Latvian embassies and consulates
In total, Latvia has around 36 embassies and many consular offices in countries around the world - meaning it does not have formal missions in every country. If there is not one in your country, then officials from another Schengen country, or from a visa applications partner, such as VFS Global, will act on the nation’s behalf. Sometimes, they are also assessed by a Latvian embassy in a nearby state. For example, if you are applying for a visa from Saudi Arabia, you will need to submit your application to a VFS center in Riyadh, and your application will then be passed to Latvia’s embassy in the United Arab Emirates.
Who needs to apply for a Schengen Visa at a Latvian embassy or consulate?
If you are traveling to Latvia from a country without a visa-free arrangement with the Schengen group of countries, of which Latvia is a member, you will need a short-stay Latvian Schengen Visa for a trip lasting up to 90 days, and a residence permit and work or study visa if you plan to spend longer in Latvia. You will need to apply via the embassy or consulate in your country of residence.
What services do Latvia’s embassies and consulates provide?
Officials at Latvian embassies and consulates provide services to foreign nationals including dealing with immigration and asylum issues - such as issuing Latvian Schengen Visas. They may also encourage tourism to the country by providing information to potential tourists or business visitors.
Latvian embassies and consulates in the U.S., U.K., China, India, Indonesia, Brazil, and Mexico
Below you will find a list of the cities where the Latvian embassy or consulate is located in major nations. If your home state is not on the list, you can look up the locations of your nearest Latvian mission on the foreign ministry website (linked below). In most countries, these will be located in capital cities or major population centers.
Latvian foreign ministry website : mfa.gov.lv
Latvian embassies and consulates in the U.S.
Latvia has an embassy in Washington D.C., and consular missions in Los Angeles, New York, Seattle (Washington state), Chicago (Illinois), Georgia, Florida, Minnesota, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Ohio, Michigan, Texas, Oregon, Alaska, and Utah.
Latvian embassies and consulates in the U.K.
Latvia has an embassy in London and consulates in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Lichfield, Abergavenny (Wales), Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Liverpool, and County Down (Northern Ireland.
Latvian embassies and consulates in China
Latvia’s embassy is based in Beijing, and it has a consular office in Hong Kong.
Latvian embassies and consulates in India
Latvia has an embassy in New Delhi and consulates in the major cities of Chennai, Bengaluru, and Mumbai.
Latvian embassy and consulate in Indonesia
Latvia has consular offices in Jakarta and Bandung.
Latvian embassies and consulates in Brazil
Latvia has a consulate in Brasília, and consular in Curitiba, and Sao Paulo.
Latvian embassies and consulates in Mexico
Latvia’s embassy is located in Mexico City.
Do I have to apply for a Latvian Schengen Visa at an embassy or consulate?
In many countries, Latvia’s embassy or consulate officials do not process initial applications or conduct visa application interviews, an essential part of the process where you will submit supporting documents and provide biometric data. The main visa application partner of Latvia is the firm VFS Global - so they may act on the country’s behalf in your nation. They will have application centers in many more cities than where Latvia has an embassy or consulate. For example, there are application centers in Beijing, Xi’an, Chengdu, Wuhan, Shenyang, Kunming, Jinan, Shanghai Hangzhou, Nanjing, Fuzhou, Shenzhen, Changsha.
VFS can help arrange your appointment and track your application on behalf of the embassy. The company’s website : vfsglobal.com/en/individuals/index.html
What if Latvia does not have an embassy or consulate in my country?
Latvia does not have an embassy or consulate in every state, so if there isn’t one in your country, then officials from another Schengen country, or a visa applications partner, such as VFS Global, will act on the nation’s behalf.
What does this have to do with travel insurance?
If you plan to apply for a Schengen Visa to Latvia you need travel and medical cover or your application will be refused. AXA’s Low Cost Travel Insurance costs just €0.99 ($1.11) per day of your trip and will meet your visa requirements, while the AXA Schengen Europe Travel Insurance offers extended coverage up to costs of €100,000.
Those seeking a multiple-entry visa can purchase the Multi Trip insurance from €298 per year, which again covers you for expenses up to €100,000.
If you are traveling to a country other than Latvia, links to the embassies and consulates of other Schengen Area countries can be found below:
Frequently asked questions about Latvian embassies/consulates and Schengen Visas
How long will it take the Latvian embassy or consulate to process a Schengen Visa?
The processing time for a Latvian Schengen visa may take up to 15 days in a normal situation, but could take up to 60 days to be issued in extreme circumstances. You can apply for your visa up to six months before you travel.
If the Latvian embassy refuses my Schengen Visa, can I appeal?
Yes. You can appeal if your visa application is refused for most reasons.
Will I have to turn up in person to be interviewed when obtaining my Latvian Schengen Visa?
You need to attend an interview to submit and check the supporting documents submitted alongside your Schengen Visa application and to provide biometric data - an essential part of your application unless you have a valid reason not to or have already provided it.