Recognition of professional qualification

A person can provide guide services only with a guide certificate. A person wishing to obtain a guide‘s certificate must comply with the requirements set out in article 28 of the Law on Tourism of the Republic of Lithuania (must have a higher education degree and have completed at least 250 academic hours of a specific training course in guiding, that consists of methodology for organizing and conducting excursions, rhetoric, professional ethics, communication, psychology, Lithuanian culture, history and geography, legal regulation of guide activities and to have passed a practical exam for conducting excursions) and submit an application on the issue of a guide‘s certificate to the State Consumer Rights Protection Authority. Copies of documents required by law are attached to the application. The guide’s certificate is issued for an indefinite period.

Issue of a guide’s certificate
Recipients of service Residents
Type of service: electronic/ non-electronic Electronic / non-electronic
Link to electronic service https://www.epaslaugos.lt/portal/service/28843/35221?searchId=3ebfa856-bb70-4380-bc13-f764bef80f7d
Link to online application form (when electronic service unavailable) http://www.vvtat.lt/vartojimo-paslaugos/turizmo-paslaugos/gido-pazymejimo-isdavimas/604
Timeframe of service 20 working days after the receipt of all necessary documents
Fees of service 18 Eur
Cross-border payment measures and procedure Payment details:

Payment code: 5813

Description:  State fee

Beneficiary’s name:  State Tax Inspectorate under the Ministry of Finance

Beneficiary’s account:  LT24 7300 0101 1239 4300

Bank:  Swedbank

Bank Code: 73000

Amount: 18 EUR

The state fee may also be paid to other budget revenue collection accounts of the State Tax Inspectorate Under the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Lithuania. The list is here.

Description of process for obtaining a service A person can provide guide services only with a guide certificate. A person wishing to obtain a guide‘s certificate must comply with the requirements set out in article 28 of the Law on Tourism of the Republic of Lithuania (must have a higher education degree and have completed at least 250 academic hours of a specific training course in guiding, that consists of methodology for organizing and conducting excursions, rhetoric, professional ethics, communication, psychology, Lithuanian culture, history and geography, legal regulation of guide activities and to have passed a practical exam for conducting excursions) and submit an application on the issue of a guide‘s certificate to the State Consumer Rights Protection Authority (hereinafter: the „Authority“). Copies of documents required by law are attached to the application. The guide’s certificate is issued for an indefinite period.

A signed and scanned application for the issue of a guide‘s certificate is submitted by email to Ieva Lankelienė, Chief Specialist, Tourism Market Surveillance Division, tel. No. +370 5 205 47 92, ieva.lankeliene@vvtat.lt.

Other options for submitting the application:

·                 in person – Vilnius, Algirdo g. 31, Room 303;

·                 via the Electronic Government Gate portal www.epaslaugos.lt;

·                 by post to:

Valstybinės vartotojų teisių apsaugos tarnybos

Turizmo rinkos priežiūros skyriui

Vilniaus g. 25, LT-01402 Vilnius

LITHUANIA

Within 5 working days of the receipt of the documents, the subject gets a confirmation that the documents referred to above have been received and, where appropriate, that the information submitted needs to be corrected.

The request is examined within 20 working days only after the receipt of all proper documents and information.

After examining the application of the person, the submitted documents and assessing the compliance of the person with the requirements established in paragraph 3 of article 28 of the Law on Tourism, the Authority may:

1) make a decision to issue a guide’s certificate;

2) to oblige the applicant to submit all necessary missing documents or to correct the data specified in the documents within 5 working days counting from the receipt of the obligation of the Authority;

3) to take a reasoned decision not to issue a guide’s certificate if the person does not meet the requirements established in paragraph 3 of article 28 of the Law on Tourism or if the person does not rectify the specified deficiencies within the term specified in item 2 and inform the applicant accordingly.

A person may pick up issued guide’s certificate upon arrival at the Tourism Market Surveillance Department at Algirdo 31, Vilnius. In exceptional cases, a guide’s certificate may be sent by registered mail.

List of documents to be submitted to obtain a permit To obtain a guide‘s certificate, a person must:

1.  submit to the Authority a completed application form (prescribed form here);

2.  submit to the Authority a copy of the higher education diploma*;

3.  submit to the Authority a copy of the certificate confirming the completion of the guides training course and passing a practical guided tour examination;

4.  submit to the Authority documentary photo (digital or scanned);

5. pay a fixed state fee.

*Copies of diplomas issued abroad must be submitted along with the decision of the Center for Quality Assessment in Higher Education on the academic recognition of their qualifications.

Contact details of the authority providing a service (position of responsible employee, name and surname, e-mail, phone no.) Ieva Lankelienė, Chief Specialist, Tourism Market Surveillance Division of the State Consumer Rights Protection Authority, tel. No. +370 5205 47 92 ieva.lankeliene@vvtat.lt.
Information concerning available remedies A person who does not agree with the decision made by the Authority or if the reply has not been sent to the person within the established time limit for processing the application, shall have the right to appeal against the actions of the Authority within 1 month at its choice to the Administrative Disputes Commission or to the administrative court in accordance with the procedure established by law (article 36 of the Law on Public Administration, article 29 of the Law on Administrative Proceedings).
Contact details of organisations from which providers or recipients can obtain practical assistance

The guide profession is a regulated profession in the Republic of Lithuania. A person who has acquired the professional qualification of a guide in another country and who wishes to pursue the profession in the Republic of Lithuania must have the recognition of professional qualification. Guides whose professional qualifications have been acquired in other countries are recognized in Lithuania the State Consumer Rights Protection Authority.

 

 

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You are a citizen of the European Union, the European Economic Area or the Swiss Confederation and have obtained your professional qualification as a guide in a Member State of the European Union, the European Economic Area or the Swiss Confederation

The EU Member States, European Economic Area States, Swiss Confederation, third countries citizens who have the right to move within the Member States under EU law, have the right to apply to the National Consumer Rights Protection Authority (hereinafter – SCRPA) to be recognized as a guide qualification which was acquired in another Member State or outside European Union, European Economic Area and Swiss Confederation.

Recognition of the professional qualification of a guide allows working as a guide in the Republic of Lithuania.

The applicant or his / her representative must submit an application to the SCRPA. The application shall be accompanied by the following documents (or a certified copy):

1) a document proving nationality;

2) a document stating that the European Union legislation grants the applicant the right to move within the Member States (applicable to third-country citizens);

3) evidence of formal qualifications;

4) document (s) attesting the duration and content of the guide courses and / or training;

5) document (s) related to the qualification of a guide (if there are any);

6) documents (if there are any) of recognition in the Member State of evidence of formal qualifications obtained in a third country;

7) documents certifying guide‘s professional experience and duration (if there are any);

8) other supporting documents (if there are any) certifying the professional qualifications of the guide;

9) documents confirming the change of the surname (name) (if there are any);

10) a document stating that the person has pursued for one year the profession of a guide during the last ten years in another Member State which does not regulate that profession, where the applicant holds one or more evidence of formal qualifications;

11) power of attorney, if the application is filled by an authorized person.

The application shall be accompanied by a translation into Lithuanian of the documents referred to in points 3 to 8 and 10. The translation must be certified by the signature of the translator who translated the documents and / or stamped by the translation agency.

The signed and scanned application with the attached documents shall be submitted to:

by email: marija.danke@vvtat.lt

live – Vilnius, Algirdo g. 31, Room 302;

by post – at the address of the Tourism Market Surveillance Division of the State Consumer Rights Protection Authority, Vilniaus g. 25, 01402 Vilnius.

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You are a third-country national (not a citizen of the European Union, the European Economic Area or the Swiss Confederation) and have obtained your professional qualification as a tour guide in a third Member State or in the European Union, European Economic Area or the Swiss Confederation

The EU Member States, European Economic Area States, Swiss Confederation, third countries citizens who have the right to move within the Member States under EU law, have the right to apply to the National Consumer Rights Protection Authority (hereinafter – SCRPA) to be recognized as a guide qualification which was acquired in another Member State or outside European Union, European Economic Area and Swiss Confederation.

Recognition of the professional qualification of a guide allows working as a guide in the Republic of Lithuania.

The applicant or his / her representative must submit an application to the SCRPA. The application shall be accompanied by the following documents (or a certified copy):

1) a document proving nationality;

2) a document stating that the European Union legislation grants the applicant the right to move within the Member States (applicable to third-country citizens);

3) evidence of formal qualifications;

4) document (s) attesting the duration and content of the guide courses and / or training;

5) document (s) related to the qualification of a guide (if there are any);

6) documents (if there are any) of recognition in the Member State of evidence of formal qualifications obtained in a third country;

7) documents certifying guide‘s professional experience and duration (if there are any);

8) other supporting documents (if there are any) certifying the professional qualifications of the guide;

9) documents confirming the change of the surname (name) (if there are any);

10) a document stating that the person has pursued for one year the profession of a guide during the last ten years in another Member State which does not regulate that profession, where the applicant holds one or more evidence of formal qualifications;

11) power of attorney, if the application is filled by an authorized person.

The application shall be accompanied by a translation into Lithuanian of the documents referred to in points 3 to 8 and 10. The translation must be certified by the signature of the translator who translated the documents and / or stamped by the translation agency.

The signed and scanned application with the attached documents shall be submitted to:

by email: marija.danke@vvtat.lt

live – Vilnius, Algirdo g. 31, Room 302;

by post – at the address of the Tourism Market Surveillance Division of the State Consumer Rights Protection Authority, Vilniaus g. 25, 01402 Vilnius.

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You are a national of a Member State of the European Union, the European Economic Area or the Swiss Confederation and have obtained your professional qualification as a guide in a third country (outside the European Union, the European Economic Area or the Swiss Confederation)

The EU Member States, European Economic Area States, Swiss Confederation, third countries citizens who have the right to move within the Member States under EU law, have the right to apply to the National Consumer Rights Protection Authority (hereinafter – SCRPA) to be recognized as a guide qualification which was acquired in another Member State or outside European Union, European Economic Area and Swiss Confederation.

Recognition of the professional qualification of a guide allows working as a guide in the Republic of Lithuania.

The applicant or his / her representative must submit an application to the SCRPA. The application shall be accompanied by the following documents (or a certified copy):

1) a document proving nationality;

2) a document stating that the European Union legislation grants the applicant the right to move within the Member States (applicable to third-country citizens);

3) evidence of formal qualifications;

4) document (s) attesting the duration and content of the guide courses and / or training;

5) document (s) related to the qualification of a guide (if there are any);

6) documents (if there are any) of recognition in the Member State of evidence of formal qualifications obtained in a third country;

7) documents certifying guide‘s professional experience and duration (if there are any);

8) other supporting documents (if there are any) certifying the professional qualifications of the guide;

9) documents confirming the change of the surname (name) (if there are any);

10) a document stating that the person has pursued for one year the profession of a guide during the last ten years in another Member State which does not regulate that profession, where the applicant holds one or more evidence of formal qualifications;

11) power of attorney, if the application is filled by an authorized person.

The application shall be accompanied by a translation into Lithuanian of the documents referred to in points 3 to 8 and 10. The translation must be certified by the signature of the translator who translated the documents and / or stamped by the translation agency.

The signed and scanned application with the attached documents shall be submitted to:

by email: marija.danke@vvtat.lt

live – Vilnius, Algirdo g. 31, Room 302;

by post – at the address of the Tourism Market Surveillance Division of the State Consumer Rights Protection Authority, Vilniaus g. 25, 01402 Vilnius.

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You are seeking to provide guide services temporarily and occasionally in Lithuania

Guides coming from an EU Member State to the territory of the Republic of Lithuania for temporary and occasional guide services are required to submit a prior written declaration (Lithuanian / English form). The declaration is updated once a year if the guide intends to provide services temporarily and occasionally during that year.

When submitting the declaration for the first time or when there is a material change in previously documented circumstances, the applicant shall submit with the declaration:

1) proof of nationality;

2) a certificate stating that the holder is legally established in a Member State to carry on the activity concerned and is not even temporarily prohibited from pursuing it (the certificate is not issued if the documents referred to in points 1 and 4 are sufficient. The need to submit a certificate shall be communicated to the applicant by the authority which accepted the declaration);

3) evidence of professional qualifications (guide license, diplomas, courses, etc.);

4) any documents proving that the guide has provided services for at least one year during the last ten years if the profession or training is not regulated in the EU Member State of the establishment. The 10-year period shall be calculated from the date of submission of the declaration referred to in paragraph 1 to the competent authority (contracts with clients, certificate of an employer, business certificate, certificate of self-employment issued by the tax authorities, etc.).

After verifying the declaration and the accompanying documents, the State Consumer Rights Protection Authority shall publish on its website, no later than 5 working days from the date of submission of the declaration and all necessary documents, the name of the person authorized to provide temporary and occasional guide services, the name of the Member State of establishment and the period for which the guide services are provided in the declaration. The list is published here.

The service is for free.

The purpose of publishing personal data is to inform citizens of the EU Member States who have the right to temporarily and occasionally provide guide services in the Republic of Lithuania.

The signed and scanned declaration is submitted by e-mail: marija.danke@vvtat.lt.

The declaration may also be presented:

  • directly – Vilnius, Algirdo g. 31, Room 302;
  • by post – to the Tourism Market Surveillance Division of the State Consumer Rights Protection Authority, Vilniaus g. 25, 01402 Vilnius
  • by electronic means through the contact center.

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Competent authority

The State Consumer Rights Protection Authority, Algirdo g. 31, Vilnius.

Contact person: Marija Danke, Tel. 8 5 205 4792, El. p. marija.danke@vvtat.lt.

Taxes

Individuals, whose professional qualification as a guide is recognized and who provide guide services in the Lithuanian language, must be proficient in Lithuanian at least the second state language proficiency category as described in the Description of the State Language proficiency categories and their application procedures approved by the Resolution No. 1688 of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania on 2003 December 24 “On the approval of the description of the State language proficiency categories and their procedures”, and to submit a completed form approved by the competent authority.

The final reasoned decision on the recognition of the professional qualifications of a guide shall be taken as soon as possible, but no later than within 3 months of receipt of all relevant documents.

The recognition service is for free.

Upon recognition of the applicant’s professional qualifications, the applicant shall be issued a guide certificate. The issuance of a guide certificate is subject to a state fee of €18.

Payment details:

Payment code 5813
Title State fee
Recipient State Tax Inspectorate under the Ministry of Finance
Recipient account LT24 7300 0101 1239 4300
BANK Swedbank
BANK Code 73000
Amount 18 EUR

The state fee may also be paid into other revenue collection accounts of the State Tax Inspectorate. The list is available here.

Appeal against decisions of the competent authority

Decisions on recognition or non-recognition of a person’s professional qualifications may be appealed to the Appeals Board for Recognition of Regulated Professional Qualifications (the person may lodge a complaint with the Vilnius, Gediminas pr.38:

  • in writing;
  • direct entry to the Ministry,
  • electronically at:

The recognition of regulated professional qualifications is coordinated by the Ministry of Economy and Innovation of the Republic of Lithuania:

Birutė Kindurienė

Advisor to the Human Resources Development Unit:

e-mail: Birute.Kinduriene@eimin.lt

tel. No.: +370 706 63246

Important information

The guide provides services either under an employment contract (with an employer) or through individual activities.

Recognition of professional qualification

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You are a citizen of the European Union, the European Economic Area or the Swiss Confederation and have obtained your professional qualification as a guide in a Member State of the European Union, the European Economic Area or the Swiss Confederation

You are a third-country national (not a citizen of the European Union, the European Economic Area or the Swiss Confederation) and have obtained your professional qualification as a tour guide in a third Member State or in the European Union, European Economic Area or the Swiss Confederation

You are a national of a Member State of the European Union, the European Economic Area or the Swiss Confederation and have obtained your professional qualification as a guide in a third country (outside the European Union, the European Economic Area or the Swiss Confederation)

You are seeking to provide guide services temporarily and occasionally in Lithuania

Competent authority

Taxes

Appeal against decisions of the competent authority

Important information