Applying for a Schengen Visa in Latvia
Visiting Latvia on a Schengen Visa
Latvia is another one of the beautiful Baltic states, which joined the European Union in 2004 and is now part of the Schengen Area. To travel there for a short trip lasting fewer than 90 days, you will need a Latvia Schengen Visa.
There are different types of visas you can apply for depending on the purpose of your trip, whether it is to visit as a tourist, study or work.
Who needs a Schengen Visa to enter Latvia?
If you’re traveling to Latvia, you will need a Schengen Visa if you are a citizen of a non-Schengen country without a visa-free travel agreement with the area, or if you have been refused visa-free travel. For longer stays to work or study you will need a national visa.
How do I apply for a Schengen Visa to Latvia?
In addition to this, you will need two recently taken passport-style photos, a passport or other travel documents that are less than 10 years old and valid for at least three months after your departure date from the Schengen Area. You will also need travel and medical insurance covering you up to costs of €30,000, a cover letter stating your itinerary and the purpose of your visit, as well as a flight itinerary and proof of accommodation during your stay, proof of your civil status, like a marriage certificate, and proof you have means of subsistence during your stay. According to Latvian immigration law, foreign nationals who want to enter Latvia need to prove they have at least €14 per day for the duration of their stay when they apply. You can do this by showing bank statements, hotel bookings and that your income or investments are enough to support you during your stay.
Those planning to work or study will need additional documents.
Latvian Visa requirements for a work, business or student visa
If applying for a work visa to Latvia, you will need to provide the embassy/consulate with documents that prove you meet the Latvia Schengen Visa requirements based on your employment status. If employed, you need an employment contract, a current bank statement, a no objection letter from your employer giving you leave to travel, and an income tax return. If self-employed, you will need a copy of your business license, company bank statements, and income tax returns. You will also need an invitation letter regardless of whether you are applying for a longer work visa or a short-stay Schengen Visa - stating where and why you plan to visit Latvia on business. You will also need to fill in two employment permit application forms and provide a medical certificate attesting to your health.
Student visas require proof of enrolment at a Latvian institution, a no objection letter from your place of study in your homeland, and an invitation letter.
Where do I apply for a Latvia Visa?
You will need to apply to the Latvian embassy or consulate in your country of residence or a visa application center acting on their behalf. In many countries, the company VFS Global acts on behalf of Latvia, so you can apply at one of their centers.
How long does it take to get a Latvian Visa?
The processing time for a Latvia 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.
Why choose AXA Schengen Insurance?
Those traveling to the Schengen Area, including Latvia, need travel cover, and AXA’s Low Cost Travel Insurance only costs €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.
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Frequently asked questions about getting an Latvian Schengen Visa
Will my visa allow me to travel to other European countries?
Yes - providing they are one of the 25 other countries within the Schengen Area.
Can I extend my Schengen Visa during my stay in Latvia?
Yes you can extend your Latvian short-stay visa but only in exceptional cases or emergencies.
Can my Latvian Schengen Visa be revoked?
Yes your visa could be revoked if you no longer meet the criteria your visa was issued under.