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Travel insurance for Latvia: making the most of your Schengen visa to discover Latvia

A relatively unknown country, Latvia entices you to a trip to the heart of Europe. Thanks to your Schengen visa, you will be able to explore the capital city of Riga, as well as a variety of amazing locations such as the Gauja National Park. To travel freely in Latvia and throughout the Schengen area, you will need a Schengen visa issued by the country of your first destination.

Discover all of Latvia’s wonders thanks to a Schengen Visa

Situated between Estonia and Lithuania, Latvia offers the experience of a lifetime, blending nature and culture. If you live in a country outside of the Schengen area, a Schengen visa will be required to enter Latvia. For more information, consult the link below:

http://www.mfa.gov.lv/en/ministry/mission/.

 

In order to obtain your Schengen visa, you will be asked to provide a valid passport and a travel insurance policy for Latvia.

Travel insurance for Latvia: a requirement to obtain your visa

To obtain your Schengen visa, a travel insurance policy for Latvia is required. This policy will need to cover any possible travel or emergency medical fees of a minimum value of 30,000 Euros. There are different types of travel insurance policies available for your trip to Latvia. You can choose to add additional coverage for children under 18 years of age, for an unscheduled return due to an emergency or to cover the shipping of indispensable medicines, amongst other options.

How to get to Latvia

By plane: Riga International Airport is about ten kilometres from the city. It serves more than 50 European cities. You can choose from a variety of scheduled and low-cost flights to Latvia.

By bus: several companies offer routes to Latvia. Ecolines is one example. Different routes are available, but the majority start from Russia or Estonia.

 

By boat: there are several ferries departing from ports in Sweden and Germany. They will take you to Riga, Liepāja and Ventspils.

Advice on health and vaccinations

There are no compulsory vaccinations when travelling to Latvia. It is, however, recommended to be vaccinated against viral Hepatitis A and B, diphtheria, tetanus, typhoid and polio. Measles vaccination is also highly recommended for children. 

Weather

Summer is the best time of the year to visit Latvia. In Riga, temperatures are rarely extreme, staying around -4°C in January and going up to roughly 18°C  in the summer. However, the further inland you go, the harsher climatic conditions you will encounter, dropping as low as -20ºC in winter and very hot in summer.

 

Snow covers much of the country from mid-December to mid-March. Be sure to pack some warm clothes and make sure that the rental car has all the right equipment.

Discovering Latvia

For sure, during your visit to Latvia, you will undoubtedly begin your tour with the country's capital Riga. A moderately large city, Riga offers spectacular walks amongst the heart of districts with traditional architecture and a vibrant night life. Be sure not to miss the majestic cathedral with its 90 meter bell tower. This departure point will then allow you to venture towards a variety of different regions throughout the country.

-Gauja National Park: Located relatively close to the beautiful town of Sigulda, this is Latvia’s biggest park. You will find no less than 500 different monuments, including numerous castles and churches, all similar in style to the Turaida Castle. Be sure not to miss the typical Gutmanis and Viktors caves.

-For a place by the sea, head to Jūrmala. This seaside resort is very easily accessible through Riga, situated only 20 km away. Stroll through dozens of kilometres of beautiful beaches and soak in the warm sea water during the summer months.

Safety

Latvia is a safe country and there are fewer safety problems in Riga than in most major European cities. Be aware, however, of pickpockets in the capital's tourist districts, railway stations and markets.

Practical information

Latvia’s currency is the Euro. Plan ahead and exchange your currency before arriving in touristic area to ensure a better exchange rate. Cash cards are accepted in most locations, but it is recommended having a bit of cash on hand for certain museums or shops.

Latvian is the only official language, but many people also speak Russian. In big cities, you should be able to make yourself easily understood in English.

The 18th of November is Latvia’s national holiday, and everything is closed.

 

Shops are generally opened from 9h-18h, with a pause for lunch.