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General information on border crossing?

On arrival in Latvia via the border crossing points, a border check will be carried out for persons with biometric passports. Ukrainian civilians who arrive in Latvia from another European Union country and have other travel documents but do not have a valid visa to enter the Schengen area will be given visas.If a person arrives without travel documents, the identity of the person will be confirmed in cooperation with the competent Ukrainian authorities.

A Ukrainian citizen staying in Latvia on the basis of a residence permit is obliged to declare his place of residence in Latvia within one month from the moment of receiving the residence permit card. Information on how to declare your place of residence in Latvia is available here mceclip0.png.

If you need help to get to Latvia from the Polish-Ukrainian border, contact the movement "Gribu palฤซdzฤ“t bฤ“gฤผiem" by filling out this form mceclip0.png. You will receive an answer within 24 hours.

More information on crossing the state border (24/7) is available by calling the State Border Guard +371 67913569, +371 67913568

The website of the State Border Guard website www.rs.gov.lv mceclip0.png

The website of the Ministry of the Interior of Latvia www.iem.gov.lv/lv mceclip0.png

What documents do I need to enter?

You need a biometric passport, however, entry will not be denied if you arrive without it.

Ukrainian civilians who arrive in Latvia with other travel documents but do not have a valid visa to enter the Schengen area will be given visas.

If a person arrives without travel documents, the identity of the person will be confirmed in cooperation with the competent Ukrainian authorities.

What happens after a border crossing?

Latvia provides accommodation and meals for Ukrainian residents in Latvia free of charge for the first 120 days to those, who have started receiving services before 24th of May and and 120 days of accommodation and 30 days of free meals for those who have started receiving services from 25 May.

Citizens of Ukraine who do not have a place of residence in Latvia, when crossing the border may contact the representative of the State Border Guard Service of Latvia regarding the need for assistance: +371 67913569; +37167913568.

In Riga, contact the Labklaฬ„jiฬ„bas departaments (Welfare Department) of the Riga City Council at tel. 80005055 on accommodation, food, clothing, etc.

How can I get from the border to the capital (a certain town)?

Ukrainian citizens and their family members will be able to travel on regional public transport - trains and buses - free of charge on the presentation of an identity document. At the same time, the exemption from the fare does not apply to commercial regional bus routes (journeys) marked with the capital letter โ€œKโ€ in the timetables (this indication also appears on the electronic route sign of the bus on the front of the bus). In their turn, the municipalities determine the exemption from the fare in public transport of city municipalities.

How can I travel to another (specific) country?

You can use public transport or you can use your own car-. A vehicle registered in Ukraine can participate in road traffic in Latvia for three months from the moment of entry without re-registering the vehicle in the register of the Road Traffic Safety Directorate (CSDD).

Vehicle registration can be performed at any of the 26 CSDD Customer Service Centres, regardless of the vehicle ownerโ€™s place of residence or the vehicleโ€™s previous registration. Upon registration of a vehicle, it shall be assigned and issued a state number plate and a vehicle registration certificate, which is both the document certifying the technical data of the vehicle registration and the ownership.

Driving licenses issued in Ukraine are also valid in Latvia for driving all categories of vehicles indicated therein. When staying in Latvia for more than one year, the driving license must be changed in accordance with the established procedure, passing the driving test at the Road Traffic Safety Directorate. If the term of the driving license has already expired, it must be replaced in accordance with the established procedure by passing the driving test at the Road Traffic Safety Directorate.

You can also travel by airplane, bus or train to different countries.

How long can I stay?

Ukrainian citizens who have a biometric passport do not need a visa for the first 90 days. Residents without a biometric passport will be issued a visa free of charge. You have the right to apply for a long-term visa with the right to employment, or apply for asylum in Latvia. A long-term visa will be issued for a one year term. The possibility of renewing the visa will depend on the further development of the situation in Ukraine

You can apply for a visa:

  • In the Central Support Center for the Residents of Ukraine, Kalku Street 1, Riga
  • OCMA territorial offices mceclip0.png outside Riga
  • by post or courier, sending documents to: OCMA Migration Division in Riga, ฤŒiekurkalna 1.lฤซnija 1, k-3, LV-1026 or any territorial division outside Riga.

Documents required when applying for a visa:

  • Copy of your passport (data section and pages with visas and / or border crossing marks).
  • When sending documents by mail a 35mm x 45mm photo is required. No photo is required when submitting documents in person.
  • Long-term visa application form mceclip0.png.

The visa will be issued in the same place where it was requested. Visa is free of charge.

On-site state and municipal services are available at 138 State-Municipal Customer Service Centers (VPVKAC mceclip0.png). They provide assistance to Ukrainian civilians in applying for visas, residence permits and registration of natural persons. The centers also provide advice and help to apply for e-services electronically.

If a Ukrainian citizen has exceeded or is nearing the end of his or her stay in Latvia, no administrative penalty will be imposed, but Ukrainian citizens who have exceeded their length of stay must apply to the Office of Citizenship and Migration for a visa to stay legally in Latvia.

Where can an unaccompanied minor get help?

If an unaccompanied minor is arriving has some sort of identification documents (passport, birth certificate, student certificate or any other document evidencing the childโ€˜s identity) border check and identification will be performed.

A new institution is established under the law โ€” emergency guardianship. The emergency guardianship is introduced for children who have arrived to Latvia from Ukraine without their parents. The law provides that a person to whom an unaccompanied child arrives may become an extraordinary guardian, as well as a person who has been granted the status of guardian or in Latvia, the status of foster family or host family, as well as a person with whom an unaccompanied child has arrived together in Latvia.

To obtain protection, you must contact the border guards or the police of Latvia.

Are there any Covid-related requirements and if yes, what are they?

The absence of travel or medical documents (vaccination certificate, COVID-19 test) will not be an obstacle for Ukrainian citizens to enter Latvia.

Where do I register for temporary protection?

You can apply for a long-term visa here mceclip0.png:

  • In person in Riga, at the Central Support Centre for the Residents of Ukraine (one stop service point), Kalku Street 1, Riga. The centre is open on weekdays from 9.00 to 18.00. More information is available at riga.lv or by phone +371 80000800
  • At all branches of the Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs (OCMA), information available here mceclip0.png. For more information, call: +371 67209400 (Monday to Thursday 8.30 to 16.00, and Friday 9.00 to 15.00)
  • By post or courier, sending documents to: OCMA Migration Division in Riga, ฤŒiekurkalna 1.lฤซnija 1, k-3, LV-1026 or any territorial division outside Riga.
What are my rights while I wait to get temporary protection?

The visa application period will be several days, depending on the number of applications submitted. The visa will be free.

After obtaining a visa, you will be able to enjoy the same rights as citizens of Latvia. You will be able to receive free medical care, get a job, enter universities.

What documents will I receive once I get temporary protection?

You will receive a long-term visa or residence permit valid for 1 year. The possibility of renewal will depend on the further development of the situation in Ukraine.

May I temporarily return to Ukraine? What will happen to my protection status?

Yes, you can return to Ukraine without negative consequences.

Can I move around the country and the European Union freely while under temporary protection?

Yes, you can move around the country and the European Union.

Can I apply for asylum while under temporary protection? What is the difference?

You do not need to apply for asylum in Latvia, because Latvia has passed and operates a special law on Ukrainian civilianโ€™s status mceclip0.png.

How and where can I apply for the residency?

You can apply for a long-term visa here mceclip0.png:

  • In person in Riga, at the Central Support Centre for the Residents of Ukraine (one stop service point), Kalku Street 1, Riga. The centre is open on weekdays from 9.00 to 18.00. More information is available at riga.lv or by phone +371 80000800
  • At all branches of the Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs (OCMA), information available here mceclip0.png. For more information, call: +371 67209400 (Monday to Thursday 8.30 to 16.00, and Friday 9.00 to 15.00)
  • By post or courier, sending documents to: OCMA Migration Division in Riga, ฤŒiekurkalna 1.lฤซnija 1, k-3, LV-1026 or any territorial division outside Riga.
How long I need to wait to get the residency?

The visa application period will be several days, depending on the number of applications submitted. The visa will be free.

What if I don't have the international passport?

The absence of travel documents will not be an obstacle for Ukrainian citizens to enter Latvia. If a person arrives without travel documents, his / her identity will be confirmed in cooperation with the competent authorities of Ukraine.

When going to Latvia, we urge you to take any documents that will help identify the person.

Where can I take a photo for my documents?

There are numerous shops that offer such services. Look for photo studio & copy centers as they can provide you with this.

Where can I translate my documents?

You can translate your documents at any translation agency in your city. Search for ยซdokumentu tulkoลกanaยป on Google.

How do I get Mobile phone/internet services?

LMT customers do not have to pay for calls to Ukraine. LMT customers located in Ukraine can use voice and internet communications free of charge. More information here mceclip0.png.

Tele2 Latvia provides free calls to Ukraine and free roaming to its customers in Ukraine. Tele2 Latvia also is providing 10,000 SIM cards to Ukrainian refugees arriving in Latvia. More information here mceclip0.png.

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