Following an agreement achieved by the Baltic States on a regional solution to restrict the entry of Russian citizens and prevent security risks, on 9 September 2022, the Cabinet adopted Order No 599 “On Entry of the Citizens of the Russian Federation into Latvia”, and its application will begin as from 19 September 2022.
Under the joint agreement between the Baltic States, as from 19 September 2022, Latvia’s diplomatic and consular missions abroad will resume accepting visa applications from the citizens of Russia in certain cases. Hereafter, visa applications will be accepted from family members (spouses, parents, grandparents, children, grandchildren, and dependent persons) of the nationals – citizens and non-citizens – of Latvia, family members of the nationals of the European Union, the European Economic Area, or the Swiss Confederation, as well as persons whose entry is related to humanitarian considerations (e.g., a serious illness of a relative or attending a funeral, or there being a threat to the person’s safety or life).
Each visa application will be assessed on a case by case basis, and the applicant will have to provide documentary proof of falling into any of the above listed categories.
Please be reminded that on 12 September 2022, the Council of the European Union suspended the Agreement between the EU and Russia on the facilitation of the issuance of visas to the citizens of Russia, which means an increase in visa fees, submission of additional documents, and a longer period of processing a visa.
Suspension in whole of the application of the Agreement between the European Community and the Russian Federation on the facilitation of the issuance of visas to the citizens of the European Union and the Russian Federation