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Expatriate Management
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Basic Facts
Staying in Latvia: Regulations for EU Citizens and Other Special Countries
Staying in Latvia: Regulations for Non-EU Citizens
Types of Visas to enter Latvia
Health Care System in Latvia
Education System in Latvia
Recognition of Foreign Qualifications in Latvia
Housing in Latvia
Tax System in Latvia
Investing in Latvia
Useful Links for Working in Latvia
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Types of Visas to enter Latvia
If a person is a citizen of the European Union, member states of the European Economic Area and the Swiss Confederation he/she may enter the territory of Latvia and enjoy his/her stay there for up to 90 days within a six-month period, counting from the day of entry without a visa. All other individuals do need a visa to entry as well as to stay in the territory of Latvia.

After joining the Schengen Treaty Latvia issues visas that are valid only in Latvia (Latvian national long term visa) or in Latvia and other Schengen countries (Schengen visa). There are different types of visas (single-, double-, multiple-entry visa) as well as visa categories:

- A - airport transit visa (Schengen visa), enables to cross the airport transit zone of a Schengen member state respectively once, two or several times (find out who needs the visa of A category here).

- C - short-stay visa (Schengen visa), enables an individual to enter once, two or several times, transit or stay (depending on the time indicated on a visa) in the territory of Latvia. It can be a united visa (valid in all Schengen countries) as well as a visa with a limited territorial validity. The short-stay visa allows staying in the territory of the Schengen countries for maximum 90 days within a six-month period, counting form the day of entry.

- D - long-stay visa (Latvian national visa) enables an individual to enter and stay in Latvia once, two or several times for the period exceeding 90 days within a six-month period counting from the day of entry.

To learn more about visa categories and their peculiarities go to the following link.
Visa application procedure more
The following link will help to determine which other countries as well as categories of persons are exempt from visa requirements when entering the territory of Latvia (link).
One can apply for a visa in the embassy or consular representative of the Republic of Latvia in his/her country (find your consular representative of the Republic of Latvia here).
Please note! Obtaining a visa does not mean obtaining a work permit in the territory of Latvia. Learn more about exemptions from the necessity to get a work permit and about a visa with a work permit here.
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