Identity cards and visas

Created: 2014.02.26 / Updated: 2014.02.27 15:06

Upon their arrival to Lithuania members of the Missions shall be registered with the Protocol Department and shall be issued accreditation cards (hereinafter - ID cards) in accordance with the procedure established in the legal acts.

Categories of ID cards

Persons subject to accreditation are issued ID cards of five categories (A, B, C, D, E), depending on their status and eligibility to immunities and privileges:

Category A to diplomatic agents, consular officers, members of the missions of international organizations, heads of European Union agencies and heads of their administrative divisions who enjoy diplomatic immunities and privileges under the international law or agreements with the Republic of Lithuania.
Category B to members of administrative and technical staff and consular employees.
Category C category C - to members of the service staff of the Missions and private servants (C category ID cards are also issued to drivers who are nationals or permanent residents of the Republic of Lithuania).
Category D to honorary consuls of foreign states.
Category E to members of the missions of international organizations who enjoy restricted immunities and privileges under international law, members of European Union agencies (except heads of European Union agencies and heads of administration) and heads of other missions.

Note that local staff members (the citizens or permanent residents of the Republic of Lithuania) are not registered with the Ministry.

Registration of new staff members

For registration of a new staff member, the Mission shall submit to theProtocol Department afilled-in registration form (Annex 6), sealed and signed by the applicant and the Head of Mission, the passport, one photo (3 x 4) taken within one year and a Verbal Note. The photo shall correspond to the requirements set in the Lithuanian legal acts (Order of the Minister of the Interior No 1V-340 of 24 August 2006). The applicant's face must be facing camera in the plain light background. The signature of the Head of Mission, the Mission's stamp or other signs shall not cross the frame for the applicant's signature.

Staff members, nationals of the non-EU and non-EFTA countries, are required to be in a possession of a national visa of category “D” before entering the Republic of Lithuania and applying for accreditation. Visa requirement is not applied to the nationals of countries listed in Annex II to the Council Regulation (EC) No 539/2001 of 15 March 2001.

The Mission shall inform the Protocol Department about the appointment of each new staff member, the end of his/her appointment with the Embassy or his/her appointment to a new position by a Verbal Note as soon as any such changes occur.

If a new staff member is appointed to succeed a leaving one, the ID card of the latter shall be returned when leaving or enclosed together with the documents required for accreditation of a new person. The documents of the staff members who are holders of national passports (i.e. not diplomatic, service or special passports) shall be accompanied by a Verbal Note of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the sending state confirming their status at the Mission.

An identity card is issued for a period of three years if the validity of the person’s passport is not shorter. Where a person is appointed to the Mission for a period shorter than three years, the identity card shall be issued, at the request of the Mission, for a specified period of time.

ID cards are issued twice a month and the accreditation procedure may last approximately one month. New ID cards shall be picked up at the Protocol Department every Tuesday and Thursday from 10:00 hrs to 12:00 hrs.

Note that if submitted documents contain not accurate or contradictory information or any requisites are missing (see above), they will be returned to the Mission for clarification.

Registration of staff members of side accredited Missions

For registration of a staff member of a side accredited (non- resident) Mission, the Mission shall submit a filled in registration form (Annex 7) to the Protocol Department, sealed and signed by the applicant and the Head of Mission, the photocopy of the passport with the name and position of the holder, number of the passport and validity dates clearly seen as well as one recent photo (3 x 4) and a Verbal Note.

ID cards for the staff members of side accredited Missions are handed to the Missions by the Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania in the country of the Mission's residence.

In case a staff member does not require an ID card, but the Mission wants to include him/her into the diplomatic list, the Mission shall send to the Protocol Department a Verbal Note and a filled-in registration form (Annex 7). ID cards for staff members of side accredited Missions and their family members are optional.

Prolongation of ID cards

The procedure of prolongation of ID cards is identical to that of registration of new staff members. The expired ID card shall be attached to the Verbal Note or submitted to the Protocol Department at the moment of delivering the new one. The Missions shall apply for prolongation of ID cards at least one month before the expiration of the previous ID cards.

Please note that the term of accreditation of members of the Missions in total cannot exceed 10 years.

Family members

Family members of the staff members of the Mission, if they are not citizens or permanent residents of the Republic of Lithuania, are issued ID cards of the same category as the accredited person. They enjoy the same diplomatic or consular immunities and privileges in the territory of the Republic of Lithuania as the registered person.

The following persons are regarded as family members of the staff members of the Mission: spouses, registered partners, unmarried children (adopted children) under the age of 18 if they live together with their parents or unmarried children (adopted children) under the age of 23 if they live together with their parents and study at the schools of general education or at any other formal education institution in the territory of the Republic of Lithuania. For obtaining an ID card for children (adopted children) over the age of 18 and under the age of 23 the Mission shall submit documents proving a fact of study. By the way of exception ID cards may be issued to other persons if the registered person regards them as members of his/her family and who are a part of his/her household. Each such case is being considered on an individual basis upon receipt of a Verbal Note with reasonable arguments.

For registration each family member shall fill in the registration form individually and his/her passport shall be included. For minors, registration form shall be signed by a parent (custodian) and the Head of Mission.

Please note that ID cards are not issued to family members of honorary consular officers and of private servants.

ID cards as residence permits

ID cards of categories “A”, “B”, “C” and “E”, issued to the staff members who are nationals of non-EU and non-EFTA member-states, equate to the Schengen visa and to the residence permit in the Republic of Lithuania.

Legislation:

  1. 1998 m. sausio 6 d. Lietuvos Respublikos Vyriausybės nutarimas Nr. 4 “Dėl užsienio valstybių diplomatinių atstovybių, konsulinių įstaigų, tarptautinių organizacijų atstovybių, Europos Sąjungos įstaigų ir kitų atstovybių narių akreditavimo Lietuvos Respublikoje nuostatų patvirtinimo” (Žin.,1998, Nr. 5-82) (aktuali redakcija).
  2. 2006 m. rugpjūčio 24 d. Lietuvos Respublikos vidaus reikalų ministro įsakymas Nr. 1V-340 "Dėl Lietuvos Respublikos vidaus reikalų ministro 2002 m. gruodžio 6 d. įsakymo Nr. 569 "Dėl nuotraukų asmens dokumentams reikalavimų patvirtinimo" pakeitimo" (Žin., 2006, Nr. 93-3657, 2008, Nr. 82-3251) (aktuali redakcija).