Recognition of professional qualification

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