All information in one place

On this page you will find the most important information for war refugees from Ukraine arriving in Lithuania. The material has been prepared and is regularly updated by the Vilnius University Legal Clinic, which provides free legal assistance. You can contact us using the contact details below.

Last updated: 2022-09-01

Arrival and registration

Pick-up from Poland

Volunteers from the organisation „Strong Together“ can provide free transport from the Lithuanian-Polish border. If you need their help, please fill in the form here.

Information for Ukrainian citizens is available on the Migration Department’s hotline +370 5 271 7112 every working day and at weekends from 7.30 a.m. to 9 p.m.


  • If you do not have a place to stay when you arrive in Lithuania, you should go immediately to a registration centre (open 24 hours a day, contact details for registration centres here)
  • If you have a place to stay when you arrive in Lithuania, you can visit any Migration Department office during office hours. Contact details here. In this case, you do not need to go to a registration centre

Temporary residence permit

You will be issued with a registration card at the registration centre or at a Migration Department office. Once you have registered, you will fill in an application for a temporary residence permit (for 1 year) in Lithuania. Application form here. Application steps: For foreigners (choose your nationality) ▸ I want to get a residence permit in Lithuania ▸ I want to get a temporary residence permit ▸ Other ▸ I am unable to leave Lithuania due to humanitarian reasons ▸ Submit an application for a permit/change. Please submit your personal documents with your application.


You do not need a visa to enter and stay in Lithuania and the whole Schengen area for 90 days within a 180-day period.

More information here.


Accommodation in municipal premises

If you don’t have a place to stay in Lithuania, you can stay free of charge in municipal accommodation (schools, dormitories). Information about accommodation will be available at the registration centres (open 24 hours a day, contact details here).

Accommodation in apartments, houses offered by people

Temporary accommodation (up to 3 months) is available free of charge in apartments, houses and farmhouses offered by people in Lithuania. Temporary accommodation is provided by the organisation „Strong Together“. The organisation’s hotline is +370 677 22 222 (24 hours a day), more information here.


Food, clothing, medicines

The following organisations can help you with food, clothing and medicine:

  • Lithuanian Red Cross (humanitarian aid, information, restoration of family ties): 10A Juozapavičiaus St., Vilnius, tel. +370 5 21 27 322, email You can find the contact details of this and other organisations providing humanitarian aid in individual municipalities at the following link:
  • Vilnius Caritas (humanitarian aid): Kalvarijų g. 39, Vilnius, tel. +370 673 24 225, email

Financial support

Information on financial support is available from the city’s social services centres and social benefits offices (Vilnius: 8 700 35545). Some benefits are provided by municipalities, others by the State Social Insurance Fund Board (SODRA).

Decisions are currently being taken to ensure that Ukrainian citizens have at least the minimum needs and subsistence in the Republic of Lithuania and the right to social assistance.

Some information about financial support can be found here (in Lithuanian).

The information will be updated.

Currency exchange, opening bank account

Opening a bank account

SEB Bank, Citadele Bank, Luminor Bank, Šiaulių Bankas publicly announce that you can open a bank account free of charge with these banks.

  • You can register for a visit to a SEB Bank branch online or by phone +370 5 268 2800 (I-V 8.00-20.00). More information here (in Lithuanian).
  • You can register for a visit to a Citadele Bank branch by phone +370 5 221 9091. More information here (in Lithuanian).
  • For information on opening a Luminor Bank account for Ukrainians, click here.
  • You can register for a visit to a Šiaulių Bankas branch by calling 1813 or online by selecting the nearest branch. More information here (in Lithuanian).

Currency exchange

You can exchange your hryvnia to euro at the best exchange rate at currency exchange (40 hryvnia / 1 euro). The exchange rate is currently limited to €300 per person. Please bring proof of identity.

Top Exchange and Valiuta24 also exchange hryvnia. Please note that the value of the hryvnia is significantly reduced. We recommend that you call any exchange office before you go and ask them if they buy hryvnia.


Work permit

You don’t need to get a work permit to work in Lithuania. Information on employment is provided by the Employment Service. The Employment Service provides training support, mobility support and subsidies for employment. Contact us on 1883 and +370 661 10 885. Read more here (in Lithuanian).

Employees’ rights

The State Labour Inspectorate provides key information on starting work in Lithuania: see its guide to working in Lithuania.

Job ads

You can search for jobs on:


Free medical care

When you arrive in Lithuania and register at the registration centre or at the Migration Department, you can get free emergency medical care.

Emergency medical care includes emergency medical care, pregnancy care, help with childbirth and other essential health services. You can also get essential prescription medicines. To get a prescription, go to any medical facility.

More information here.

The telephone number of the State Patients’ Fund is +370 523 22 222. Contacts for regional sickness funds.

Free dental services

You may be able to get emergency dental care free of charge. You can register for a dental appointment here.

Universities, schools, kindergartens

Child education

Ukrainian children are enrolled in schools and kindergartens in Lithuania. Your children’s education is handled by the municipalities, see the link for basic information.


You can continue or start your studies in Lithuania. General information here, as well as on university websites. Information about continuing and starting studies at Vilnius University.

Emotional support

Lithuanian psychologists and psychotherapists are available for free consultations. A list of specialists is available here.

The Ministry of Health also organises emotional and psychological support. More information here (in Lithuanian).

Communications and transport

SIM cards

Communications companies give you SIM cards and free mobile internet (information from Tele2, Bitė Lietuva), free text messages and calls to and from Ukraine (for a certain period). The cards are distributed at the registration centres.

  • More information about the SIM cards provided by Telia here (in Lithuanian). They can be collected not only at registration centres but also at Telia showrooms. A list of them is available here.
  • For more information on SIM cards provided by Bitė Lietuva, click here (in Lithuanian).
  • For more information on SIM cards provided by Tele2, click here.

Free train travel

You can travel by trains in Lithuania for free. A passport or ID card and a registration card provided by the Migration Department are required. For children, a birth certificate and a registration card issued by the Migration Department. The free travel will be available for three months from the date of issue of the registration card, i.e. less than three months must have elapsed since the date of issue of the card when traveling by train. The additional services shall be provided under the normal conditions common to all passengers, i.e. subject to payment in accordance with approved pricing.

More information here. Train timetables here.

Free public transport

You can travel for free on public transport in Vilnius. Just present your Ukrainian passport or ID card to the controllers. More information here (in Lithuanian). Vilnius public transport timetables here.



You can come to Lithuania with your pets. Pets arriving in Lithuania from Ukraine are temporarily accepted untagged, unvaccinated against rabies, without proper veterinary documentation and without rabies antibody titres. Additional conditions apply. More information here (in Lithuanian).