Applying for a short-stay Schengen visa

08.11.2023. 18:23

The Embassy of Latvia has appointed VF Services (USA) Inc. as its outsourced partner for acceptance and processing of its visa applications. All visa applications will be accepted and processed by VF Services (USA) Inc. through its dedicated Latvia Visa Application Centers in Washington D.C., San Francisco, Houston, Los Angeles, Chicago and New York.

Applications for a Schengen short-stay visa to travel to Latvia may be also logged in at:

·         Embassy of Latvia in Washington, D.C. (an appointment should be scheduled via e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

·         Consulate General of Poland in Los Angeles (make an appointment and register application here)  

·         Consulate General of Lithuania in Chicago (for further instructions please call the Consulate: 312-397-0382 or visit the website)

·         Consulate General of Poland in Houston (for further instructions please visit the website)


Citizens of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus can only apply for a visa in person at the Embassy of Latvia in Washington D.C.

The diplomatic missions and consular posts of the Republic of Latvia accept visa applications from the citizens of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus in following cases:

  1. family members (spouse, grandparents, parents, children, grandchildren, and dependent persons) of a national of the Republic of Latvia;
  2. family members of the nationals of the European Union, the European Economic Area, or the Swiss Confederation (under Cabinet Regulation No. 675 of 30 August 2011, “Procedures for the Entry and Residence in the Republic of Latvia of Citizens of the Union and their Family Members”);
  3. persons who have received the right of residence in Latvia;
  4. persons whose entry is related to humanitarian considerations (a serious illness of a relative or the need to attend a funeral, or there are threats to their or their family member's safety or life).

Each visa application is assessed in detail on a case by case basis to obtain proof that the person falls within any of the above listed categories. Where the purpose of entry is related to family members or humanitarian considerations, the visa applicant must present documents confirming the kinship and the purpose of entry.


Territorial Competence of the Embassy of Latvia for Acceptance of Requests for Schengen Visas (C), Visas with Limited Territorial Validity and Airport Transit Visas


In case of questions please contact the Consular Division of the Embassy by e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by telephone for consultations : (202) 328-2878 (from Monday until Friday from 10:00am until 12:00 noon and from 2:00pm until 4:00pm Eastern time).

Survey on the visa procedure