Country Guide: Latvia

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Updated: November 23, 2015

Household Goods and Personal Effects

Documents Required

  • Copy of Passport
  • Diplomatic Franchise (Diplomats)
  • Detailed inventory in English
  • Pro-forma invoice with values
  • Formal letter to customs with detailed information about reasons of moving into Latvia (the first time or return, temporary move or permanent, etc.)
  • Letter of Employment (foreigners)
  • Copy of Employment Contract (foreigners)
  • Rental Agreement (foreigners) / Proof of real estate ownership (returning citizens or EU citizens from outside the EU)
  • Proof of living abroad from origin shipping country of European Union (EU) for a period of at least 12 months) (returning citizens, EU citizens from outside the EU)

 

Specific Information

  • The shipment must arrive within 12 months of the shipper’s arrival.
  • Diplomats may import household shipments duty free.
  • Returning citizens may import household shipments duty free if having lived abroad for at least 12 months.
  • Repatriates must present a letter issued by the Repatriation Centre of Latvian Citizenship and Migration Affairs of their status and may import household shipments duty free. 
  • For shipments entering by roadway, Customs must be notified and receive documents at least 1 hour prior to shipment arrival.

Motor Vehicles

Documents Required

  • Technical Passport
  • Proof of ownership for a period of at least 6 months

 

Specific Information

  • Motor vehicles must be registered in the shipper’s name.
  • Motor vehicles may enter duty free only if owned and operated for a minimum of 6 months and the vehicle meets European requirements.
  • The vehicle must have a valid license plate and third party liability (TPL) insurance policy valid within the entire territory of the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland.

Pets

Documents Required

  • Rabies Vaccination Certificate valid for 1 year (dogs)
  • Original International Vaccination Book
  • Certificate of origin
  • Veterinary Health Certificate in English or Latvian

 

Specific Information

  • The Veterinary Health Certificate must be issued by a licensed veterinarian within 10 days of import.

Restricted/Dutiable Items

Weapons

  • For the import of personal arms, hunting weapons, gas pistols (revolvers) and munitions, the shipper must apply for a license at the Home Affairs Ministry Police Department.
  • The license must be obtained prior to import as a valid firearms license from abroad must be presented upon entry.

 

Medications

  • The shipper can import all medicines as long as the shipper can provide proof that they are for personal use only.  It is recommended to attach a doctor’s prescription to prove the necessity.
  • Drugs and psychotropic substances, as well as equipment for the use of them, cannot be imported.

 

Alcohol

  • The import of alcohol is restricted.  Some exceptions may be allowed depending on the mode of transport used to enter the country.
  • Contact the destination agent for specific information.

 

Excise Goods

  • Excise goods such as tobacco, coffee, lemonade, etc. may be restricted.
  • Contract the destination agent for specific information.

 

Fur and Hunting Trophies

  • A license is required for import.

 

Antiques and Artwork

  • All antiques and artwork must be declared.
  • Two photographs for each item need to accompany documentation.
  • Contact the destination agent for specific information.

Prohibited Items

  • Pornographic materials
  • Narcotics and illegal drugs
  • Subversive materials

Consignment Instructions

Recommended:  Contact the destination agent to ensure all requirements have been met prior to import, especially for differences regarding air / sea shipments.

 

IAM Note:  Customs regulations can change at any time with or without notice. This document is provided as a guide and for information only. While IAM has exercised reasonable care in publishing this document, IAM makes no representation, either expressed or implied, as to its accuracy or applicability. 

 

Helpful Website(s):

http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_947.html

http://www.latvia-usa.org

IAM Note: Customs regulations can change at any time with or without notice. This document is provided as a guide and for information only. While IAM has exercised reasonable care in publishing this document, IAM makes no representation, either expressed or implied, as to its accuracy or applicability.