Latvia is alive with vibrant cities, tantalising beaches, historic towns and a busy network of forests and rivers.

Latvians are proud of their past and much time and effort has been spent preserving their architectural history. Once you’ve had your fill of Baroque, Art Nouveau and Renaissance wonders, head to the nearest beer garden and make friends with some of the liveliest locals in Eastern Europe.

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Trips on or before 31 December 2022

If your Intrepid trip starts on or before 31 December 2022, you must provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19.

If you are unable to be vaccinated for medical reasons, you may apply for an exemption. Exemptions will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. To apply, you must provide a medical certificate from a medical professional. 

Children under 18 are exempt. Children aged between 5 and 17 years old must provide proof of either vaccination, recovery or a negative COVID-19 test.

Trips from 1 January 2023 onwards

From 1 January 2023, Intrepid will no longer require travellers to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 (excluding all Polar trips and select adventure cruises).

However, we continue to strongly recommend that all Intrepid travellers and leaders get vaccinated to protect themselves and others.

Specific proof of testing or vaccination may still be required by your destination or airline. Please ensure you check travel and entry requirements carefully.

Learn more about Intrepid’s COVID-19 policy

Standard tipping in restaurants is 10% unless a service charge has been added to the bill. Round up any taxi fares.

Internet access is excellent in Latvia. Free wireless zones as well as internet cafes can be found all over the country.

Latvia has excellent mobile phone coverage. Ensure you have global roaming activated with your carrier if you wish to use your phone.

Latvia has western-style flushable toilets. Keep loose change handy to pay for public toilets.

Can of soft drink = £1
Cup of coffee = £2
Beer in a bar or restaurant = £2
Three-course meal = £15.5 
Short taxi ride = £2.5

Yes, tap water is considered safe to drink.

Credit cards are widely accepted.

There’s good access to ATMs in nearly all towns and cities.

Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of your trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey. 

For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance

  • 1 Jan New Year's Day
  • 14 Apr Good Friday
  • 17 Apr Easter Monday
  • 1 May Labour Day
  • 4 May Independence Restoration Day
  • 5 May Independence Restoration Day Holiday
  • 23 Jun Midsummer's Eve
  • 24 Jun St John's Day (Midsummer's Day)
  • 18 Nov Independence Day
  • 24 Dec Christmas Eve
  • 25 Dec Christmas Day
  • 26 Dec 2nd Day of Christmas
  • 31 Dec New Year's Eve

Please note these dates are for 2017. For a current list of public holidays in Latvia go to:

Responsible Travel

Intrepid is committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. It's important to remember that what may be acceptable behaviour, dress and language in your own country, may not be appropriate in another. Please keep this in mind while travelling.

Colourful streets of Riga, Latvia

How we're giving back

In Latvia, we stay in locally run accommodation including guesthouses, smaller-scale hotels and homestays in an effort to support the local economies. We also visit locally-run restaurants and markets where travellers will have opportunities to support local businesses and purchase handicrafts created by local artisans.