Updated 31.03.21

Healthcare rights of migrants

Asylum seekers: Asylum seekers are exempt from health service charges in Latvia, including co-payment for prescription medicines. They can also access dental care, free of charge.


Refugees: Refugees lawfully staying in Latvia are entitled to the same health care benefits as nationals. This includes treatment of mental disorders and treatment for people with special needs (e.g: pregnant women). 

Medical services are financed from the state budget and co-financed by patients. Children,  pregnant women, women in the post-delivery period of up to 42 days, persons who have been politically repressed, persons

with psychiatric disorders and persons receiving emergency medical care,can receive healthcare free of charge.


Undocumented migrants: Can only access emergency medical care. 

HIV testing and treatment

Testing:  Testing is free for risk groups (e.g.: sex workers, young people, MSM). For other groups, it is free and anonymous at 17 HIV prevention stations across Latvia.

In case a positive result has been confirmed, the National Reference

Laboratory (NRL) has to inform GPs and report it to the Centre for Disease Prevention and Control

(CDPC) .

Use the aidsmap European test finder to see where you can get tested for HIV. 

Treatment: Treatment is only free for Latvian citizens.

Country Statistics

Total Population: 1,886,198


Estimated migrant population: 11,200


Estimated refugee population (2019): 7,795


Estimated number of undocumented migrants (2019):