Do I need a visa to enter Lithuania?
On 14 January, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis met with the new German Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs Annalena Baerbock on the margins of the informal meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the European Union (Gymnich) in Brest, France. The meeting focused on bilateral issues, the key challenges facing the region and a possible joint EU response to China’s economic pressure.
On 14 January, at the informal meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the European Union (Gymnich) in Brest, France, Foreign Ministers discussed the EU’s relationship with China and EU's response to its unilateral use of economic and trade instruments for exerting political pressure.
On 13 January, during an informal meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the European Union (Gymnich) in Brest, France, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis together with EU Foreign Ministers discussed the the security situation in the European Union’s Eastern Neighbourhood and the EU's work on a Strategic Compass, which seeks to provide an enhanced politico-strategic direction for EU security and defence.
On 13-14 January, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis is attending an informal meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the European Union (Gymnich) in Brest (Finistère, Brittany), France. The meeting is hosted by the French Presidency of the Council of the EU.
On 11 January, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis met with Franziska Brantner, Parliamentary State Secretary in Germany's Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action, and discussed China’s economic pressure on Lithuania, as well as the European Union's possible common decisions and measures in response to China’s economic pressure on one of the EU member states.
On 18 January, the Permanent Representative of the Republic of Lithuania to the United Nations Office and other International Organizations in Geneva Ambassador Darius Staniulis presented the Letters of Credence to the Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva H.E. Ms Tatiana Valovaya.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania announces that, as the situation in Kazakhstan is stabilising, the VFS Global Visa Application Centers in Nur-Sultan and Almaty will resume to work on 13 January and will provide a full range of consular services to Lithuanian citizens.
In view of the unrest in some cities in Kazakhstan, which has escalated into protests and clashes with the police, as well as the imposition of a state of emergency and a curfew until 19 January, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs strongly recommends not travelling to Kazakhstan.
On 7 January, Foreign Vice-Minister Egidijus Meilūnas will participate in an extraordinary remote meeting of NATO Foreign Ministers.
Today, on 2 January, 98 Iraqi citizens left Lithuania for Iraq on a charter flight, volunteering to return to their homeland. This is the first charter flight from Lithuania to return people who crossed the Lithuanian border illegally to their country of origin because they have not been granted asylum.
On 29 December a solemn ceremony of the Global Lithuanian Awards was held at St. Catherine's Church, during which the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Arnoldas Pranckevičius announced the 2021 winner of the Global Lithuanian Lifetime Achievement Award.
In its response to the informal Arria Formula meeting of the UN Security Council being held today, on 22 December in New York and convened by Russia to discuss "the situation of ethnic minorities and the glorification of Nazism in the Baltic and Black sea region", the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania states that Lithuania sees this event as yet another effort to spread a false narrative about neighboring countries for political ends and as yet another attempt by Russia to divert the attention of the international community from the deteriorating human rights situation in Russia and from the military escalation at Ukraine’s borders. Russia's repeated attempts to manipulate UN Security Council formulas for disinformation purposes have been condemned in a statement by like-minded members of the UN Security Council and European Union member states and others, to which Lithuania has joined.
On 20 December, the Chancellor of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Inga Černiuk and the Rector of Vilnius University, Prof Dr Rimvydas Petrauskas signed a cooperation agreement between the Foreign Ministry and Vilnius University.
On 16 December, the Chancellor of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Inga Černiuk and the Commandant of the General Jonas Žemaitis Military Academy of Lithuania, Col Juozas Kačergius signed a cooperation agreement between the Foreign Ministry and the Military Academy.