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COVID-19 and travelling to Latvia
State of emergency in Latvia has ended on June 9th, but restrictions are still effective, although eased.
From June 3rd 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 a 14-day self-isolation period, if in the European countries from which they travelled have a 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases which does not exceed 15 individuals per 100,000 (or if they have been in Lithuania or Estonia during the 14 days immediately prior to entering Latvia).
Epidemiological data, listing all these European countries will be updated each week on Friday on the website of SPKC, Latvia’s Centre for Disease Prevention and Control website. Arriving from other countries 14 days quarantine is still neccessary, until further notice.
Starting July 16, all travelers arriving in Latvia using services of international transport companies (plane, ferry or bus) will be registered in order to curb the spread of Covid-19! For now the travelers' data will be recorded on paper but a digital solution will be worked out in the next couple of weeks to register the incoming travelers electronically. The requirement to register will also apply to people arriving in Latvia on private planes and yachts. All incoming travelers will be required to fill out a questionnaire which will then be processed depending on each traveler's country of origin. The obtained data will be forwarded to the Center for Disease Prevention and Control and the State Police. The travelers' data will be deleted 1 month after their submission.
- From 1 July to 31 July, no more than 100 people will gather indoors with a total public space of less than 1000 square meters.The indoor premises with a total area of more than 1000 square meters will be able to accommodate up to 500 people at a time.For outdoor events will be possible to gather up to 1000 people,taking into account that at least four square meters of the event space are provided per person.
- From August 1 to August 31, no more than 250 people will be able to gather for indoor events with a total area of less than 1000 square meters. In the indoor premises with an area of more than 1000 square meters will be able to gather no more than 500 people. For outdoor events will be possible to gather up to 3000 people, taking into account that at least four square meters of the event space are provided per person.
- People still must observe 2 meters distance (applies to both public indoor and public outdoor spaces).
- People using public transport in Latvia are recommended (not obligated) to cover their mouth and nose (with mask or scarf).This includes international flights, trains, buses etc.
- Dining places can be open from 6:00 a.m. until midnight. Indoors no more than four non-household visitors can be at the same table, while no more than eight visitors can be at the same table outdoors.
- Culture, sports and other entertainment facilities are allowed to be open from 6:30 a.m. until midnight (except for open-air cinema demonstrations, which must end no later than 2 a.m.). The organiser of the event 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.