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Bariatric Surgery 4 clinics

Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery 2 clinics

General Medicine 1 clinics

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 1 clinics

Neurology 1 clinics

Ophthalmology 1 clinics

Dentistry 1 clinics

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Riga 4 clinics

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About Latvia

Officially known as the Republic of Latvia, this small nation in northeastern Europe is packed with unspoiled landscapes. Half of the country is covered in forests, while the rest is meadows and marshland, making it one of the greenest countries in the world. It is also home to picturesque towns, castle ruins, cobbled streets, historic churches, and Art Nouveau buildings. In addition to being the most visited country in the Baltics, Latvia has long been a popular medical tourism destination. Thousands of people from Russia, Western Europe, and Scandinavia come to this country to receive high-quality diagnostic and healthcare services. The country provides a combination of state of the art facilities, knowledgeable and skilled doctors, the latest medical technology, and high safety and quality standards. Most medical tourists come to this country for proctology, oncology, infertility treatment, and dentistry. Besides its conventional medical treatment, many people also choose Latvia as their destination for its natural healing resources, such as healing mud and mineral water springs. 

Popular Cities and Regions in Latvia

The most popular destination is the vibrant capital, Rīga. It houses one of the world’s most impressive collections of art nouveau buildings and a stunning medieval town and historic center listed as a UNESCO World Heritage. The city also has countless eating options and a lively nightlife scene. The most popular attractions in the country include Rīga Cathedral, Corner House, St. Peter’s Church, Alberta Lela, Rīga Central Market, and Žanis Lipke Memorial. Elsewhere in the country, highlights include the palace of Rundāle, the scenic Gauja Valley, and the beautiful small towns of Cēsis and Sigulda. Those who want to hit the beach can head to the port city of Ventspils or the resort area of Jūrmala near the capital.

Transport in Latvia

Rīga International Airport is the main airport in Latvia and is the largest airport in the Baltic States. It has direct flights to 76 destinations, including Paris, London, and Moscow. To travel between major towns and cities, the reasonably-priced train and bus services are the best options. Major cities have an excellent public transport system, comprising of trams, buses, and trolleybuses. Taxis are generally reliable and affordable. Car hire can be expensive, and driving on minor roads can be a challenge since they are often in poor condition.

Visas in Latvia

Since Latvia is a part of the Schengen Area, those who want to travel to the country need to apply for a Schengen visa, except for those who are citizens of the visa-exempt countries, including Albania, Sweden, the UAE, and the US. Citizens of the visa-exempts countries can stay in Latvia for up to 90 days in any 180-day period without a visa.

Weather in Latvia

Summer in Latvia starts from mid-June to late August. The weather can be very hot and dry during the day and chilly during the night. The season also experiences lots of rain showers. In mid-November, the winter comes with freezing temperatures, sometimes as low as -15°C. Autumn and spring have pleasant weather.

Additional Info
  1. Local Currency: Latvia adopted the euro (€) on 1 January 2014. €1 is equivalent to US$1.2. 
  2. Money & Payments:  Currency can be exchanged at banks or exchange offices, there are also numerous multiple currency ATMs around major cities. However, make sure to take cash out in advance before venturing outside major cities. Credit or debit cards can be used in most shops, restaurants, and hotels. In most situations, tipping is not expected but appreciated.
  3. Local Language: Latvian is the official language in the country, spoken as the mother tongue by more than half of the population. A third of the country’s population speaks Russian and English is very common.
  4. Local Culture and Religion: Christianity is the largest religion in Latvia. Other religions, such as Islam, Judaism, and Buddhism, are also practiced by the population. 
  5. Public holidays: Easter Monday, Christmas Day, and Declaration of Independence Day are some of the most celebrated public holidays in Latvia.