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steph_444
post Oct 30 2006, 06:20 PM
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Has anyone been to Riga lately. I was only wondering if being from outside of the EU, is it a mandatory thing to have health insurance to enter the country. I'm from Canada and have been in the UK for over a year and a half and my 1-year insurance I bought back home has now obviously expired. I am just wondering if I am going to need anything to get into the country other than my passport? Any tips/info would be greatly appreciated!!
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post Oct 30 2006, 06:43 PM
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Has anyone been to Riga lately. I was only wondering if being from outside of the EU, is it a mandatory thing to have health insurance to enter the country. I'm from Canada and have been in the UK for over a year and a half and my 1-year insurance I bought back home has now obviously expired. I am just wondering if I am going to need anything to get into the country other than my passport? Any tips/info would be greatly appreciated!!


Latvia is a member of the EU (as I'm sure you know!) so I would imagine the entry rules would be the same as those that applied to you for the UK. Whether you need insurance or not, I would definitely advise you to pick up another policy - just apply online.


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post Nov 21 2006, 10:11 PM
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QUOTE(steph_444 @ Oct 30 2006, 06:20 PM) *

Has anyone been to Riga lately. I was only wondering if being from outside of the EU, is it a mandatory thing to have health insurance to enter the country. I'm from Canada and have been in the UK for over a year and a half and my 1-year insurance I bought back home has now obviously expired. I am just wondering if I am going to need anything to get into the country other than my passport? Any tips/info would be greatly appreciated!!



I was just in Riga a couple months ago. Beautiful city - Old Town is spectacular. As far as health insurance, I was never asked if I had it. I'm corporate aircrew, for us no visas or anything weird was required.

Watch out for the "bars." A few of us were talked into going into a club right in the middle of Old Town. We entered and sat down for a couple beers. Some of the bar girls talked to us asked us to buy them drinks. Like idiots, we let them order and ended up getting hit with a bill for $1200 US for 5 glasses of non-alcoholic wine while 10 HUGE Latvian guys came out the friggen woodwork and wouldn't let us leave until the bill was paid. Put a bit of a damper on the evening. dance.gif Other than that unfortunate event my memories of Riga were very positive.
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