Import of firearms for security service personnel accompanying high-level foreign visitors

18.03.2016. 16:22

In coordination with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and receiving permission from the State Police, in compliance with the legislation of the Republic of Latvia, Security Service personnel accompanying high-level officials of foreign states or international organizations may carry B category semi-automatic repeat action or single shot - short barreled firearms in the Republic of Latvia while performing their duties.

During visits of high-level officials of foreign states or international organizations, the State Police Authorities may permit foreign security personnel to import into the Republic of Latvia and carry automatic firearms and ammunition. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs shall advise the diplomatic representation of the state concerned or the relevant international organization of the need for such firearms permit.

Personnel of foreign armed forces may carry and use firearms during their stay in the Republic of Latvia for the performance of their duties only.

The State Police Authorities shall issue a firearm permit to import and export a weapon after receiving a request from State Protocol of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and a copy of the note of the Diplomatic or Consular representation of the relevant state for the period of time indicated in the request.

State Protocol of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs shall submit the request to the State Police notlater than one working day prior to the anticipated import of the firearm or pneumatic stun gun and ammunition into the Republic of Latvia.

In order to receive a permit to import and carry arms, an Embassy shall submit to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs a Note containing the following information:

  • Name and surname of the employee of the security service
  • Passport number
  • Dates of import and export of the relevant firearm
  • State/states from where and to which the firearm is imported and exported
  • Type of transport used to enter and leave the Republic of Latvia
  • Type of firearm, calibre, registration number, number of cartridges