This eastern European country sits between Lithuania and Estonia, and has become a popular budget-friendly destination in recent years. The capital city of Riga is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, thanks to a rich history and having the largest amount of Art Nouveau buildings in Europe. Latvia also shares a border with Belarusk and Russia, so the Communist-Soviet influence is still very evident.
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Currency: Latvia uses the Euro as their currency which can be withdrawn from ATMs throughout Latvia, however keep in mind that smaller cities or towns may not have access to ATMs and its recommended to withdraw cash and take it with you.
Power Points: Most power points are the same as most other European power points (2 circular prongs). Obviously I would recommend you take a Travel Adapter especially for non Europeans.
Official Language: The official language of Latvia is Latvian.
Health: There are no major health concerns in Latvia for travellers, except for tick-borne diseases that are a risk in forest areas. I would recommend that you contact your doctor a few weeks before you travel as in some cases you need to start any medication a few days before your trip or you may need to get a vaccination. The tap water is not generally safe to drink and bottled water is highly recommended.
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