Diplomatic Clearance of Foreign Naval Vessels

23.03.2016. 17:29

In accordance with the Regulation No 108 of the Cabinet of Ministers, all foreign naval vessels and any other ship demanding immunity as a naval vessel are subject to diplomatic clearance before visiting Latvian territorial waters. The request for diplomatic clearance should be forwarded via diplomatic channels not later than 30 days prior to the visit, unless other order is stipulated by special regulation or an international agreement.

Request for diplomatic clearance must specify the following information:

  • Nationality and type of vessel
  • Name of vessel and Pennant No
  • International call sign
  • Displacement (tons)
  • Length, breadth (extreme), draught (max)
  • Commanding officer’s or master’s -rank, -name
  • Number of crew (a list of passengers has to be included as well)
  • Last port of call
  • Port of destination (UTC)
  • Purpose of visit
  • Estimated date of departure
  • Next port of call
  • Radio frequencies, transmission art and power
  • Additional permits and information

If a head of state or a government official is staying on the naval vessel, the request for diplomatic clearance should be forwarded via diplomatic channels not later than 7 days prior the visit.

Foreign naval vessels staying in the internal waters and harbours of the Republic of Latvia are not levied harbor dues.

Payments are collected for the following:

  • pilot services tugboats ice-breaker
  • services needed (supplies, water, garbage) electricity
  • telecommunications etc.

The request for a permit to enter the territorial waters of Latvia will be processed by the relevant Institutions of Latvia (Ministry of Defense and Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development)) and in due course the answer will be relayed to the State Protocol.

If a situation arises which requires short notice diplomatic clearance, contact Officer on duty of the Naval Flotilla Maritime operation Centre of the Republic of Latvia, telephone: +371 634 04222 (24 hours).  



Cabinet Regulation No108 of 23 February 2016, “Procedures for the entry and departure of foreign military ships into the territorial sea, inland waters and ports of the Republic of Latvia” (Original text in Latvian).
Part IV Entry by NATO naval ships - translation in English.  

The Marine Environmental Board of the Ministry of the Environment Protection and Regional Development reminds to take into account International Convention on Environmental Defense of the Baltic Sea, the HELCOM recommendation and legislation of the Republic of Latvia.


Further information:

Naval Flotilla

Address: Roņu iela 2, LV 3400, Liepaja

Tel: + 371 63404 222

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