Since the Russian military began its invasion of Ukraine on February 24, many people are worried about the potential effects the ongoing conflict may have on the tourism industry of Latvia and the Baltic States. We can confidently state that visitors who intend to visit Latvia do not need to reschedule their travel plans or have any cause for concern.
At this time, Latvia is not under any military threat and Riga to Kyiv is 840 kilometres away, making the war equally far from Latvia as it is from many other European countries.
Our country is a member of the most powerful international organisations as well - NATO, European Union and Council of Europe, United Nations and many more.
Latvia strongly condemns Russian aggression and wide-ranging military attack on Ukraine
The actions performed by Russia are a blatant breach of international law, the sovereignty, and territorial integrity of Ukraine, and is a violent change of borders. This conduct has received strong worldwide condemnation and will have negative effects on Russia for a very long time.
Latvia is among the European leaders in providing assistance to Ukraine's military forces, and it will keep working persistently to support Ukraine's success and the defence of its self-determination and sovereignty values.
The Riga City Council also provides extensive support to the citizens of Ukraine.
Latvia and Riga is a place that hosts a lot of international and local events
A high-level international event took place in Riga from June 20 to 21 - the Three Seas Initiative Business Forum, which gathered the leaders of 12 countries of the Three Seas Initiative region, strategic partners of the initiative, as well as representatives of the regional and international business and investment sectors.
Riga hosted a major music festival from July 15 to 16, 2022 - Positivus - with world-class headliners that include ASAP Rocky, Megan Thee Stallion and Jamie XX.
A lot of local events are happening this summer as well. The 2022 Riga Summer Culture Program actively is taking place and it offers local residents and guests of Riga a wide cultural program - concerts, discussions, creative workshops, activities for children, etc. - until the very end of August.
There are no travel related restrictions in Latvia or Riga
As of April 1, 2022, Covid-19 safety measures were cancelled in Latvia.
Covid-19 certificates or Covid-19 tests are not required for entry into Latvia from the European Union, the European Economic Area, or Great Britain. After April 1, only in medical and social care institutions shall medical masks or FFP2 be used.
Flights between Riga and other countries are currently not subject to any restrictions. Latvia’s capital city has superior connectivity in the Baltics with 100+ direct flights from Riga.
Riga is a desirable location for investments and establishing new business connections
Riga is the most dynamically developing city (CEE Business Services Awards 2021), has lowest costs of operations and rental cost for office space in Baltics, Riga has access to the largest talent pool in Baltics and ranks in the 1st place in Bloomberg Innovation Index 2021 "Baltics in innovations" sector.
If you are interested in learning more about the investment environment and business development opportunities in Riga, book an appointment with our team and we will get in contact with you!
Overall, as already stated above, Russian invasion of Ukraine is not a reason to cancel your trip to Latvia, it is safe to travel here and enjoy your time here in Riga.