Transit Visa Information for Lithuanians Transiting Through the USA

For Lithuanian travelers who are planning an international journey that includes a layover in the United States, understanding the requirements for transit is essential. Transiting through the USA can offer an opportunity to catch a glimpse of this nation’s diverse culture and iconic landmarks, even if just from an airport lounge. However, to ensure smooth travels and minimize potential disruptions, Lithuanian citizens must be informed about the necessary travel authorizations, notably the requirements for a visa or the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA).

Whether you’re passing through on your way to another destination or you’re looking to explore some of what the United States has to offer during a short stay, obtaining the right documents is the first step on your itinerary. Here we’ll focus on everything you need to know for a hassle-free transit experience in the USA.

Understanding the ESTA for Lithuanian Citizens

Lithuania is one of the countries that is part of the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), which allows its citizens to travel to the United States without a traditional visa for stays of up to 90 days, including for transit purposes. Instead of a visa, travelers can obtain an ESTA, a much simpler and quicker process. The ESTA is a travel authorization that determines the eligibility to travel to the U.S. under the VWP, and it is a requirement for all eligible nationals, including Lithuanians, traveling by air or sea.

How to Apply for an ESTA

Applying for an ESTA as a Lithuanian national is a straightforward online process:

  • Fill out our easy-to-use online application form. The application takes about 10 minutes. Make sure to have your passport handy.
  • Submit & Pay for your application. We accept all payment types: PayPal, Apple Pay, Google Pay, and Credit Card.
  • Get your ESTA emailed to you within 72hrs. We’ll email you your approved travel authorisation, and that’s it—you’re ready to go!

If you need your ESTA in a hurry, you can choose from our two expedited processing options. Simply select your add-on at checkout.

ESTA Eligibility for Lithuanians

Lithuanian citizens looking to use the ESTA for transit through the United States must meet certain requirements:

  • Your Lithuanian passport must be an electronic passport with a digital chip containing biometric information.
  • The purpose of your visit should be for transit, business, tourism, or medical reasons.
  • Your stay in the U.S. must not exceed 90 days.
  • You must not have a visitor’s visa already.
  • You should not have a history of visa revocation or any violation of U.S. immigration laws.

More information about VWP and its eligibility can be found in the article about VWP Countries.

What to Expect When Transiting through the USA

As a Lithuanian citizen with an approved ESTA, you are entitled to transit through the United States. Here’s what you can generally expect:

  • You will go through U.S. Customs and Border Protection where your travel documents and ESTA will be checked.
  • Even during transit, you must comply with U.S. security procedures, which may include fingerprinting and photographing.
  • You’ll need to claim and re-check any baggage if your bags are not transferred automatically to your next flight.

FAQs on Transiting through the USA

Do I need an ESTA if I am only transiting through the USA?

Yes, if you are a citizen of Lithuania or another VWP country, you must obtain an ESTA even for a brief transit.

How long is an ESTA valid for?

An ESTA is generally valid for two years from the date of approval or until your passport expires, whichever comes first.

Can I visit nearby cities during my transit in the USA?

Yes, with an approved ESTA, you are not limited to the airport and can visit nearby cities, provided that you re-enter the airport in time for your connecting flight.

Is an ESTA a guarantee for entry into the U.S.?

No, an ESTA is not a guarantee of entry into the U.S.; the final decision rests with the immigration officer at the port of entry.

If my ESTA is denied, what are my options?

If an ESTA is denied, you may apply for a B1/B2 visitor’s visa, which is a more traditional and comprehensive visa-application process.


Transiting through the United States doesn’t have to be a complex process. With a valid ESTA, Lithuanian citizens can enjoy a more streamlined and straightforward experience when passing through U.S. airports. Always ensure that you apply for your ESTA well in advance of your trip to avoid any last-minute delays, and remember to comply with U.S. immigration and security policies upon arrival. Safe travels as you embark on your journey through the United States, and make sure to maximize even the briefest of transits to enjoy a slice of American culture and hospitality.

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