Those who qualify to enter Lithuania may now be able to apply for the visa they need, as the Lithuanian MFA has ordered several of its visa application centres to reopen and offer visa services to applicants.
The move has been announced by VFS Global, an outsourcing and technology services company that serves governments and diplomatic missions worldwide, and to which Lithuania has outsourced visa services in several world countries.
As of September 15, 2020, applicants who need a long-stay visa to enter Lithuania can apply for one in the following locations, which are still offering limited services:
- Belarus: Brest, Gomel, and Lida
- India: Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, and New Delhi
- Japan: Tokyo
- Kazakhstan: Almaty and Astana
- Nigeria: Abuja and Lagos
- Russia: Moscow
- Sri Lanka: Colombo
- Turkey: Ankara, Antalya, Gaziantep, and Izmir
- Ukraine: Ivano-Frankivsk
- UK: Edinburgh, London and Manchester
- USA: Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, and Washington DC
At the same time, the Lithuanian visa application centres located in Belarus, more precisely in Brest, Gomes and Lida are also admitting short-term visa applications, though not for tourism or any other reason that does not qualify as an essential purpose of entry in Lithuania.
Short term visa applications for essential purposes of entry into Lithuania can also be submitted at the Lithuanian visa application centre in Almaty and Astana in Kazakhstan, as well as in St. Petersburg, in Russia.
In Russia, the visa centre in Kaliningrad is currently accepting applications only for drivers engaged into international freight forwarding, crew members of commercial vessels (cargo/ passenger shipping) and members of train, refrigerator and locomotive crews on international trains.
Whereas the visa centre in Yerevan, Armenia is currently accepting applications for exceptional cases only.
In order to be eligible to apply for a visa at any of the above locations, one must qualify for an entry ban exemption in order to be able to enter the Lithuanian territory.
Currently, exempt from the entry ban are several categories, including diplomats and their family members and their support staff, members of official delegations, as well as persons serving in NATO and NATO military units, and their families and personnel members.
Those working in Lithuanian companies engaged in international commercial transport or performing international commercial transport in any type of vehicle as crew and crew members are also eligible to enter.
Health care professionals reaching Lithuania in order to provide health care services, artists coming with the permission of the Ministry of Culture to participate in professional art events and the staff serving them can also enter, as well as:
- Journalists coming with the permission of the MFA
- Highly-skilled athletes, sports and physical activity specialists, with the permission of the Minister of Education, Science and Sports (MESS)
- Instructors and members of their family with the permission of the MESS
Transiting the territory of Lithuania without having to leave the international airport area is also possible. Land transit is possible only for beneficiaries of facilitated transit from the territory of the Russian Federation to the Kaliningrad region of the Russian Federation and back.