Emergency Financial Assistance

Emergency Transfer of Funds to Latvia

The U.S. Embassy in Riga can assist U.S. citizens who are temporarily destitute in Latvia due to robbery or other unforeseen circumstances. If you find yourself in this situation, there are a number of alternatives available. Please contact us for assistance.

The Embassy can help you contact your family, friends, bank, or employer to arrange for transfer of funds:

  • Money can be quickly transferred from the United States for someone in Latvia through Western Union. Fees for services vary. Western Union will transfer money to various locations in Latvia.
  • A sender in the United States may also deposit money in the recipient’s U.S. bank account; the latter could then withdraw a limited amount at an Automatic Teller Machine (ATM) here. ATMs are spreading throughout Latvia; however, the availability of ATMs outside Riga, the capital city may be limited.

In some cases, funds can be wired through the U.S. Department of State.

For information on how a consular officer can help under these circumstances, please see TRAVEL.STATE.GOV.