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Woow, No Tourist Visa required on your trip to Latvia.

Citizens of United States of America do not require visas for travel to Latvia and as it is one of the visa exempt countries.


Latvia is a beautiful country located in Northern Europe, known for its natural beauty, historic architecture, and vibrant culture. Latvia will soon introduce an eVisa allowing travelers to apply for a visa online. 

If you are planning to visit Latvia, you may need a visa depending on your nationality and the purpose of your visit. In this article, we will discuss the different types of Latvia visas, their requirements, validity, processing time, and other important details to help you prepare for your trip.

Types of Visas Available for Latvia:

When traveling to Latvia, the type of visa required will depend on the purpose and duration of your stay. The two categories are short-stay (up to 90 days) and long-stay (over 90 days), with various subcategories for each based on the reason for travel.

  • Latvia Schengen Visa
    • Latvia Tourist Visa
    • Latvia Business Visit Visa
    • Latvia Cultural, Scientific or Sports Events Visa
    • Latvia Erasmus, Other Training or EU Research Programs Visa
    • Latvia Family or Friends Visit Visa
  • Latvia National (Long-term) Visa
    • Latvia Work (National) Visa
    • Latvia Study (National) Visa

Latvia Visa Requirements: What You Need to Know:

  • A valid passport with at least 3 months validity beyond your stay in Latvia
  • Completed visa application form
  • Recent passport-size photo
  • Proof of travel itinerary (flight and accommodation reservations)
  • Travel medical insurance with coverage of at least €30,000
  • Sufficient financial means to cover your stay in Latvia

Latvia Visa Validity: How Long Can You Stay?

  • Short-term visa: up to 90 days within a 180-day period
  • Long-term visa: over 90 days and up to 1 year

How to Extend Your Stay in Latvia Beyond Three Months:

Apply for a long-term visa or a residence permit before your short-term visa expires.Demonstrate the purpose of your stay and sufficient financial means to support yourself

Understanding the Online Latvia Visa Application Form:

When filling out the online Latvia visa application form, you will need to provide the following information:

  1. Personal information, including your full name, birthdate, and contact information
  2. Passport details, such as the passport number and expiration date
  3. Travel itinerary, including the purpose of your trip and the dates of your intended stay
  4. Employment and financial information, including your occupation and income
  5. Information about any previous travel visas you have received
  6. A recent photograph that meets Latvia's visa photo requirements.

Be sure to carefully review all of the requirements and instructions before submitting your application.

How to Apply for a Latvia Visa: Step-by-Step Guide:

There are two ways to apply for a Latvia visa: online through the eVisa system or in-person at a Latvia embassy or consulate. The steps may vary slightly depending on the type of visa and the applicant's specific circumstances, but generally include filling out the application form, providing required documents, paying the fee, and attending an interview if necessary.

Applying for a Latvia Visa Online (eVisa):

  • The eVisa system is available for citizens of certain countries for short-term visits
  • The application can be completed online, and processing time is usually shorter than traditional visa application methods
  • The eVisa is issued in a digital format, and you will not receive a physical visa sticker in your passport

Applying for a Latvia Visa at an Embassy or Consulate:

  • You will need to schedule an appointment and attend in person
  • Bring all required documents, as well as any additional documents requested by the embassy/consulate
  • Biometric data (fingerprints and photograph) may be collected at the appointment

Entering Latvia After Receiving Your Visa: What to Expect:

  • Present your passport and visa at border control upon arrival in Latvia
  • You may be asked to provide additional documentation or answer questions about your trip
  • Keep your passport and visa with you at all times during your stay in Latvia

Latvia Visa Processing Time: How Long Does it Take?

  • Processing time varies depending on the type of visa and your nationality
  • Short-term visas usually take around 10-15 days to process, while long-term visas may take several months

Urgent Latvia Visa Application: How to Expedite Your Visa:

If you need your Latvia visa quickly, there are expedited processing options available. These include:

  1. Rush processing: Your visa application will be processed within 3 business days.
  2. Super Rush processing: Your visa application will be processed within 1-2 business days.

Note that expedited processing may come with additional fees, and not all types of visas may be eligible.

Expired Latvia Visa: What to Do

If your Latvia visa has expired, you must leave the country immediately. Overstaying your visa can result in fines, deportation, and being barred from re-entering the country. If you need to stay longer, you must apply for an extension before your visa expires.

Countries Eligible for Latvia eVisa: Who Can Apply?

The Latvia eVisa program is not yet available. However, once it is implemented, eligible countries and requirements for the eVisa will be announced by the Latvian government. For now, travelers are required to apply for a visa through the embassy or consulate.

Latvia Visa Policy Map


Eligible Countries/Nationalities for e-visa/visa on arrival

Countries/Nationalities Required Regular/Paper Visa for travelling to

Visa Exempt Countries/Nationalities for travelling to
Latvian visa policy map.

Regular visasAll Countries / Nationalities that required regular visa for Latvia

If you are not eligible for a Latvia eVisa or if you prefer to apply in person, you will need to obtain a visa from a Latvian embassy or consulate in your home country. Check with your local Latvian embassy or consulate for more information.

Latvia Visa Cost: How Much Will You Pay?

The fee for a Latvia visa varies depending on the type of visa, processing time, and the applicant's country of origin. It is recommended to check the fee eVisa website to determine the exact cost for your visa application.

Latvia eVisa or Sticker Visa: Which Should You Choose?

Choosing between a Latvia eVisa and a sticker visa depends on your personal preference and eligibility. The eVisa is more convenient for those eligible as it can be obtained online, while the sticker visa requires an in-person visit to a Latvian embassy or consulate.


  • Latvia eVisa:

    • Convenient and can be applied for online.
    • Eliminates the need for in-person visits to the embassy or consulate.
    • Suitable for short-term stays.
    • Requires meeting specific eligibility criteria and providing required documents electronically.
  • Sticker Visa:
    • Applied for in person at the embassy or consulate.
    • Suitable for both short-term and long-term stays.
    • Requires submitting physical documents and attending an interview if necessary.
    • May be preferred for those who prefer traditional visa application processes or are not eligible for the eVisa.

Latvia Work Visa: What You Need to Know

If you plan to work in Latvia, you will need to obtain a work visa. Your employer must apply for a work permit on your behalf before you can apply for a work visa. Once the permit is approved, you can apply for a work visa at a Latvian embassy or consulate.

FAQs about Latvian eVisa

 For long-stay, employment, or other visa inquiries, please reach out to the following embassies