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Day care, schooling & family related issues



The state ensures that each child in Lithuania is taught according to elementary, lower secondary, secondary or special education programs. Children of a person having the right to permanently or temporarily reside in the Republic of Lithuania, are provided with conditions for learning the state Lithuanian language, in the state Lithuanian language and, if possible, for learning their native language, as well.

Pre-school education is available for children from 1 to 6. This programme is offered by nursery schools, pre-kindergartens, kindergartens, school- kindergartens and other schools. Education of a child according to the elementary education programme starts when he or she turns 7 in the respective calendar year. The four-year programme of elementary education is offered by school-kindergartens, elementary and other schools. The lower secondary education programme or its part (part I takes 4 years, part II – 2 years) is offered by gymnasiums, secondary, middle, youth, vocational and other schools to pupils who have already completed the programme of elementary education. The two-year programme of secondary education, which consists of mandatory and elective general education modules and possibly vocational training modules, is offered by gymnasiums, secondary, vocational and other schools. More information.

International schools

Vilnius International School is accredited by the International Baccalaureate (IB) Organization and is the only institution in Lithuania offering IB Primary Years Programme and Middle Years Programme. The Lithuanian Ministry of Education and Science recognizes the curriculum as in accordance with the country's educational strategy and standards. More information.
Vilnius French School (Ecole Française de Vilnius, EFV)
Vilnius International Meridian School


Maternity (paternity)

Maternity (paternity) allowance is calculated according to earnings and depends on the time scale chosen:

  • If the insured person chooses to receive an allowance until the child is one year old, it will amount to 100 % of the recipient's earnings.
  • If person chooses to receive an allowance until a child is 2 years old, this will amount to 70 % of earnings for the first year, and 40 % of earnings for the second year. It is possible during the second year to work without any reduction in the maternity (paternity) allowance. In the event of a multiple birth, the amount of the allowance will depend on the number of children born at the same time, but it cannot be greater than 100 % of earnings.
    More information.



Aliens and citizens of the Republic of Lithuania must have relevant documents for the entry of pets into the Republic of Lithuania. Pet owners arriving from EU Member States must carry the passport of their pet which must be of the EU approved unified form certifying anti-rabies vaccination or revaccination. Passports are issued by veterinarians only to some animals such as dogs, cats, polecats and ferrets. Dogs, cats and ferrets must be identified and bear a clearly readable tattoo or a transponder (after 3 July 2011 only transponders will be recognised as identification).

Individuals with pets entering the Republic of Lithuania from third countries must have a veterinary certificate issued by a state licensed veterinarian from the alien’s country of origin or residence and results of the pet’s antibody tests carried out by a state approved laboratory. Antibody tests have to be performed after the anti-rabies vaccination had been administered. Unvaccinated dogs, cats and ferrets under three months of age shall be brought in from third countries only if the epizootic rabies situation in these countries is favourable.

For additional and more detailed information about the admission of pets into the Republic of Lithuania please contact the State Food and Veterinary Service of the Republic of Lithuania.