VISA REGIME
 

For holders of diplomatic and official passports:

Visa is not required for a stay of up to 90 days for a period of six months*.

For holders of national passports and other travel documents:

Visa is not required for a stay of up to 90 days for a period of six months*.

Note:

*Visa-free regime does not apply to holders of passports issued by the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Serbia – The Coordination Directorate.

The holder of an emergency travel document in transit requires a visa.

 

ENTRY REGIME FOR CITIZENS OF THE REPUBLIC OF SERBIA DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Citizen of the Republic of Serbia may enter Latvia if they present “EU Covid digital certificate”, without the need for additional tests or self-isolation. Citizens of the Republic of Serbia without a “EU Covid digital certificate” are not allowed to enter Latvia for tourism or personal purposes.
Following categories are allowed entrance into Latvia from high risk countries (Serbia): citizens of Latvia, persons with a regulated permanent residence in Latvia, or a visa type "D" for a longer stay if they present the EU digital certificate of vaccination, foreign diplomats accredited in Latvia and members of their families, diplomatic couriers.
Persons that are in one of the mentioned categories, and do not present the EU digital certificate, when arriving from Serbia (including those that only transit through Serbia) have to present a negative PCR test, not older than 72 hours and to fill in the electronic questionnaire at the website www.covidpass.lv , at least 48 hours before crossing the Latvian border, entering information about their negative COVID-19-test results, as well as to present a QR-code at the border crossing (confirmation of the registration on the website)
Upon entering Latvia, they are obliged to comply with the measure of a 10 day quarantine, which can be terminated on the seventh day if a new negative test result is received.
The test is not obligatory for children under 12 years of age, diplomats accredited in Latvia and diplomatic couriers, persons arriving to Latvia at the invitation from the officials of Latvia.
From the entry ban may also be exempted citizens of  EU countries and persons with a permanent residence permit in the EU as well as members of their families, students on full-time studies or exchange students (with written confirmation of studies), athletes and sports officials, as well as representatives of international sports organizations who come as participants in the international event for which they are accredited in Latvia, persons coming for emergency treatment, artists and cultural workers who come to invitation from the Ministry of Culture of Latvia, scientists employed in scientific institutes in Latvia and members of their families, employed in transport services.
Passengers in transit via "Riga" airport, not staying for more than 24 hours, or those transiting by land for a maximum of 12 hours, also need a test and a proof of registration at www.covidpass.lv . If passengers in transit come to Latvia from a country outside the EU (including the Republic of Serbia), they are also obliged to present a proof of allowed entry into the country of destination.
The rules for professional drivers are as follows:
Drivers of a cargo or passenger vehicles are obliged to present a valid European Union Covid-19 certificate form of vaccination, testing or past illness, before crossing the land border at the checkpoints Grebneva, Terekhova, Paternieki or Silene. If they don’t have the certificate, they must immediately conduct a COVID-19 test at their own expense. If a person rejects the test or the test is positive, the Emergency Medical Service will immediately take the driver to the one of the designated accommodation facilities (isolation) from the list of tourist accommodation. If the driver of a cargo or passenger vehicle is obliged to maintain isolation, the employer is responsible for resolving issues arising from the isolation of its employee.

 

ENTERING AND LEAVING THE COUNTRY

The condition for entry of citizens of the Republic of Serbia to Latvia, as well as to other EU member states, is to have a travel document issued in the last ten years and which must be valid for at least three months after the planned date for leaving Latvia. Passengers who do not meet these criteria will be returned from the border.

Holders of biometric passports of the Republic of Serbia do not need a visa to enter and stay up to 90 days in a period of 180 days. The visa-free regime does not apply to holders of travel documents issued by the Coordination Directorate of the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Serbia, in which case a visa application for Latvia can be submitted to the German Embassy in Belgrade (Latvian Embassy in Athens, Greece, covers Serbia on a non-residential basis).

Travel health insurance is mandatory for a stay in Latvia.

 

 SOCIAL SECURITY AGREEMENT

 No social security agreement has been concluded.

 

USEFUL INFORMATION

 HEALTH SITUATION – If necessary, medical assistance can be obtained at any health institution. The service is paid. The use of bottled water is recommended.

In the summer months, there are many insects in Latvia, especially mosquitoes, which are not carriers of the disease, but also ticks, whose bites can carry the risk of Lyme disease and encephalitis. In case of a dog and cat bite, you should immediately seek medical help because of the risk of rabies. Snakes in Latvia are not poisonous, except for the common European adder, whose bite can be deadly if therapy is not received within a few hours.

 TRANSPORT – The most important airport is Riga International Airport - www.riga-airport.com (about 25 km away from Riga), from where international and domestic flights are operated. The airport is open 24 hours.

There is also Liepaja International Airport, located 210 km from Riga and from where planes fly to Riga, Hamburg and Copenhagen - www.liepaja-airport.lv.

Railway traffic is performed by Latvian Railways - www.ldz.lv.

Road traffic – The international road "Via Baltica" connects Warsaw (Poland), Kaunas (Lithuania), passes through Riga (Latvia) and leads to Tallinn (Estonia). While driving, the lights are on and seat belts are fastened.

The interior of Latvia is well connected by bus lines. There are express lines between major cities. The timetable is available on the internet address Rigas Autoosta www.autoosta.lv.

Important bus lines:

• Eurolines (www.eurolines.lv) which performs transport from European countries. Tickets can be purchased at European Eurolines agencies, and online booking is also possible.

• Ecolines (www.ecolines.net) - departures from European countries, and tickets can be booked online.

A list of car rental companies can be found on the Riga International Airport website - www.riga-airport.com.

In Latvia, a motor vehicle may be driven only by a person who owns:

a) a driving license issued by an EU Member State or a Member State of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA);

b) a driving license indicating the categories to which the license is valid, in accordance with the 1968 Convention on Road Traffic;

c) driving license which does not specify the categories of drivers in accordance with the 1968 Convention on Road Traffic. With such a driver's license, the driver may drive only motor vehicles that correspond to category B, provided that in the country in which it is issued, such a license allows driving a car. If the category for which the license is valid is not written in Latin letters in the driver's license, the driver is obliged to show a translation of the license in the Latvian language, certified by a notary public or to have an international license.

A driver who comes to Latvia from abroad and stays for more than a year is obliged to exchange his driver's license in accordance with the above procedures, unless it is a driver's license issued by an EU member state or an EFTA member state, or it is a person who enjoys diplomatic-consular immunities and privileges.

More detailed information on the toll can be found at: http://lvvignette.eu.

 OTHER INFORMATION – The currency of Latvia is the euro.

ATMs are widely used in Latvia, even in smaller cities. Almost all major hotels and restaurants accept payment cards, and most banks accept traveller's checks for a fee.

The emergency telephone number is 112 (firefighters, police, ambulance).

The Latvian Police has a website with tips for travellers (Police of Latvia www.vp.gov.lv ― Feel safe in Latvia).

Latvian is spoken in Latvia. About 50% of the population also speaks Russian. The younger population speaks English or German.

Useful link: http://www.am.gov.lv/en/service/entry-into-latvia/for-visitors/.

 

Contact information

During your stay in Latvia for consular assistance and protection, you can contact the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Stockholm (Sweden), which covers Latvia on a non-residential basis, address: Hantverkargatan 26/III, 112 21 Stockholm, through the following telephone numbers: 00 46 8 21 84 36; 00 46 8 24 77 48; 00 46 8 21 84 82; 00 46 8 21 84 85, and e-mail addresses: serbiaemb@telia.comkonzul.rs@telia.com or serbiaemb.consular1@telia.com.