Consular Section's Chancery in Kaliningrad of the Embassy of Latvia to Russia

08.10.2021. 17:45


F.Engelsa street 52a, 236010, Kaliningrad, Russian Federation


+7 401 2 56 55 01 


+7 401 2 56 55 02


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Information for travellers to Latvia on the provisions for preventing the spread of COVID-19.

All persons travelling to Latvia must fill out an electronic form on the website not earlier than 48 hours before entering Latvia and provide the requested information concerning vaccination, testing, or recovery from COVID-19.

Entry to Latvia will be possible only upon presenting a negative result of a molecular PCR test done not earlier than 72 hours before boarding a carrier’s vehicle or before crossing the Latvian border individually or an antigen test taken not earlier than 24 hours before boarding the carrier’s vehicle or entering Latvia. When entering Latvia by a private car, a mark of a negative test result must be filled in the questionnaire.

Only the following persons may enter Latvia from a high or very high-risk country, which is not an EU Member State, an EEA country, Switzerland or the United Kingdom:

  • nationals of Latvia, their family members, holders of residence permits in Latvia, foreigners who are travelling across Latvia in transit to return to the country of their permanent residence;
  • nationals of an EU Member State, an EEA country, Switzerland and their family members and the permanent residents of those countries, as well as citizens of the United Kingdom and their family members crossing Latvia in transit to return to their country of residence, including Latvia;
  • employees and crew members of freight and passenger transport service providers,
  • seafarers and merchant mariners on their way to or returning from a ship,
  • foreign nationals the Investment and Development Agency of Latvia or Office of Citizenship and Migration affairs of Republic of Latvia has confirmed are connected with the fulfilment of agreements and commitments made by Latvian businesses,
  • foreign diplomats and their family members crossing Latvia in transit for the performance of their official functions, the holders of diplomatic passports of Latvia and the officials and staff of the consular service and their family members who are returning from a country where they have been posted or who are on the way to their country of posting;
  • nationals of Latvia who are members of the official delegations of Latvia or who must arrive at their place of employment in the framework of an intergovernmental project;
  • full time students and exchange students so long as an institution of higher education has provided written proof of the student’s enrolment and their arrival to Latvia is required to take part in a study programme;
  • athletes, sports workers, and representatives of international sports organisations whose arrival in Latvia as accredited persons is related to participation in an international sports event organized by a sports federation or its member according to procedures laid down in the Sports Law;
  • foreign nationals whose arrival in Latvia for receipt of medical treatment (diagnostics and therapy) has been approved by the Health Inspectorate, and the person accompanying them, if recognized to be necessary by a medical institution, or if the traveller is accompanying a child;
  • cultural professionals whose arrival in Latvia is related to the provision of cultural services and organizing public events and whose groups have been confirmed to be contributing in this manner by the Minister for Culture;
  • foreign nationals and their family members, if the visitor has been employed by a scientific institution as senior researcher or researcher for the term exceeding six months;
  • aircraft passengers who cross the territory of Latvia in transit without leaving the airport precinct and staying therein for not more than 24 hours, if they can present a confirmation that they are in transit and waiting for their next flight.

Entry to Latvia from high-risk country is allowed for persons, who have interoperable digital EU certificate of vaccination or recovering against Covid-19 (on a smart device or on a paper). The fact of vaccination or recovery is evidenced only by an interoperable certificate issued in the EU, the EEA countries, Switzerland, Ukraine, Turkey and Northern Macedonia or a Certificate of vaccination or recovery issued in the United Kingdom, USA, Australia, Israel, New Zealand and Canada.

Visa applicants have to appear in person when lodging an application for a short-stay Schengen visa in order to provide their biometric data (fingerprints). Fingerprint scans are not required for children under the age of 12. Applicants are required to provide new fingerprints once every five years. 

Applications for Schengen visa should be submitted directly at the Visa Application Center “PONY EXPRESS” (address: Kaliningrad, Ploshadj Pobedi 10, business center «Klover», 4th floor, office No.412) on working days 09.00 till 17.30 without prior appointment. In addition to the visa fee service provider’s fee of 18 euros (in Russian rubles at the Central Bank rate on the day of payment) will also be charged.

It is also available to submit visa applications at the Chancery. Visa applicants need to assign an appointment for that reason by telephone No. 8 800 250 49 36 and indicate the name, last name, date of birth and number of passport.

The Chancery additionally provides the representation of the following EU countries within Schengen visa issuance: Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland and Hungary. The necessary condition for those applicants who are planning to travel to these countries (except Hungary) is – registration of residence in Kaliningrad region.

Chancery accepts payment by credit cards only: (VISA; VISA Electron; VPAY; MasterCard and Maestro, except МИР).


Working hours (Monday, Tuesday and Thursday):

In order to receive consular services at the Chancery starting January 20, 2020          pre-registration is required!

Consular issues Reception hours       Upon an appointment

Reception of visa applications

10.00 till 12.00                                 

By telephone No. 8-800-250-49-36                                  

Return of documents

15.00 till 15.30                                   

Сonsular issues (eg. residence permits in Latvia, certificates, passports, citizenship and civil registration etc.) 10.00 till 12.00    pre-registration  


The following categories of applicants can submit visa applications at the Chancery without prior registration:

  • ethnic Latvians and their spouses and children;
  • members of the family of nationals of the Member States of the European Union, the European Economic Area and the Swiss Confederation;
  • persons whose purpose of travel is a serious illness or funeral of a relative in Latvia;
  • officials of federal, regional and municipal bodies of the Russian Federation departing on official trips to Latvia;
  • Representatives of foreign diplomatic, consular missions and international organizations accredited in the Russian Federation.

Visa applicant have to fill in an e-application form. The list of necessary documents for obtaining Schengen visa is available on the website of the Embassy of Latvia to Russia.