Health insurance

Health insurance requirements are linked to visa and residence issues. This means that there are different requirements, depending on the country of citizenship. For detailed information, please see the Cabinet of Ministers Regulations for the Health Insurance of Foreigners. The following information provides a brief introduction. For practical advice on insurance, please ask the international relations division of the university at which you intend to enrol.

EU/EEA/Switzerland

For registration purposes, citizens of the European Union Member States, Norway, Liechtenstein, Iceland or Switzerland may use the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). This document certifies that the holder is a resident of one of the aforementioned countries and is covered by the social insurance system of this country. During the period that the holder of the EHIC card resides in another of the participating countries, the card ensures the right to receive acute or emergency health care to the same extent that it is available under the national social insurance system to the permanent residents of the country in question. Information on the services available through the Latvian public healthcare system are described on the Ministry of Health website.

It is recommended to supplement the EHIC card with a health insurance policy covering patient contributions for public healthcare, treatment of non-acute situations, private healthcare, and repatriation expenses to the country of origin.

Insurance companies in Latvia that provide “Foreign travel insurance policies” include the following.

Non-visa and visa countries

Each student must be aware that it is mandatory to be covered by health insurance for the entire planned period of stay in the Republic of Latvia. The health insurance policy should guarantee coverage of expenses associated with health care provision in the Republic of Latvia, including expenses associated with

  • emergency medical assistance;
  • inpatient treatment of critical condition dangerous to life or health;
  • transportation to the nearest medical treatment institution for emergency of inpatient treatment;
  • transportation for conveyance back to the country of residence in case of serious illness or death.

The minimum coverage limit indicated in the policy cannot be less than 42,600 EUR over the insurance period for a long-stay visa.

Insurance companies in Latvia that provide “Foreign travel insurance policies” include the following.