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General information on border crossing?

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 mceclip0.png or call +370 677 22222 to get a lift. More relevant information for citizens of Ukraine can be found on the website of the Migration Department mceclip0.png.

Ukrainian citizens do not need a visa to enter Lithuania, nor any identity document is required. If necessary, new documents (temporary passport of a foreigner) can be issued in Lithuania by the Migration Department. Restrictions on COVID-19 do not apply to citizens of Ukraine, self-isolation requirements do not apply.

In Lithuania, all Ukrainians are directed to registration centres. Currently in Lithuania there are three Registration Centres – in Vilnius, (Blindžių str. 24A), Alytus (Alytus, Juozapaviciaus str. 33) and Kaunas (Kaunas, Vytauto ave. 79), where shelter, food, clothes and medical care will be provided for up to three days and then those in need will be taken to long term accommodation.

Please note, that registration centres does not hold migration services. All the migration related questions should be solved at the cities migration departaments.

Information is provided to Ukrainian citizens on the hotline +370 5 271 7112 (I-IV 7.30-16.30, V 7.30-15.15).

What documents do I need to enter?

You can enter Lithuania with any of the following documents:

  • A biometric passport.
  • Passport of the old sample, if its validity period has not yet expired (in accordance with paragraph 2 of the Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine dated 07.05.2014 No. 152 mceclip0.png).
  • Ukrainian ID. According to the DPSU, currently only citizens of Ukraine evacuating from occupied territories or territories where hostilities are taking place can leave Ukraine with an internal passport, the list of which is approved in accordance with the Order of the Ministry on Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories of Ukraine of April 25, 2022 No. 75 mceclip0.png. Citizens from other territories must have a biometric passport to travel abroad.
  • Children under the age of 16 traveling with their parents must have a birth certificate. Children have the right to cross the border with one parent (without the official permission of the other parent). If the child is traveling with acquaintances or relatives, she/he needs to have a travel permit from one of the parents, certified by a notary.

In order to prove family/marital status, birth certificates and a marriage certificate are required.

The telephone number of the DPSU hotline ("Trust" Service) is 1598. You can use it for questions of a consultative nature within the competence of the State Border Service of Ukraine.

For more information about the documents with which you can cross the border, and about the categories of citizens who are allowed to travel outside Ukraine, see here mceclip0.png.

Citizens of Ukraine do not need a visa to come to Lithuania and stay for up to 90 days – any personal identification document will work, new documents can be issued in Lithuania if needed (temporary foreigner’s passport) by migration department. There will be no actions taken by migration department if citizens of Ukraine find themselves in Lithuania after deadline to extend their living permit or visa, even those who have received resolution to leave Lithuania can stay and wait for further information from the migration department.

During these 90 days or after, Ukrainians can apply at Migration department and they will be issued a permit to live and work in Lithuania, it will be valid for travel in EU. Medical insurance, children education services will be available immediately.

What happens after a border crossing?

While in Lithuania, you may refer to the Migration Department to apply for a residence permit. It is recommended tp apply for a residence permit as soon as you arrive in Lithuania. Please call the Migration Department hotline: +370 5 271 7112. If you want to know more information on relocating and living in Lithuania, visit Go Vilnius website mceclip0.png.

How can I get from the border to the capital (a certain town)?

Citizens of Ukraine in Lithuania can use railway and public transport free of charge by receiving a ticket at the ticket office or showing a document in public transport. More about free public transport in Lithuania at the link mceclip0.png.

How can I travel to another (specific) country?

You can travel by airplane, bus, car or train to different countries.

Citizens of Ukraine in Lithuania can use railway and public transport free of charge by receiving a ticket at the ticket office.

How long can I stay?

Citizens of Ukraine do not need a visa to come to Lithuania and stay for up to 90 days – any personal identification document will work. During these 90 days or after, Ukrainians can apply at Migration department and they will be issued a permit to live and work in Lithuania, it will be valid for travel in EU. Medical insurance, children education services will be available immediately.

After registration, citizens of Ukraine can apply for a temporary residence permit for 1 year or a national visa for humanitarian reasons for 1 year.

Ukrainians can also extend their residence permit in Lithuania on the basis of work or study for another 2 years. Read more here mceclip0.png.

Where can an unaccompanied minor get help?

If you are under 18 and come to Lithuania without parents and apply for protection (asylum), you are called unaccompanied minor asylum seekers. Anyone who registers as a sole minor will receive a guardian who will legally represent you and look after your safety and well-being.

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.

Are there any Covid-related requirements and if yes, what are they?

Restrictions on COVID-19 do not apply to citizens of Ukraine, self-isolation requirements do not apply.

As a result of the revoked national emergency, from 1 May, Lithuania is changing its COVID-19 management strategy. It is no longer mandatory to wear protective equipment covering the nose and mouth in other indoor public places, or in public transport. It is recommended to wear face masks in public indoor places that are poorly ventilated, crowded, and it is impossible to maintain a safe distance from other people, also on public transport during the morning and evening peak hours.

Travellers arriving in Lithuania will no longer be subject to any COVID-19 management requirements: they will no longer need to take a pre-travel COVID-19 test, even if they have not had the disease or have not been vaccinated, they will not be required to complete a questionnaire of the National Public Health Centre.

Where do I register for temporary protection?

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, 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;
  • Klaipėda (at the registration center), Paryžiaus Komunos str. 16A.

If you can, before arriving for registration, fill in electronic application for residence permit following this video instruction mceclip0.png.

In order to extend the status of temporary protection, you need to contact the Migration Department, namely the customer service department, no earlier than January 2023.

How to extend the status of temporary protection?

From 2023, Ukrainians in Lithuania will receive residence permits only in electronic format. Ukrainians who previously received a plastic card must replace the document with an electronic one through the migration information system MIGRIS. After the system checks the information about the applicant, the residence permit will be sent to the account of the Information System of the Department of Migration "MIGRIS" and will be valid from March 5, 2023 to March 4, 2024.

What are my rights while I wait to get temporary protection?

Temporary residence permit will be issued within 2 month.

The temporary residence permit in Lithuania or national visa will ensure your right to reside and work in Lithuania as well as to receive social guarantees such as medical care and integration assistance.

Medical insurance, children's education services will be available immediately after registration for a residence permit.

What documents will I receive once I get temporary protection?

You will receive a document confirming that you have been granted a temporary residence permit issued on humanitarian grounds.

May I temporarily return to Ukraine? What will happen to my protection status?

Citizens of Ukraine who have received a temporary residence permit issued for humanitarian reasons in Lithuania can be temporarily returned to Ukraine. However, before that, we recommend that you notify the Lithuanian Migration Service of your intention.

Can I move around the country and the European Union freely while under temporary protection?

When you are granted temporary protection in Lithuania you can travel around the European Union for up to 90 days.

Can I apply for asylum while under temporary protection? What is the difference?

Citizens of Ukraine do not have to apply for asylum. Ukrainians can get temporary residence permit to live and work in Lithuania (it will also have all social guarantees which are usually given to asylum seekers – health insurance, shelter, food, integration services etc.) upon entering Lithuania. Once you are here, contact migration department for residency permit mceclip0.png.

Asylum is granted to persons who are at risk of persecution or other serious harm if they return to their country (e.g. threat to life, freedom, threat of torture, etc.). In case of Ukraine that is almost everyone and there can be cases for asylum when fleeing Belarus, but applications are examined and decided on a case-by-case basis, considering the circumstances of the specific case. Examination of an asylum application may take up to six months, during which time you will be provided accommodation, food, medical and other services. If your application is granted, you will be issued a residence permit in Lithuania and be provided with further assistance. Read more about the asylum procedure here mceclip0.png.

How and where can I apply for the residency?

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, 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;
  • Klaipėda (at the registration center), Paryžiaus Komunos str. 16A.

If you can, before arriving for registration, fill in electronic application for residence permit following this video instruction mceclip0.png.

Ukrainians can also extend their residence permit in Lithuania on the basis of work or study for another 2 years. Read more here mceclip0.png.

How long I need to wait to get the residency?

Temporary residence permit will be issued within 2 month.

What if I don't have the international passport?

Ukrainian citizens do not need a visa to enter Lithuania, nor any identity document is required. If necessary, new documents (temporary passport of a foreigner) can be issued in Lithuania by the Migration Department.

How can a Ukrainian refugee register a newborn in this country?

You can register the birth of a child only at the consulate. There, the determination of his origin and the assignment of his surname, first name, and patronymic are carried out.

The application for registration must be submitted immediately, but no later than one month after the birth of the child, and in the case of a stillborn child - no later than three days.

The registration process takes place at the place of birth or at the place of residence of the child's parents or one of them (with a written application). At the same time, in case of illness, death of the parents or for other reasons it is impossible to register the birth - the application can be submitted by relatives or other persons authorized by the representative of the health care institution in which the child was born or is currently.

What is required for registration?

  • a document from a medical institution about the birth of a child, passports certifying the identity of the parents;
  • application (written or addressed orally) to enter information about the father.

Registration is free, and based on its results, parents are issued a birth certificate.

How to return to the homeland with a child born in the Lithuania?

In order for Ukrainians to return home with a child born in the Lithuania, they must have with them:

  • a document certifying his identity;
  • a child's birth certificate issued by a consular institution.

Is the status of a citizen of Ukraine preserved during the birth of a child in the Lithuania?

A newborn Ukrainian in the Lithuania retains the status of a citizen of Ukraine. Data on citizenship and nationality in the act record of birth and certificate are not filled in, which is why a corresponding entry is made in the column "For marks".

In addition, a person whose parents or one of his parents were citizens of Ukraine at the time of his birth is a citizen of Ukraine. The place of birth of the baby does not affect the possibility of him acquiring Ukrainian citizenship.

Where can I take a photo for my documents?

There are numerous shops that offer such services. Look for photo studio & copy centers as they can provide you with this.

Where to apply in case of death of a Ukrainian abroad? How to repatriate the deceased to their homeland?

There are several steps involved in the process of body repatriation from abroad to Ukraine:

1. Notify the authorities.

The first step of body repatriation from abroad to Ukraine is to contact the local authorities in Lithuania, so you can register the death. Ukrainian embassy mceclip0.png should also be able to help you in the process of registering the death abroad.

2. Arrange the correct documents.

You’ll need to have all the right paperwork before you can repatriate your loved one home from abroad to Ukraine. If you are repatriating a body to Ukraine for burial or cremation, the documents you will need include:

  • Death Certificate.
  • Certificate or Affidavit from the local health authorities stating that the cause of death of the individual to be shipped to Ukraine was not a communicable disease or infections.
  • A Document about the absence of any excessive objects inside the casket or urn with the ashes.
  • The Certificate of Cremation issued be the Funeral home or Cremation office.

All the mentioned documents should be authenticated, legalized and translated into Ukrainian by the certified translator. The originals of abovementioned documents and notarized translations, must accompany the casket containing the deceased, or urn with ashes, to Ukraine.

The passport of the deceased person should be sent to the Embassy of Ukraine along with a notarized and authenticated copy of the Certificate of Death, and a translation from Lithuanian to Ukrainian. The Embassy is to make correspondent procedures with the passport and can forward it back if it is required to accompany the casket containing the deceased, or urn with ashes, to Ukraine.

The Embassy is to be informed of the date, time, and the place of delivery of the casket containing the deceased, or urn with ashes, to Ukraine. Only the next of kin relatives of the deceased, or persons correspondingly authorized by them, can receive the casket or urn.

3. Transport the deceased to Ukraine.

The casket containing the body, or urn with ashes, must be sealed by the Funeral Home. There are no strict requirements with respect to the urn with ashes; however, the body should be transported in a metal casket, made of zinc-plated steel or tinplate not more than 0,4 thick.

For the air cargo transportation, it is necessary to specify a cemetery in Ukraine as well as Ukrainian Funeral Home which will take care of the casket, or the urn with ashes, in Ukraine. Both are a subject of private choice by the relatives or friends of the deceased person. Source mceclip0.png.

Where can I translate my documents?

You can translate your documents at any translation agency in your city. Search for «dokumentų vertimas» on Google.

How do I get Mobile phone/internet services?

Telia provides pre-paid SIM cards for refugees in Lithuania, distributed through a local NGO. Telia also has a special offer in place for Ukrainians that come to a Telia shop, including a free SIM card. The company provides free calls to Ukraine and free data roaming in Ukraine. More information mceclip0.png.

Bite is donating 30,000 free pre-paid SIM cards to Ukrainian refugees arriving in Lithuania. It will also install 300 home internet points throughout Lithuania for use by refugees. More information mceclip0.png.

Tele2 is donating 30,000 pre-paid SIM cards to refugees arriving in Lithuania. The SIM cards include unlimited free calls, SMS and data in Lithuania for three months and 60 mins of calls per month to Ukraine. More information mceclip0.png.

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