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Latvia customs regulations

It is important to know about customs regulations before traveling to Latvia to avoid legal issues and potential fines. As you know, customs regulations widely depend on the country. Before traveling to (or from) Latvia make sure to check the allowance and limits for the next things:

  • Alcohol and tobacco
  • Currency
  • Medicines (especially those containing drugs)
  • Animals
  • Cultural artifacts
  • Plants, fruits, vegetables and other agricultural products

Check the information below to be sure that you are complying with Latvia customs regulations.

Import regulations in Latvia

Duty-free allowance

When travelling within EU

There are no limits on the amount of alcohol and tobacco a traveller can bring in within the EU. The goods must be for personal use or as a gift and they must have had duty and tax paid in the EU country where they were acquired. Customs officials may require proof of intent if more than all the following is imported.

Tobacco limit

  • Restricted to travellers 18 years and over;
  • 800 cigarettes;
  • 400 cigarillos (max 3g each);
  • 200 cigars;
  • 1kg smoking tobacco.

Bringing alcohol

  • Restricted to travellers 18 years and over;
  • 10 litres of spirits over 22%;
  • 20 litres of alcoholic beverages, other than either wine or beer, less than 22% volume;
  • 90 litres of wine (with a maximum 60 litres of sparkling wine);
  • 110 litres of beer.

Other goods

  • 10kg of coffee.
  • 110 litres of non-alcoholic beverages.

When travelling from outside the EU

If entering the EU from outside, passengers may bring with them duty-free goods for personal use within the limits set out below. The same applies if coming from the Canary Islands, the Channel Islands, Gibraltar or other territories where EU rules on VAT do not apply.

Tobacco (by road, rail, or sea)

Restricted to travellers 18 years and over travelling by road, rail, or sea. One of the following:

  • 40 cigarettes;
  • 20 cigarillos;
  • 10 cigars;
  • 50g of smoking tobacco;
  • or a proportional combination of these goods (such as 20 cigarettes and 10 cigarillos).

Tobacco (by air)

Restricted to travellers 18 years and over travelling by air. One of the following:

  • 200 cigarettes;
  • 100 cigarillos;
  • 50 cigars;
  • 250g of smoking tobacco;
  • or a proportional combination of these goods (such as 100 cigarettes and 50 cigarillos).

Bringing alcohol

Restricted to travellers 18 years and over. One of the following:

  • 1 litre exceeding 22% alcohol volume;
  • or 2 litres up to 22% alcohol volume.

In addition, both of the following:

  • 4 litres of still wine;
  • 16 litres of beer.

Cash limit

  • There are no restrictions on the importation of currency into the EU.
  • Funds of more than €10,000 must be declared to the customs authorities.

Other Goods free from duty

  • Medicinal products for personal use, subject to certain restrictions.
  • Personal items of non-commercial nature worth up to €430 when travelling by air or sea.
  • Personal items of non-commercial nature worth up to €300 when travelling by land.
  • Personal items of non-commercial nature worth up to €285 for travellers under 15 years of age.

Prohibited items

The following are goods which cannot be brought into the country.

  • Goods to be used for capital punishment, torture or other cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment.
  • Wild animal fur originating in a country where trapping methods do not meet internationally agreed humane trapping standards.
  • Firearms, with the exception of firearms intended for hunting.

Restricted items

These goods are strictly regulated, and in most cases require a permit to be obtained prior to arrival.

  • Animals are subject to a mandatory health inspection at the first point of entry on EU territory. They must also have a microchip or tattoo, and have been properly vaccinated against rabies. A Common Veterinary Entry Document certifying the healthy inspection must be provided with the customs declaration. Pets travelling within the EU must have a valid pet passport. For further information, please visit the Food and Veterinary Service.
  • Endangered animals, plants, and their derivative products protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) may require protected species permits.
  • Iron and steel products require a permit from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
  • Plants and their derivative products require a phytosanitary certificate.
  • 2kg of products of animal origin such as milk powder, baby food, honey, eggs, and food for medical purposes can be brought in personal baggage as long as they are still packaged.
  • Fish and fishery products may be brought along up to 20kg per person from both EU and non-EU countries.
  • Milk and dairy products may only be imported from EU countries and the Faroe Islands, Greenland, and Iceland.
  • Up to 10kg of food without meat products may be imported for personal use.
  • Products made from seal, such as skin or blubber, may only be imported for personal use, and may not be intended for commercial purposes.
  • Ozone depleting substances may only be imported with a relevant licence.
  • Cultural objects, including art and antiques, must be declared.
  • Substances that may be used in the manufacture of drugs or psychotropic substances require a permit for import.
  • Certain firearms for hunting may be imported with permission from the State Police.

Information has been updated: .