Lithuania work permit exemptions for artists and for other specific persons or groups

Ultimate Advisor for third country national artists travelling to European Union





Inviting artists, cultural professionals, touring groups, and others from visa-required countries to Lithuania


What do artists from third countries need to tour Lithuania?

If you are a performing artist, tour-manager, promoter or live performance organisation, sooner or later you might want to come and perform in Lithuania. Nowadays, artists and other cultural professionals are very mobile, performing abroad more often than in their country of origin. Performing abroad though, visas and other permits issues might occur. Since the establishment of Schengen Zone, and unification of legislative in European Union, it might be a bit easier, but the issue still stands.


The performer means an actor, singer, musician, dancer or another person who plays in, sings, reads, recites, or otherwise performs literary, artistic, folkloric works or circus acts. For the purpose of the Law on the Legal Status of Aliens of the Republic of Lithuania a “performer” shall also include a leader and conductor of an orchestra, ensemble or choir.
Moreover, the article 58 point 9 of the Law on the Legal Status of Aliens defines that the abovementioned performers shall be exempt from the obligation to obtain a work permit.
A performer who enters the Republic of Lithuania for the purpose of engaging in a performer’s activities shall be exempt from the obligation to obtain a work permit.



Article 58 point 9 + Article 45 point 4 of Law on the Legal Status of Aliens of the Republic of Lithuania; Law of the Republic of Lithuania on Copyright and Related Rights



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