued a national visa. However, they can be issued a temporary residence permit on humanitarian grounds.  

Minor children who arrived only with the birth certificate must register with the Migration department of its regional division. When they register, they can get a national visa or a temporary residence permit in a fast-track procedure.  

Minor children must arrive in person to the division of the Migration department.  

You don‘t have to do it if you don‘t have any possibility.


Ukraine - accomodation

If you don’t have a place where to stay, you will be assisted and transferred to the temporary accommodation places after you register with the Migration Department or its regional division office.  

Accommodation hot line: +370 677 22222 (24/7), https://stipruskartu.lt  

AirBnb and Booking.com are the main platforms to look for a short-term accommodation.  

If you look for a long-term accommodation, please check these websites: Aruodas, Domoplius, Rebaltic.


Ukraine - work

If you are a citizen of Ukraine and arrive in Lithuania on a visa-free regime or have a Schengen visa, a national visa, or a residence permit issued on humanitarian grounds, you can start working immediately and you are exempt from the requirement to get a work permit.

There are specialised websites which already offer Ukrainian-tailored job opportunities in various cities. You can download Scobo app, cv.lt, cvonline.lt, lovejob.lt. Here you can find job opportunities which do not require Lithuanian/English language. 

You can also address the Lithuanian Employment Service and ask for their advice (phone: 1883 or e-mail info@uzt.lt). 

Detailed contacts: 
+370 700 79068 or 870078833 Vilnius 
+370 374 09 882 Kaunas 
+370 672 28 204 Jonava  
+370 672 98 949 Alytus  
+370 658 24 346 Klaipėda  
+370 610 38 727 Panevėžys  
+370 616 46 608 Šiauliai 
+370 607 54 955 Marijampolė


Ukraine - banks

Banks in Lithuania are ready to open accounts and provide services for Ukrainian war refugees.  

To open a bank account and to verify your identity you can show your Ukrainian passport (biometric or non-biometric). Other documents may differ depending on a specific bank. 

For specific information on the steps to be taken and the documents to be submitted in order to open a payment account, please contact a specific payment service provider (by phone, email, in writing or by visiting physical branches with customer service).

IN VILNIUS:

  • EXCHANGELT (Ozo st. 25, Sodų st. 22, Geležinkelio st. 16, Mamoničių st. 3, Liepkalnio st. 112, Mindaugo st. 11, Pilaitės pr. 31, Pociūno st. 8)
  • „Top exchange“ (Geležinkelio st. 6, Vikingų st. 3, Gedimino pr. 9, Viršuliškių st. 40, Ozo st. 18, Verkių st. 31C, Ukmergės st. 369, V. Pociūno st. 8, Saltoniškių st. 9)

IN KAUNAS:

  • EXCHANGELT (Savanorių pr. 255, Karaliaus Mindaugo pr. 49, Islandijos pl. 32,  Šarkuvos st. 1A)

IN KLAIPEDA:

IN SIAULIAI:

IN PANEVEZYS

IN ALYTUS

Banks belonging to the Association of Lithuanian Banks as well as some electronic money institutions have taken individual and independent decisions to open accounts for Ukrainian citizens who have fled the war zone free of charge as well as to offer payment service plans free of charge. 

List of credit institutions and electronic money institutions with which accounts are opened free of charge:

A payment card will be issued upon opening an account if the company opening the account issues cards.

Visa and MasterCard cards issued by Ukrainian banks work in Lithuania when paying for purchases and withdrawing cash. „Swedbank“, AB payment terminals also accept UnionPay payment cards. There may be issues if your bank does not function properly, e.g. the banking system is no longer functioning 


Ukraine - healthcare

You can address us and we can provide counselling in English or Russian by contacting us at psichologas@iom.int.

Emotional help over the phone in Russian: 

  • 1809 or +370 664 65 792, MonFri 18:00–21:00, SatSun 12:00–15:00 
  • Linija Doverija: 8 800 77 277 Mon-Sun, 16:00–19:00  
  • In person or online psychological consultations: +370 640 51 555 Mon-Sun, 16:00–20:00, Sun 12:00–16:00  

Online psychological consultation in Russian and Ukrainians: www.manodaktaras.lt/slava-ukraini. 

Self-help guidelines can be found at: www.samopomi.ch. 

Mybe is a sleep and peace of mind app for kids. These practices are designed for children to concentrate in the morning, calm down during the day and fall asleep in the evening. You can try it free of charge. 

Android https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.appside.mybe&gl=ES  

iPhone https://apps.apple.com/app/mybe/id1612822814 


Ukraine - education

Information for Ukrainian citizens regarding the admission of children to an educational institution is provided by the contact persons of the education units in municipalities. They provide all necessary information about admission to schools or kindergartens. Please address the municipality you are planning to stay in (there are 60 municipalities in Lithuania). Schools can admit and include into the students register children who still do not have a residence permit or a national visa.  

Contact persons in the municipalities: 

  • Akmenė                          +37069429197  
  • Alytus (city)              +37067641646  
  • Alytus (region)              +37068305577  
  • Anykščiai                        +37061538279  
  • Birštonas                        +37065900724  
  • Biržai                              +37060334279  
  • Druskininkai                   +37068595861  
  • Elektrėnai                       +37052858043  
  • Ignalina                          +37038652293  
  • Jonava                            +37034950044  
  • Joniškis                           +37068639120  
  • Jurbarkas                        +37061013117  
  • Kaišiadorys                     +37067697288  
  • Kalvarija                          +37069050911  
  • Kaunas (city)            +37060310093  
  • Kaunas (region)             +37065290379  
  • Kazlų Rūda                     +37064542147  
  • Kėdainiai                        +37034769564  
  • Kelmė                             +37042769072  
  • Klaipėda (city)          +37046396145  
  • Klaipėda (region)          +37065888904  
  • Kretinga                         +37062606242  
  • Kupiškis                         +37062047524  
  • Lazdijai                          +37061297406  
  • Marijampolė                  +37061695115  
  • Mažeikiai                       +37061474144    
  • Molėtai                          +37038340063  
  • Neringa                         +37046951231  
  • Pagėgiai                        +37065615116  
  • Pakruojis                       +37061614226  
  • Palanga                         +37065240414  
  • Panevėžys (city)      +37045501380; +37068047981  
  • Panevėžys (region)      +37062063289  
  • Pasvalys                        +37065834220  
  • Plungė                          +37061490074  
  • Prienai                          +37031961138  
  • Radviliškis                     +37042269149  
  • Raseiniai                       +37042879593  
  • Rietavas                        +37069849672  
  • Rokiškis                        +37061499296  
  • Skuodas                       +37044073917; +37061593797  
  • Šakiai                           +37034560774  
  • Šalčininkai                    +37038030174; +37067691198  
  • Šiauliai (city)          +37065876094  
  • Šiauliai (region)           +37041430524  
  • Šilalė                             +37068745040  
  • Šilutė                            +37065612222  
  • Širvintos                       +37068631396  
  • Švenčionys                   +37061620657  
  • Tauragė                        +37067142348  
  • Telšiai                           +37044460205  
  • Trakai                           +37064510759  
  • Ukmergė                      +37061203341  
  • Utena                           +37038964054  
  • Varėna                         +37031032017  
  • Vilkaviškis                    +37034260088  
  • Vilnius (city)          +37069491337  
  • Vilnius (region)          +37052751997  
  • Visaginas                    +37068695225  
  • Zarasai                        +37061260012 

If you have questions regarding studies in Lithuanian university, please address the Ministry of education, science and sport 

Contacts: Eglė Remeisienė  

Phone: + 370 5 219 1216 

E-mail: egle.remeisiene@smsm.lt 

The Lithuanian Children and Youth Center invites children from Ukrainian families who have escaped the war to attend non-formal education activities for free. Non-formal education teachers - artists, musicians, dancers, theater players, athletes - will work with the children.

Registration form can be found here.


Ukraina - social guarantees

In order to reduce the social exclusion of Ukrainians fleeing the war, those who have a temporary residence permit in Lithuania for humanitarian reasons have a right to get social assistance. Ukrainians can get:

  • one-time accommodation support
  • compensation for a part of the housing rent
  • child benefits
  • compensations for care (assistance) and nursing costs
  • social payments
  • social benefits

To receive social assistance Ukrainians must contact municipalities.

To receive municipally funded services, you should contact the municipal administration at your place of residence. You should contact local municipality. Contacts for social support in municipalities here

  • Free meals for schoolchildren (free lunch for pre-schoolers, first-graders and second-graders without income assessment).
  • Support for the purchase of school supplies at the beginning of the school year.
  • 3-day food packages (depending on the situation of each foreigner, they are later given food cards or food packages, hygiene packages, child hygiene packages, assistance to the newborn and mother).
  • Social support (eg lump sum, targeted, periodic, conditional benefit).


Ukraine - other services

Ukrainian citizens can travel free of charge with Lithuanian railways if they provide a personal document.  

In Vilnius and Kaunas, Ukrainian citizens can use public transport free of charge.

You can use the services of Lithuanian libraries for free. There is a library in every city and town. Ukrainian citizens will be issued readers certificates free of charge and can use the internet, spaces, participate in events and educational activities, reading sessions for children, attend exhibitions, use table games, listen to music, watch movies and read publications in various languages.

Ukrainian citizens can use the services of museums free of charge: see exhibitions, participate in educational events, etc. More information can be found at: https://lrkm.lrv.lt/lt/nuorodos/pagalba-ukrainai-1/kulturos-ministerijos-informacija.

Vilnius city municipality invites Ukrainians fleeing the war to register for free Lithuanian language training. The training is for adults who have settled in Vilnius. It is face-to-face training. Participants will be provided with textbooks.

Dates: the first training groups will start on 16-18 March, the others in the following weeks. The training consists of 25 sessions and is expected to last about 3 months.

More information can be found here.

Citizens of Ukraine who are currently in the Republic of Lithuania may apply to the State-Guaranteed Legal Aid Service for legal advice or assistance. More information and contacts can be found here.

Contact details of Lithuanian lawyers providing free legal consultations can be found here.

Entrance for free 

  • Vichy aquapark 
  • GYM+, gymplius.lt
  • Music lessons (free online music and piano lessons. One online music/piano lesson per week. Provides musical instruments, equipment for virtual lessons.  Guoda Indriūnaitė +37062597978 A. Smetonos gatvė 3, Vilnius)

Bitė Lietuva offers home internet equipment to the families receiving Ukrainians in Lithuania and to families who have found refuge since the war. In total, Bitė will install 300 home Internet points throughout Lithuania. 

List of various free services for Ukrainians is available here and here.

This is a non-financial programme where local mentors offer newcomers support, information and advice. We encourage both local candidate mentors and newcomers from Ukraine alike to register for the programme as it is available now. Register here: https://ihvilnius.lt/befriend

UA: Это бесплатная программа, где местные наставники предлагают гражданам Украины, прибывающим в Вильнюс, поддержку, информацию и советы.
Приглашаем граждан Украины, прибывших в Вильнюс, регистрироваться на эту программу, которая доступна уже сейчас. Зарегистрируйтесь здесь: https://ihvilnius.lt/befriend-ua


Ukraine - pets

You can bring your pet/animal if it is properly labelled, vaccinated, has a valid document, and meets other requirements of the EU. 

If your pet is not labelled, is not vaccinated against rabies and has no required documents, then Lithuanian State food and veterinary service will label (by microchip), vaccinate, and monitor your pet for 21 days.   

This exception only is valid for Ukrainian citizens but not for legal entities, sellers or breeders. They need to follow the general rules which can be found here.

Ukrainian citizens bringing in pets need to inform the State Food and Veterinary Service at ukrainepets@vmvt.lt.  

In your email please indicate: 

  • Your name and surname 
  • Your phone number and email 
  • Place of residence or stay 

Please also provide your pet information: 

  • Animal species 
  • Labelling (microchip) number 
  • Date of vaccination against rabies 

More information can be found here. If you have additional questions, please contact  8 800 40 403 or +370 5 240 4361.


Ukraine - UA citizens staying in Lithuania before 24th

Ukrainian citizens, holding biometric passports and whose national visas or temporary residence permits in the Republic of Lithuania are expiring can immediately start using the 90-day visa-free regime.

At this point in time, no return or expulsion decisions will be taken in respect of Ukrainian nationals and their family members. 

Residence permits or national visas will not be annulled for Ukrainian citizens and their family members.

Ukrainian citizens who have been in Lithuania for more than 90 days without a visa should apply for a residence permit or a visa in Lithuania.


Ukraine - contacts

MIGRATION HOT LINE +370 5 271 7112, (7:30-21.00 daily) 

ACCOMMODATION HOT LINE +370 677 22222 (24/7), https://stipruskartu.lt  

HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE +370 684 98 688 (24/7), https://redcross.lt, www.caritas.lt, https://maltieciai.lt  

EMBASSY OF UKRAINE IN LITHUANIA Address: Teatro str. 4, Vilnius, tel. +370 5 212 1536, eE-mail: emb_lt@mfa.gov.ua, https://ua.mfa.lt  


Ukraine - help for Ukrainians


Ukraine - citizens of Russia and Belarusia

In solidarity with Ukraine and its people undergoing Russian military aggression, the Lithuanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs suspended the issuance of visas to Russian citizens. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs mediates the issuance of visas to those Russian citizens whose right to apply for a visa has been established in accordance with international or accession obligations to the European Union, e.g. For family members of citizens of the Republic of Lithuania or other European Union.

From  March 10th 2022 Lithuanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs suspended the issuance of visas to Belarusian citizens. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs mediates the issuance of visas to those Belarusian citizens whose right to apply for a visa has been established in accordance with international or accession obligations to the European Union, e.g. For family members of citizens of the Republic of Lithuania or other European Union.

Ukrainian citizens holding biometric passports can enter Lithuania without a visa and stay here up to 90 days. For a long-term stay in Lithuania, Ukrainian citizens should apply to the Migration Department.


Ukraine - business

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania launched a hotline (+370 616 95910) for all Ukraine-related business questions. More information is currently under preparation. 

Lithuania is ready to provide a safe and stable environment for all international, globally-minded businesses and their employees. 


Ukraina - humanitarinė pagalba

If you are in Lithuania for more than 3 days, you can come to Food Bank I-V 09.00-16.00:

  • Vilnius (Minties Street 3)
  • Kaunas (Technikos Street 18F)
  • Klaipėda (Taikos Street 66A)
  • Šiauliai (Pramonės Street 26)
  • Panevėžys (Kranto Street 36)
  • Alytus (Pramonės Street 1B)
  • Marijampolė (Parko Street 9)

To get a food package, you will have to show your identity document. For more information, please visit: www.maistobankas.lt 

If you need essential items, clothes, hygiene products, please contact:

• Caritas Lithuania: www.caritas.lt

• Lithuanian Red Cross (also in the case of disrupted ties with the family in Ukraine): www.redcross.lt

• Order of Malta Helpdesk: www.maltieciai.lt

• Save the children: www.gelbekitvaikus.lt

These organisations can help you get essential services, such as finding school for children, finding a job, etc.

HUMANITARIAN AID LINE +370 684 98 688 (24 hours a day)

Contacts of the organisations providing humanitarian assistance to Ukrainians can be found here.

"Maisto bankas" cards worth 115 euros are distributed to Ukrainian people who have fled the war to our country.

Food cards are issued to people who came to Lithuania from Ukraine and registered with the Migration department no earlier than February 24, 2022.

A person wishing to receive a food card must have an ILTUS code issued by the Migration department and fill in the "Maisto bankas" form: http://inx.lv/hiFg

After filling out the form, Ukrainian war refugees will be notified where and when they can withdraw their cards to purchase food. With these cards, they will be able to shop in the shops of one of the retail chains in the municipality of their place of residence.

Cards are given to each person. Families receive as many cards as there are individuals registered in the system. Each person must provide an ILTUS code, so it is necessary to fill in as many questionnaires as there are cards.

When taking a card, one must have an identity document and a document issued by the Migration department with the ILTUS code. All-family cards can be taken by a single family member, but one must have proof of eligibility.


Ukraina - Civil registry services

When a child of Ukrainian citizens is born in Lithuania, the Civil registry office must be applied for birth registration.

The birth of a child must be declared within three months of the birth. The following documents must be submitted when applying for birth registration:

  • Identity documents of parents (i.e. valid travel documents and, in their absence, alien’s registration certificates).
  • Marriage certificate of parents.
  • Birth certificate issued by a health care institution or a medical advisory board confirming the birth of a child.

If a Ukrainian citizen dies in Lithuania, the person concerned must apply to the Civil registry office for death registration.

The following documents must be submitted when applying for death registration:

  • Identity documents of applicants (i.e., valid travel documents and, in their absence, alien’s registration certificate).
  • Medical death certificate issued by a personal health care institution.

Ukrainian citizens intending to marry in Lithuania must apply to the selected Lithuanian civil registry office. The marriage shall be registered at least one month after the application date. 

The following documents must be submitted when applying for marriage registration:

  • Identity documents (i.e., valid travel documents and, in their absence, alien’s registration certificates).
  • A document issued by their country of origin certifying that there are no obstacles to their marriage. For the issuance of the above documents to Ukrainian citizens, the Embassy of Ukraine in Lithuania must be applied.
  • Due to legal stay in Lithuania – Ukrainian citizens are exempted from the visa requirement when crossing the external borders of the Member states when the duration of stay does not exceed 90 days in any 180-day period (visa-free regime) and (or) and a valid Schengen visa, national visa or temporary or permanent residence permit. Ukrainian citizens holding biometric passports and whose national visas or temporary residence permits in Lithuania have expired may immediately start using the 90-day visa-free regime upon expiry of these documents. 

Information updated: 2021-03-03
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