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22 October 2013 [shall come into force from 1 January 2014].

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Republic of Latvia

Cabinet
Regulation No. 591
Adopted 28 July 2008

Regulations for the Health Insurance of Foreigners

Issued pursuant to
Section 4, Paragraph one, Clause 3 and Paragraph six, and Section 12,
Paragraph one, Clause 4 of the Immigration Law

1. This Regulation prescribes:

1.1. the cases when a foreigner may enter and reside in the Republic of Latvia without a health insurance policy (hereinafter - the policy);

1.2. the cases when a visa or a residence permit may be issued to a foreigner without the policy;

1.3. the procedures for the health insurance of foreigners;

1.4. the minimum insurance amount;

1.5. the minimum amount of services to be covered;

1.6. the procedures by which a foreigner receives health care services in the Republic of Latvia.

2. A foreigner may be issued a visa without the policy if:

2.1. he or she uses a diplomatic or service (official) passport as a travel document;

2.2. he or she has received a visa with a note "diplomatic visa" or "service visa";

2.3. he or she is a member of a foreign delegation who enters the Republic of Latvia in an official visit or transits the territory of the Republic of Latvia;

2.4. he or she requests a transit visa or an airport transit visa;

2.5. other mutual procedures for the provision of health care services have been provided for in international agreements that are binding to the Republic of Latvia, and a foreigner is issued a visa which is only valid in the Republic of Latvia, and the period of stay does not exceed 90 days within six months;

2.6. he or she is a subject of such an international agreement binding to the Republic of Latvia which specifies simplified procedures for the issuance of visas to border residents, and the parity principle is observed;

2.7. he or she is a family member of a citizen of a European Union Member State, European Economic Area State or the Swiss Confederation;

2.8. this may protect the national interests in foreign policy, development policy, or any other area of special importance to the public interests.

3. A foreigner may be issued a residence permit without the policy if:

3.1. he or she requests a permanent residence permit in the Republic of Latvia;

3.2. he or she is a family member of a citizen of a European Union Member State, European Economic Area State or the Swiss Confederation, where the purpose of residence of such citizen in the Republic of Latvia is related to employment, activities of a self-employed person or provision of services.

4. A foreigner may enter and reside in the Republic of Latvia without the policy if:

4.1. he or she uses a diplomatic or service (official) passport as a travel document;

4.2. he or she has received a visa with a note "diplomatic visa" or "service visa";

4.3. he or she is a member of a foreign delegation who enters the Republic of Latvia in an official visit or transits the territory of the Republic of Latvia;

4.4. he or she is a foreign military person who enters or resides in the Republic of Latvia in accordance with international agreements that are binding to the Republic of Latvia;

4.5. he or she has received a border traffic permit in accordance with an international agreement that is binding to the Republic of Latvia;

4.6. he or she is a citizen of a European Union Member State, European Economic Area State or the Swiss Confederation, or his or her family member and wishes to reside in the territory of the Republic of Latvia for up to 90 days;

4.7. he or she is a citizen of a European Union Member State, European Economic Area State or the Swiss Confederation, or his or her family member and wishes to reside in the territory of the Republic of Latvia for more than 90 days, and where the purpose of residence of such citizen in the Republic of Latvia is related to employment, activities of a self-employed person or provision of services.

5. An insurance institution (company) that is recognised or licensed in accordance with the procedures specified in the state where the policy is issued and the conditions of the issued policy thereby comply with the provisions referred to in Paragraphs 6 and 7 of this Regulation shall insure the health of a foreigner.

6. A policy shall guarantee the compensation of expenses for at least the following services that are related to health care:

6.1. emergency medical assistance;

6.2. inpatient treatment of critical condition dangerous to life or health;

6.3. transportation to the nearest medical treatment institution in which the services referred to in Sub-paragraphs 6.1 and 6.2 of this Regulation are provided;

6.4. transportation for conveyance back to the country of residence in case of serious illness or death.

7. The minimum limit of the insurer liability indicated in a policy during the insurance period may not be less than:

7.1. the amount of EUR 30,000 specified in Council Decision 2004/17/EC of 22 December 2003 amending Part V, point 1.4, of the Common Consular Instructions and Part I, point 4.1.2 of the Common Manual - when requesting a short-stay visa;

7.2. EUR 42,600 - when requesting a long-stay visa, a long-stay visa which is concurrently valid as a short-stay visa, or a residence permit.

[22 October 2013]

8. When requesting a short-stay visa or a long-stay visa which is concurrently valid as a short-stay visa, a foreigner shall submit a policy that is valid in the territory of the Republic of Latvia and of any other Schengen Agreement Member State where the visa is valid.

9. The period of validity of a policy may not be less than the intended time period of residence of a foreigner in the Republic of Latvia or the territory of the Republic of Latvia and one or several other Schengen Agreement Member States. If a foreigner requests a multiple-entry visa, the foreigner shall submit an insurance policy for his or her first stay and a certification that he or she is aware of the fact that he or she should have an insurance policy for his or her next travels.

10. A foreigner shall receive health care services in the Republic of Latvia in accordance with the procedures laid down in the laws and regulations governing the field of medical treatment.

11. Diplomatic and consular missions of the Republic of Latvia, the State Border Guard and the Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs, in accordance with the competence thereof, shall control the presence of policies as regards foreigners.

12. The presence of policies as regards foreigners who cross the border of the Republic of Latvia and who have been issued a visa shall be controlled only in exceptional cases (if there are reasonable doubts regarding the presence of policies).

Prime Minister I. Godmanis

Minister for the Interior M. Segliņš

 


Translation © 2017 Valsts valodas centrs (State Language Centre)

 
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Title: Ārzemnieku veselības apdrošināšanas noteikumi Status:
In force
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Issuer: Cabinet of Ministers Type: regulation Document number: 591Adoption: 28.07.2008.Entry into force: 01.08.2008.Publication: Latvijas Vēstnesis, 117, 31.07.2008.
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