Ambulance service for emergencies is available by dialling 113.
Irish citizens do not need any vaccinations when travelling to Latvia but you should be up to date on routine vaccinations while traveling to any destination.
Tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) and Lyme-disease are widespread throughout Latvia. Those intending to visit parks or forested areas (even within Riga) are urged to speak with their health care practitioners regarding vaccinations before.
We can’t pay for emergency medical repatriation, repatriation of remains, or for expenses as a result of a personal emergency while you are abroad. If you buy an appropriate travel insurance policy, these costs will be covered, provided you haven’t broken the terms and conditions.
Buying comprehensive travel insurance can save you and your family a lot of money if something goes wrong. It will also ensure that you get the medical attention you need, when you need it. Hospital bills can quickly run into thousands of euro, and a medical evacuation back to Ireland can cost thousands more.
Not all policies are the same, and the cheapest one might be cheap for a reason. Make sure your policy covers all the activities you plan to do on your trip. Insurance Ireland recommend that you purchase a policy that provides a minimum medical cover of €1 million.
Your policy should cover:
- All medical care abroad, including evacuation by air ambulance, or other emergency procedures, and any other costs associated with an unexpected longer stay.
- Your entire trip, from departure to return. Consider an annual multi-trip policy if you’re making more than one trip in the year.
- 24-hour emergency service and assistance.
- Personal liability cover (in case you’re sued for causing injury or damaging property).
- Lost and stolen possessions.
- Cancellation and curtailment.
- Any extra activities you intend to do that are excluded from standard policies (e.g. water sport activities such as jet skiing or other extreme sports).
Exclusions: You should know most insurance policies will not cover drink or drug-related incidents.
European Health Insurance Card
As an Irish resident you are entitled to get healthcare through the public system in countries of the European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland if you become ill or injured while on a temporary stay there. Ensure that you get or renew your EHIC (the new name for the E111) before you go, and remember, you need one for every person travelling in your group.
You can apply for your EHIC and find out more information here.
The EHIC is not a substitute for proper travel insurance provided by a reputable insurer. It doesn’t cover medical repatriation, ongoing medical treatment or treatment of a non-urgent nature. Also, some private hospitals may not accept the EHIC, so you should check with the hospital administrator beforehand.
Hospitals in Latvia
Rīgas 1. Slimnīca, Bruņinieku 5, Rīga (not 24-hour): +371 67366321
P. Stradiņa klīniskā universitātes slimnīca, Pilsoņu 13, Rīga: +371 6706 9600
Rīgas Austrumu klīniskā universitātes slimnīca, stacionars “Gaiļezers”, Hipokrāta 2, Rīga (24 hours): +371 6704 1001
Liepājas reģionālā slimnīca, Slimnīcas 25, Liepāja: +371 6340 3255
Daugavpils reģionālā slimnīca, Vasarnīcu 20, Daugavpils: +371 6540 5252
Ziemeļkurzemes reģionālā slimnīca, Inženieru 60, Ventspils: +371 6362 4721
Jelgavas pilsētas slimnīca, Brīvības bulv. 6,Jelgava: +371 6302 1802
Vidzemes slimnīca, Jumaras 195, Valmiera: +371 6420 2602
24/7 pharmacies in Riga
In case you have an immediate need for a pharmacy during night, there are several pharmacies in the city centre. In case you find such a pharmacy, but the door is closed, press the bell-push right next to door and the pharmacist will serve you.
Mēness aptieka located in the Old Town, Rīga, Vaļņu iela 28 - ph: +371 6721 3340
Mana Aptieka located in the city centre, next to the Central Railway Station, Rīga, Marijas iela 3 –
ph: +371 6721 0773
Mēness aptieka Brīvības iela 74, Riga - ph: +371 67271619
English-speaking doctors in Rīga
ARS medical centre, Skolas iela 5
+371 6720 1006 (reception)
+371 6720 1003 (emergencies at home)
Dr Anda Karina, Skolas iela 2: +371 6724 0202; mob. +371 2911 9036
Dr Livija Caune, Elizabetes iela 2 a: +371 6732 1980; mob. +371 2913 9115
Dr E. Tirans, General Practicioner, Bruninieku iela 67: +371 6731 5594
Legal firms providing an English-language service
A Baumana birojs, Stabu iela 87, Rīga: +371 2927 3361
Rode & Partneri, Strelnieku 1-8, Rīga: +371 6722 5228; mob +371 2646 8232
Spigulis & Kukainis, Valnu iela 3, Rīga: +371 6721 4272
Notaries providing an English-language service
Ilona Ķibilde, Blaumana iela 16/18-1, Riga: +371 6728 4548
Agrita Gustafssone, Kaļķu iela 26, Rīga: +371 6721 0252
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