World Borders: How To Get To The Republic of Uzupis Within Vilnius, Lithuania

This edition of World Borders is slightly wacky and different from the usual suspects. The reason is I crossed into the self declared arty Republic of Uzupis whilst remaining all the time within the same city, Vilnius housed in the country of Lithuania. The Republic of Uzupis has been in existence since 1998. It has its own flag, its own national day (April 1st), its own constitution and it sits across the river from Old Town Vilnius.

World Borders: Crossing into the Republic of Uzupis.

World Borders: Crossing into the Republic of Uzupis.

Leaving Old Town Vilnius
To get from the Old Town in Vilnius to the Republic of Uzupis, you have a few options. Around 5 separate bridges cross the “border” into the Republic of Uzupis which is the arty neighbourhood declaring itself independent. Here’s a map to give you an idea of where Uzupis is and shows the fact that this mini Republic is separated by water.

A map showing Uzupis inside Vilnius.

A map showing Uzupis inside Vilnius.

I recommend using this bridge to cross into Uzupis - Uzupio Undinele

I recommend using this bridge to cross into Uzupis – Uzupio Undinele

I recommend using the main bridge which is known as Uzupio Undinele. This is the main entrance to the Republic of Uzupis, the nearest to the passport stamping place and also has a sign up showing the entrance to the Republic of Uzupis so you can get your photo by it!

The bridge to the Republic of Uzupis

The bridge to the Republic of Uzupis

Arrival in Uzupis
Walk across the bridge and you are now officially in the Republic of Uzupis, a self declared Republic since 1st April 1997. It’s no joke!

Looking back into Lithuania from the Republic of Uzupis.

Looking back into Lithuania from the Republic of Uzupis.

The flag of Uzupis on the left is another sign we are in a new Republic!

The flag of Uzupis on the left is another sign we are in a new Republic!

Getting Your Passport Stamped in the Republic of Uzupis
You probably want to get one of the most random passport stamps ever, so once you cross the bridge, you will see a restaurant on your left with the flag of Uzupis on it. Just past this on the left is a narrow path and lane. Head down this lane.

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Head down this path to immigration!

After about 100 metres or so, you will see a crafts shop on your right. This is the “entry, immigration, passport office”! Well it’s really just a shop but you can get your passport stamped here!

The craft shop to get your passport stamped.

The craft shop to get your passport stamped.

Head down this path to immigration!

Head down this path to immigration!

So head into this place called Daile Local Art Work and Souvenirs and the lady in there has two completely unofficial and crazy stamps you can get. So I got my passport stamped in the Republic of Uzupis and I was ready to explore this bizarre place! Make sure you ask the person in the shop to put the date on the stamp as well for an extra quirky thing!

Getting my passport stamped in the Republic of Uzupis!

Getting my passport stamped in the Republic of Uzupis!

The Uzupis Passport Stamps

The Uzupis Passport Stamps

My Uzupis passport stamps with the date on them!

My Uzupis passport stamps with the date on them!

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Uzupis passport stamp

Uzupis passport stamp

Uzupis passport stamp

Other quirky things you can get are t-shirts, art work, Uzupis made pottery and of course those Uzis – fake Uzupis Euros which can be used as a dummy currency just for a laugh on Uzupis National Day – 1st April!

Uzas - Uzupis mock Euros!

Uzas – Uzupis mock Euros!

Uzas - Uzupis mock Euros!

Uzas – Uzupis mock Euros!

There were loads of highlights from my day in Uzupis and I will write some more about it. I picked up a load of souvenirs and this republic even has its own flag.

Souvenirs from the Republic of Uzupis

Souvenirs from the Republic of Uzupis

Central Uzupis - the Angel Statue

Central Uzupis – the Angel Statue

Crazy! The Flag of the Republic of Uzupis.

Crazy! The Flag of the Republic of Uzupis.

So seriously if you are ever backpacking in Lithuania, then head over to the Republic of Uzupis for a trip – it might be almost as wacky as Vank in Nagorno Karabakh or Tiraspol in Transnistria!

Goodbye Uzupis

Goodbye Uzupis

Also – you can probably stay the night in Uzupis if you want – ask around for options, but I stayed in the cosy Litinterp Guest House in Vilnius Old Town and loved it!

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10 Responses to World Borders: How To Get To The Republic of Uzupis Within Vilnius, Lithuania

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  4. Steve says:

    A great place to spend sometime away from the mainstream. Great street art and funny quirky signs. Above all though the residents just seem to really care about the place they live in. Wish we had more time in Uzupis – maybe again when the water fountains are flowing on Independence Day.
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  5. Jonny Blair says:

    Hi Steve, yes Uzupis is cool. One of the craziest countries I’ve ever had my passport stamped in! Safe travels. Jonny

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  8. raplh says:

    i currenty live in the us how would i go about moving to this country

  9. Jonny Blair says:

    Hi Raplh, thanks for the comment. Head to Lithuania first. Uzupis has no airport or train station! Safe travels. Jonny

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