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Entry requirements

This information is for people travelling on a full ‘British citizen’ passport from the UK. It is based on the UK government’s understanding of the current rules for the most common types of travel.

The authorities in Lithuania set and enforce entry rules. If you’re not sure how these requirements apply to you, contact the  Lithuanian Embassy in the UK .

COVID-19 rules

There are no COVID-19 testing or vaccination requirements for travellers entering Lithuania.

Passport validity requirements

Lithuania follows Schengen area rules . Your passport must: 

  • have a ‘date of issue’ less than 10 years before the date you arrive – if you renewed your passport before 1 October 2018, it may have a date of issue that is more than 10 years ago
  • have an ‘expiry date’ at least 3 months after the day you plan to leave the Schengen area

Check with your travel provider that your passport and other travel documents meet requirements. Renew your passport if you need to.  

You will be denied entry if you do not have a valid travel document or try to use a passport that has been reported lost or stolen.

Visa requirements

You can travel without a visa to the Schengen area, which includes Lithuania, for up to 90 days in any 180-day period. This applies if you travel: 

  • as a tourist
  • to visit family or friends
  • to attend business meetings, cultural or sports events
  • for short-term studies or training

The requirements for working in Lithuania are different.  

If you’re travelling to other Schengen countries as well, make sure your whole visit is within the 90-day visa-free limit. Visits to Schengen countries in the 180 days before you travel count towards your 90 days.

Make sure you get your passport stamped on entry and exit.

If you’re a visitor, border guards will look at your entry and exit stamps to check you have not overstayed the 90-day visa-free limit for the Schengen area. 

If your passport is missing a stamp, show evidence of when and where you entered or left the Schengen area (for example, boarding passes or tickets) and ask the border guards to add the date and location in your passport. 

At Lithuanian border control, you may need to:

  • show proof of your accommodation, for example, a hotel booking confirmation or proof of address for a second home
  • show proof of your travel insurance
  • show a return or onward ticket
  • prove that you have enough money for your stay – the amount varies depending on your accommodation

Staying longer than 90 days in a 180-day period

To stay longer, you must meet the Lithuanian government’s entry requirements. Check which type of visa or permit you need with the  Lithuanian Embassy in the UK  .

If you stay in Lithuania with a residence permit or long-stay visa, this does not count towards your 90-day visa-free limit.

Read about  passport stamping if you live in Lithuania . 

Arriving from Belarus, Ukraine or Russia 

If you arrive in Lithuania from Belarus, Ukraine or Russia, including the Kaliningrad Oblast, and need help, call +370 5246 2900 and select ‘calling about an emergency involving a British national’. You can also  contact  FCDO  online .

British nationals can travel to Lithuania from Belarus, Russia or Ukraine by car or bus. 

For more information, see Russia travel advice .

Vaccine requirements

For details about medical entry requirements and recommended vaccinations, see TravelHealthPro’s Lithuania guide .

Customs rules

There are strict rules about  goods that can be brought into and taken out of Lithuania . You must declare anything that may be prohibited or subject to tax or duty.

Taking food into Lithuania

You cannot take meat, milk or products containing them into EU countries . There are some exceptions such as powdered baby milk, baby food and special foods or pet feed required for medical reasons.

Taking money into Lithuania

Declare cash or travellers cheques if the value is 10,000 euros or more. You will get a certified declaration to show you brought it in with you. If you do not, your money could be seized when you leave.  

Russian vehicle restrictions

There are restrictions on vehicles with Russian number plates in Lithuania.

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26 interesting facts about Lithuania

From one of the world’s smallest republics to a hill with over 100,000 crosses, these are the most interesting facts about Lithuania.

An aerial shot of the old town in Vilnius

Official name: Republic of Lithuania Population: 2.6 million Area: 65,300 sq km Capital city: Vilnius Major languages: Lithuanian, Russian, Polish Major religions: Christianity Time zone: UTC+2 (Eastern European Time) – Source: CIA World Factbook

Interesting facts about Lithuania

1. Lithuania is a small Baltic  country in northeastern  Europe bordering Belarus, Latvia , Poland and Russia. – Source: Britannica

2. Lithuania is the largest and southernmost of the three Baltic countries which also include Estonia and Latvia. – Source: BBC News

3. Lithuania used to be known as the Grand Duchy of Lithuania during the 15th century when it was the largest state in Europe. – Source: R. Bideleux. (1998) A History of Eastern Europe: Crisis and Change. Routledge: Oxfordshire

A map of Lithuania

4. In 1990, Lithuania became the first republic to break away from the USSR when it proclaimed the restoration of its pre-war independence after it was incorporated into the Soviet Union in 1940. – Source: The Guardian

5. Lithuania also borders the detached Russian oblast (region) of Kaliningrad to the southwest. Kaliningrad became an enclave when the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991 as it is completely separated from the rest of Russia. – Source: Britannica

6. Lithuania shares the Curonian Spit with Russia. The UNESCO-listed Curonian Spit is a 98km (61mi) long, thin, curved sand dune that separates the Baltic Sea from the Curonian Lagoon. It is as narrow as 400m in places. – Source: UNESCO

An aerial view of the Curonian Spit from Lithuania

7. Lithuanian is the oldest surviving Indo-European language. It has preserved many archaic features from its ancestral Proto-Indo-European language and could be as much as 5,000 years old. – Source: Britannica , Akorbi

8. Lithuania has its own “national perfume” which is a combination of bergamot, wildflowers, ginger, raspberry and grapefruit with base notes of amber, cedar, sandalwood, patchouli and “tree moss and tree smoke”. – Source: The Guardian

9. Lithuania’s flag is made up of three horizontal stripes: yellow represents the country’s wheat fields; green its forests; and red the courage shown and blood spilt in the country’s defence. – Source: Wanderlust (2021) Flags, Capitals and Countries of the World: The Complete Handbook. Wanderlust Press: London

Lithuania's flag flying against clouds and sky during sunset

10. Lithuania’s national dish is cepelinai (or zeppelin), an airship-shaped dumpling made from grated potatoes and stuffed with minced meat, cottage cheese or mushrooms and served with sour cream. – Source: BBC Travel , Culture Trip

11. Lithuania’s second city, Kaunas, is home to the Museum of Devils packed with over 3,000 devil statuettes, carvings, masks and other images. – Source: Lonely Planet

12. Europe’s largest baroque Old Town is in Vilnius. The UNESCO-listed Vilnius Historic Centre dates from the 13th to the end of the 18th century and is around 3.52 sq km in size. – Source: UNESCO , DK Eyewitness (2023) Europe by Train. DK: London

A baroque church in Vilnius

13. Vilnius is also home to the world’s first memorial to musician Frank Zappa. The Frank Zappa Memorial was unveiled in 1995 after the singer died in 1993. – Source: Lonely Planet , Atlas Obscura

14. The UNESCO-listed Struve Geodetic Arc passes through Lithuania. The Struve Arc is a chain of survey triangulations stretching 2,820km (1,752 miles) across 10 countries from Norway to the Black Sea. The survey, carried out between 1816 and 1855 by the astronomer Friedrich Struve, helped to establish the exact size and shape of the Earth. – Source:  UNESCO

15. In Vilnius there is the tiny breakaway republic. Užupis began as an April Fools’ Day joke between friends in 1997 but has since evolved into one of the world’s smallest republics with its own passport stamp , constitution and currency. – Source: BBC Travel

A border sign of Užupis in Vilnius, Lithuania

16. Vilnius is named after the Vilnia River, which flows into the Neris River at the site of the city. The river’s name derives from the Lithuanian word “vilnis” meaning “a surge”. – Source: CIA World Factbook

17. Lithuania comes from the word Lietuva . It is unclear where the name originates but it’s likely to derive from the Latin litus for shore meaning “shoreland.” – Source: Online Etymology Dictionary

18. Lithuania was the last pagan state in Europe and did not officially convert to Christianity until 1386. – Source: BBC Travel

19. One of Lithuania’s most famous sites is the Hill of Crosses where over 100,000 crosses have been planted. The tradition began in the 1831 Uprising (or November Insurrection ) but reached its peak in the 1960s when people would creep through the forest at night to lay crosses in defiance of anti-religious Soviet rule. – Source: Lonely Planet

Lithuania's Hill of Crosses

20. Lithuania is one of the world’s lowest countries with an average elevation of just 110m. Its highest peak, Aukštojas Hill, is just 294m (965ft). – Source: The Telegraph , Trakai and Vilnius Tourism Information Centre

21. Lithuania has two independence days: the Restoration of the State Day on February 16 and the Restoration of Independence Day on March 11. The first one recognises when modern Lithuania was born in 1918 when the Act of Independence was signed on 16 February after 120 years of Russian imperial rule. The second one represents the Act of the Re-Establishment of the State of Lithuania that was signed on 11 March 1990 at the end of Soviet control. – Source: Lithuania Travel

22. Lithuanian women are the eighth-tallest in the world according to a 100-year global study published in 2016 by the World Health Organization. – Source: Reuters

Lithuanian women celebrating independence day in 2016

23. Lithuania is the 20th happiest country in the world according to the 2023 World Happiness Report from the UN’s Sustainable Development Solutions Network. – Source: World Happiness Report

24. The UNESCO-listed Kernavė Archaeological Site in Lithuania has archaeological evidence of human settlements from over 10,000 years ago. The complex includes the remains of four old castle mounds and a medieval town. – Source: UNESCO , Lonely Planet

25. Basketball is the most popular sport in Lithuania with several players playing in the American NBA. – Source: Lithuania Travel

26. In 1989, around two million people joined hands to create a 600km long human chain through the Baltic countries of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania known as The Baltic Way. It was part of a peaceful political demonstration against Soviet rule. – Source: The Baltic Way

Every effort has been made to verify these facts about Lithuania using primary sources . However, if you find an error or have any questions, please contact us .

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Essential Lithuanian Phrasebook

A collection of the most useful phrases in Lithuanian for travelers by BBC Languages Quick Fix .

Not to be considered an Lithuanian course, these simple phrases cover the most essential core necessities and "niceties" travelers ought to know ("Hello", "Goodbye", "Thank you", etc) to show cultural appreciation by speaking Lithuanian!

Includes an online player to view the phrases as they are written in Lithuanian and listen as a native speaker says them.

You can also download them to your MP3 player or print out a sheet and take it with you on your trip!

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