Latvia

Entry allowed but some restrictions may apply. Entry ban for visitors arriving from certain areas. COVID test result is required for visitors from certain areas except for vaccinated or EUDCC holder.
Quarantine is required for visitors from certain areas except for vaccinated or EUDCC holders. Find more details on official websites.

EUDCC certificate is respected in LatviaHolders of EUDCC are not subject to extra restrictions when entering Latvia. Visit the EUDCC's official website.

Pre-entry clearance formTravelers might be required to fill out the pre-travel clearance form. Fill the form on official website.

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What is the COVID situation in Latvia?

+723 New COVID cases in Latvia
+16 New COVID deaths in Latvia
64.51% Fully vaccinated

Data source: Our World In Data / Data updated on December 3, 2021

Data last reviewed on: 14 October 2021

Basic facts about Latvia

Latvia is a small member state of the European Union. The capital of Latvia is Riga and the most spoken language is Latvian. The national currency in Latvia is Euro (EUR).

What taxi apps are available in Latvia?

If you are not a local, you may have difficulty making the best use of public transportation. Using a taxi app such as Uber or Bolt is unquestionably a better method to go about cities without getting into too much touch with strangers. There may be also other local taxi apps available in Latvia.

Uber is not available in Latvia. You can use Bolt in 9 cities: Daugavpils, Jelgava, Jūrmala, Liepāja, Ogre, Rēzekne, Rīga, Valmiera, Ventspils.

See the full list of cities where Bolt operate.

Practical information

Euro (EUR)Official currency
1 USD~0.88 EUR

Check with your bank to determine if there are any costs for international transactions. When you use a foreign ATM, your home bank will typically charge you a fee. While some banks don't charge a fee, some charge a fixed fees for every withdrawal or provide a limited amount of free withdrawals.

When you spend money abroad with your card, you're unlikely to get the interbank exchange rate. This implies that each time you spend in a foreign currency, you may be paying a significant fee. Varying service providers may charge different markups, but they should not exceed 3% of the transaction value on average.

To reduce the transaction costs, you may choose to consider one of the travel cards offered by the following mobile banks: Wise.com, Revolut, N26 or Monose

Do people speak English in Latvia?

The official language of Latvia is Latvian. Although English is not the official language, a large number of people in Latvia are fluent English speakers. You will, however, most likely not be able to speak smoothly with everyone in Latvia. Learning a few basic words and phrasees will make your trip in Latvia a bit easier.

In the EF English Competency Index (EF EPI), which assesses the language proficiency of non-native speaking countries, Latvia was ranked 29th out of 100 countries in 2020.

What socket types are used in Latvia?

There are 2 common plug types used in Latvia:

Type C 230 V, 50 Hz  Type F 230 V, 50 Hz

The sockets' shapes and voltage differ from country to country and a travel plug adapter may be required. Portable devices, such as phones, notebooks or tablets, usually handle the entire range of voltages used across the world (110-240V).

What countries need visa to enter Latvia?

Currently, citizens of 93 countries can enter Latvia without obtaining a visa. This figure includes nationals who can acquire a visa on arrival.

What are visa requirements to enter Latvia?

Use the list below to check visa requirements for your country to enter Latvia.

Data last reviewed on: 14 October 2021

Is it safe in Latvia?

The U.S. State Department uses a four-level travel advisory system. The levels show how safe it is to travel throughout the world. The countries with the lowest level (1) are considered safe for visitors, while those with the greatest level (4) should be avoided, at least temporarily.

On October 4, 2021, the risk level for Latvia was changed to Level 4: Do Not Travel.

Emergency phones in Latvia

112 Police
112 Ambulance
112 Fire police

How much tobacco and alcohol can you bring to Latvia?

The products are only for your own use or consumption, or as a present for members of your household. They may not be imported for commercial purposes under any circumstances.

Individuals below the age of 18 are not permitted to have a tobacco or alcoholic beverage allowance.

Alcohol

Travellers from EU countries:

  • 90L of still wine (60L of sparkling wine)
  • 110L of beer
  • 10L of alcoholic beverages stronger than 22%
  • 20L of fortified or sparkling wine or other liqueurs up to 22%.

Travellers from non-EU countries:

  • 4L of wine
  • 16L of beer
  • 1L of spirits over 22% volume or 2L of alcoholic beverages less than 22% volume

Tobacco

Travellers from EU countries:

  • 800 cigarettes or 400 cigarillos or 200 cigars or 1kg of tobacco

Travellers from non-EU countries:

Your tobacco allowance is determined on your form of transportation.

If you are travelling by air:

  • 200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco

If you are NOT travelling by air:

  • 40 cigarettes or 20 cigarillos or 10 cigars or 50g of tobacco

Data last reviewed on: 14 October 2021

Check travel information also for neighbor countries of Latvia:

BelarusEstoniaLithuaniaRussian Federation
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