The term ‘immunity’ in the broadest sense covers both inviolability and immunity from jurisdiction. Inviolability means that the Latvian Government may not take any such measures as an arrest and remand of individuals, forced access to and seizure of buildings, and seizure of goods. Immunity from jurisdiction means that Latvian courts are not competent to hear disputes where the defendant enjoys immunity from criminal or civil jurisdiction.
Without prejudice to their privileges and immunities, all accredited staff members of diplomatic missions and consular posts along with members of their families are expected to fully respect the laws and regulations of the Republic of Latvia and not to interfere in its internal affairs according to Article 41, section 1 of the Vienna Convention1961.
The immunities enjoyed under the Vienna Conventions, in their full possible amount, are applied to accredited Head and staff members of diplomatic missions, consular posts, international organisations and representations thereof along with members of their family forming part of their household. It must be noted, that immunities and privileges enjoyed by family members of accredited staff members do not extend to profitable activities in Latvia and they do not enjoy immunity in connection with such activities.