The Official Development Agency of the City of Vilnius

City Tax in Vilnius

Starting 1 July 2018, Vilnius is introducing a city tax. The tax rate is EUR 1 person/night. The tax applies to all guests using accommodation services.

The purpose of the decision effective as of 1 July 2018 is to boost the competitiveness of Vilnius, develop international marketing in the area of tourism, attract larger flows of tourists to the city of Vilnius, and increase the volumes of export services. The objectives pursued are expected to contribute to the improvement of quality of life in Vilnius city. The tax will be charged upon the guests of the city who are provided accommodation services and who use the public tourism and recreation infrastructure of the Vilnius city.

We ask the accommodation provider to:

  • declare data for the previous month by the 10th day of the following month;
  • pay the tax for the previous month by the 25th day of the following month.

No city tax is charged upon:

  • patients for whom the medical rehabilitation services are paid from the budget of the National Health Insurance Fund;
  • persons under 18 or older school pupils who have produced a pupil’s certificate;
  • disabled persons for whom a 0-40% working capacity has been established;
  • long-term lease (1 month or longer);
  • for guests who have booked accommodation via the Airbnb platform (the tourist fee price platform calculates the prices paid by the guest and transfers them to the account of Vilnius City Municipality directly) (declaring the number of these nights in box 9 of "Airbnb");
  • for guests who have used the accommodation service during the quarantine valid in Vilnius (declaring the number of these nights in box 8 "Exception");
  • for foreign nationals who are war refugees and who have used accommodation services in Vilnius free of charge or at a special reduced price (cost price). The tax benefit is valid until the end of martial law in the country of the war refugee.

The city tax shall be paid regularly on a monthly basis to an account specified by the Administration of the City of Vilnius, by completing a data return. The tax return may be filed and the tax transferred online only here.

Please be advised that the city tax is not included in the room fee. The company providing accommodation services shall include the city tax in the invoice.

Each Tourist Tax Declarant is responsible for the truthfulness and accuracy of the information provided in the declaration. In the event of discrepancies found during the assessment of the submitted declarations, or in order to verify the legitimate declaration of the number of overnight stays for the above mentioned groups not subject to the Tourist Tax, Declarants will be informed directly at the e-mail address provided. The notification will inform about the discrepancies found, the timeframe for correcting the incorrect declaration and the additional documents (if any) to be provided. Evidence may also be requested to support a valid declaration of overnight stays for the tourist groups listed above in this clause, which are not subject to the Tourist Tax.

Frequently asked questions (FAQ):

The tax applies to all guests using accommodation services, regardless of whether the service is provided by a legal or natural entity acting under a business certificate issued by the State Tax Inspectorate in accordance with the relevant code of classification of economic activities for leasing premises for the provision of accommodation services;

On 7 December 2017, the Council of Vilnius City approved Decision No 1-126 on “Regulations for local fees for use of the Vilnius municipal public tourism and recreation infrastructure”. The purpose of the decision, effective as of 1 July 2018, is to boost the competitiveness of Vilnius, to develop international marketing in tourism, attract larger flows of tourists to the city of Vilnius, and increase the volumes of export services. The objectives pursued are expected to contribute to the improvement of the quality of life in Vilnius. The tax will be charged on  guests of the city who are provided accommodation services and who use the public tourism and recreation infrastructure of  Vilnius. 

Yes, the tax will be charged upon all natural persons staying in accommodation entities operating in the territory of the City of Vilnius.

Yes, the tax must be paid by all natural persons staying at accommodation facilities located within the territory of Vilnius City Municipality, regardless of their declared place of residence.

If guests who do not belong to any category exempt of the tourist tax (disabled, schoolchildren, etc.) are staying at a hotel, this tax must be applied. Therefore, when guests are staying free of charge, this stay (for each overnight) has to be paid for by either by the guest themselves or the inviting party (agency, state authority or hotel that is providing the tourist with a free service).

Tourist tax will not be applicable for foreign nationals who are war refugees and who have used accommodation services in Vilnius free of charge or at a special reduced price (cost price). 

Yes, the tax is valid year-round, except during the quarantine valid in Vilnius.

The tax is charged by the City of Vilnius, rather than companies or persons providing accommodation services.

No, the tax is not subject to VAT.

No, corporate income tax shall not be charged upon the amounts of the city tax. Based on the provisions of Section III of 10 Business Accounting Standards, the Law on Income Tax treats only the increase in the economic benefit of an entity as income. Any amounts collected on behalf of third parties are not recognised as income, because they do not increase the economic benefit of an entity or increase its equity. The income of the intermediaries is the commission fee only, rather than any amounts collected on behalf of third parties.

Each accommodation service provider shall, within the framework of its corporate accounting system, introduce the tax as a new service, i.e., when issuing an invoice, the tax shall be presented in a separate line, as well as in the cash register receipt; in case the payment is recorded by issuing a cash receipt, the tax shall be included in the gross amount, though the service will be singled out in a separate line.

When performing banking operations (transfers), the standard fees for your banking services and operations apply, depending on the banking service plan and programme that you selected.

Unpaid local taxes will be recovered from the local tax payer in accordance with the procedure laid down by laws of the Republic of Lithuania:

  • The Tax Subdivision of the Finance and Economy Division of the Vilnius City Municipality Administration produces a summary of arrears for each tax payer separately;
  • in accordance with the summary, notifications are sent to the payers about the arrears and the obligation to pay the local tax for the use of Vilnius City Municipality’s public infrastructure for tourism and recreation within 20 calendar days from the date of the reminder;
  • if the payer fails to pay the tax by the due date, a reminder is sent by registered letter and debt recovery procedures are initiated:
    • the outstanding balance of the local tax for the use of Vilnius City Municipality’s public infrastructure for tourism and recreation is reconciled with a tax payer in arrears and a deed of debt reconciliation is drawn up;
    • a payment deferral and rescheduling agreement may be concluded by mutual agreement between the parties in accordance with a deed of debt reconciliation;
    • in case of failure to comply with/conclude a deferral and rescheduling agreement, the Tax Subdivision of the Finance and Economy Division of the Vilnius City Municipality Administration submits requests for the payment of the arrears of the local tax for the use of the Vilnius City Municipality’s public infrastructure for tourism and recreation to the Legal Group of the Vilnius City Municipality Administration, in accordance with the limitation period for bringing an action (five years) laid down in Clause 9 of Article 1.125 of Chapter 7 of the Civil Code of the Republic of Lithuania.

For more information on the procedure for the recovery of unpaid local tax, please refer to the description of the procedure for the recovery of arrears of the local tax for the use of the public tourism and recreation infrastructure of Vilnius City No 30-2127/20

If a long-term lease continues on to the next month, you have to declare data for the month that the long-term lease ends.

Yes, you must complete and submit the declaration, entering the actual number of overnight stays, i.e. “0”.

If you have already submitted a declaration for September, you do not need to edit the declaration by entering the number of Airbnb nights. We kindly ask you to do this from next month (i.e. when declaring the nights for October 2020).

Yes, the number of these overnight stays must be declared in box 9, “AirBnB”, and the tourist tax will not be calculated for them. The AirBnB platform adds the tourist fee to the rental price paid by the guest and transfers it directly to Vilnius City Municipality.

No, when declaring the number of overnight stays provided to foreign nationals who have fled the war, you do not have to distinguish between overnight stays for children and overnight stays for adults. All overnight stays provided to foreign nationals who have fled the war must be declared in box 8, specifying the total number of children and adults.

Yes, the tourist tax is collected for guests who stay at a hotel or rent a flat for work, provided that it is not a long-term lease (30 days or more).

Only one declaration can be submitted for the previous reference period. In the event of corrections, please include them in the following month’s declaration, by indicating higher/lower numbers of nights which would be equal to the total number of nights provided for the two months.

The Tourist Tax can be paid directly through a system for declaring overnight stays, which will direct the payer to Foxpay.lt, the administrator of these payments, via the e-Government Gateway. In case of technical or other problems, you can pay the Tourist Tax on the basis of the declaration submitted to the collecting account of Vilnius City Municipality Administration:
Vilnius City Municipality Administration
Payment code: 188710061 
Luminor bank AB 
LT 04 4010 0510 0427 9673
Be sure to write the period for which you are paying in the subject line.

More information: by e-mail citytax@vilnius.lt or by phone +370 610 33894

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