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An ETIAS authorisation will be required for every American citizen for short-stay period in Latvia starting from 2021.


A valid passport is required to enter Latvia. All tourists entering Latvian territory from another (Schengen country) are exempted from presenting their passports to Latvian authorities. In this case, a national identity card is the only document needed.
The passport and other travel documents accepted for entry must be valid for a minimum of 3 months beyond the period of intended stay. All the Passports (or equivalent travel documents) issued more than ten years before the date of travel, may not be accepted.

A Schengen visa is mandatory for all nationals of United States of America who stay in the country for a period greater than 90 days.
For short stay visits (less than 90 days within a period of 180 days), the visitors are exempted from obtaining a valid Schengen visa.
An ETIAS authorisation will become a mandatory requirement for every American citizen starting from 2021.
ETIAS will have a validity of five years, and it can be used for an unlimited number of entries.

Custom Regulations
Latvian custom regulates and blocks the importing of several dangerous items such as weapons (the traveler must hold a valid European Firearm Pass), legal and illegal drugs.
Goods can be imported into Latvian territory following the mandatory limits regulated by the government:

If arriving from a non-EU country:

  • Tobacco: Cigarettes (200), cigarillos (100), cigars (50), tobacco (250g) by arriving by air.
  • Cigarettes (40), cigarillos (20), cigars (10), tobacco (50g) by arriving by by road, rail or water.
  • Alcohol: Beer (16L), wine (4L), other alcohol products (3L).

If arriving from an EU Member State:
  • Tobacco: Cigarettes (800), cigarillos (400), cigars (200), tobacco (1kg).
  • Alcohol: Beer (110L), wine (90L), other alcohol products (10L).

Currency Restriction
The government of Latvia does not impose any restrictions on the import of foreign and local currencies.

List of American diplomatic offices in Latvia

Embassy of the United States in Riga, Latvia

Address: 1 Samnera Velsa St., Riga LV-1510 LatviaCheck on map

Phone: +371 6710 7000

Fax: +371 6710 7050



List of Latvian diplomatic offices in United States of America

Honorary Consulate of Latvia

Address: 3013 Palos Verdes Drive West, Palos Verdes Estates, Los Angeles, CA 90274, U.S.A.Check on map

Phone: (+1-310) 377-1784

Fax: (+1-310) 377-5235


Honorary Consulate of Latvia

Address: 2825 Wilcrest Drive, Suite 530, Houston, TX 77042, U.S.A.Check on map

Phone: (+1-713) 888-0404

Fax: (+1-713) 952-1110


Honorary Consulate of Latvia

Address: 251 Sunny Acres Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45255, U.S.A.Check on map

Phone: (+1-513) 983-4349

Fax: (+1-513) 983-8768


Permanent Mission of Latvia to the United Nations

Address: 333 East 50th Street, New York, NY 10020, U.S.A.Check on map

Phone: (+1-212) 838-8877, 889-0803

Fax: (+1-212) 838-8920


Embassy of Latvia in Washington DC, United States

Address: 2306 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20008, U.S.A.Check on map

Phone: (1) 202 328 2840

Fax: (1) 202 328 2860



Medical Information

Recommended vaccines

  • Routine Vaccines
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Rabies

About Latvia

Capital: Riga
  • Latvian 56.3%;
  • Russian 33.8%;
  • Other 0.6%;
  • Unspecified 9.4%;

Area: 64,589 KM2
Population: 2,217,969
Timezone: UTC/GMT +2 hours
Currency: Euro (EUR)
Calling Code: +371

Power Sockets

Type C European 2-pin  C European 2-pin
Type F Schuko plug  F Schuko plug

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