Facilitated Transit Documents

Created: 2015.09.09

1. What is Facilitated Transit

Considering the provisions of the Joint Statement on Transit between Kaliningrad and the Rest of the Russian Federation made by the European Union and Russian Federation on 11 November 2002 and according to the Special Programme for Kaliningrad Transit 2003–2004 (before membership in the European Union) approved by Resolution No. 532 of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania of 25 April 2003, the Government of the Republic of Lithuania decided to introduce the Facilitated Transit Document and the Facilitated Rail Transit Document to the nationals of the Russian Federation travelling from the territory of the Russian Federation to and from the Kaliningrad Area of the Russian Federation in transit through the territory of the Republic of Lithuania from 1 July 2003.

2. Types of Facilitated Transit Documents

A national of the Russian Federation travelling from the territory of the Russian Federation to and from the Kaliningrad Area of the Russian Federation and crossing the territory of the Republic of Lithuania by land may be issued two types of documents for special and direct transit:

  • Facilitated Transit Document (FTD) is a specific authorisation allowing for facilitated transit issued for multiple use while travelling with different types of land transport. The fee for an FTD is 5 €.
  • Facilitated Rail Transit Document (FRTD) is a specific authorisation allowing for facilitated transit issued for a single entry and return by rail. The FRTD is issued free of charge.

3. Issue of Facilitated Transit Documents

FTDs and FRTDs are issued by the diplomatic mission and consular posts of the Republic of Lithuania in the Russian Federation. These documents are not issued at border control posts of the Republic of Lithuania.

An application for an FTD must be submitted to the diplomatic mission or consular post of the Republic of Lithuania in the Russian Federation.

An application for an FRTD may be submitted to the diplomatic mission or consular post of the Republic of Lithuania in the Russian Federation by electronic means of communication through other institutions when an applicant willing to take advantage of  facilitated transit wants to purchase a travel ticket. An application may be submitted by an employee of the booking office. This application must include the basic personal data of the applicant.

An application for an FTD is reviewed and the decision to issue the FTD is made within seven working days after applying to the diplomatic mission or consular post of the Republic of Lithuania in the Russian Federation.

If the basic personal data is submitted by electronic means of communication, the diplomatic mission or consular post of the Republic of Lithuania in the Russian Federation makes the decision on the issue of a FRTD within 24 hours.

Nationals of the Russian Federation travelling by train receive their FRTD from the consular officers of the Republic of Lithuania on the train. In certain exceptional circumstances these officials may also issue FRTDs on the train.

The diplomatic mission or consular post of the Republic of Lithuania in the Russian Federation may refuse to issue an FTD or FRTD or an official of the Republic of Lithuania may cancel an already issued FTD or FRTD if an applicant provides a travel document which is not valid in the Republic of Lithuania, if an applicant is included in the list of foreign nationals who are prohibited from entering the Republic of Lithuania, if the verbal expression or behaviour of an applicant show disrespect to the Republic of Lithuania or due to other reasons.

4. Identity Documents of the Russian Federation National

The following documents valid for travelling with the FTD or FRTD confirm the identity of nationals of the Russian Federation:

  • a diplomatic passport;
  • a service passport;
  • a passport (foreign) of the Russian Federation as well as a foreign passport with symbols of the USSR valid until 31 December 2005;
  • a seaman’s book (if there is an entry in the vessel crew list or copy thereof certified in an appropriate manner);
  • a repatriation certificate (to return once to the Russian Federation).

5. Validity of the Facilitated Transit Document and the Facilitated Rail Transport Document

An FTD is valid for a period of not more than three years. Transit through the territory of the Republic of Lithuania with the FTD is multi-entry but may not exceed 24 hours per single entry.

An FRTD is valid for a period of not more than three months. Transit through the territory of the Republic of Lithuania with the Facilitated Rail Transit Document is double-entry (to and from) and may not exceed six hours per single entry.