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COVID-19 and travelling to Latvia

  • COVID-19 travel restrictions were lifted in Latvia. There is no need to present a certificate of vaccination, recovery from COVID-19 or negative test results.
  • Facemasks and respirators must be worn in health care and social care facilities.
  • It is still advisable to practice good hand and cough hygiene and do not travel if having any symptoms.

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When entering latvia, it is obligatory to fill in the covidpass.lv arrival confirmation form.

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In accordance with the Cabinet of Ministers Regulation No. 662 “Epidemiological Safety Measures for the Containment of the Spread of Covid-19 Infection” , entry into Latvia from abroad has been facilitated for persons vaccinated against Covid-19, as well as persons who have contracted the disease, upon presentation of a valid digital Covid-19 certificate from most countries, except countries with particularly high risk*, may enter Latvia without the mandatory test and without self-isolation, but all persons intending to enter Latvia are still required to fill in an electronic arrival confirmation form on the Covidpass.lv website.

The form is mandatory for all travelers and must be completed no earlier than 48 hours before crossing the border of the Republic of Latvia.

After completing the confirmation form, the traveler will receive a personalized QR code confirming the submission of the data. The code is necessary for carriers, the Health Inspectorate, the State Police, local police, the State Border Guard and the Centre for Disease Prevention and Control to check that the restrictions are being respected.

The most important points about filling in the Covidpass arrival confirmation form

You must confirm your entry to the Republic of Latvia by ticking one of the following statuses on the confirmation form:

  • whether or not the person has an interoperable digital COVID-19 certificate, recognized in the European Union, certifying completion of vaccination, the fact of having contracted the disease;
  • the person may indicate the reason for entry if he/she falls under one of the exceptions mentioned in the Cabinet of Ministers Regulation No. 662 “Epidemiological Safety Measures for the Containment of the Spread of Covid-19 Infection” , which allows not to present the European digital COVID-19 certificate.

The form must contain the following personal data:

  • name, surname;
  • personal identification number or travel document number (passport or ID card);
  • E-mail address;
  • date of entry;
  • other information required by the supervisory authorities (countries visited in recent days, contact details, address if necessary, vehicle number, etc.).

You must fill in the form each time for yourself, your children and persons under your guardianship. Each adult must complete the form separately; forms for minors must be filled in by the minors’ parents or legal guardians. Every 30 days, the form may be submitted to the persons referred to in Paragraph 151 of Cabinet Regulation No. 662 “ Epidemiological Safety Measures for the Containment of the Spread of Covid-19 Infection ”.

After completing the form, the person will receive a personalized QR code on the screen of the device and in their e-mail confirming the submission. If the form is filled in incorrectly, the confirmation form can be filled in again. In case the QR code is lost, the website has a function to “Receive the QR code” again by entering your e-mail address.

Personal data will be stored for 30 days for the purpose of using the information received for epidemiological safety and contact tracing.

If you have any questions about the use of Covidpass.lv , please contact the Service Desk of the Information Centre: phone +371 67219111 , e-mail: [email protected] .

Please also note that when you cross the border of the Republic of Latvia, you will be sent a reminder message about the completion of the Covidpass.lv arrival confirmation form, regardless of whether you have actually completed it. If you have already filled it in, you do not need to do it again after receiving the text message. 

* Countries at particularly high risk are countries where an epidemiological situation has been identified that could pose a serious risk to public health, for more information see the Centre for Disease Prevention and Control website.

Additional information:

Information Centre of the Ministry of the Interior

Tel.: +371 67219111

E-mail: [email protected]

Website: www.covidpass.lv

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From June 16 the requirements for entering Latvia from abroad will be eased

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From Wednesday, June 16, the ban on non-essential travel, the requirement to pass the C ovid -19 test and self-isolate when entering Latvia will be lifted if an individual can present a digital C ovid -19 certificate confirming the completion of vaccination or recovery from the disease.

Today, June 15, the government approved the amendments to Cabinet Regulation No 360 “Epidemiological safety measures to limit the spread of Covid -19 infection” proposed by the Ministry of Transport, which revokes a number of requirements for entry into Latvia if an individual can prove by means of a digital certificate that he or she is vaccinated against Covid -19 or has recovered from the disease during the last six months.

With the increase in vaccination coverage and the decrease in the incidence of Covid -19, the Cabinet of Ministers has decided to revoke those epidemiological safety requirements that do not apply to fully vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19.  

“I am pleased that travel requirements have been simplified and aligned with the recommendations of the Council of the European Union. Latvia’s decision to allow non-essential travel for vaccinated has been harmonised with the regulations of other EU Member States. The epidemiological situation in the European Union is improving, and this allows us to review the restrictions imposed so far. Coordinated and united action of the European Union for free travel will allow both citizens to plan summer vacations and the international passenger transport industry to return to business as usual,” explains Minister of Transport Tālis Linkaits.

For a transitional period until 1 September, one can present a document equal to digital certificate in English or in the language of the country of departure either on paper or electronically (on a smart device).

The amendments also stipulate that children under the age of 12 do not have to present a negative test result when entering Latvia, but they will be subject to the same conditions for self-isolation as their companions: if the person accompanying the child does not have to self-isolate, then the child also does not have to. However, for 10 days after entry, those children will not be allowed to contact people outside their household, attend public events, children’s groups, go to camp, school, or kindergarten, or use public transport.

In future, for a country to be considered epidemiologically safe, its cumulative incidence over the last 14 days must not exceed 75 cases per 100 000 population, instead of the current 50 cases.

The ban on non-essential travel to Latvia, the requirement to perform a test before and after the trip, as well as the requirement for self-isolation for vaccinated and recovered remain only when traveling from countries with a particularly high risk to public health (Emergency brake regulation).

Non- Covid -19 certified (non-vaccinated, non-recovered, without negative test result) individuals are allowed non-essential travel from the EU, EEA, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and low-risk third countries, but non-vaccinated must be tested before travel and self-isolate upon arrival. When returning from high-risk third countries, those individuals must additionally undergo a test upon arrival in Latvia.

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From 1 March 2022, the entry rules will change

Last update 19.02.2022

According to the government decision, the requirement to enter Latvia with an interoperable COVID-19 vaccination or recovery certificate or a negative COVID-19 test result remains in force from 1 March 2022. At the same time, the requirement to fill in covidpass.lv has been cancelled, while the requirement to self-isolate after entry has been cancelled as of 16 February 2022.

From 1 March 2022, no significant reason will be required to enter Latvia. At the same time, the control of travellers’ interoperable certificates and test results will continue by ensuring the same requirements for travellers regardless of the country of entry. Travellers from countries that do not provide an interoperable COVID-19 vaccination certificate must have a negative COVID-19 test result in the language of the country of departure or in English on paper or electronically (on a smart device).  Countries providing interoperable medical documents .

If an individual is unable to present a valid interoperable COVID-19 vaccination or recovery certificate or a negative COVID-19 test result (PCR or antigen) to an international carrier, the carrier will be entitled to refuse boarding.

The exceptions set out above remain valid in cases where an interoperable vaccination or recovery certificate or a negative COVID-19 test result is not required for entry, including for children under 12 years of age. See the Cabinet Regulation  No 662 “Epidemiological Safety Measures for the Containment of the Spread of COVID-19 Infection”  for more details.

Travellers, including those with an interoperable recovery or vaccination certificate, retain the opportunity to undergo a voluntary, state-paid COVID-19 test at the Riga International Airport upon arrival.

At the same time, the Centre for Disease Prevention and Control will carry out a risk assessment to identify countries where the risks of COVID-19 spread are very high and pose a risk to public health. To enter from such, especially high-risk countries, a significant reason will be required and an additional COVID-19 test will be required in Latvia. Currently, there are no such countries identified. More detailed information on the  website of the Centre for Disease Prevention and Control .

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Most visitors from the United States, regardless of vaccination status, can enter Latvia.

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Information for travellers from USA to Latvia on the provisions for preventing the spread of COVID-19

Travel to Latvia without additional restrictions is allowed for persons living in the United States of America who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 with a vaccine authorized with the European Medicines Agency or with an equivalent regulator or recognized by the World Health Organization, or persons recovered from COVID-19 and holding  a document certifying that (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC).

All persons travelling to Latvia must fill out an electronic form on the  Covidpass.lv  website not earlier than 48 hours before entering Latvia and provide the requested information concerning vaccination or recovery from COVID-19.

Please follow information on the webpage of  The Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (CDPC) of Latvia.

If proof of vaccination or recovery cannot be provided

Only essential travelers, non-vaccinated, non-recovered from COVID-19, may enter Latvia. Complete list of categories of those who are allowed to enter Latvia is listed in Paragraph 168 of the Cabinet of Ministers Regulation, “ Epidemiological Safety Measures for the Containment of the Spread of COVID-19 Infection”.

All persons travelling to Latvia must fill out an electronic form on the  Covidpass.lv  website not earlier than 48 hours before entering Latvia and provide the requested information concerning testing.

 * a PCR test 72 hours before boarding the carrier’s vehicle or entering Latvia, or an antigen test taken not earlier than 48 hours before boarding the carrier’s vehicle or entering Latvia.Proof of a negative COVID-19 test result must be presented to the airline. If this is not done, the passenger will be denied boarding to Latvia.  Children under the age of 12 are exempted from this Covid-19 testing requirement.

**Upon entering Latvia, individuals must immediately, but no later than 24 hours after arrival, undergo a Covid-19 test at the nearest testing site at his or her own expense and must immediately go to the place of self-isolation until a negative test result is received. This testing requirement also does not apply to children who are under the age of 12.

For detailed requirements and a comprehensive list of persons exempt from the test, see Paragraph 159 of the Cabinet of Ministers Regulation,  “Epidemiological Safety Measures for the Containment of the Spread of COVID-19 Infection”.

***Upon entering Latvia individuals shall, 10 days after leaving the United States, ensure self-isolation. Self-isolation may be discontinued if on the seventh day after leaving the U.S. he or she undergoes a COVID-19 test and the test result is negative. Information on exceptions to self-isolation requirements after arriving in Latvia is outlined in Paragraph 168 of the Cabinet of Ministers Regulation, “ Epidemiological Safety Measures for the Containment of the Spread of COVID-19 Infection”.

Air travelers entering the Republic of Latvia, including persons who have an interoperable vaccination or recovery certificate, are offered to voluntarily undergo free-of-charge COVID-19 testing in the territory of Riga International Airport.

The airport staff or the State Border Guard and the State Police officers have the right to demand that the arrivals get tested.

As from 1 February 2022, the period of validity of the EU digital Covid-19 vaccination certificate has been set at 270 days after the completion of the primary vaccination cycle for the purposes of travel within the European Union, as well as Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. The 270-day validity period will be applied regardless of the type of vaccine administered. This period of validity does not apply to certificates issued after receiving the booster dose and is not limited in time.

The COVID-19 recovery certificate is valid for 180 days.

As from 15 February 2022, at the national level, the following validity periods have been set for the use of certificates to attend events and receive services in Latvia:

  • 5 months after receiving the Johnson&Johnson (Janssen) vaccine;
  • 9 months after receiving any other vaccine approved by the European Medicines Agency;

Information how to obtain a short-term vaccination certificate for use in Latvia can be found  here .

More detailed information about the creation of the digital COVID certificate if vaccination was performed outside European countries can be found  here .

More detailed information for travelers to Latvia available  here .  

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From 1 april 2022, no covid-19 certificate or test will be required when entering latvia.

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From 1 April 2022, the requirement to present an interoperable vaccination or recovery certificate or a negative COVID-19 test certificate for entry into Latvia has been revoked. Hence, this requirement will only apply to travellers from high-risk countries but is not currently defined by the Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (CDPC).

Today, 29 March 2022, the government has decided that an interoperable vaccination or recovery certificate or a negative COVID-19 test certificate would only be required when entering Latvia from high-risk countries. Countries with a particularly high risk are those where epidemiological situations have been identified, posing a serious threat to public health. The CDPC publishes a list of these countries, and no such countries are currently recognised.

At the same time, when entering from high-risk countries, the requirement for a certificate or negative test certificate will not apply to:

  • Children under the age of 12;
  • Employees of the transport and passenger transport service provider;
  • Seafarers who need to get to or from their place of work on board;
  • Aircraft passengers who cross the territory of Latvia in transit without leaving the controlled area of ​​the airport and staying there for no longer than 24 hours if they can present confirmation of their transit flight;
  • Ukrainian citizens and their family members leaving Ukraine due to Russia’s war in Ukraine.

Given that security measures vary from country to country, we still encourage travellers to check the epidemiological safety requirements in the countries of destination and transit before the flight, clarifying the travel conditions and current requirements with the particular carrier.

Entering Latvia requires an interoperable vaccination or recovery certificate or a negative COVID-19 test result at present.

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Exercise normal precautions in Latvia.

Read the country information page for additional information on travel to Latvia.

If you decide to travel to Latvia:

  • Enroll in the  Smart Traveler Enrollment Program  ( STEP ) to receive travel alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
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Entry, Exit and Visa Requirements

Visit the website the Embassy of Latvia in Washington for the most current visa information.

  • If you plan to stay in Latvia more than 90 days, you must apply for temporary residence.
  • A criminal records check from the United States, which can be requested through the  FBI , is required for a temporary residence permit. You must also submit proof of identity and a set of ink-rolled fingerprint impressions.
  • The U.S. Embassy cannot take your fingerprints, but the Latvian State Criminal Police Department is able to provide this service at Bruninieku iela 72, Riga, tel: 371 6720-8662. For more information, contact  the Latvian Embassy  at 2306 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. 20008, tel: (202) 328-2840, fax: (202) 328-2860. 
  • You should carry your passport when travelling to neighboring Baltic countries from Latvia – even on day trips – as random passport checks are possible.

Traveling Through Europe : If you are planning to visit or travel through European countries, you should be familiar with the requirements of the Schengen Agreement.

  • Your passport should be valid for at least three months beyond the period of stay if you plan on transiting a Schengen country review our U.S. Travelers in Europe page .    
  • You will need s ufficient proof of funds and a return plane ticket .  
  • For additional information about visas for the Schengen area, see the Schengen Visa  page.

HIV/AIDS Restrictions : The U.S. Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors to or foreign residents of Latvia. Find information on  dual nationality ,  prevention of international child abduction  and  customs regulations on our websites.

Safety and Security

Terrorism: Credible information indicates terrorist groups continue plotting possible attacks in Europe. European governments are taking action to guard against terrorist attacks. However, all European countries remain potentially vulnerable to attacks from transnational terrorist organizations. 

For more information, see our Terrorism page.  

Crime: Crime against foreign visitors is generally non-violent in nature; however, violent assaults and robberies have occurred. Harassment of foreigners and same-sex partners has also occurred in Latvia.

  • Be aware of your surroundings and take personal security measures to stay safe.
  • The most common crimes encountered by foreign tourists are purse snatching, pick pocketing, and mugging, especially during the summer tourism season.
  • Thieves have targeted foreign vistiors in Riga’s Old Town (Vecriga), Central Train Station (Dzelzcela stacija), Central Bus Station (Autoosta), and Central Market (Centraltirgus).
  • Avoid walking alone or using ATMs after dark.
  • There have been cases of visitors partying at bars and nightclubs in Riga who have been drugged and subsequently sexually assaulted.
  • Be aware of other common scams in restaurants and tourist pubs. Pay special attention to drink prices, as they may rise to exorbitant levels for tourists. Management may use force to secure payment.
  • Internet crime is increasing in Latvia.  Common schemes involve internet auction or job-search sites.

Demonstrations  occur frequently. They may take place in response to political or economic issues, on politically significant holidays, and during international events.  

  • Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and possibly become violent. 
  • Avoid areas around protests and demonstrations.  
  • Check local media for updates and traffic advisories

Information regarding demonstrations in Latvia can be found on the U.S. Embassy Latvia website .

International Financial Scams : See the  Department of State  and the  FBI  pages for information on scams.

Victims of Crime : Report crimes to the local police at 112 and contact the U.S. Embassy at +(371) 6710-7000. Remember that local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting the crime.

See our webpage on  help for U.S. victims of crime overseas .

  • Help you find appropriate medical care
  • Assist you in reporting a crime to the police
  • Contact relatives or friends with your written consent
  • Provide general information regarding the victim’s role during the local investigation and following its conclusion
  • Provide a list of local attorneys
  • Provide our information on  victim’s compensation programs in the United States.
  • Assist you with a list of non-governmental organizations and centers providing a number of programs for victims of crime in Latvia.  Please see  our website  for more information.
  • Provide an emergency loan for repatriation to the United States and/or limited medical support in cases of destitution
  • Help you find accommodation and arrange flights home
  • Replace a stolen or lost passport

Domestic Violence:  U.S. citizen victims of domestic violence are encouraged to contact the local police at 112 and  the U.S. Embassy for assistance. Tourism:  The tourism industry is regulated and rules with regards to best practices and safety inspections are enforced. Hazardous areas/activities are identified with appropriate signage and professional staff is typically on hand in support of organized activities. In the event of an injury, appropriate medical treatment is available throughout the country. Outside of urban areas, it may take more time for first responders and medical professionals to provide assistance. U.S. citizens are encouraged to purchase medical evacuation insurance . 

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Criminal Penalties: You are subject to local laws. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be arrested, imprisoned or deported. 

Furthermore, some laws are also prosecutable in the United States, regardless of local law. For examples, see our website on crimes against minors abroad and the Department of Justice website.

Arrest Notification:  If you are arrested or detained, ask police to notify the U.S. Embassy immediately. See our  webpage  for further information.

  • Penalties for possessing, using, or trafficking in illegal drugs in Latvia are severe. You can expect long jail sentences and heavy fines.
  • You can be jailed immediately for driving under the influence of alcohol.
  • Your U.S. passport will not help you avoid arrest or prosecution.

Special Circumstances:  Latvia is part of the Eurozone and only euros are accepted.

  • Bank and currency exchange counters may refuse to accept U.S. currency that is crumpled, torn, discolored, or defaced (even small pen strokes are considered defacing). If such notes are accepted for exchange, an additional processing fee, based on the size of the transaction, may be charged. Cashing personal and Treasury checks issued in the United States may be time-consuming and costly.
  • ATMs are widely available in Riga and in major towns.  For security purposes, it is recommended that visitors use ATMs located inside major hotels or shopping malls.
  • Telephone connections with the United States are reliable;  however, U.S. toll-free numbers cannot be accessed from Latvia. 

Customs:  Latvian customs authorities may enforce strict regulations concerning temporary importation into or export from Latvia of items such as firearms, religious materials, antiquities, medications, business equipment, drugs, etc.

Individuals establishing a business or practicing a profession that requires additional permits or licensing should seek information from the competent local authorities, prior to practicing or operating a business.

Contact  the Embassy of Latvia in Washington  or one of the  Latvian consulates  in the United States for specific information regarding customs requirements.

Counterfeit and Pirated Goods: Although counterfeit and pirated good are prevalent in many countries, they may still be illegal according to local laws. You may also pay fines and have to give them up if you bring them back from the United States.   See the U.S. Department of Justice website for more information. 

Faith-Based Travelers: See our following webpages for details:

  • Faith-Based Travel Information
  • International Religious Freedom Report – see country reports

LGBTI Travelers: There are no legal restrictions on same-sex sexual relations or the organization of LGBTI events in Latvia.

Credible non-governmental organizations report widespread intolerance and discrimination against LGBTI persons, as well as underreporting to authorities of attacks and discrimination against LGBTI individuals.

See our  LGBTI Travel Information  page and section 6 of the  Department of State's Human Rights Report  for further details.

Travelers Who Require Accessibility Assistance : While in Latvia, individuals with disabilities may find accessibility and accommodation very different than in the United States.

  • The law prohibits discrimination against persons with disabilities in employment, education, access to health care, and other state services, and the government generally enforces these provisions. 
  • The law mandates access to buildings for persons with disabilities; however, most buildings are not yet accessible. Although Latvia has made efforts to improve disabled access, only new and completely renovated hotels, guest houses, hostels, and public buildings provide suitable facilities for seriously disabled travelers. See our Traveling with Disabilities page.
  • You may find general information on accessibility and accommodations on the website of the  Latvian Tourism Board .
  • You will rarely find easy-access public transportation and taxis. Free or reduced fares on public transportation are available only to persons with disabilities who are Latvian residents.

Students: See our Students Abroad page and FBI travel tips .

Women Travelers: See our travel tips for Women Travelers .

The quality of medical care in Latvia continues to improve but often falls short of Western standards. Latvia has highly trained medical professionals, but hospitals and clinics suffer from a lack of equipment and resources. 

  • Many doctors speak at least limited English.
  • There are few private clinics in major cities that offer services equal to Western European or U.S. standards. 
  • Western-quality dental care can be obtained in Riga.
  • Payment is expected upon admission at private hospitals.

Prescription Medicines : Pharmaceuticals sold in Latvia are produced by companies certified in accordance with EU standards but may not be labeled the same as in the United States.

For general emergency services in Latvia, dial 112. For medical emergency services, dial 113.

Ambulance services are available in urban areas but not countrywide. Injured or seriously ill travelers may prefer to take a taxi or private vehicle to the nearest major hospital rather than wait for an ambulance in rural areas. 

We do not pay medical bills.  Be aware that U.S. Medicare/Medicaid does not apply overseas. Most hospitals and doctors in Latvia do not accept U.S. health insurance.

Medical Insurance:  Make sure your health insurance plan provides coverage overseas. Most care providers overseas only accept cash payments. See our webpage for more information on types of overseas insurance. Visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for more information on type of insurance you should consider before you travel overseas.

We strongly recommend supplemental insurance  to cover medical evacuation.

Always carry your prescription medication in original packaging, along with your doctor’s prescription. Check with the Latvian Medicines Register Medicinal Product Register of Latvia to ensure the medication is legal in Latvia.

General Health Information:

The following diseases are prevalent:

  • Tuberculosis .
  • Tick-borne encephalitis and Lyme-disease are widespread throughout the country.
  • Use  CDC recommended insect repellents  containing either 20% DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR3535 to help diminish bites from ticks and other insects if you intend to visit parks or forested areas. 
  • Tick-borne encephalitis vaccinations are given as a series of three doses, and are not available in the United States. 
  • There are no vaccines against Lyme disease.
  • Hepatitis A is a significant health concern in Latvia. Hepatitis A vaccine is available in the US and is recommended for those with prolonged stays or travel in rural areas.

Vaccinations:  Be up-to-date on all vaccinations recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Further health information:

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The U.S. Embassy maintains a list of doctors and hospitals Medical Resources . We do not endorse or recommend any specific medical provider or clinic.

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Road Conditions and Safety:  While in Latvia, you may encounter road conditions that differ significantly from those in the United States.

  • Latvia’s rate of automobile accidents and fatalities is one of the highest in Europe.
  • If you plan to drive in Latvia, you are required to obtain an International Driving Permit. You may get these through the American Automobile Association (AAA) or the American Automobile Touring Alliance for a small fee.
  • If you drive without an International Driving Permit, police could confiscate your vehicle.
  • If you are resident in Latvia more than six months, you are required to apply for a Latvian driver’s license.
  • Pedestrians and cyclists are required to wear small reflectors on clothing in Latvia whenever dark outside.

Traffic Laws:  Driving while intoxicated is a very serious offense and carries heavy penalties. Latvian authorities use roadblocks and breathalyzer tests as enforcement tools.

  • You must use your headlights at all times. Speed limits are usually 50 km/hr (31 mph) in the city and 90 km/hr (55 mph) on highways.
  • There are many mobile and fixed speed cameras deployed throughout the country.

Public Transportation:  Public transportation is considered safe, but travelers are encouraged to select well-marked taxis.

See our  Road Safety page  for more information.

Aviation Safety Oversight:  As there is no direct commercial air service to the United States by carriers registered in Latvia, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has not assessed the Government of Latvia’s Civil Aviation Authority for compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards. Further information may be found on the  FAA’s safety assessment page.

Maritime Travel:  Mariners planning travel to Latvia should check for U.S. maritime advisories and alerts at the  Maritime Security Communications with Industry Web Portal . Information may also be posted to the  U.S. Coast Guard homeport website  and as a broadcast warning on the  National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s website .

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  • See the  State Department’s travel website  for the  Worldwide Caution  and  Travel Advisories .
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  • See  traveling safely abroad  for useful travel tips.

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Travel to Jamaica, March 11, 2024

Secretary Antony J. Blinken traveled to Kingston, Jamaica on March 11, 2024 to attend the High-Level Meeting on Haiti convened by the Conference of the Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). The Secretary discussed the proposal developed in partnership with CARICOM and Haitian stakeholders to expedite a political transition in Haiti through the creation of a broad-based, independent presidential college as well as the deployment of a Multinational Security Support Mission to address the ongoing security crisis.

The Secretary also met with Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness to discuss bilateral and regional issues and reaffirm our strong and enduring ties with Jamaica.

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