How Safe Is Latvia for Travel?

Latvia
Safety Index:
80

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Latvia is a Baltic country located in Northern Europe, bordering Estonia to the north, Lithuania to the south, Russia to the east, Belarus on the southeast, and the Baltic Sea on the west.

It is yet another country boasting a beautiful Baltic Sea coastline, and it is only one of the many gorgeous, mostly natural, features that this country has to offer.

Though the most famous travel spot is Latvia’s capital Riga, which is also a World Heritage Site itself, there are many options in this country for tourists to see and visit.

Latvia offers wonderful landscapes and surroundings, both urban and rural, such as Liepaja with its former secret military town of Karosta and a breathtaking beach.

Among its natural beauties is Kuldiga with Europe’s widest waterfall and as for cultural heritage, there’s Cesis with its medieval castle ruins.

Then there are forests, vast forests covering approximately 50% of Latvia’s territory with many trails, tracks and nature parks.

And of course, topping this all off is the wild beauty of Latvia’s coastline, expanded over 500 km of land and consisting mainly of white, soft sandy beaches.

Warnings & Dangers in Latvia

Overall Risk

OVERALL RISK : LOW

Latvia is overall safe to travel to, the crime rates are relatively low, and even pickpockets are not that common. However, it is advised that you remain vigilant at all times, especially on the streets.

Transport & Taxis Risk

TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : HIGH

As in other Baltic countries, traffic is not very safe in Latvia. It is filled with reckless drivers and even crossing the street is dangerous. Some roads are badly kept and riddled with holes. Be very careful when included in Latvia's traffic.

Pickpockets Risk

PICKPOCKETS RISK : LOW

Pickpocketing exists in Latvia but it is not too big of an issue. There are specific areas to watch out for such as Vecriga (Riga's Old Town), Dzelzcela Stacija (central train station), the Autoosta (central bus station) and Centraltirgus (central market) notorious for pickpockets. Be careful and keep your valuables close by your side.

Natural Disasters Risk

NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : LOW

As for natural disasters, there are no greater risks, apart from flooding caused by heavy rains, mostly in the eastern part of the country.

Mugging Risk

MUGGING RISK : LOW

It is not likely you will get mugged or kidnapped in Latvia. Still, don't let your guard down and stay away from dark and deserted areas of bigger cities.

Terrorism Risk

TERRORISM RISK : LOW

There haven't been any terrorist attacks in Latvia's recent history, but they shouldn't be ruled out, so be aware of your surroundings at all times.

Scams Risk

SCAMS RISK : MEDIUM

There are several scams performed in Latvia, especially in Riga, and they are mostly connected to bars and pubs. People lured into a pub or a bar by a pretty lady are mostly ridiculously overcharged. This happens in shady pubs such as Kapsula, Babylon and Sonali Pub to name a few. Never accept drinks from strange people or leave your drink unattended.

Women Travelers Risk

WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW

Overall, Latvia is very safe for women traveling solo. Just use your common sense and have your wits with you. Avoid poorly lit and deserted areas at night and finding yourself in places filled with drunken people.

So... How Safe Is Latvia Really?

Latvia is generally safe to travel to, and petty crime is relatively low although it exists.

Pickpocketing is mostly common in larger cities and some of the most notorious locations for this crime are Vecriga (Riga’s Old Town), Dzelzcela Stacija (central train station), the Autoosta (central bus station) and Centraltirgus (central market).

Another issue to bear in mind is that bicycle theft is also common so make sure to lock your bicycle before walking away, even if it’s the smallest distance from your vehicle.

As other Baltic countries bear in mind that traffic isn’t the safest.

Latvia is filled with reckless drivers and some roads are very unsafe, which is why the accident rate in Latvia is very high.

Be careful when crossing the road and especially mind the forest roads since collisions with wildlife animals can easily occur.

Since half of Latvia’s territory is covered in forests, you should watch out for forest ticks as they can be abundant from May to September, depending on the humidity of the previous year’s weather, and bear in mind that they can occasionally be found even in old town parks.

Their bite carries the risk of tick-borne encephalitis (these infected ticks can be quite common) and Lyme disease which is less common.

If you do get bitten by one, keep in mind that delayed or inadequate treatment can lead to disabilities.

There are also some snakes in Latvia, but they are mostly not venomous, except for the European Adder which carries a possible death threat if you get bitten and not treated within the next couple of hours.

Useful Information

  • Visas - For most countries, visas are not required for any stays shorter than 90 days. Any longer than that and you have to obtain a visa. If you are not sure about your visa status, visit www.doyouneedvisa.com which will let you know whether or not you need a visa based on your nationality and the country you want to visit.
  • Currency - Euro is the official currency for Latvia and most of Europe. ATMs are very easy to find and credit cards are accepted in many establishments such as hotels and restaurants.
  • Weather - Latvia has a warm temperate humid climate with pleasant summers and reasonably mild winters that last from January until March. Average temperatures range from 10°C to 15°C in winter, but temperatures sometimes drop as low as -6.6°C
  • Airports - Riga International Airport is the biggest international airport of Riga, the capital of Latvia, and it's located in the Mārupe Municipality west of Riga. It is a state-owned joint-stock company, while the owner of all shares is no one other than the government of Latvia.
  • Travel Insurance - Just like anywhere else, we recommend getting travel insurance when traveling to Latvia since it covers not only the costs of medical problems but also theft and loss of valuables.
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Latvia Weather Averages (Temperatures)

Jan -4° C
Feb -3° C
Mar 1° C
Apr 7° C
May 12° C
Jun 16° C
Jul 19° C
Aug 18° C
Sep 13° C
Oct 8° C
Nov 3° C
Dec -2° C
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Average High/Low Temperature

Temperature / MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
High
°C
-1051217212423181151
Low
°C
-6-6-316101312840-4
High
°F
303241546370757364524134
Low
°F
212127344350555446393225

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5 Reviews on Latvia

  1. Been To Riga,Loved it there,Going again next week .
    People are lovely and warm,City is nice and very clean , We booked our Hotel and Flight tickets few month before at cheaper prices, Ryanair return ticket was only £70 pp and 4 star hotel around £40 per/day , Good bars and Restaurants,Prices bit lower than UK
    We travelled In june and weather was gorgeous,Temp around 22 degree
    There are a lot of touristy attractions ,River Daugava looks amazing at sunset time .
    If you are not from Europe,you need to get Visa,normally taking around 4 weeks time
    I do Recommend Latvia 100%

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    Alauddin says:

    Very good

    I am interested latvia very nice latvia

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      Anonymous says:

      Loved Riga. Very safe. Some scams .. but they are obvious and very very minor. Just trying to get you to pay more to enter places.. will be going again.

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    Anonymous says:

    Beware in Valmiera

    Been in Valmiera, Latvia for several times now. If it was not because of training purposes in Olympic Training Centre. Better to spend some money on other country. Every visit we got bad experiences. This time I got two bruises because one of the VTU Valmiera’s bus driver tried to close the door while I was still standing just right at the door while queuing. He tried two attempts to jam me. Thats why I got two bruises. It comes into my conclusion that he did that in purpose.
    Luckily he did not jam my daughter who was standing in front of me. According to my opinion, Valmiera people is not ready to welcome tourist. So beware of your safety especially riding that bus. Hope the Bus Company’s manager beware of this driver ruining the company’s reputation.

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    Jasmine Beast says:

    I love Latvia Riga its a good place I will go again whenever I can it was wonderful be sure to check out the baltic sea and get some amber it was very safe I never once felt like I had been in danger be sure to go.

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