Crossing Border

Created: 2015.09.09 / Updated: 2017.02.21 13:13

Customs Information

1. For Travellers within the European Union

Citizens of the Republic of Lithuania travelling within the European Union Member States can carry goods for personal use free of duties and subject only to the restrictions applicable to goods for personal use. The Customs Department under the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Lithuania provides useful information for travellers about transport of goods for personal use within the European Union.

2. For Travellers from Third Countries

For intended stays on the territory of the Member States of a duration of no more than 90 days in any 180-day period, which entails considering the 180-day period preceding each day of stay, the entry conditions for third-country nationals have to be in possession of a valid travel document entitling the holder to cross the border satisfying the following criteria:

  1. its validity shall extend at least three months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the Member States. In a justified case of emergency, this obligation may be waived;
  2. it shall have been issued within the previous 10 years.

Citizens of the Republic of Lithuania and other countries arriving in the Republic of Lithuania from third countries shall bring a limited number of goods free of duties and other charges. The Customs Department under the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Lithuania provides useful information for travellers about carriage of goods from third countries into the Republic of Lithuania.

A traveller crossing the national border of the Republic of Lithuania receives a traveller’s declaration. All articles (goods) carried by the traveller including cash and securities shall be declared in writing by submitting a completed traveller’s declaration.

The Customs Department under the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Lithuania provides information about the instructions for completing the traveller’s declaration and customs clearance and Traveller’s declaration form.

Driver Information

Aliens who are not residents of the Republic of Lithuania and who cross the border of the Republic of Lithuania in motor vehicles registered abroad must have the following documents and present them for inspection to the officials of the State Border Guard Service (SBGS) at border check points:

  • a valid personal travel document (passport, identity card or other travel document);
  • the vehicle registration document (title of the vehicle);

The officials of the SBGS are entitled to ask the driver to produce a driver’s licence allowing him to drive a vehicle of a particular category.

A motor vehicle, which is driven as opposed to being towed or otherwise transported through the border post, must have a registration plate.

For more information about the documents required from the travellers crossing the border of the Republic of Lithuania please visit here.

Transportation of Pets

Regulation (EC) No 998/2003 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the animal health requirements applicable to the non-commercial movement of pet dogs and cats entered into force on October 1st, 2004.

Aliens and citizens of the Republic of Lithuania must have relevant documents for the entry of pets into the Republic of Lithuania. Pet owners arriving from EU Member States must carry the passport of their pet which must be of the EU approved unified form certifying anti-rabies vaccination or revaccination. Passports are issued by veterinarians only to some animals such as dogs, cats, polecats and ferrets. Dogs, cats and ferrets must be identified and bear a clearly readable tattoo or a transponder (after 3 July 2011 only transponders will be recognised as identification).

Individuals with pets entering the Republic of Lithuania from third countries must have a veterinary certificate issued by a state licensed veterinarian from the alien’s country of origin or residence and results of the pet’s antibody tests carried out by a state approved laboratory. Antibody tests have to be performed after the anti-rabies vaccination had been administered. Unvaccinated dogs, cats and ferrets under three months of age shall be brought in from third countries only if the epizootic rabies situation in these countries is favourable.

For additional and more detailed information about the admission of pets into the Republic of Lithuania please contact the State Food and Veterinary Service of the Republic of Lithuania.