Yes - A visa is required for travel to Latvia

Saturday, June 6, 2020

A visa is required to study in Latvia for a period longer than 90 days.

The Consulate of Latvia requires applicants to apply for Latvian visas directly, and a personal appearance may be necessary at the nearest Latvian Consulate. Travisa can help manage your in person filing and insure that the in person appearance is a success. Follow these instructions below.


Passport Requirements:

Original, signed passport (and two copies) valid for 6 months beyond stay in Latvia, with at least one blank passport page available for available for Latvian visa stamp. Amendment pages in the back of the passport are not suitable for Latvia visas.


Latvia Visa Application Form:

One original Latvia visa application form. After placing your order, fill out the application form included in your Visa Application Kit.


Photo Requirements:

One recent 2 x 2 passport type photograph, in color, front view and with a plain/white background.


Other Forms:

Proof of visa payment A copy of confirmation of the visa fee payment.
Proof of acceptance Proof of acceptance from the university or educational institution.
Proof of Accommodation Documentation certifying accommodations during program in Latvia.

In case of Exchange Program: a document issued by an accredited higher educational establishment of the Republic of Latvia confirming that the foreigner participates at the exchange programme in the framework of the international cooperation of the higher educational establishments.

In case of studies NOT affiliated with Exchange program: an agreement on studies in the Republic of Latvia AND Documents confirming that you have acquired the necessary education to start the studies


Official Invitation:

Official Invitation approved by Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs.


Proof of Travel Arrangements:

Computer generated flight itinerary from the airline or a travel agency or copy of airline ticket showing entry and departure from Latvia.


Special Instructions:

Eligible students may apply for a resident permit upon arrival in Latvia for faster processing, providing all of the above documents.


In Person Appearance:

The Consulate requires applicants to make a personal appearance to apply for this visa. These instructions are provided as a guide to help with this process. We recommend that you contact your nearest Consulate directly to confirm requirements and make an appointment to apply in person.

Visa Processing Time:

When consulates require an appointment, this may need to be scheduled as much as 4 to 6 weeks in advance because appointment times are limited and fill quickly. After the appointment, the visa processing time may take an additional 2 to 3 months.

Register your trip with the US Embassy:

The US State Department strongly encourages American citizens planning international travel to register with the US Embassy(s) in the countries they plan to visit. Registration notifies the US Embassy in each country of your travel plans and enrolls you in the State Department travel advisory and warnings program. Feel more secure about your international travels by having Travisa register your trip with the US Department of State; simply complete the form on your visa application kit after placing your order.