Latvia Travel Information
Latvia is essentially a safe country to travel to and
most of the problems you can encounter can easily be
avoided by following normal precautions and using common
Latvia is essentially a safe country to travel to,
but caution should be exercised as in Norway and other
European countries. Most problems that can be
encountered can easily be avoided by following normal
precautions and using common sense.
Norwegian citizens staying in Latvia for a shorter or
longer period are encouraged to register at
www.reiseregistrering.no. Norwegian citizens are
encouraged to have valid travel insurance.
The biggest security threat to holidaymakers is
linked to ordinary crime of profit, such as pocket theft
and scams at nightclubs, etc. The Embassy recommends
travelers to follow the precautionary principle. This is
especially true in connection with city traffic at
Prejudice against LGBT people exists and harassment
The Latvian road network is of very varying quality,
and there are relatively high traffic accidents.
Travelers are required to exercise caution in traffic.
Terrorist attacks and natural disasters can occur
everywhere, but the danger is considered low in Latvia.
The embassy is aware that several Norwegians and
other tourists have previously experienced unpleasant
events when they have been out on the town in Riga
evening and night time. Examples of events that have
occurred are disproportionately large cash bills, loss
of valuables, and various forms of card fraud. These
events have most often occurred at nightclubs and both
women and men have been behind.
- Countryaah: Riga is the capital
of Latvia. Check to find information of population, geography, history,
and economy about the capital city.
Should you be exposed to something criminal, consider
reporting the relationship. It is recommended to check
with their insurance company what is required to take
out travel insurance. The tourist police can assist in
such cases and can be reached at telephone number +371
In the event of a crisis or emergency, it is
encouraged to contact the Embassy:
Royal Norwegian Embassy
Kalku iela 15
Riga, LV 1050
Phone: +371 6781 41 00
Outside the embassy opening hours, the public can
contact the UD's 24-hour operating center on tel: + 47
23 95 00 00 or by e-mail: UDops@mfa.no.
Please note that entry regulations may change. The
Foreign Service is not responsible if the following
information on entry regulations or visa requirements is
changed at short notice. It is the responsibility of the
traveler to ensure that travel documents are valid for
entry and to familiarize themselves with the current
entry rules for each country.
Norwegian citizens do not need a visa when entering
The embassy asks travelers to be aware that passports
are the only international identity card for Norwegians.
Therefore, always carry a passport, even when traveling
in the Schengen area. Without a valid passport, you will
be denied access to flights by the airlines upon
departure from Latvia. Emergency passports can be used.
For stays beyond three months, apply for a residence
permit by contacting the Office of Citizenship and
Local public hospitals and emergency rooms may have
lower standards than in Scandinavia. The standard of
services provided by GPs and dentists is good. There are
no private hospitals aimed at foreigners, but there are
several private medical centers in Riga that provide
good outpatient treatment.
Norwegian citizens should bring a European health
insurance card. The card covers most medical treatments,
but only if emergency medical treatment is required, and
not for the cost of return.
No special vaccines are required when entering
Latvia. Public health is generally poorer than in
Scandinavia and according to the Institute of Public
Health there is a high incidence of resistant
tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS in Latvia. Several vaccines
are recommended for permanent residents. More
information can be found on the website of the Public
The time difference to Norway is + 1 hour.
National telephone code: + 371.
General emergency number is (+371) 112 (police, fire,
Power: 220 volts.
Communication: Fast internet and stable telephone
Local currency: EUR
Bank card: Visa and MasterCard are accepted in most
places (especially in the larger cities). ATMs are
widespread in cities and towns.
Normal business hours for shops, bank, public
Banks 10:00 - 17:00, offices: 09:00 - 17:00, shopping
centers: all days 10:00 - 20:00, groceries: every day
08:00 - 22:00: 00.
National Holidays: January 1 - New Year's Day, Good
Friday, Easter Day, May 1 - Public Holidays, May 4 -
Announcement of Latvia's Independence, Pentecost, April
23-24. June - Sanctuary Eve/day, November 18 - National
Day of Latvia - Declaration by the Republic of Latvia,
Christmas Day, Christmas Day
The official language of Latvia is Latvian. Together
with Lithuanian, Latvian belongs to the Baltic group of
Indo-European languages. Latvian is the mother tongue of
approx. 60 per cent of Latvia's 1.9 million inhabitants.
About 30 percent of the Latvian population has Russian
as their mother tongue. A majority of Latvian residents
speak both Latvian and Russian.
English is constantly gaining ground as the first
foreign language. Many Latvians also speak German.
Scandinavian languages are popular foreign languages
at both upper secondary and university level.