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Is there cash assistance available? Who is eligible? How does someone apply?

Upon entering into employment, Ukrainian civilians are entitled to a one-time employment allowance of EUR 500. The benefit must be applied for at the State Employment Agency within one month after starting work. More information on applying for the employmen allowance can be found here mceclip0.png.

Residents of Ukraine in Latvia can receive the following benefits:

  • one-off benefit in a crisis situation - 272 euros for an adult and 190 euros for a child
  • an additional monthly allowance of EUR 109 for the first person and EUR 76 for each subsequent person in a Ukrainian household
  • other material support or social services according to the individual needs.
How do I set up a bank account?

In most Latvian credit and financial institutions, Ukrainian civilians can open payment accounts free of charge.

In order to open an account and issue a payment card, it is necessary to visit the bank's customer service center in person, bringing with you a travel document or ID issued in Ukraine or a TUA (ID) issued in Latvia. It should be noted that most banks serve customers in person only upon previous appointments. Thus, please contact the specific bank before visiting.

More information is available here mceclip0.png and on the websites of the following Latvian banks: SEB mceclip0.png, Citadele mceclip0.png, Swedbank mceclip0.png, Luminor mceclip0.png, Industra Bank mceclip0.png, Regional Investment Bank mceclip0.png.

How do I withdraw cash or exchange my currencies?

Possibilities to exchange hryvnias to EUR in cash are limited in Latvia. It is recommended not to withdraw cash from cash machines.

If you have Ukrainian hryvnia in cash, go to Tavex, Romkons, Eiro ars currency exchange points in Riga. One person can exchange hryvnia for up to 100 euros per week.

If you want to transfer hryvnia to a bank account in Latvia, you must first perform a currency conversion.

VISA and MasterCard payment cards issued by Ukrainian banks are operational in Latvia, but technical problems may occur. These payment cards can also be used to withdraw money from ATMs.

How do I pay taxes in a country?

You can read about taxation in Latvia here mceclip0.png and here mceclip0.png.

If I already work remotely, how should I pay my taxes?

In this case, individual consultation with a professional lawyer is necessary.

How can I send money back to Ukraine?

You can transfer money from Latvia to Ukraine via an international transfer or money transfer at a corresponding provider or a bank.

For an international transfer at the bank you have to fill out a special form and usually pay fees. Other special money transfer providers (e.g. Western Union, Moneygram, Wise, Revolut, Paypal) are often a cheaper and faster alternative.