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Visa Requirements for Latvian Citizens
Visa requirements for citizens of Latvia are the rules set by each country that dictate if Latvians need an entry permit. Different types of visa or travel authorization may be needed in different situations.
As of 2021, the Latvian passport is ranked 11th strongest in the world by travel freedom by the Henley Passport Index. It allows holders to visit over 180 destinations without having to go to an embassy and apply for a visa beforehand.
Latvians can apply online for an electronic visa (eVisa) or electronic travel authorization (eTA) to visit a number of destinations. These digital entry permits feature streamlined application systems that allow travelers from Latvia to get authorization to travel quickly and easily.
Online options are generally available for visits for tourism and often business. In some cases, they allow Latvians to make multiple trips. They are widely considered the most convenient option for nationals of Latvia traveling abroad.
Some destinations have a visa on arrival scheme available to Latvians. While good for last-minute trips, the downside to visas on arrival is having to spend an unnecessary amount of time waiting in line at border control.
A number of countries’ visa requirements for Latvians state that visitors must apply for a visa at a diplomatic mission (embassy or consulate) before traveling.
In addition, the immigration requirements for citizens of Latvia moving to most countries around the world dictate that a residence visa, long-stay visa, and/or work visa must be acquired at an embassy.
There are also various countries that have no visa requirements for Latvian citizens for short-term visits. The terms and extent of visa exemption vary depending on the destination.
Learn more about the different visa requirements for Latvian travelers to enter countries around the world in the guide below.