Practical information

Practical information

Practical information

All international full-time students, incoming and outgoing exchange students, foundation and short-term programmes participants must enable the mobile app “Apturi COVID to faster monitor your health, quicker transmit information about possible contacts with or presence near an infected person or about your infection with COVID-19, find out if you have been exposed to COVID infection, to warn others about infection risk and to receive the up-to-date information about the spread of COVID infection in Latvia and other countries.

You can always receive additional up-to-date information about the spread of infection, support and advises by phones: 8345 or +37167387661, as well as additional information and make an individual appointment for vaccination by phone: 8989.

Please, do not forget that you can submit your documents for requesting or registering of your temporary residence permit to OCMA by post or electronically by approving the application and documents appended thereto with e-signature (e-paraksts) if you are still in Latvia or for requesting a repeated temporary residence permit or registering of your current residence permit if you are not in Latvia or are a citizen of the EU, the EEA or the Swiss Confederation. Additional information on e-application.

Please, do not forget to keep track of the renewal of your ID card if you are already in Latvia! Please, contact our Visa Department in a timely manner to renew your ID card via email: [email protected] and responsibly calculate the time for such an extension, taking into account possible on-line queues at the OCMA, as well as the possible absence of an entry due to the large number of persons, who would like to extend the validity of their documents!

Please, check information on the availability of flights, international trains or buses to/from Latvia and your Host/Home country, especially if you have connected flights or transit countries on your route and make sure that the transfer is possible and the country of transit is not included or mentioned in the list of countries with the high or extremely high spread of COVID-19 infection.

Please, strictly observe the requirements for entering Latvia, keep track of changes in the documents, required for crossing the border, provide documentation at the request of the State Border Guard, the Sate Policy of the academic and administrative staff of the Academy.

We strongly recommend you to make all payments by bank transfer or in a non-cash form. Please check and receive information about the working hours of banks and the payment system in the Host country for the period of your stay in it.

Payments related to your studies or mobility at the Academy (except for direct payments to service providers, such as payments for accommodation, public transport, excursions, etc.), must be transferred to the following Academy’s account:

Recipient: Baltic International Academy
Legal address: 4 Lomonosova Str., Riga, Latvia, LV-1003
Registration No.: 40003101808
Bank: JSC “Swedbank”
SWIFT/BIC: HABALV22
Account No. (IBAN): LV68HABA0551003662871
Purpose of payment: short description, name, surname, ID or Personal code

Please check your insurance policy in your insurance company prior its purchasing! It is crucially important! Your insurance policy must cover expenses connected with your possible COVID-19 infection and treatment, incl. testing and hospital care. It will be perfect, if your insurance policy covers these services automatically, so, please, check the list of hospitals in Latvia or in a Host country, which accept your insurance policy automatically and, if it is possible, – please, purchase the Latvian or a Host country’s insurance policy for international students or foreign citizens in one of the Latvian or Host country’s insurance companies using the Internet!

If you are a citizen of the European Union Member States, Norway, Liechtenstein, Iceland or Switzerland you must also have the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).

Additional information on health insurance for incoming and outgoing students, academic and administrative.

Please, take into account that you may need additional financial resources in case of your infection of COVID-19 for tests conduction, treatment or hospitalization!

All international full-time and exchange students prior their arrival to Latvia must contact the Academy’s International, ERASMUS+, Study and Visa Departments on providing information about their arrival, vaccination and themselves. You must also contact your hotel, hostel or apartment’s owner and the nearest embassy of Latvia or the Latvian Diplomatic Consular or missions abroad on providing information about your arrival, purpose of your stay in Latvia and yourself.

Please note, that you must make a registration and submit a copy of your certificate of vaccination to our Visa Department after your arrival, but not later than on 14-day of your stay in Latvia. You will not be added to the list of your academic group students without this registration and documentation submission.

All outgoing exchange students prior their departure from Latvia must contact the Host University’s International, ERASMUS+, Study Departments or the Host organisation in a Host country on providing information about their arrival, vaccination and themselves. You must also contact your hotel, hostel or apartment’s owner and the nearest embassy of Latvia or the Latvian Diplomatic Consular or missions abroad on providing information about your arrival, purpose of your stay in a Host country and yourself.

We strongly recommend all international full-time students, incoming and outgoing exchange students, who are going to start their face-to-face studies, mobility or activities and enter Latvia or a Host country to check information in the student hotels, dormitories or from the apartments’ owners on availability of a free of charge special room for a self-isolation term; free cancellation or flexible terms of booking, in case of border closing or visa rejection; free move-out during your studies, mobility or activities; existence of special staff, in case of your reporting of COVID-19 symptoms, etc.

Some of you must stay in self-isolation for after the arrival.

During the self-isolation, you must:

  • immediately after arrival get to the place of residence, mentioned in your signed obligation, using self-protection such as face masks and gloves;
  • stay at the place of residence, mentioned in your sighed obligation. In case your place of self-isolation is different from the mentioned in your signed obligation – you must urgently within a day provide information on these changes to:
  1. the following Academy’s departments:
  2. the State Police by phone: 110;
  3. the nearest embassy of your country;
  4. the Latvian Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs;
  • avoid direct contacts with other persons, not come to the Academy and to the public places with big crowds of people, except of shops, must not use the public transport, and have to use such on-line forms of communication as: email, on-line technologies and phone;
  • not visit or welcome guests. It is restricted during self-isolation;
  • look after your health and wellbeing and take your temperature twice a day – in the morning and in the evening. Immediately inform all of the above-mentioned contacts, except of the State Police if any signs of an acute infections’ disease (cough, chills and fever, respiratory failure) appear;
  • provide information about your self-isolation to all representatives of institutions and organisation in case of ordering any services.

You do not need to ensure self-isolation, if you have stayed in a country not mentioned in the list of countries with high or very-high risk, have been vaccinated against COVID-19 infection and fourteen days have passed since completion of the full vaccination course with vaccines authorised with the European Medicines Agency or with an equivalent regulator or recognised by the World Health Organization in accordance with the instructions for use of the vaccine or have a certificate of recovery or fourteen days have passed since receipt of one dose of the vaccine authorised with the European Medicines Agency or with an equivalent regulator or recognised by the World Health Organization.

You may interrupt self-isolation if you have stayed in high and extremely high-risk countries and on the 7th day after exit from the abovementioned country you are tested for COVID-19 and the test result is negative. You must certify such fact by a test certificate.

You can start or resume your face-to-face classes, mobility or another type of activity and come to the Academy or to another public place after 10 days of self-isolation (on the 11th day) if your last test is negative or you can present a valid vaccination certificate against COVID-19 or a valid certificate of recovery.

It is envisaged that from 1 August you should pay for the test. The test for foreign citizens with COVID-19-19 symptoms is free of charge. Additional information about the appointment and the test. All international full-time and exchange students can start or resume their face-to-face studies or mobility in the Academy until October 10, 2021 in 2021 Fall term after presenting a valid vaccination certificate against COVID-19, a valid certificate of recovery or a negative test certificate which was issued within 48 hours.

You may be fined individually up to 2000 euros and will be required to cover the fine received for your violation by the Academy up to 5000 euros, as well as your visa or temporary residence permit may be revoked, so you may be officially expelled or extradited from Latvia due to non-compliance with isolation and quarantine requirements specified in the Law on the Management of the Spread of COVID-19 Infection and the Latvian regulations, as well as internal regulations and rules of the Academy or if you do not fulfil the signed obligations!

You will be able to continue your studies in a face-to-face mode from 11 October of 2021 Fall term only if you can present a valid certificate on full vaccination course against COVID-19 or a valid certificate of recovery.

Preferably, all documentation should be providing using on-line technologies such as: email, mobile, etc. on a mobile device.

We strongly recommend to our international full-time and incoming exchange students to stay in self-isolation for 10 days for others’ and their safety.

Please, remember that the negative test for COVID-19 does not replace self-isolation!

Please note, that you must always carry your valid vaccination certificate, certificate of recovery or test results in paper form or on a mobile device and, if necessary, present them to the carrier prior to boarding the vehicle or, upon request, to the State Border Guard, the State Police or to the Academy representatives in English, French, German, or Russian.