Overview of entry and visa requirements

 

Lithuania is a part of Shengen Agreement zone

Lithuania is a signatoire of Shengen agreement. The country had abolished overland border checkpoints with neighboring Shengen zone countries on December 21, 2007.  Airport entry passport controls for arrivals/departures to another Shengen zone country were abandoned on March 29th, 2008.   The "one-Shengen-visa-fits-all" rule is therefore in effect for Lithuania.

Thenceforth, transcontinental travel to Lithuania that usually involves an airplane change at some major European hub airport will mean that entry clearance to Lithuania will be obtained at the first Shengen entry airport instead of passport control upon arrival to Lithuania. Copenhagen Kastrup and Stockholm Arlanda airports are notable for providing reduced-hassle transfers.

Of a note, UK is not a Shengen zone country yet handles the bulk of transcontinental traffic for Europe. It is advisable to double-check transfer/visa requirements if transferring through UK.

When travelling by air, airlines and airport security are still requesting to present a government-issued ID, which most often amounts to a passport (or an EU citizen ID card.) 

Tourist visas for Lithuania

Generally speaking, citizens of European Union,  Australia, USA, Canada, Norway, Switzerland, Japan and a dozen other countries do not require a visa for tourist visits lasting up to 90 days during a single 6-month period.

Bringing in large amounts of cash

Bringing in cash in excess of 10 thousand Euro (the limit used to be 10 thousand Lithuanian Litas) or its eqivalent in other currency will subject a traveler to tedious customs procedures. Failure to declare such amount is considered a criminal offense. Customs officials aren't lax to enforce criminal investigation. One athlete transiting Lithuania has been sentenced to five years in prison for failing to declare a large amount of cash.

Customs control and allowances

Customs controls are virtually absent when traversing European Union. Nonetheless, most ports of entry maintain "green" (nothing dutyable to declare) and "red" (when in doubt, ask the officer on duty) lanes.

Allowances vary from virtually limitless for EU citizens (with exception of tobacco and alcohol) to a definite list of how much and what can be brought and what can not. If you rely on medication,  you are allowed to bring in up to two-weeks worth of supply provided a copy of the prescription is brought along. Customs only enforce medication-related regulations that are prerogative of pharmaceutical department of Lithuanian Ministry of Health.

More information on customs regulations can be found on the official site of Lithuanian Customs - http://www.cust.lt/

As this article is an unofficial advisory note, all relevant authoritative information can be found on the website of Lithuanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, a government agency in charge of visa regulations. The URL is http://www.urm.lt/