Prerequisites, travel visas, customs, regulations, limitations

Policy and members of Schengen area

Lithuania belongs to group of countries that signed the Schengen Agreement. It means that Lithuania is in a Schengen area where the external borders are guarded extremely carefully while control of internal borders is practically removed. The inside safety of the Schengen zone is guaranteed by external border control services, legal institutions of every Member State of Schengen, police forces, visa policy and Schengen Information System. The Information System is an electronic database where the information about undesired or wanted persons is kept and shared.

Nowadays the Schengen area includes 25 states, 22 of which are members of European Union: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal,  Slovakia, Slovenia,  Spain and Sweden; other 3 are not members of European Union: Iceland, Norway and Switzerland. Citizens of these countries have absolutely equal rights to travel inside the area of Schengen without any border control and visas required.

Ireland, United Kingdom, Bulgaia, Romania and Cyprus are also members of European Union, but these countries are not members of Schengen area. Ireland and United Kingdom still control their borders with other members of European Union.

Visa policy in Schengen area

Members of Schengen zone apply a common visa policy, that means that countries of this group requires only one visa  which allows people from third countries to travel in all Schengen area. As soon as Lithuania became a member of this zone, it has an acces to the Schenen Information System as well as started issuing Schengen visas.

Visa Regime for Citizen of third Countries

Short term passengers from third countries that get the Schengen visa, can freely travel around the countries of Schengen zone not longer than 3 months if they meet following requirements:
- Posses a short term visa
- Posses a valid travel document
- Can motivate the purpose of travelling
- Can prove they have financial potential both for staying and for returning home
- Are not included into the Schengen Information System
In case a citizen of third country wants to stay there longer that 3 months, the long term visa is required.

Where to apply and how much does it cost?

Citizens of third countries must apply for visas in diplomatic missions of the Schengen  state they want to visit. If the passengers want to visit more than one state, the application must be submitted to the mission of the state which is considered to be the main destination. If the visitor cannot decide which state is the main destination, the application must be submitted to the diplomatic mission of the state which will be visited first.  The fee of applying for Schengen visa is 60 euros.

Invitation letter for a citizen of the third country to arrive for temporary stay in Lithuania

It is a document that confirms the obligation of a natural or legal personality in Republic of Lithuania to take care about accommodation and covering of expenses of the alien to be returned to his home country or other country the alien has a right to be departed to.  An alien who applies for invitation letter must give correct required information to the personality as well as on demand of the applier, make a financial transaction in order to guarantee the reliability.

Residence permits in Lithuania

There are two types of residence permits in Republic of Lithuania:
- Temporary Residence Permit
- Permanent Residence Permit
The most important legal act that regulates the issues concerning permits, their types and conditions is the Law of the Legal status of Aliens, which you can read while following the next link: the Law of the Legal status of Aliens

Custom information

Citizens form Republic of Lithuania as well as from Third countries while coming to Lithuania can carry only a limited amount of goods free of duties and charges. Each traveler that crosses the board of Lithuania gets a travelers declaration where all the articles, cash and goods will be included.

Free of import duties and charges:
- Articles or personal use, including goods the value of which does not exceed the below indicated
- Personal means of transport
- Audio, video, data carriers, professional equipment, public information materials
- Private property in case a traveler moves to Lithuania
- Domestic appliances in case a person moves from the third country to Lithuania for marriage, also wedding presents under value of 1000 euros
- 1480 litas in cash if a traveler arrives by air or sea transport
- 510 litas if a traveler is under 15 years old or travels with a crew
- 1030 litas if it is brought by other person

Restrictions:
If person in over 17 years old:

Tobacco:
- Cigarettes – 200 units arriving by air, 40 units by other transport
- Cigarillos (max weight of 3 g) - 100 units or 20 units
- Cigars - 50 units or 10 units
- Smoking tobacco – 250 g or 50 g

Alcohol beverages:
- Alcohol by volume of 22% vol and stronger -  1 liter or 0,5 liter
- Alcohol by volume of less than 22% vol -  1 liter or 0,5 liter
- Still wines – 4 liters or 0,75 litesr
- Bear – 16 liters or 4 liters

Engine fuel
A person may bring not more than 10 liters of fuel in a portable can per one road vehicle.
Duties and taxes
Bringing bigger quantity of products that are allowed to be brought without a charge, will be charged according to custom law.

For more information about the customs in Lithuania, please visit : www.cust.lt

Food products
Travelers from third countries are not allowed to import meat and dairy products in the personal baggage except of small amount for personal use for visitors from Andorra, Faeroe Islands, Greenland, Iceland, Croatia, Liechtenstein,Norway, San Marino and Switzerland.
To find out other peculiarities, please visit: www.vmvt.lt

Plants
A visitor is permitted to bring into the Republic of Lithuania without phytosanitary documents for private needs  and consumption only a limited amount of these plants:- 100 packs, but not exceeding the amount of
- 500 g of seeds;
- 500 g of bulbs, corms and tubers;
- 20 kg of vegetables and fruits;
- 50 pcs. of cut flowers;
- 10 pcs. of pot flowers;
- 50 pcs. of reproductive material (seedlings);
- 2 pcs. of packs, but not exceeding the amount of 50 l of growing substrates;
- 100 kg of cereals.
For more information about this article, please visit: www.vatzum.lt