Health and Wellbeing

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Pic firstaidThe University Health Centre (“Ambulance”) is located in the south annex of RSU's Main Building at 16 Dzirciema Street. The student doctor here will always be ready to help you should the need arise. The staff includes two GP’s, a gynaecologist, an infection specialist and a nurse. Here you can receive treatment for illness or injury, as well as advice on the prevention of an illness and information on how to improve your health. A visit to the doctor is a paid service.

If you do not wish to see the student doctor, feel free to visit other healthcare institutions or private clinics in Rīga. We suggest the two companies listed below, but you can ask other students or the staff of the Department of Academic and Foreign Affairs. You should note that there is no unified price system for private doctors and you should probably make some enquiries first.

When going to the doctor, always remember to bring your health insurance card with you!

 

Medical Company ARS

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Call +371 67 201 006 for appointments
Address: 5 Skolas Street (see map)

Call +371 26 388 465 for appointments
Address: 117 K. Barona Street (see map)

 

Vaccination

Should a need arise for you to be vaccinated, you can do it in the Infectology Centre of Latvia, where they provide active immunoprophylaxis with vaccines, and in case of emergency also passive immunoprophylaxis with immunoglobulin and serum.

In the vaccination room you can get vaccinated against: diphtheria and tetanus (free of charge), tick-borne encephalitis, hepatitis B, hepatitis A, influenza, meningococcal A and C infections, streptococcus (pneumococcus) infection, tuberculosis, yellow fever, chicken pox, cholera, typhoid, rabies, polio, measles, rubella, and epidemic parotitis etc.

The vaccination room is open every day, including weekends and holidays from 9:00 to 20:00.

Infectology Centre of Latvia
Phone: +371 67 014 504
Address: 3 Linezera Street

Vaccination against tick-borne encephalitis is advised if you plan to spend some time outdoors, as approximately 15 % of ticks in Latvia are disease carriers. Should you ever be bitten by a tick, make sure you know how to take it out. If you do not, we suggest that you get it done at the Infectology Centre free of charge which is open 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

 

Pharmacies

There are many pharmacies (“Aptieka”) in Rīga, where you can buy a wide range of medical supplies over the counter and receive advice on the treatment of mild forms of various illnesses. However, note that there are strict laws in Latvia regarding medication and many medicines are available only with a prescription from a local doctor. Unless the medicine you need can be substituted with other medication, you will have to go to the doctor to receive a prescription.

 

Insurance

Although many international students already arrive to Latvia with a valid health insurance, you can also buy health insurance once you are in Rīga. For immigration purposes we suggest buying health insurance "Foreigner Travel Insurance Policy" from Baltijas Apdrošināšanas Nams insurance brokers located at 23 Antonijas Street (City Centre). Their working hours are Mondays to Fridays from 9.00 until 18.00.

The insurance certificates they sell are so called “foreigner travel insurances”, meaning that they cover emergency help and treatment, and they are valid for a year. They DO NOT cover any prearranged and planned operations, planned visits to GPs and family doctors. The price of the insurance varies depending on your age and is €30.00 to 50.00 per year. Note that this insurance company accepts payments only in cash.

For other purposes, e.g. travel insurancecar insurance, you may use the services of other insurance companies. You can choose from a variety of insurance programmes that suit your interests and situation. 

 

Allergies

If you are allergic to pollen, insect stings, food or other things, please find below information and tips regarding allergy prevention while in Rīga. 

Pollen

People with pollen allergies are most probably interested in pollen calendar where you can find information about different plants, trees, flowers etc. and their blooming period in Latvia.

Gluten

If you have gluten sensitivity, there are multiple places in Rīga where you can get gluten-free food, e.g. special eco-stores as well as shopping malls and pharmacies that provide gluten-free products. Eco-stores and pharmacies are better options since they have a variety of products while in shopping malls (Stockmann, Rimi, also Mego and Maxima) you probably would have to look for products that have “gluten-free” signs on them.   

Some of the places in Rīga that provide gluten-free food (see listings in the tabs below).

Eco-stores

Shopping malls

More about eco-products provided and other issues