Contacts for Press

If you are a journalist seeking information about Latvia, preparing a story or planning to visit personally, the Latvian Institute is here to assist you with contacts, interviews, itinerary and background information. If necessary, we will help you connect with our partners in other institutions / organisations to meet your needs.

In any case, we are here to help you with accurate information on destinations, printed and digital information materials about Latvia, places to see and people to meet, and events to attend. In special circumstances, we can assist you with travel bookings and costs, decided case by case.

Please send us brief information about yourself and the topics you are interested to cover. We will get back to you as soon as possible, or will connect you with the right people to talk to.

To apply for media trips, please fill in the online application form.*

*The data you enter will be used for the evaluation of your application and for further arrangements if your application is confirmed. The data will be added to our media data base and might be provided to third persons (travel agencies, accommodation providers, caterers and similar) to secure your visit in Latvia.

Latvian Institute
Ph.: +371 67503667



Can we provide photographs of Latvia for publication?

We offer to use Photo Gallery Latvia. Photo Gallery Latvia is a high-resolution image service featuring images of Latvia. The images may be used free of charge only for the purpose of promoting Latvia to foreign media. Questions regarding specific cases or additional information can be sent to: Photo Gallery can be found here: .

Where can I find geneological information on my relatives / family tree in Latvia?

Genealogical inquiries (family histories, family trees) are prepared mainly in the Latvia State Historical Archives. The Archives contain the most ancient and chronologically wide-ranging documentary records for genealogical research covering the period from the 13th century until 1945. If you are interested in finding relatives in Latvia or any information about them, please, contact the State Archives in Latvia.

Address: 16 Slokas Street, Rīga, LV-1048
Telephone: (+371) 67613118 
Fax: (+371) 67612406

Where can I learn the Latvian Language?

The University of Latvia provides some courses in English, as well as academic courses in the Latvian Language for foreigners.

Vidzeme University College (in Valmiera) organises Baltic International Summer School.

The Latvian Language Agency has developed a wide variety of high quality learning materials, including audio cassettes, videos and printed materials.

Do I need a visa to enter Latvia?

Please, look at the web site of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia.