According to Latvia’s Health Tourism Cluster, more than 25,000 individuals from other countries sought health treatment in Latvia in 2019. Most of them came from one of these countries: Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, or Ukraine. It is not just Lithuania and Estonia that are now Latvia’s primary medical tourism markets.
Travel restrictions during the epidemic made it hard for foreign medical tourists to visit Latvia. Medical tourists are now few and far between, with the majority of them coming from Lithuania as well as the United Kingdom. They no longer promote patients from Belarus or Russia.
For Latvia, the Ukraine market is still a significant one. There will be numerous Ukrainians seeking elective surgery, diagnostics, and emergency procedures elsewhere because of the war.
There has thus far been no significant drop in worldwide patient demand for procedures or diagnostics as a result of the Ukraine conflict’s perceived safety concerns.