Entry & Exit Formalities
If entering Latvia from other parts of the EU, there are no border checkpoints or customs to endure thanks to the Schengen Agreement. If coming from outside the Schengen zone, old-fashioned travel document and customs checks are necessary. For more information, check the Latvian Foreign Ministry’s website at www.mfa.gov.lv.
The Latvian Tourism Development Agency (www.latviatourism.lv) posts the latest customs rules on its website.
There are no customs controls at the borders with other EU countries. When travelling within the Schengen zone, tourists (18 years and up) are allowed to move 800 cigarettes, 200 cigars or 1kg of tobacco across the border. For alcohol, the maximum is 110L of beer, 90L of wine (not more than 60L of sparkling wine) and 10L of other alcohol products. When travelling beyond the EU, quantities of cigarettes and alcohol are reduced to 200 cigarettes, 50 cigars, 250g of smoking tobacco and 1L of distilled beverages.
Exporting documents or copies from the state archive also require permits; see www.mantojums.lv.
Not required for citizens of the EU, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the USA, among others. For further information, visit www.mfa.gov.lv.