Whilst South African passport holders must obtain visas prior to entering many countries, Lithuanian passport holders enjoy visa-free travel to numerous destinations.
Lithuanian passport holders are entitled to:
- Visa-free travel and right to live in the European Union and certain non-EU countries (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland)
- Visa-free travel to the United States, Canada and Australia
- Lithuanian passport holders generally pay local tuition at European universities and are not required to pay higher tuition fees for international students.
Who is eligible for Lithuanian citizenship?
Any person who was a citizen of the Republic of Lithuania between 1919-1990 and lost their citizenship due to naturalisation in a foreign country (including South Africa) is eligible to have their Lithuanian citizenship reinstated, as are their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
In order to become a Lithuanian citizen, one must first apply to reinstate the Lithuanian citizenship of the parent, grandparent or great-grandparent who was previously a Lithuanian citizen. In order to do this, one must prove that the parent, grandparent or great-grandparent lost their Lithuanian citizenship due to naturalisation in a foreign country. Once Lithuanian citizenship has been reinstated to the former citizen, their immediate relatives become eligible to apply for Lithuanian citizenship by descent.