If you are a refugee from Ukraine in Lithuania, please visit the website of the Government of Lithuania, which contains practical information in Ukrainian, English, Russian and Lithuanian. You can also call the official helpline of the Lithuanian Migration Department at +370 5 271 7112 (Monday to Thursday, 7.30-16.30h, and Friday, 7.30-15.15h).
People arriving from Ukraine may be entitled to temporary protection in Lithuania. You may be eligible for temporary protection in Lithuania if you are a:
- citizen of Ukraine who used to live in Ukraine and had to flee the country on 24 February 2022 or after
- citizen of Ukraine who used to live in Ukraine, and temporarily left Ukraine on 24 January 2022 or after, and during that time was legally and temporarily staying in another country, and then arrived in Lithuania before 1 May 2022,
- foreigner or stateless person in Ukraine who had refugee or other international protection status in Ukraine before 24 February 2022, and had to flee the country on 24 February 2022 or after,
- family member of any of the above,
- foreigner or stateless person who permanently and lawfully lived in Ukraine and had to flee the country on 24 February 2022 or after, provided you may not safely return to your country of origin or another county which agrees to receive you,
- foreigner or stateless person who permanently and lawfully lived in Ukraine, and temporarily left Ukraine on 24 January 2022 or after, and during that time was legally and temporarily staying in another country, and then arrived in Lithuania before 1 May 2022.
Under Lithuanian rules, the following people are considered “family members”:
- a spouse or partner
- underage unmarried child
- other close relatives who lived in the same household and were dependent on the Ukrainian citizen,
- foreigner or stateless person who had refugee status or another international protection status in Ukraine
You can easily apply for Temporary Protection when you arrive in Lithuania. The website of the Migration Department includes a list of the different offices where you can register (on the page, click on the question “How to register upon arrival in Lithuania?”). You will need identity documents or other documents (such as a birth certificate for a child), as well as to provide information about when you left Ukraine.
The decision on granting temporary protection and issuing a residence permit is made by the Migration Department as soon as possible. However, in practice, there might be some delays. Pending the issuance of the residence permit, you will be provided with the registration document, which you can use to prove your status. The residence permit based on temporary protection is valid for one year.
Read more about material and social support available at the website of the Lithuanian Ministry for Social Security and Labour (available in Ukrainian).
Read more about useful links and contacts related to employment, migration procedures, psychological help, education and more for Ukrainians in Lithuania on the website of the Lithuanian Red Cross (the page is available in Ukrainian, English, Russian and Lithuanian).
You can also find the contact details of other organizations that help refugees from Ukraine in different cities of Lithuania, available in Ukrainian, Russian and Lithuanian.
If you are in Poland, Hungary, Italy, Slovakia, Romania, or Bulgaria, please find on the Digital Blue Dot information about rights and services and where to find help. The site is also available in Ukrainian and Russian.
People who are not eligible for Temporary Protection
If you do not qualify for temporary protection, it may be possible for you to apply for asylum or remain in Lithuania on other grounds. For more details, please consult the Migration Department hotline. Here you can find out how you can apply for asylum.