Citizens of the European Union (EU) and
the European Economic Zone (EEZ) may cross the border of the Republic of Latvia
without a visa, producing valid travel documents - passports or identity cards
and a valid health and life insurance policy, can stay in Latvia for up to 90
days during a six-month period. To prolong this term they have to register with
the Department of Citizenship and Migration and receive a residence permit.
Citizens of the European Union (EU) and the European Economic Zone (EEZ) may cross the border of the Republic of Latvia without a visa, producing valid travel documents - passports or identity cards and a valid health and life insurance policy, can stay in Latvia for up to 90 days during a six-month period. To prolong this term they have to register with the Department of Citizenship and Migration and receive a residence permit.
Spouses of citizens of EU and EEZ states (except Latvia), first degree relatives in ascending and descending line who are not citizens of EU or EEZ countries or the countries with which Latvia has effective visa-free regime arrangements can apply for a visa for entry in the Republic of Latvia on the border, by producing a relevant document certifying the fact of marriage or relationship provided these persons enter Latvia together with a spouse or first degree relative (EU or EEZ citizen) respectively.
The maximum time that a person holding a
Schengen visa may stay in the Schengen Area is three months in a half-year
period, beginning on the first day of entry after crossing the external border
of the Schengen area. If a foreigner will need to stay in
The accession to the Schengen Agreement
has given to
of the following countries do not need a visa:
Countries whose citizens may entry Latvia without a visa: Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Czech Republic, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, El Salvador, Estonia, France, Finland, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Macao, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, The Holy See, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Venezuela.
Persons with a residence permit in one of these countries who are not citizens of one of it, need a visa.
Persons, who use as a travel document a
United Nations passport, a European Commission passport, a EU member state,
Armenian, Ukrainian or Turkish diplomatic or service passport may enter
Airport transit visa entitles aeroplane
passengers to cross the transit zone of an international airport in the
territory of the
A decision on the issue of a visa is
taken by an Embassy or Consulate of the
Documents required for issue visa to
• Passport or other travel document (containing at least two blank pages and with a term of validity of the passport that exceeds that of the visa by at least three months);
• Visa application form filled out and signed by the applicant;
• 1 colour photo (35mm x 45mm);
• Travel medical insurance policy
valid in all Schengen countries and covering the entire period of the visit in
the Schengen area (the minimum amount of the insurance is 30
• Payment or confirmation of the payment of visa application fee;
• Supporting documents justifying the purpose and conditions of the visit.
Fee for short-term visa (C category) is
EUR 60. The given fees are charged in foreign currencies in diplomatic and
consular missions of the
For more detailed and up-to date information please visit the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Latvia web-site (www.mfa.gov.lv ) and Office of citizenship and migration affairs web-site (www.ocma.gov.lv/ ).
Participant who needs a visa to enter Latvia should contact the local organizing committee (contact person Gunars Bajars, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org) well in advance. Please indicate the title of your presentation at the symposium and the time you are planning to stay in Latvia.