Capital: Riga

Language: Latvian

Area: 64589 km²

Population: 1953200

Timezone : UTC/GTM 2

Currency: euro (€)

Code: +371

Electric sockets: 230 V AC, 50Hz. Type F also known as Schuko. This socket also works with plug C (standard European plug) and plug E

Latvia is a member of the Schengen Area.

To travel to Latvia U.S. citizens are required to:

  • Hold a valid U.S. passport
  • From 2022, have an approved ETIAS visa waiver for Latvia

ETIAS is not a visa, it is an electronic travel authorization that can be obtained easily online.

U.S. citizens staying in Latvia for more than 90-days:

  • ETIAS for Americans is only valid for short-term stays of up to 90 days. If you intend to remain in Latvia longer than 90 days, you must obtain the appropriate visa.

U.S. Embassy in Riga, Latvia

Address:1 Samnera Velsa St. (former Remtes) Riga LV-1510, Latvia

Phone: (+371) 6710 7000

Fax: (+371) 6710 7050

Tourist Travel Information about Latvia

etias latviaLatvia is a country in northern Europe. It is one of the three Baltic States. Latvia is bordered by Estonia to the north, Lithuania to the south, Russia to the east, Belarus on the south east, and the Baltic Sea on the west. Forests cover more than one-third of Latvia’s land area. As forest covers the majority of the country, timber and wood products make up the country’s most important products. It has four national parks, 42 nature parks, 260 nature reserves, 355 nature monuments, seven protected marine areas, 24 micro reserves and a biosphere reserve.

The most famous tourist destination is Latvia’s capital, Riga, which is also a World Heritage Site. However, Latvia has many other great places to see, such as Liepaja with its unique former secret military town of Karosta, Kuldiga with Europe’s widest waterfall, and Cesis with its medieval castle ruins. Latvia also offers a well-preserved wild 500 km long sea coast, consisting mainly of white, soft sandy beaches. Forests, which cover approximately a half of Latvia’s territory, offer many nature trails and nature parks.


Interesting facts

  • Latvian-born and American immigrant tailor Jacob Davis invented denim as a tough material for trousers, making way for the modern denim jean that is worn by people all over the world. The jeans were invented when a customer of his asked him to make a pair of strong working pants for her husband, who was a woodcutter. Jacob made the pants with duck cloth and reinforced it with copper rivets. The pants then became so successful that he could not keep up with demand. The invention was made in 1870 while Davis was living in the U.S
  • Around 54 per cent of Latvia is forest, making it one of Europe’s greenest countries, while 10 per cent is bog. It’s home to black storks, lesser spotted eagles, otters, beaver, lynx, and wolves, and great concentrations of deer, wild boar, elk and red fox
  • Latvia native Uļjana Semjonova, a 7 foot 1-inch former basketball player, was the first non-American woman to be inducted into the NBA Hall of Fame. She led TTT Riga to 12 consecutive European titles between 1964 and 1975
  • Black Balsam is a traditional liqueur made using 24 different plants, flowers, buds, juices, roots, oils and berries prepared in oak barrels. It is considered to be a good cold remedy and according to legend Catherine the Great became ill during a visit to Latvia – but was cured after drinking it
  • One of the attractions of the port city Liepaja is a night in jail. The haunting Karosta district offers accommodation in the old military lockup complete with Soviet-style treatment

Medical Information for U.S. citizens

Recommended vaccines:

  • Routine Vaccines
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Rabies


  • 112 is the pan-European emergency number and is always free to call.
  • 112 – Fire brigade, rescue services, civil protection (also general emergency number)
  • 110 – Police
  • 113 – Ambulance
  • 114 – Gas emergency
  • 1180 and 1189 – Information hotline (Latvian, Russian, and English)
  • 67092555 – in the event of loss of bank cards
  • 67181818 – Riga Municipal Police, Tourism Police

Related Countries


U.S. citizens who wish to visit Estonia are expected to apply for an Etias Visa Waiver. Learn more about requirements for U.S. travelers to enter Estonia.


American citizens who wish to visit Finland must apply for an Etias Visa Waiver before departure. Learn about the Finland entry requirements for U.S. travelers.


ETIAS for Lithuania. American citizens traveling to Lithuania must apply for an ETIAS visa waiver. Find out more details about the requisites for US travelers.