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Latvia is in Northern Europe and is a country in the Baltic Region. Estonia, Lithuania, Russia, and Belarus border Latvia. There is a maritime border located to the west. Its capital is Riga.
Latvia is a mix of the old and new, offers travelers a chance to get in touch with nature, and has beautiful skylines. While Latvia is a small country, there is a lot to experience. It’s a place where the people of Latvia celebrate their culture through festivals.
Whether you love history, architecture, or the beach, travelers will love Latvia.
Yes, some vaccines are recommended or required for Latvia. The CDC and WHO recommend the following vaccines for Latvia: hepatitis A, hepatitis B, rabies, and influenza.
See our vaccinations page to learn more about these infections and vaccines. Ready to protect yourself? Book your travel health appointment today by calling or schedule online now.
A visa is not required for stays under 90 days in Latvia. Your passport must have six months validity.
You may be required to show proof of sufficient funds and an onward airline ticket.
For more information contact a Passport Health Passport and Visa specialist by calling 1-844-366-8472 or by filling out our online form.
Latvia is in a temperate climate zone where travelers can enjoy all four seasons. People will encounter sub-zero temperatures and snow in the winter. Rains are common in the spring. Warm summers are a great time to visit and autumn colors are amazing.
Crime tends to be nonviolent, but assault and robberies have happened. Foreigners and same sex couples have been harassed in Latvia. Be aware that purse snatching, pickpocketing, and mugging have occurred.
As a traveler in Latvia you should also not make it habit to walk alone at night as well as using ATMs at night.
There are many cool and unique places to go to Latvia. Skrunda-1 is one of them. It’s a secret, abandoned city of Soviet ruins. Located in Lidumnieki, this place use to be a Soviet military installation. Skrunda-1 has been abandoned for years. But, it holds so much history in its ruins that travelers can see for themselves.
This secret city came into being in 1963, and it was made for military purposes during the Cold War. It was used to lookout for missiles that were coming from Western Europe.
Skrunda-1 was abandoned in 1998 and more than 60 buildings are still standing. Travelers can see some of the walls filled with propaganda art. The government is making sure the site is being preserved.
When you travel to Latvia, there are some essential things you need to take on your trip.
All Americans visiting Latvia should register online with the U.S. Department of State before departure. This will inform the office of your travel plans within the country and will allow them to reach out in the case of an emergency or evacuation.
Once in Latvia, the information for the U.S. Embassy is:
U.S. Embassy Riga
1 Samnera Velsa St. (former Remtes)
Phone: +371 6710 7000
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