On 1 July, the Lithuanian-Belgian agreement comes into force, under which Belgium will represent Lithuania when issuing Schengen visas in Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria and Rwanda.
This agreement will facilitate travelling to Lithuania, because foreign citizens of the countries, in which Lithuania will be represented by Belgium and where there are no Lithuanian diplomatic representations, will be able to contact the Embassy of Belgium for visas to travel to Lithuania.
The agreement that was signed in Vilnius on 21 June by Lithuanian Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs Asta Skaisgirytė Liauškienė and Belgian Ambassador to Lithuania Christian Verdonck will also come into force on 1 July. The agreement provides that in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, foreign nationals shall be able to submit applications for Schengen visas to Lithuania at a common centre that accepts applications for the issuance of Schengen visas. Lithuania has signed similar agreements of representation with Austria, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Norway and Slovenia.
Currently, Lithuania is represented in the sphere of visa issuance by 22 Schengen countries in various regions of the world. Lithuanian diplomatic missions and consular posts represent other Schengen countries in eleven foreign countries.