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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, EU nationals are not required to show a passport or national ID card, but it is still recommended that you travel with your passport or ID card to prove your identity if necessary. Also, EU nationals are not required to possess a return ticket or show sufficient funds.

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.

Visas

Visas for Latvia are not required by nationals of EU countries, regardless of the purpose and/or length of stay. However, EU nationals who plan to live in Latvia for an unlimited period must register with the local authorities after three months.

Australian, Canadian and US nationals may stay in Latvia without a visa for up to 90 days.

Latvia is part of the Schengen system, which allows visitors to travel to all participating countries without a visa. Please click here for information regarding the Schengen visa.

Apart from citizens listed in the chart above, citizens from the following countries can also visit without a visa for Latvia for up to 90 days within a six-month period: Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominica, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Holy See (Vatican State City), Honduras, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Kiribati, Macao, Malaysia, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Monaco, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Palau, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Seychelles, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Korea, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, USA, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Venezuela.

For Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Moldova, Montenegro North Macedonia, Serbia and Ukraine visa exemption only applies to holders of biometric passports.

For citizens from Taiwan visa exemption only applies to holders of passports issued by Taiwan which include an identity card number.

Travellers who need a visa are advised to contact the nearest embassy to check the visa requirements for Latvia.

Visa Note

For visitors who are unsure, you are advised to contact the embassy to check requirements for Latvia visas.

Types and Cost

Schengen visa: €80. Nationals of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Russia pay €35.

Children under six years of age, family members of EU/ EEA nationals: no fee.

Validity

The Schengen short-stay visa is valid for up to 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).

Schengen Visas

Latvia is part of the Schengen visa scheme.

Temporary residence

A residence permit is necessary for non-EU/ EEA citizens who are looking to reside in Latvia for a period exceeding 90 days within half a year (counting the first day of entrance). Residence permits are issued by the Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs.

EU/ EEA citizens intending to stay longer than 90 days have to apply for a temporary residence permit.

Working days

Visa applications may take up to 14 days. However, in special cases or unusual political situations, it might take up to two months.

Sufficient Funds

Schengen visa applicants must be able to provide proof of funds to cover their stay.

Extension of stay

Schengen visa holders with a visa valid for less than 90 days can only extend their visas in exceptional circumstances, such as force majeure or for humanitarian reasons.

Entry with pets

When bringing a pet from another EU country, the animal must have a microchip or tattoo, an EU pet passport and a valid rabies vaccination certificate (the vaccination must have taken place at least 21 days prior to travel).

Animals from outside the EU must also have an ISO 11784/11785 compliant 15-digit microchip. Depending on if your pet is from a high-rabies country or a rabies-controlled country, your pet either has to be vaccinated first or microchipped first. For pets from high-rabies countries, a rabies titer test also has to be administered 30 days after the vaccination. Please check how the European Union classifies the country you are travelling from to follow the right procedure. A veterinary certificate issued by an authorised veterinarian is also required when entering Latvia with a pet from outside of the EU.


Our visa and passport information is updated regularly and is correct at the time of publishing,
We strongly recommend that you verify critical information unique to your trip with the relevant embassy before travel.

Embassies and tourist offices

Embassy of Latvia in the USA


Telephone: +1 202 328 2840.
Website: http://www.mfa.gov.lv
Address: NW, 2306 Massachusetts Avenue, Washington, 20008,
Opening times:

Mon: 1300-1600, Tues/Thurs: 1000-1300, closed Wed/Fri/Sat-Sun.

Embassy of Latvia in the UK


Telephone: +44 20 7312 0041
Website: http://www.am.gov.lvw
Address: Marylebone, 45 Nottingham Place, London, W1U 5LY,
Opening times:

Opening hours: Mon-Fri 1000-1600