State authorities are allowed to detain you when you enter or stay in Lithuania without legal grounds. However, as detention is a very severe restriction of your liberty, it must be lawful. The grounds for this detention are explained in the Law on Legal Status of Foreigners.

Moreover, you must be treated humanely while in detention. Namely, you must be held in appropriate conditions and protected from all forms of abuse. 

If the detention has not been lawful and you have not been treated humanely, such human rights as the right to liberty and security, the right to life, the prohibition of torture and the right to private life may be affected.

About this Guide

This Guide will explain the grounds on which you may be detained and how, for the detention to be lawful, the basic rights that you have during the detention, where you will stay and how you must be treated. It will also explain how you can complain about issues related to your detention. 

Human Rights Guide

A European platform for human rights education