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What language is spoken in Latvia?

The official language in Latvia is Latvian It is spoken by 80%of the population, Latgalian, Ukrainian, Belarusian and Russian are also spoken in Latvia. Most tourist attractions, hotels and city centre restaurants will be able to communicate in English.

What currency is used in Latvia?

The official Latvian currency is the euro. Credit cards are widely accepted in Latvia but it is always a good idea to have some cash.

Do I need a visa to travel to Latvia?

Latvia is a Schengen area country. This means that Canadian and U.S. citizens may enter Latvia for up to 90 days for tourist or business purposes without a visa. Passports should be valid for 6 months after the period of stay in the Schengen area.

When is the best time to travel to Latvia?

Summer is the best time to visit Latvia. The temperatures are at their highest and it is also the peak of the tourist season so expect to find crowds. Late spring and early fall are less crowded with nice weather.

How is the transportation within Latvia?

Buses, trams, trolleybuses are the main form of transportation in the main Latvian cities (Riga, Daugavpils, Liepāja). Travelers can use their contactless cards for ticket purchases on the buses. Car rental is also a considerable option in Latvia, but within Riga travelers can easily get around using public transportation.

Is Latvia a family-friendly destination?

Latvia is considered safe. It is a small country but it has some great attractions for the whole family to enjoy. From the beaches and resorts to the aqua parks and theme parks. Riga is full of activities which are suitable for kids of all ages. There are also plenty of summer festivals to enjoy.

What are the main annual events in Latvia?

  • Riga city festival
  • Riga Opera Festival 
  • Cesis Castle Medieval Fair
  • Riga Restaurant Week Festival
  • Staro Riga Light Festival


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