Welcome to the Consulate General of The Republic of Latvia to Lebanon

The Consulate General of Latvia in Beirut represents the Republic of Latvia in Lebanon and covers the 5 Boroughs of Beirut, Zahle, North of Lebanon, the South of Lebanon, and the Mont Lebanon. Its broad mission is to promote Latvian interests in Lebanon and to provide assistance to Latvians visiting Lebanon and residents. The Consulate seeks to assist in fostering broader knowledge in Lebanon about Latvia and to facilitate increased business, educational, and cultural relations between Lebanon and Latvia - one of the European Union's fastest growing and historically and culturally interesting nations.

Things you should know about Riga

  • Riga is the largest city in the three Baltic States
  • There are three major ports in Latvia - Liepaja, Riga and Ventspils, as well as seven smaller ports - Skulte, Mersrags, Salacgriva, Pavilosta, Roja, Lielupe and Engure, which are situated along the entire coastline of Latvia.
  • Riga is Europe's capital of art nouveau architecture
  • Riga is one of the greenest city in the region
  • Historic center in Riga is included in the UNESCO world heritage list
  • Riga , ranked as the best large European city for cost effectiveness by FDI Magazine
Largest cities or towns of Latvia


Rank Name Pop.


1 Riga 705,703
2 Daugavpils 103,053
3 Liepâja 83,884
4 Jelgava 64,748
5 Jûrmala 56,147


6 Ventspils 42,657


7 Rçzekne 34,912
8 Valmiera 27,217
9 Jçkabpils 26,378
10 Ogre  


Concerning the state of emergency declared in Latvia


On 29 December, in view of the increasing risks of the spread of the COVID-19 virus and in further efforts to restrict the disease, the Cabinet agreed to extend the current state of emergency in Latvia until 7 February 2021.

A curfew has been imposed until 25 January, on Friday/Saturday and Saturday/Sunday nights, between 22:00 and 05:00. At this time, people are to stay in their place of residence.

Leaving home is permitted only on in exceptional circumstances. When leaving home, the person must carry a self-certification containing personal data, the address of permanent residence, the reason for being outside, and the destination. Everyone must also carry a passport or an ID card. 

Retail outlets, services and public catering establishments which serve food and drinks as takeaway, are allowed to be open from 06:00 until 21:00. 

The following additional security measures and restrictions related to the state of emergency in Latvia have been extended until 25 January: 

  • Neither private nor public gatherings and events are allowed; the “2+2” rule must be observed on a daily basis – two metres, two people. The Apturi Covid (Stop Covid) application is being used;
  • Activities at all cultural sites, exhibitions and fairs are suspended;
  • The open air areas of museums and nature trails will remain open for visitors, and they must observe the epidemiological safety requirements;
  • Libraries may lend out books as a ‘takeaway service’ only.
  • On-site services in beauty salons, including hairdressers, are not permitted
  • At places of religious worship, no more than 20 % of the maximum allowed number of people may gather at one time; 
  • Organised meetings, pickets and marches may take place outdoors, but a maximum of 25 people may attend, and those present must observe the epidemiological safety requirements which apply in such circumstances;
  • Shopping must be done individually. People violating epidemiological safety requirements shall be denied service. Information on the number of customers permitted shall be clearly visible at the entrance of the store.

Shopping in person will be available only at the following places, working days included:

  • pharmacies, including veterinary pharmacies;
  • stores selling eye glasses and other optics;
  • petrol stations;
  • shops are allowed to sell the following items :

-          food and groceries;

-          hygiene products;

-          essential household goods;

-          seasonal items 

-          prepaid cards for mobile phones;

-          tobacco products, electronic smoking devices and their fluids;

-          food for animals and other pet supplies;

-          press publications;

-          public transport tickets;

-          face masks and other personal protective equipment;

-          home-produced agricultural goods;

-          flowers.

Online shopping will not be not restricted.


Border control

Beginning on 15 January, all international arrivals to Latvia must present a negative COVID-19 test result or other medical document proving that the person is not infectious. The certificate must be issued no earlier than 72 hours before.

Passengers who are unable to present proof of a negative coronavirus (COVID-19) test will be denied boarding. The certification must be in English, French, Russian or in the official language of the country from where the journey begins.

This requirement also applies to those arriving in Latvia in a personal vehicle. The negative COVID-19 test results must be indicated in the Covidpass.lvform, which will be checked by the State Border Guard and police officers.

Persons entering Latvia to perform their job duties or travelling to or from their place of work, and employees of transport companies are exempt from the COVID-19 test requirement. 

After arriving from a country with a high incidence of COVID-19, a ten-day self-isolation must be observed. Separate categories of persons – for example, medical staff and employees of educational institutions – must go into a 14-day self-isolation, which can end already on the 10th day. 



































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































A cyclone dictated weather at the end of last week. Under its influence rain clouds formed above Latvia, bringing moderate rainfall to most of the country’s regions. The cyclone also caused increased wind speed: 20-23 m/sec.

Monday’s air temperature will reach +15° C… +20° C.

Warmer masses of air will flow into the country at the beginning of the week. This means precipitation will back off and weather will be warm. As air temperature gradually increases, it will be around +27° C… +28° C at the end of the week. Night-time air temperature will be around +9° C… +14° C.

At the end of the week, a cold atmospheric front will pass through Latvia from the north-west, bringing colder masses of air to the country. Air temperature will drop again and there will be more 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The government supported Economy Ministry’s amendments in two sections: rules for production of electricity and price-calculation when producing electricity in co-generation and rules for production of electricity using renewable energy resources and price-calculation.

The goal of those rules is improving state support for end consumers of electricity, ensuring more efficient use of electricity and predictability of costs, as well as introducing stricter control mechanisms for CHP plants and requirements for provision of support.

To ensure accurate record keeping of electrical energy, heating energy and fuel, Economy Ministry proposes adopting rules to perform records at least once a day for produced electricity and heating energy and at least once a month for fuel used in energy production. This data is to be stored for at least five years.

Rules also state that CHP plans that have not yet commenced energy production have to reach electricity production output of at least 50% of their planned volume within the term provided for the issue of an MPC permit.




































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































The current head of Latvia’s Office for Prevention of Laundering of Proceeds Derived from Criminal Activity has decided to participate in the open selection process to stay in his post for a repeated term.

The 61-year-old Burkâns has confirmed that he would like to stay for another four-year term. He will likely submit his application next week.

«I have invested all of my effort in the service. I have not looked at other job opportunities. I needed time to assess the situation surrounding the service,» said Burkâns.

The chief of the service mentioned that the fight against crime will never be over. Still, he wants to keep working in the service to make sure the next officers would receive cases in the best possible condition. «I’m not saying cases do not fit international requirements. It is worth mentioning that requirements change all the time,» said Burkâns.

He mentioned that his service works in a very narrow range, which requires deep knowledge in law, financial affairs and money laundering prevention measures. «There is no institution in Latvia that trains officers in money laundering prevention – this is something we have to learn in time,» adds Burkâns.

«Based on what I’ve heard from colleagues, they want me to stay, because it would be hard for them to work with someone else. Officers have an appropriate knowledge level – any newcomer would automatically be below their level. Decisions in regards to freezing money should be made within a day or even half an hour. Such decisions have to be made quickly and efficiently,» said Burkâns.

The State Chancellery has announced an open contest for the post of the head of the Office for Prevention of Laundering of Proceeds Derived from Criminal Activity.

Candidates have to submit documents to the State Chancellery before 20 March. Candidates will be assessed by a special committee and picked by the prosecutor general.

Burkâns has remained in his post since 1998. His current term ends 31 May.