One of the first recommended steps to complete when moving to Latvia
is to open a bank account. With numerous options in terms of banks and financial services, setting up an account today is quite easy.
If you have recently moved or started a business and want to open a bank account in Latvia
, you can rely on our specialists. Our company formation agents in Latvia
are also at your service if you want to start a business here.
How to open a bank account in Latvia as a non-resident
Latvia is one of the most welcoming countries in Europe when it comes to foreign employees
and companies, but also non-residents who can open bank accounts with the desired institution. Moreover, it is possible to create a bank account in Latvia online
, as the country’s anti-money laundering verifications are easy to complete.
If you need support in opening any type of account, feel free to address our local consultants.
Documents for opening a personal bank account in Latvia
Latvian citizens and foreign nationals and investors
can open various types of accounts, however, we will focus on the requirements for foreign ones. The main advantage of opening a bank account in Latvia as a foreigner
is that you can choose to set up a multicurrency account. It will also help you secure a residence permit faster based on your local address.
Here are the main requirements to open a bank account in Latvia as a foreign citizen:
- the application form issued by the chosen bank;
- a valid identification documents (passport);
- proof of residence for those who already live here (a recent utility bill, payslip, or driver’s license).
Opening a bank account in Latvia takes a few days, however, it can also take longer depending on the verifications that need to be made.
How to open a company account in Latvia
If you want to open a bank account in Latvia for your company, you need to prepare the following documents:
the statutory documents of the company and the Certificate of Incorporation;
an extract from the Trade Register with the name of the company’s director(s);
the passports of the shareholders and director(s) (IDs in case these are Latvian nationals);
power of attorney in case of using a representative to open the account.
Types of bank accounts available with Latvian banks
First of all, it is important to note that both foreign citizens who do not reside in Latvia and nationals alike can open bank accounts here. Companies and businesspersons can also open accounts with Latvian financial institutions or branch offices
of foreign banks operating here.
Here are the main types of accounts available for creation in Latvia:
- personal or current bank accounts that can be created to receive the salary and for daily transactions;
- savings accounts are also available for those who want to keep their money safe;
- corporate bank accounts are available for creation for companies in Latvia.
There are approximately 20 institutions to choose from and with which you can open a bank account in Latvia. These are divided into local banks and foreign banks operating here.
Latvia’s banking system
According to the data
gathered by the European Banking Federation, out Latvia’s banks:
- at the level of 2020, 13 banks were institutions registered locally;
- another 3 were entities registered in European Union countries;
- at the end of 2020, these banks attracted €20.5 billion in deposits.