AUSTRALIAN CITIZENS VISITING LATVIA
TRAVEL INFO AND ETIAS REQUIREMENTS
An ETIAS authorisation will be required for every Australian 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 Australia 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 Australian citizen starting from 2021.
ETIAS will have a validity of five years, and it can be used for an unlimited number of entries.
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).
The government of Latvia does not impose any restrictions on the import of foreign and local currencies.
Australia and Latvia
In 1829, Aaron Wolf was the first Latvian brought to Australia as a convict. Latvian sailors followed early in the 20th century, seeking new beginnings and refugees fleeing the 1905 revolution also arrived in Australia. Between 1947 and 1952 around 19 700 refugees arrived, and in 1947 an agreement was entered to accept refugees in Australia.
The conditions were that Australia would only accept people physically capable of working and each immigrant must work two mandatory years in a government-assigned job. In 1947 843 refugees arrived, among them Latvians, who were set up in a camp in Bonegilla.
Australia and Latvia enjoy bilateral agreements covering Trade and Economic Cooperation, Extradition and Social Security. Two-way merchandise trade exists between the two countries. Australia exports primarily alcoholic beverages and civil engineering equipment and parts to Lithuania, who exports telecom equipment and parts, furniture, mattresses and cushions, and alcoholic beverages to Australia.
4,675 Australian residents were born in Latvia, and 20,514 have Latvian ancestry.
Australians wishing to travel to Latvia once ETIAS is in place will have to apply online as required.
List of Australian diplomatic offices in Latvia
Australian Consulate in Riga, Latvia
Address: C/- AIRTOUR, 7 Vilandes, Riga LV-1010, Latvia
Phone: +371 67 320 509
Fax: +371 67 320 516
List of Latvian diplomatic offices in Australia
Honorary Consulate of Latvia in Australia
Address: P.O.Box 457, Strathfield, NSW 2135
Phone: (+61-2) 97445981
Fax: (+61-2) 97476055
Honorary General Consulate of Latvia in Australia
Address: P.O.Box 23, Kew, VIC 3101
Phone: (+61-3) 94996920
Fax: (+61-3) 94997008
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- Russian 33.8%;
- Other 0.6%;
- Unspecified 9.4%;
Area: 64,589 KM2
Timezone: UTC/GMT +2 hours
Currency: Euro (EUR)
Calling Code: +371
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