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COVID-19 and travelling to Latvia
Citizens of the European Union, the European Economic Area, and the Swiss Confederation, as well as people with permanent residence status in those countries, when travelling from their home countries to Latvia no longer face 10 days self-isolation period, if 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100 000 inhabitants does not exceed the rate in Latvia. Epidemiological data is updated every Friday on the website of SPKC (Latvia’s Centre for Disease Prevention and Control) website.
Arriving from other countries 10 days quarantine is still neccessary, until further notice.
Electronic questionnaires are available from any smart device to be filled in on a special website covidpass.lv from October 12. People crossing the border of the Republic of Latvia are required to fill in a questionnaire and show the received QR code to border guards. Completion of the certificate is mandatory for all immigrants, and it must be completed no earlier than 48 hours before crossing the border of the Republic of Latvia. The data indicated in the questionnaire will be automatically transferred to law enforcement authorities - the State Police (VP), the State Border Guard (VRS) and Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC). Personal data will be stored for 30 days for the purpose of using the information received for epidemiological security and traceability of contact persons. After 30 days, personal data will be automatically deleted.
- Until December 31 no more than 300 participants can gather for indoor events, and for outdoor events - no more than 1000 participants. It is not allowed to organize outdoor events with active people movement of more than 300 participants, such as running, marathons.
- People still must observe 2 meters distance (applies to both public indoor and public outdoor spaces).
- Face mask must be used in all public places, including public transport, shops, post offices, petrol stations, railway stations, bus stations, airports, as well as cultural and religious venues, even if an event is organized in fixed, personalized seating.
Mask has to be used, for example, by visitors to museums, exhibition halls, movie theater, libraries, religious sites and other places. Mask do not have to be used in places, where it is not possible to do that, for example, gym, aquapark, spa, sauna etc. Mask can be taken off while sitting at the table and eating or drinking. Children up to 13 years old do not need to use masks.
- Until 31 December, a total of 10 people may be indoors at private venues and 100 people outdoors.
- Dining places can be open from 6:00 a.m. until midnight (excluding take-aways). Indoors no more than four non-household visitors can be at the same table, while no restrictions for outdoor seating places.
- Culture, sports and religion facilities are allowed to be open from 6:00 a.m. until midnight. Organized events may be held with fixed, personalized seats (inclunding bars and nightclubs). The organisers shall ensure the observance of the restrictions and the availability of disinfectants for the participants.
- As the situation in the world develops daily, the Latvian authorities monitor the situation and share their information with the World Health Organization (WHO).
- In general, the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Latvia reminds all travelers that taking care of good hygiene – e.g. careful washing of hands and using hand disinfectants - is a reasonable use of common sense. If you have any questions regarding the novel coronavirus and COVID-19 and your travels, please call Latvian Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (SPKC) helpline (00 371) 67501590 or (00 371) 67387661 (open 8.30-17.00 working days). In case of emergency call 113.
In order to curb the Covid-19 pandemic, the state of emergency in Latvia was declared for a time period of March 13th until April 14th. Then it was extended to May 12th until June 9th.