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Last update 13 July 2018Diplomatic missions

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Republic of Latvia

 

The Republic of Bulgaria does not have a functioning embassy in the capital Riga. The territory of the Republic of Latvia is covered by the Bulgarian Embassy in Warsaw.

Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in Warsaw, Poland
Address: Al. Ujazdowskie 33/35, 00-540 Warszawa, Poland
Tel: +4822 629 4071; +4822 629 4072; +4822 629 4073; +4822 629 4074; +4822 629 4075
Fax: +4822 628 22 71
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.mfa.bg/embassies/poland
Consular Office at the Embassy
Fax: +4822 628 13 40
Office Hours: Mon - Fri, 9.00 to 12.00 h.
E-mail: [email protected]

The Embassy of the Republic of Latvia in Warsaw is accredited to Bulgaria.

Embassy of the Republic of Latvia in Warsaw
Chancery: ul. Królowej Aldony 19, 03-928 Warszawa
Telephone: +22 617 11 05 (09.00 - 17.00 h)
Telephone: +601 293 611 (emergency contact telephone for citizens of Latvia)
Fax: +22 617 11 06 (24 h)
E-mail: [email protected]
Office hours: Mon - Fri, 09.00 - 16.00 h
Consular Section
Office hours: Mon, Wed, 10.00 - 12.00 h.
Telephone: +22 616 40 14 (9:00 to 17:00 h)
E-mail: [email protected]

Honorary Consulate of the Republic of Latvia in Bulgaria
Address: ul. Adriana Budevska 17; 1463, Sofia, Triaditsa  
Telephone +359 2 9809321; +359 2 9033445
Fax: + 359 2 9802426
E-mail: [email protected]

General information

general information

Security

Latvia is a Western European country - the following security measures are recommended:

  • Risk of car theft
  • Theft of baggage, petty theft
  • Use only taxis bearing a taxi plate
     

For tourists in Riga, there is a hot police telephone in English - +371 67 181 818

Local currency

The local currency is Lats (LVL).

Customs Requirements

In Latvia you can bring cash amounting to up to 10,000 euros, but it must be declared on entry. You can bring duty-free goods for personal use. Imports of arms are banned.

There are no restrictions on exports from the country of goods and currency.

Legislation specifics

In the Republic of Latvia homosexuality is not prohibited.

Road traffic

If travelling by car, on the border when entering the country is recommended to wear a green card. Bulgarian driving license is valid. Public transport is well-developed. In some places the road network is in poor condition. Vehicles must keep lights switched on throughout the year. Caution when driving - Latvia is among the countries with the highest mortality rate in transport accidents.

Healthcare

Healthcare does not meet West European Standard.

Travel papers and visas

Travellers can enter the country with a passport or identity card valid for the duration of their stay.

Bulgarian citizens travelling to Latvia (holders of ordinary, business and diplomatic passports) do not require a visa.

No special immunizations are required.

Practical advice

Long, wet, dark and cold winter. Do not use water from the water network.

Competitive service

Bulgarian citizens staying for short or long terms in the Republic of Latvia may contact the Embassy of Bulgaria in Warsaw for consular matters.

In extreme cases – such as a damaged, lost or stolen passport, Bulgarian citizens can apply for a temporary travel passport before the embassy of an EU Member State in Latvia.

Certification and Legalisation

The Republic of Latvia is a party to the Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents.

In order for them to be valid in the Republic of Bulgaria and to serve before Bulgarian institutions, all documents issued by the authorities of Latvia to Bulgarian citizens should be provided with an Apostille by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia.

Thus processed, documents must be translated into Bulgarian by an authorized translation agency in Bulgaria, and such translation must be certified by the “Legalization and Certification” Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Bulgaria.

Bulgarian Identity Documents

The diplomatic representation of Bulgaria in Warsaw has the technical capability of taking digital images signature, face and fingerprints of the applicant and is accepting applications for the issuance of passports, ID cards or temporary passports.

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