The launch of ETIAS (European Travel Information and Authorization System) has been delayed until 2024, the European Commission has confirmed. The EC had previously announced that the ETIAS visa waiver would launch in November 2023. However, it has been postponed due to associated systems not being ready for the implementation. These include the Entry/Exit System
Visa Policy for Lithuania
The Lithuanian visa policy establishes if a foreign citizen needs a visa or not to enter the country. The visa requirements vary depending on nationality, as well as the purpose of the travel and the expected period of stay.
As Lithuania has signed the Schengen Agreement for passport-free travel alongside 25 other European countries, it shares the common Schengen visa policy.
More than 90 nationalities are currently able to gain entry to Lithuania and the other Schengen Area countries without a visa for varying periods of stay depending on their nationality.
Citizens of any Schengen country are able to enjoy freedom of movement to Lithuania and don’t need to obtain a visa. They are only required to present a National ID card at border control.
All other visa-exempt travelers are able to present a valid passport upon arrival to gain entry to Lithuania for a stay up to 90 days and for one of the permitted purposes for visa-free travel.
However, a new requirement for visa-exempt visitors from outside the Schengen zone will come into effect from 2024. This new regulation will require visa-free third nationals to pre-register for an electronic authorization (ETIAS) before traveling to Lithuania and any other Schengen country.
This online visa waiver for Lithuania is being implemented to strengthen external European borders. An approved ETIAS authorization will allow the holder to travel to all countries in the Schengen Area for multiple short stays during its validity, for tourism, business, medical or transit purposes.
All foreign citizens who are not visa-exempt for Lithuania will be required to apply for an embassy visa from a Lithuanian diplomatic government office in advance, no matter the duration and purpose of the stay.
Below you can find a complete list of visa requirements to travel to Lithuania from your country.