As of December 28, 2020, the Ministry of the Interior issued 768 permissions for Belarusians seeking to arrive to Lithuania on the grounds of special humanitarian reasons. 353 of them are already in Lithuania, 76 applied for asylum.
Effective August 11, 2020, permissions on the humanitarian grounds are temporarily granted for Belarusians nationals who have been persecuted or became victims of repressions conducted by the Belarusian regime. The permissions are issued by the Minister of the Interior based on the motivated proposal by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Belarusian nationals, who wish to apply for the exception, have been required to contact the Lithuanian embassy in Belarus, where they would provide information that verifies special humanitarian reasons, and apply for the Schengen visa. Schengen visa allows to arrive to the Schengen territory and be there during the period indicated in the visa, but no longer than 90 days during any time-period within 180 days since the date of the first arrival to the Schengen member state’s territory.
Belarusian citizens can also claim the routine right and apply for asylum. Asylum applications can be lodged in a border control point, to the State Border Guard Service or to the Migration Department. Lithuania grants asylum on the basis of one out of two forms – refugee status or international protection.