Official information British people moving to and living in Lithuania need to know, including residency, healthcare and driving.
EU Exit: what you need to know
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There will be no change to the rights and status of UK nationals living in Lithuania while the UK remains in the EU.
While the government continues to negotiate Brexit, you should:
Before you go
See our travel advice for Lithuania and sign up for up-to-date information on local laws and customs, safety and emergencies.
Visas and residency
See entry requirements for Lithuania in our travel advice.
If you intend to live and work in Lithuania for a period longer than 3 months in any calendar half-year from the first day of your entry into Lithuania, you should apply for a residence permit from the Migration Department under the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Lithuania.
The UK and EU have agreed the full legal text of the draft Withdrawal Agreement in principle. The agreement on citizens’ rights will allow UK nationals to stay in their Member State of residence after the UK leaves the EU on 29 March 2019.
In the event of changes to residency rules or registration processes after 29 March 2019, we will update this page as soon as information is available.
See our travel advice for Lithuania.
The NHS has information about healthcare for British people living in and visiting Lithuania.
You need a free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) to get emergency medical treatment during temporary stays in EU countries. You also need comprehensive travel insurance to cover anything not covered by your EHIC.
S1 form – healthcare paid for by the UK
You may be entitled to state healthcare paid for by the UK if you live in Lithuania and get an exportable UK pension, contribution-based Employment Support Allowance or another exportable benefit.
You need to apply for a S1 form – contact the Department for Work and Pensions’ International Pension Centre.
Working in Lithuania
Some jobs may require a UK criminal records check (known as a DBS check).
We recommend you get professional advice on paying tax in Lithuania.
You may be able to pay National Insurance while abroad in order to protect your State Pension and entitlement to other benefits and allowances.
If you have worked in Lithuania, you should contact the Lithuanian Social Insurance Fund Board (SODRA) to apply for your pension.
If you haven’t worked in Lithuania, you should claim your UK state pension by contacting the International Pension Centre.
If you’ve worked in several EU countries, see state pensions abroad.
Life certificates for UK state pensions
If you get a ‘life certificate’ from the UK Pension Service, you need to respond as soon as possible – your payments may be suspended if you don’t.
Find out which UK benefits you might be able to get while you’re abroad and how to claim them.
Many income-related benefits such as Pension Credit and Housing Benefit can’t be paid if you’re abroad for more than 4 weeks.
You may be eligible to claim some Lithuanian social security benefits.
Driving in Lithuania
If you’re resident in Lithuania, you can vote in local municipal and European parliamentary elections.
See travelling with pets.
UK nationals will still be able to travel to and from the UK with a pet (cat, dog or ferret) when the UK leaves the EU, but the rules will change. See pet travel to Europe after Brexit for more information.
Lithuania uses the European emergency number 112. See Lithuania – emergency numbers.
If you need urgent help, contact the British Embassy Vilnius.
Accommodation and buying property
Other useful information
- English-speaking lawyers in Lithuania
- English-speaking translators and interpreters in Lithuania
- Notary services for Lithuania
Returning to the UK
To move your pension to the UK, contact the International Pension Centre.
Please note that this information is provided as a guide only. Definitive information should be obtained from the Lithuanian authorities. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office will not be liable for any inaccuracies in this information.