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In order to avoid unpleasant incidents during travel and not expose itself to risk, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs recommends that the information regarding the countries or individual territories thereof be consulted, as well as the recommended precautions prior to and during the journey.
Available on the Ministry's websitelist of country informationin which, when selecting the country of destination, it is possible to familiarise itself with the recommendations and alerts for travellers.
Everyone must take a valid passport (or identity card) when crossing the national border (EID card) if you are travelling within the Schengen area). Before travelling, contact the embassy of the foreign country concerned to find out what the passport should be for when entering the country.
For more information on receipt of a personal identification document, video instruction on how to apply for the issue of a document electronically, and on action if the document is lost, see sectionPersonal identification document.
Before travelling, it should be made clear whether a visa is required when travelling to the country selected (taking into account the length of accommodation and the purpose of the journey). The Ministry of Foreign Affairs website contains a list of countries to which you can gowithout a visaor, on receipt of an electronic entry permit prior to the journey. If you still need a visa, contact the national representative office to find out the requirements, process and costs of the application. Available on the website of the Ministry of Foreign AffairsComposition and contact details of the foreign diplomatic corps(in English), which you can use to contact the national representative and to find out the information you are interested in.
If you are travelling with a child - a child (travelling to the countries of the Schengen area) must be accompanied by a valid travel document - passport or Latvian citizen's identity card (eID card).
If a child is travelling alone (it is allowed to reach the age of compulsory education - 5 years), it is best to design a notarially approved mandate. It is compulsory to leave the Schengen area, but it is also safer to travel with it (although not compulsory).
It should be verified that no additional requirements, such as the presentation of other documents relating to child travel, have been established in the country to which or through which the child will travel, as well as the company providing passenger services. It is also recommended to carry out a translation of the document concerned into the language of the country of destination and to familiarise itself with the rules of internal procedures of the passenger carrier chosen.
In order to protect yourself, your property and health when travelling, you must think about insurance. Travel insurance is widely offered by many insurance companies and can be presented electronically on the websites of companies, as well as in on-the-spot branches, during the journey. Travellers are advised to have insurance which also covers repatriation costs to their home country, in the event of the death of a person or serious illness.
When travelling, it is certainly worth weighing all health risks in the event of sudden illness, injury, etc. In such situations, the European Health Insurance Card, or EHIC, is very useful, which demonstrates your right to receive the necessary or emergency healthcare to the same extent as it is provided to the people of the country concerned.
The EHIC shall be a plastic card attesting that the person is a Member State of the European Union, a Member State of the European Economic Area (Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein) or a Swiss Confederation and is socially insured in his or her country.
An EHIC card can be applied for electronically:
The EHIC shall be issued free of charge and shall be valid for three years. You may receive a new card free of charge after the expiry date of the card (or within one month before the existing EHIC expires).
Vaccination is an essential guarantor of health. Full available on the website of the vaccination servicealphabetical list of countrieswhich allows you to find out about the necessary vaccines in the country and region when selecting the country of destination.
The consular register is an information system under the responsibility of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in which any resident of Latvia who holds a Latvian passport may register and who intends to travel abroad on a trip not exceeding six months. Registration in the Consular Register will make it possible, if necessary, to receive consular assistance promptly in emergency situations.
Registration in Consular Register is possible via portalLatvija.lvin the available e-service “Electronic registration in the consular register”.
At the same time, you can submit information about the people you travel with, accommodation, contacts, insurance, etc.
For information on the necessary representation of you, see the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia.on the website.
In emergency situations abroad (lost travel document, severe illness or death, detention, etc.), we call the Consular Department's daily telephone immediately: +371 26337711.
The “Travel Safe” mobile app will be useful for anyone who plans to travel to or from abroad. It will help to prepare for trips successfully, alert for potential risks, and indicate where to seek emergency assistance.
The application shall include:
For the journey chosen to be successful and without unpleasant surprises, it is important to know that the chosen tourism agent or tourism operator is officially registered, has not been declared insolvent, is entitled to provide services and has provided a guarantee of the security of the money paid to customers.
You have the ability to verify electronically and free of charge the compliance of the data of the tourist or agentIn the database of tourism agents and tourism operators(TATO).
You can search, if known and completed at least one of the parameters listed below:
If you want to transport a pet animal (dog, cat or ferret)for non-commercial purposesit shall be permitted to do so outside the State within the European Union if the animal has:
For more information about the requirements when traveling with an animal, seeAnimal travel.
For more information on animals leaving the country, imports into Latvia and related documentation, you can find:
Food and veterinary servicesandAgricultural data centrewebsite and information materialWhat you need to know if you travel with your pet.
The transport of goods for human movement and personal consumption between the European Union (EU) and the European Economic Area (EEA) Member States and Andorra, San Marino and Switzerland is neither controlled nor supervised. Since Latvia is part of the Schengen area, the laws and regulations on the movement of goods and persons are not limited.
It should be noted that the regulatory enactments lay down certain groups of goods for which restrictions on movements and import volumes are imposed, such as:
In the section of the SRS websiteTravelling within the EUyou may be familiar with the information about these restrictions.
Although the transport of foodstuffs within the EU is not controlled, the general restrictions may relate to the potential risk of diseases where an outbreak of plant or animal disease has occurred in one of the Member States. These are exceptional situations. This means that there are limited movements of man and animals to and from these zones, the transport of products of animal origin.
When returning to Latvia from a country outside the EU and leading various goods purchased on the journey, the conditions for moving goods must be observed. It should be remembered that not all purchased goods can be imported into Latvia without paying taxes.
Goods imported into the traveller's personal luggage shall be taxed only in cases where the total quantity of goods allowed is exceededvalue or quantity. Taxes shall not be payable if the total value and quantity of the goods per person does not exceed the prescribed amount.
If a person enters Latvia from a country that is not a Member State of the European Union (EU), the goods may be covered by
Payment of payments administered by customs may be made electronically using Latvija.lv e-serviceMaking customs payments on-line.
When entering the territory of the European Union from a third or no Member State of the European Union, a private person may not import meat and meat products, milk and dairy products. Authorised quantities of products of other animal origin — fish and fishery products of a total volume of 20 kg, honey, oysters, molluscs, etc. — 2 kg.
In the section of the SRS websiteTravelling outside the EUinformation on restrictions on the entry of goods into personal luggage may be obtained.
The restrictions shall apply to:
The volume of goods that may be imported into Latvia without paying taxes on entry by road, water or rail and air transport varies.
On imports of products of animal origin read more in the information materialProducts of animal origin which are prohibited for personal consumption from entering Latvia from third countries.. State Plant Protection Service developedmaterials for plant seed, flowers, fruit and vegetables not to be imported into the EU from third countries.
Often during customs controls, travellers returning from exotic countries are exposed to a variety of non-traditional medical products and, for example, souvenirs, corals, snakes in bottles, pitonskin products made from plants and animals of endangered species. Where such goods are carried without appropriate authorisation, they shall be seized.
To bring in or exit the State Washington ConventionOn international trade in endangered animal and plant speciesanimals, plants or articles thereof listed in Appendix (CITES) shall be authorised by the relevant national CITES supervisory authority. It must be presented with the animal, plant or article manufactured from it to the customs official at the customs inspection post. Additional information may be received by CITES supervisory authority in Latvia:In the management of nature protection. The website of the Nature Conservation Board is available at:information on CITES Convention, regulatory enactments and the introduction of the requirements thereof in the European Union and Latvia, as well asinformation for tourists– framework conditions for cases such as banned souvenirs, permits and certificates, controllers and other useful information to be known by the tourist, compiled by the Nature Protection Boardinformation material.
If a natural person wishes to import medicinal products into Latvia for personal use, such may be done if the medicinal products are in a specific form of medicinal products in the original packaging, the manufacturer and the country of production thereof shall be identified on the packaging and have a purchase check or equivalent document for them. The amount of imported medicinal products at once may be equivalent to a 6-month course of administration.
A natural person shall not be permitted to import narcotic analgetics, new psychoactive substances and active substances from abroad for personal use.
If the quantity of imported medicinal products for each medicinal product exceeds three units of the packaging of medicinal products, the use of medicinal products shall be justified by a written statement of the person with an indication of the use of medicinal products for personal uses and a statement that the medicinal products are not narcotic analgetics, new psychoactive substances, active substances and that the person assumes responsibility for the use of such medicinal products.
The introduction of anabolic steroids, testosterone, growth hormones or their analogues is justified by a prescription or a document issued by the medical treatment authority.
If you (or your minor children, who have Latvian nationality) plan to stay outside Latvia for more than 6 months, you must notify your residence address to the Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs (PMLP). This is necessary in order to ensure, if necessary, the possibility of communication between you and the State of Latvia.
In order to notify the address of the place of residence in a foreign state, a person must complete an application for a specific sample or write an application in a free form, indicating the data regarding himself or her minor child (given name, surname, personal identity number) and the address in a foreign state. In order to submit an application electronically, you may use:
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If, when you are abroad, you need to produce documentary evidence in one of the national authorities regarding the course of your work or training, civil status, impunity or other personal information (it may be requested in court, registration of the marriage, etc.), you may request a certified statement or a copy of the document from the State Archives.
To request data from the archive (list of statements that you can receive, seeWebsite of the National Archives of Latvia):
You will get an application form in which you can design a request for information when filling out information windows. The data request price list has been determined in accordance with Cabinet Regulation No. 857 of 17 September 2013, Schedule of Public Charge Services of the National Archives of Latvia, which is available on the portalLikumi.lv.
When authenticating, I agree and undertake to comply with the rules for the use of the electronic identification solution.
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