Latvia: helping refugees from Ukraine

Latvia provides simple and clear entry conditions for Ukrainians forced to flee the war, and also helps with adaptation in the country. In this article, we talked about the conditions for entry into Latvia for refugees from Ukraine and the key points that you should know. June 11, 2022 0 3 min

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Conditions of entry

Entry is allowed according to the available documents: Ukrainian biometric/non-biometric passport, internal Ukrainian passport (old-style in the form of a book or ID-card), birth certificate of a child. Coronavirus entry restrictions lifted.

Citizens of Ukraine who do not have a biometric passport will be issued a free long-term visa. Long-term visas are also issued to ensure the right to work in Latvia. Holders of a passport of a citizen of Ukraine (internal Ukrainian passport) will be granted a residence permit in Latvia (in the form of an ID card).

To learn more about the procedure for obtaining a long-term visa for citizens of Ukraine, please contact the Department of Citizenship and Migration Affairs: +371 67209400 (Monday-Thursday 8:30-16:00; Friday 9:00-15:00 ).

  • Center for support of citizens forced to leave the territory of Ukraine at the address: Riga, st. Kalku iela, 1, from 09:00-18:00.
  • The information point for citizens of Ukraine is located in the Riga Congress House at the address: Krišjāņa Valdemāra iela 5, Centra rajons, Rīga, LV- 1010. Opening hours: 09:00 – 18:00 (Mon-Fri) and from 10:00-16: on weekends.
  • Organization of work with temporarily displaced persons

If you have arrived in Latvia and you do not have a place to live, inform the official of the State Border Guard about the need for assistance.

To get help with moving, fill out one of these forms:

  • Help in Latvia

Entering with animals

If you arrive with a pet, when you settle in, contact your nearest veterinarian. The veterinarian will examine, register, microchip and vaccinate the animal free of charge. Information phone of the food and veterinary service +371 67095245.


If you need help getting to Latvia from the Polish-Ukrainian border, contact a refugee support organization.

You may also find this site useful:


As before, we recommend using the search on these websites:

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Long term rental search:

  • RentInRiga


  • List of hospitals in Latvia
  • The National Health Service will help with finding the necessary medicines +371 80001234
  • Children's Hospital at Vienibas gatve +3715680140
Chats, groups and sites for help
  • /groups/1716299315047796

This resource contains detailed information about all aspects of arrival and stay in Latvia:

Other useful contacts

  • State Border Guard Service (24/7): +371 67913569 or +371 67913568
  • Help in Latvia (video for accommodation, housing , labor, food, medicines, schools for children): +371 29380380
  • Help in Riga (24/7) +371 80000800

Consular Section of the Embassy of Ukraine in the Republic of Latvia < /p>

Address: Riga, st. Elizabetes, 2B

+37167332956, +37129239262 (hot line, around the clock), +37167243082

Take care of yourself and your loved ones!

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