Consular information

Latvian Passport Issuance and Exchange
Since November 2007 the Republic of Latvia is issuing new "EU" passports with biometric data. These are the requirements (in English). In order to apply for a new passport, you need to apply in person at the Embassy of Latvia in Washington, DC (by appointment). 

Informācija par pārvietojamo pasu darbstaciju San Francisko. Pārvietojamās pasu darbstacijas nākamais pieturas punkts paredzēts San Francisko. Lai pieteiktos apmeklējumam Sanfrancisko, nepieciešams nosūtīt dokumentus uz Latvijas vēstniecību līdz 2014.gada 15.augustam.

Return Certificate - document for returning to Latvia
Information in English regarding requirements for return certificate (atgriešanās apliecība)

Visa Requirements for Latvia- Entry into Schengen Zone
US citizens do not need a visa to travel to Latvia up to 90 days in a half a year. NEWS: The Embassy of Latvia kindly informs that starting from May 15th, 2014 the Latvian Embassy and other Schengen State’s embasies and consulates in the U.S. will implement the Visa Information System (VIS). Therefore all visa applicants will have to appear in person when lodging the application, in order to provide their fingerprints.

Requesting documents from Latvia
It is possible to request a birth, marriage or divorce certificate; information about relatives in Latvia; information about the duration of employment in Latvia, pensions, real estate, etc.

Using Official U.S. Documents in Latvia
Before you can submit official U.S. documents (issued by the U.S. authorities or notarized by U.S. public notaries) to Latvia's official institutions, they must be authorized with a special Apostille certification. Usually you can obtain the Apostille certification in the Offices of the Secretary of State of the state where the document originally was issued or notarized.
The certification is requested in accordance with the Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents (concluded October 5, 1961)
For detailed information on how and where to authorize your U.S. documents with an Apostille, visit USA-Competent Authority (Scroll down to Section III: Officers of the individual States and other subdivisions as indicated:)
(Each state has its own requirements. The fees charged by individual U.S. states vary. The average fee for apostilles is approximately $10. Half of the states have the same or higher fees, and half have the same or less.)

Visa-waiver program: visa-free entry into the US for up to 90 days
On October 29, 2008 in Riga, Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff announced that as of November 17, 2008 citizens of Latvia (with biometric passports) will no longer require visas to enter the United States.

The Validity of U.S. Drivers Licenses in Latvia
Visitors to Latvia can use their valid U.S. driver's license if driving in Latvia.

Requirements regarding the import of dogs and cats into Latvia

Accreditation process for foreign media representatives in Latvia
Information for foreign media on how to get permanent press accreditation for Latvia.