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Latvia Visa and Passport Requirements

Passport required Return ticket required Visa Required
British Yes No No
Australian Yes No No
Canadian Yes No No
USA Yes No No
Other EU 1 No No

Passports

A passport valid for three months beyond the length of stay and issued within the past 10 years is required by all nationals listed in the chart above except (1) EU nationals holding a passport or national ID card which is valid for the duration of stay.

If travelling from one border-free Schengen country to another however, EU nationals are not required to show a passport or national ID card. It is still recommended that you travel with your passport or ID card to prove your identity if necessary though. Note that Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Ireland, Romania and the UK are not part of the Schengen area, so a passport or ID card is required if travelling to/from these countries.

EU nationals are not required to possess a return ticket or show sufficient funds.

Visas

Visas to Latvia are not required by nationals referred to in the chart above. Australian, Canadian and US nationals may stay for up to 90 days within any six-month period. EU nationals may stay for an unlimited period, but must register with the local authorities after three months.

Visa Note

Nationals not referred to in the chart are advised to contact the embassy to check visa requirements for Latvia.

Types and Cost

Schengen visa: €60/£48. Reductions are available for some nationals and for children.

Validity

Schengen visa: 90 days within a six-month period.

Transit

Nationals of a few countries require a transit visa even if staying in the international transit area of the airport; check with the embassy for details.

Application to

In person at the consulate (or consular section at embassy). UK residents requiring a visa should submit applications to VFS Global's Latvia Visa Application Centre in London, Manchester or Edinburgh (www.vfsglobal.com/Latvia/UK). VFS charges an additional service fee of £24. All visa applicants aged 12 and over must submit biometric data at their visa appointment.

Working days

Allow up to 10 working days for visa processing; certain cases may take up to 30 days.

Extension of stay

For stays over 90 days, EU nationals must register with the Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs (www.pmlp.gov.lv). Non-EU citizens must obtain a residence permit.

Holders of Schengen visas can only extend their visas in exceptional circumstances such as force majeure or for humanitarian reasons.

Entry with pets

If bringing a pet into Latvia, you must have an internationally recognised veterinary certificate in Latvian, English or Russian and an up-to-date vaccination record. 

Embassies and tourist offices

Embassy of Latvia in the USA

Telephone: (202) 328 2840.
Website: http://www.latvia-usa.org
Address:

Embassy of Latvia in the UK

Telephone: (020) 7312 0040.
Website: http://www.am.gov.lv/en/london
Address: