However, due to the limitations of the EHIC and the fact that the UK will be leaving the EU, all UK citizens who are travelling to Latvia are advised to obtain travel insurance before they leave the country.When you purchase travel insurance, you’ll need to ensure that your chosen insurer will provide coverage for pre-existing health problems or your policy will be invalid and you may have to fund any necessary medical treatment yourself.
If you’re unwell in Latvia, a doctor may prescribe medication for you.
Generally, you will be required to pay for your prescription, although medication for some conditions can be obtained at a reduced cost.
If you a seriously unwell or injured and you require emergency help, you can call 112 from any phone.
When you call 112, you’ll be connected to personnel who can dispatch an ambulance, police or fire brigade to you.
For some medications, additional paperwork is required.
To take controlled medicines from the UK to Latvia, you will need a personal license so it’s essential to check whether any of your medication falls into this category.
If you’re staying in Latvia temporarily and you have a valid European Health Insurance Card, you should be able to obtain necessary treatment for free or at a reduced cost.
Whilst an EHIC will enable you to get the care you need, it will only cover treatment which can’t be delayed until you return to the UK and only citizens who are in the country for three months or less can use it.
If you require medical advice out of normal business hours but it’s not an emergency, you can speak to a doctor on the phone for advice.