Latvian passport

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Latvian passport
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Front cover of a contemporary Latvian biometric passport
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Information page of a current design Latvian biometric passport
Issued by Latvia
First issuedNovember 20, 2007 (biometric passports)
January 28, 2015 (current version)[1]
EligibilityLatvian citizenship
Expiration2 years or the time of travel for children (ages 0–5); 5 years for citizens aged 5–20; 10 years for citizens above 20[2]
Cost€28.46/€14.23 (adults/pensioners and young people)[3]

Latvian passports are issued to citizens of Latvia for identity and international travel purposes. Receiving a valid passport is mandatory from the age of 15, but passports can be requested for younger children if needed for travel purposes. Passport is valid for 10 years (if citizen is younger than 20, then valid for 5 years). Non-citizen passports, and refugee travel documents (in a passport-like format), are also issued. Every Latvian citizen is also a citizen of the European Union. The passport, along with the national identity card allows for free rights of movement and residence in any of the states of the European Union, European Economic Area and Switzerland.

Physical Appearance[edit]

Latvian passports are burgundy red, with the Latvian Coat of arms emblazoned in the center of the front cover. The words "EIROPAS SAVIENĪBA" (Latvian) meaning (English: European Union) and "LATVIJAS REPUBLIKA" (Latvian) meaning (English: Republic of Latvia) inscribed below the coat of arms the word "PASE" (Latvian) meaning (English: Passport) are inscribed below the coat of arms. Latvian passport has the standard biometric symbol emblazoned below the coat of arms and uses the standard European Union design.

Identity Information Page[edit]

The Latvian Passport includes the following data:

  • Photo of Passport Holder
  • Type (P)
  • Code of Issuing State (LVA)
  • Passport No.
  • 1. Surname
  • 2. Given Names
  • 3. Nationality
  • 4. Height
  • 5. Sex
  • 6. Date of Birth
  • 7. Personal No.
  • 8. Authority (Place of issue)
  • 9. Place of Birth
  • 10. Date of Issue
  • 11. Holder's Signature
  • 12. Date of Expiry

The information page ends with the transparent line and the Machine Readable Zone.

Optionally passport may also include information about passport holder's ethnicity, underage children and holder's name in different orography (historical form or original form in a different language)


The data page/information page is printed in Latvian, English and French.

Visa requirements[edit]

Countries and territories with visa-free entries or visas on arrival for holders of regular Latvian passports
  Freedom of movement
  Visa not required
  Visa on arrival
  Visa available both on arrival or online
  Visa required prior to arrival

In 2020, Latvian citizens had visa-free or visa on arrival access to 180 countries and territories, ranking the Latvian passport 10th in the world according to the Visa Restrictions Index.[4]

Current Passport[edit]

As of November 20, 2007, all Latvian passports are following the EU passport standards in all respects (e.g. format, biometric features).

Since 1 July 2008 all citizen passports (blue color cover passports were issued 1992-2007), which have been issued until 30 June 2002 (containing glued in photos), as well as passports without an expiration date (beztermiņa), will not be valid for international travel.

Citizen passports issued after 1 July 2002, containing a scanned signature and picture, will be valid until the expiration date and do not have to be changed unless they have expired.

Non-citizen passports (violet color) are valid until the expiration date and do not have to be changed, unless they have expired.[5][6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Song and Dance about new style passports". Public Broadcasting of Latvia. January 28, 2015. Retrieved 15 February 2015.
  2. ^ Citizen’s passport
  4. ^ "Global Ranking - Visa Restriction Index 2020" (PDF). Henley & Partners. Archived from the original (PDF) on 19 August 2019. Retrieved 5 October 2015.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-02-15. Retrieved 2008-08-14.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ [1]

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