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      September 04, 2002:

-Special Alert - Visa Requirements For 2002 AMF Bowling World Cup

09/04/2002 - AMF Bowling
      The tournament staff of the 2002 AMF Bowling World Cup has been advised that visa and entry requirements for the Republic of Latvia differ from country to country:
  • Citizens of the United States of America are unilaterally granted visa-free entry.
  • Japan and a group of 29 European nations entered into the 2002 Bowling World Cup have bilateral diplomatic agreements with Latvia that allow their citizens to travel to Latvia without a visa.
  • Twenty-four (24) countries that plan to send athletes to Riga this October fall into a third category. Citizens of these countries are permitted to enter Latvia but need visas to do so. However, because there is no Latvian embassy or consulate in their home nations, these guests cannot obtain visas before leaving for Latvia. These citizens may obtain visas at the Riga Airport upon arrival that are valid for up to 10 days.
  • All other countries that have indicated they will send bowlers currently have no diplomatic agreements with Latvia; their citizens thus cannot enter Latvia without special invitation.
      All countries and their respective Latvian visa requirements are detailed below.

      Bowlers and other guests who need to obtain visas prior to departure for Riga, particularly those from Category 4, are asked to supply the following information to AMF Bowling World Cup tournament manager Anne-Marie Board as quickly as possible to obtain an official invitation:

    Passport number
    Nationality
    Name (as appears on passport)
    Address
    Date of birth
    Place of birth
    Date of passport issue
    Date of passport expiry

      The Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs will issue official invitations ONLY to those bowlers and guests who provide this information to the AMF Bowling World Cup tournament manager. Once an official invitation is received, bowlers and other Bowling World Cup guests may submit a visa request. The Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs can inform bowlers and guests from countries where there is no Latvian embassy or consulate as to where entry visas can be obtained.

      The faster this information is provided to the tournament manager, the more quickly the Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs can issue an official invitation and inform Bowling World Cup guests where to send their visa applications.

      Bowling World Cup athletes and guests are required to submit the following materials with their visa requests:
  • Passport
  • Visa fees (check the official Internet website at http://www.am.gov.lv/en/?id=139 for full information on visa requirements and fees)
  • Official invitation to visit Latvia from the Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Visa application form (can be downloaded from the Internet at http://www.am.gov.lv/en/?id=21. If this is not possible, the AMF Bowling World Cup tournament manager or local organizing committee can send a copy of the form via fax or post).
      Visa applicants should allow a minimum of 10 working days to process the information, plus the time required for the application to be sent to and arrive from the designated embassy, consulate or visa center.

Note: Visitors to Latvia who plan to obtain a visa at Riga Airport upon arrival will be assessed a fee double that of the normal visa application processing fee.

IN ALL INSTANCES, ANYONE TRAVELING TO LATVIA REGARDLESS OF VISA STATUS MUST TRAVEL ON---AND HAVE IN THEIR POSSESSION UPON ARRIVAL IN LATVIA-THE PASSPORT ISSUED IN THE HOME COUNTRY. NO ONE WILL BE ADMITTED WITHOUT PASSPORT.


      Any questions regarding visa procedures may be directed to tournament manager Anne-Marie Board at [email protected] or via fax at 44-(0)1-442-286-530.

Latvian Visa Requirements By Country:
    Unilaterally Granted Visa-Free Entry:
    USA

    Bilateral Agreements On Visa-Free:
    Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.

    Can Get Visa In Airport:
    Argentina , Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, San Marino, Singapore, South Africa, Uruguay, and Venezuela.

    No Agreements:
    Armenia, Aruba, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bermuda, China, Chinese Taipei, Colombia, Cuba, Curacao, Dominican Rep, Egypt, El Salvador, Eritrea, Ethiopia, French Guyane, Georgia, Guam, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ivory Coast, Jersey, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Laos, Lebanon, Macau, Marshall Islands, Martinique, Mauritius, Moldovia, Mongolia, Morocco, Myanmar, Nepal, Palestine, Peru, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Reunion, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Thailand, Turkey, UAE, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Vietnam, Virgin Islands, Yemen, and Yugoslavia.





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