In our new Globe Trotter series, Viral Travel reviews all the best places to see, eat, and stay at, in every country of the world!
This week we visit: Latvia
Though Latvia is a relatively safe country, it’s advisable to always be careful and cautious. Crime in Latvia is generally non-violent, but violent assaults and robberies are not unknown. Moreover, harassment of foreign tourists and homosexuals has also occurred in this Baltic country.
The most common crimes encountered by tourists are pickpocketing, purse snatching and mugging, especially during the summer months. Places that are frequently targeted by criminals include Riga’s Old Town, train and bus stations, markets and popular tourist attractions.
When going to a pub or restaurant, pay special attention to prices as there have been cases of tourists being overly charges, some even thousands of dollars.
Also, avoid walking alone and using ATMs during the night.
Last but not least, pedestrians in Latvia are required to wear small reflectors – this is very important in rural areas where motorists may have a hard time seeing pedestrians.
In case you need to contact the authorities, the Riga Tourist Police Unit has a 24/7 English-speaking operator at (+371) 6718-1818 and English-speaking officers who frequently patrol the Old City.
The local equivalent to the “911” emergency line in Latvia is 112 (for both police assistance and fire), and the number for ambulance services is 113.