Citizens of Latvia, as well as dual passport holders, can benefit greatly from their citizenship. A Latvian passport is one of the most powerful passports not only in Europe but globally so it opens up a lot of travel opportunities.
Latvia is a full EU member state and also participates in Schengen Area so Latvian passport holders can travel to any EU country without applying for a visa. Apart from this, the Latvian passport has a visa-free or visa on arrival access to a total of 167 countries according to the Passport Index. It ranks as number 6 in the list of the most powerful passports in the world, tied with passports of Iceland and Australia.
One might be surprised, but Latvian passport is more convenient for travellers than a US passport with a score of 123 (which represents a number of countries that can be visited visa-free or visa on arrival) and Canadian one with a score of 122. This data is based on the situation before COVID closures, but hopefully soon, you will be able to travel everywhere with an LV passport as before. Having in mind that the strength of Latvian passport is gradually growing over the years and only a few visa-free countries separate Latvian passport from the strongest passports in the world, this decade Latvian passport may be among the strongest ones in the world.
The term “visa-free” means exactly what it suggests: individuals are given access to a foreign country without having to present or apply for a visa when they arrive at their destination. On the other hand, “visa-upon-arrival” means that the traveler must go to an immigration desk once he or she enters a foreign country, which often requires either applying for or purchasing a visa. Once that process is completed, the traveler will have a visa stamped or affixed to their passport. This is usually a quick and easy process compared to applying for a visa prior to traveling abroad, which can be not only time-consuming but a frustrating procedure overall.
You can stay for 90 days in a year or half a year for most countries, while some countries like the Bahamas, Barbados, New Zealand, and Brazil would allow you to stay for 3 months. For Canada, Latvian passport holders can stay for 6 months in 1 year.
Once that process is completed, the traveler will have a visa stamped or affixed into his or her passport. This is usually a quick and easy process compared to applying for a visa prior to traveling abroad, which can be not only time-consuming but a frustrating procedure overall.
Also, with Latvian passport, you will be able to travel without visas to almost all North and South American countries as well as Japan, Korea, Australia, New Zealand, and a number of Asian and African countries.
Another notable advantage of having a Latvian dual passport is on 2021, non-EU nationals will need to get prior authorization to visit Schengen countries. Although it has not been announced as to when this will take effect, having a Latvian dual passport allows you to skip this time-consuming process.
A Latvian passport opens up a lot of travel opportunities around the globe. But for most people, the best part is that they can live without the need for residence and work permits in all of the EU countries.
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