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Visa in Latvia

A visa is a sticker of a particular design inserted in a travel document. However, it does not by itself grant the right to enter the Republic of Latvia.

On 21 December 2007, Latvia joined the Schengen Area and became a lawful member state of the Schengen Agreement. Thus, a Schengen visa issued in Latvia allows travelling also to other member states of the Schengen Agreement.

Who is required to have a visa?

A visa is necessary for citizens of other countries, except for citizens of countries listed here.

Every person is issued an individual visa.

Where can you obtain a visa?

Is it possible to pursue an economic activity as an employed person, if a foreigner has obtained a visa or does not need a visa to enter the Republic of Latvia?

Foreigners entering the Republic of Latvia with or without a visa are not allowed to pursue economic activities as employed persons, except for cases stipulated in laws and regulations or when an employment visa and work permit has been obtained.

Is it possible to extend the duration of stay in Latvia?

The duration of stay may be extended only if a foreigner submits to the Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs documents confirming that the receipt of a new visa: