Lithuania has always strived to foster growth for tech businesses, talented individuals and plants (both manufacturing and flora). Invest Lithuania is here to help you put down roots and grow your tech business under the best conditions possible.
We want to make relocation as simple as possible. By following our guide, companies that meet certain investment criteria* will be able to relocate to Lithuania within 3 business days and set up business operations in less than 1 month. The procedures are also rather simple for people wishing to relocate. We hope the guide has all the information you need, and if you have more questions – simply reach out to us!
Invest Lithuania is the official agency for Foreign Direct Investment and Business Development. We’ll partner with you to get your business set up and off to the best start possible:
The company planning to relocate its employees to Lithuania shall provide a list of employees and their family members containing the following information should be provided to Invest Lithuania:
Timeline: The Invitation Letter will be prepared within 1 working day after the list of employees with the required information has been received.
*Citizens of Belarus, Australia, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, New Zealand, and South Korea.
The employee and their family members, whose details have been provided in the Invitation Letter, will have to fill in an application form for the National (D) Visa.
The following documents are required for D Visa Application, which can only take place at the Lithuanian Embassy:
Note: The embassy recommends that applicants prepare company statements as they might be easier to obtain than personal bank statements. Each applicant needs to provide an Individual statement at the Embassy (not a single statement for all employees).
Employees should pay the application fee at the Lithuanian Embassy in Belarus. Payments are only accepted in cash and in euros. At the embassy, the applicant will have to provide all the above mentioned documents, together with their passport and fingerprints. Children younger than 12 do not have to submit their visa application in person, their parents or legal guardians can submit the application on their behalf.
Once the National D Visas are issued, employees and their family members can enter Lithuania. The National D Visa allows an individual to stay in Lithuania for 6 months.
Due to the current COVID-19 situation, residents from Belarus are required to:
More information on testing and self-isolation exemptions can be found here.
All persons, arriving to Lithuania on regular, special and charter passenger routes organised and operated by carriers by all modes of transport are obligated to register with the National Public Health Center and show proof of registration; all persons, arriving to Lithuania by their own transport until the moment of crossing the border of Lithuania, are obligated to register with the National Public Health Center.
Before boarding a plane, ferry, bus, or train, the traveller will have to fill in a form on the website of the National Public Health Centre, and present the received confirmation (QR code) at the time of boarding.
Personal protective equipment covering the nose and mouth (masks) is mandatory in all indoor and crowded outdoor public places.
List of private laboratories in Lithuania performing testing for COVID-19 can be found here.
(Please note that self-isolation requirements might change depending on the COVID-19 virus spread in Belarus)
In some cases, persons can leave their place of isolation during their 10 days of self-isolation on the grounds of dealing with legal matters, visiting state institutions, bodies and organisations at their invitation, etc. Persons benefiting from self-isolation exemptions may be required to have documentation demonstrating the intended exemption, which might be requested by the National Center for Public Health to verify compliance with the self-isolation requirements.
From 13 September 2021, all contact services will be provided, economic activities and events will be organised (with certain exceptions) only for persons who meet the criteria for the Opportunity Pass (Lithuanian: ‘Galimybių Pasas’).
Who is eligible for the Opportunity Pass?
The Pass is issued to people who have recovered from COVID-19 in the past 180 days, have tested negative for coronavirus using a PCR or antigen test, or have been fully vaccinated. If you arrive from abroad, documents certifying the aforementioned statuses can be used as an alternative to the Opportunity Pass. The EU’s Digital COVID Certificate is valid.
Once the legal entity of your company is established in Lithuania, your employees can apply for the EU Blue Card.
Important information about the EU Blue Card:
Main criteria for the EU Blue Card:
Note: An EU Blue Card can also be issued to the Director of the company, but additional documents must be provided.
Timeline: 15 days (fast track) or 1 month (standard).
State fee: €240 (fast track) or €120 (standard).
More information can be found here: eubluecard.lt
We know relocation can be difficult for many reasons. To make it easier, city agencies (Go Vilnius, Kaunas IN and Klaipėda ID) have appointed dedicated persons to consult newcomers on all relocation matters. You can reach out to them with all your questions regarding kindergartens / schools, housing, self-isolation upon arrival and any other aspect of life in Lithuania:
In addition to having these dedicated consultants, the city agencies are also preparing induction workshops for relocating employees. The workshops will touch upon a number of topics, including opening a bank account, getting health insurance, receiving social support, registering a car, finding a place to live, and more.
International House Vilnius provides valuable support and information to people relocating to the Lithuanian capital. Its services for highly-qualified specialists from abroad include help with integration, employment processes, taxes, starting a business and such municipal services as registering children for school, and more. Services are available in English and Russian and are free of charge. In addition to that, IHV is regularly organising educational webinars for newcomers. Find out more by visiting https://ihvilnius.lt/about-us.
Additional advice can be found in the closed Facebook group of Belarusians in Lithuania.
*According to the Law on Investment, as specified in Article 13 Paragraph 1 Item 6, foreign companies planning to invest in the Republic of Lithuania should meet the following criteria: creating jobs for at least 20 employees (both relocation and new hires) and maintaining them for at least three years. The average salary cannot be less than the average monthly salary of the municipality where the investment is made.
Information last updated on 29th September 2021
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Senior Investment Advisor at Technology Team