Registration fees

Registration fees include participation in different working sessions, technical visits, welcoming cocktail and lunches:

  • AIVP Member: 600 €
  • Non AIVP Member: 788 €
  • Latvian resident: 638 €
  • Academic: 313 €

 

Working languages

Simultaneous translation in French / English / Spanish will be available during all working sessions.

 

Contribution CSR

In the context of the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) policy led by the AIVP, each delegate participating in an exchange programme organised by AIVP contributes to the planting of trees in farms located in France. This in order to develop agro-forestry, to protect the biodiversity and to fight against emissions of greenhouses gases. For the AIVP Days in Riga, the amount of this contribution is 20 €.

 

Visas

Latvia is a member of the European Union, therefore travelling to Latvia and crossing borders is as simple as travel to any other European Union country. Latvia is part of the Schengen Area, which is why those travelling to Latvia from the Schengen Area do not have to go through border controls.
 

  • Visa-free travel

Citizens of the United States, Canada, Australia, Israel, Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Brazil and other countries do not need a visa to visit Latvia. Visa-free travellers may stay in Latvia for up to 90 days within a period of 180 days.

Citizens of the European Union member states, as well as Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Switzerland do not require a visa to travel to Latvia.

A valid passport or other ID is highly recommended to have while travelling in the Schengen Area. A driving licence or bankcard is not considered a valid travel or ID document.
 

  • Latvian visas

Citizens of Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, China and other countries require a visa to travel to Latvia. In Moldova, only holders of biometric passports are free to travel to Latvia visa-free, other citizens need to have a valid visa.

Tourists travel to Latvia on a Schengen visa, which is valid for staying in Latvia as well as in the other Schengen Area member states. Passport control on the border is only done once the person crosses into the Schengen Area. If the person has been issued a visa for a short-stay visit to a Schengen country, the maximum duration of the intended stay is 90 days within a 180-day period.
 

  • Applying for a visa

To apply for a visa, the following has to be submitted: passport, visa application form, a photograph, travel medical insurance policy valid for the whole Schengen Area, and other documents. For further information about the documents required when applying for a visa, contact a representation of Latvia, where you are intending to receive your visa.

Application for a Schengen visa can be filled out online.

A fee is charged for issuing a visa.

An application for a visa must be submitted not sooner than three months before the start of the intended visit.

 

Planning your trip

Riga International Airport (RIX) is located just 10 km from the city centre and is easily accessible by public transport or taxi. It offers routes to 83 destinations, including most European capitals and transfer hubs. Whether you take the city bus, shuttle bus, taxi or drive yourself, you can conveniently reach the Old Town of Riga. Getting to the city centre from the airport takes ~25-30 minutes by public transport or taxi.

Address: RIGA Airport 10/1, Mārupes novads, LV-1053, Latvia
Airport inquiries service: +371 29311817

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  • By public transport/shuttle

Public transport bus No 22 connects the airport with the city centre. The bus stop is located behind car park P1 opposite Arrival E. The service operates up to every 15 minutes from Mondays to Fridays and up to every 20 minutes on Saturdays and Sundays. It can take up to 30 minutes to reach the centre. The bus trip takes normally 30 minutes and costs 1.15 € (2 € bought in bus).

Airport Express hotel shuttle operated by AirBaltic (green minibuses). This runs every 30 minutes and picks up passengers near the exit of the Schengen arrivals hall (Arrival E). It costs 4.99 € (cash only) for a one-way journey and takes passengers to the following hotel/s of interest to you: Maritim Park, Opera, Tallink, Radisson Blu Latvija, Albert et, Monika Centrum.
 

  • By taxi

Taxi services are available at Riga airport 24 hours a day and are located outside the arrivals area. The average fare from the airport to the city centre (Old Town) is 15 € – 20 €. The fare depends on both distance and time. Green AirBaltic and red Riga Cab taxi services are available and recommended.

 

Currency and currency exchange

Since January 1st, 2014, the official currency of Latvia is the Euro (€). The price levels in Latvia for many groups, including restaurant and hotel services, are lower than the average for European countries, though price levels may vary in the capital and regions of Latvia.

Most restaurants, hotels and shops accept major credit cards.

 

Time

Riga is two hours ahead of GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) during the winter season and three hours ahead of GMT during the summer season. Daylight savings time is set on the same dates as in Western Europe. Riga is located in the same time zone as Helsinki, Tallinn, Vilnius, and Athens.

 

Electricity

220 volts AC, 50 Hz; European-style 2-pin plugs are in use.