Jānis Zelmenis

Visa information

Latvia is a member state of the European Union and travelers have the same rules as in other EU member states. It means citizens of the Malta do not require a visa for visits less than 90 days. Latvia is a signatory of the Schengen Agreement; accordingly there is no border control for persons entering from the European Union. Learn more

Residence and work permits 

The Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs can provide visitors useful information on residence and work permits.  Learn more

Direct flights from Malta to Riga

Direct flights from Malta to Riga are carried out by Latvian national airline airBaltic. Riga International Airport (RIX) is the largest airport in Latvia and has international connections to Estonia, Russia, Poland, and Lithuania. Learn more

Things to see in Latvia

Located at the coast of the Baltic Sea, Latvia is one of the three Baltic countries offering a wide range of tourism attractions. Latvia is famous for its beautiful rural landscape, forests, rivers and lakes, the country is also known for its rich history and sophisticated cultural heritage. The main tourist destination is the capital city of Riga and the nearby community on the sea called Jurmala.  Other largest towns in Latvia are Daugavpils, Liepāja, Jelgava, Jūrmala, Rēzekne and Ventspils.

The most beautiful part of the Riga is Old Riga – there is a beautiful old style houses with all those ornaments and sculptures, churches, monuments and historical places going side by side with prestige art galleries, best of restaurants and hotels.  The central part of Riga the capital has been recognized by UNESCO and put on its World Heritage List because of its rich history and architectural styles. Learn more

Jurmala that is another favorite place in Latvia, which can offer its visitors to take a long walk along its sandy beaches or have a delicious meal at its beautiful cafes and restaurants. Learn more

Latvia is divided into four different historical and cultural regions:

  • Kurzeme is situated in western Latvia. Largest towns are Kuldīga, Liepāja, Saldus, Talsi, and Ventspils. Learn more
  • Vidzeme lies in the north-east of Latvia. In the south-east it is on the border of Latgale, in the south - Zemgale and in the west on the border of Riga district. In the north Vidzeme has the border with Estonia but in the east with Russia. Most exiting towns in Vidzeme are Cēsis, Valmiera and Sigulda, Learn more
  • Zemgale has the status of one of four historical and cultural regions of Latvia. It lies in the middle of the southern part of the Republic of Latvia. Important towns are Jelgava, the former capital of the Duchy of Courland and Semigalia, and Bauska. Learn more

Latvia has a comparatively untouched nature and a half of its territory is covered with forests where all the natural processes and wild animals can be observed. Learn more

Over one third of the 1 836 kilometer-long total Latvian border runs along the Baltic Sea. At the Latvian seaside you can find old fishing villages and comfortable resorts, quiet, secluded and even unruly pockets of nature and diverse relaxation options. Learn more

Tourist assistance

To assist with tourists’ stay in Latvia in almost any city or town, there is a tourism information centre (TIC). There is an official tourist information telephone line – 1188. Learn more

Climate and whether conditions

Latvia has four typical seasons – summer, autumn, winter, and spring.  Each of them is original with its own beauty, natural variety and offers different leisure and entertainment opportunities. However the best time to travel to Latvia is from June to mid-September, when it is summer. January and February are the coldest months. October and November have autumn rains and daylight is short.  Learn more

Accommodation in Latvia

Latvia offers a broad range of overnight accommodation. For those who value comfort, luxury hotels are available in Riga and other Latvian cities and towns, while those who wish to enjoy rural calm can choose a guesthouse or campsite in the Latvian countryside.  Learn more ­­

Currency and prices

Latvia is a member of the European Union, and the national currency of Latvia is the euro.

Travel safety

As in every EU Member State, safety in Latvia is ensured by several services that you can call 24-hours a day. You should call 112 (free of charge) in any extreme situation. You can also seek help at the Tourism Police. In order to ensure a safe and pleasant trip to Latvia, please read the recommendations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Latvia and the State Police. Learn more