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Factsheet for measure LV-2022-11/2401 – measures in Latvia

Free regional public transport for Ukrainian refugees

Bezmaksas reģionālais sabiedriskais transports Ukrainas bēgļiem

Country Latvia , applies nationwide
Time period Open ended, started on 12 March 2022
Context War in Ukraine
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Measures to prevent social hardship
– Provision of services in kind (e.g. food vouchers)
Author Kriss Karnitis (EPC) and Eurofound
Measure added 23 May 2022 (updated 20 June 2022)

Background information

On 3 March 2022, the Latvian Parliament Saeima adopted the Law on Assistance to Ukrainian Civilians. The purpose of the Law is to provide assistance to Ukrainian civilians who leave Ukraine or who cannot return to Ukraine due to the armed conflict caused by the Russian Federation. The assistance specified in the Law is provided during the course of the armed conflict. Since it was introduced, the Law has been amended several times.

Section 7 part 8 of the Law sets in force that regional public transport for Ukrainian refugees is for free.

Content of measure

Section 7 part 8 of the Law that sets in force that regional public transport for Ukrainian refugees is for free was added to the law on 12 March 2022. According to the Law Ukrainian civilians have the right to use public transport (buses and trains) on regional routes free of charge.

To receive this service, Ukrainian refugees must present an identity document or other document proving that the person is a resident of Ukraine.

The rule does not apply to commercial regional bus routes marked with a capital letter "K" in the timetables. In turn, free travel on public transport in different municipalities is determined by the local government.

Use of measure

According to the information provided by the Road Transport Directorate, from 12 to 31 March, this opportunity was used 17,600 times - 7,100 times on buses and 10,500 times on trains.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to workers Does not apply to businesses Migrants or refugees

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
Local / regional government
National funds

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role Informed Informed
Form Not applicable Not applicable

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • No involvement
  • Main level of involvement: Peak or cross-sectoral level


No specific involvement to report.

Views and reactions

No specific views to report.


  • 14 March 2022: Legislative additional mechanisms to support the people of Ukraine (
  • 28 April 2022: Support for transport and communications sectors for Ukrainian refugees (
  • 23 May 2022: Law on Assistance to Ukrainian Civilians (


Eurofound (2022), Free regional public transport for Ukrainian refugees, measure LV-2022-11/2401 (measures in Latvia), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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