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COVID-19 and travelling to Latvia
Currently, the cases of Covid-19 in Latvia are dropping and the government is gradually easing restrictions. It also affects travellers and Latvia is opening up to tourists.
Vaccinated people and former Covid-19 patients are able to travel without restrictions: there will be no testing before boarding the vehicle, no testing upon entry, and self-isolation requirements will be waived (restrictions still apply to people vaccinated or having overcome Covid-19 if they travel from particularly high-risk countries).
The ban on non-essential travel to Latvia, the requirement to perform a test before and after the trip, as well as the requirement for self-isolation for vaccinated and recovered remain only when traveling from countries with a particularly high risk to public health (Emergency brake regulation).
Non-Covid-19 certified (non-vaccinated, non-recovered, without negative test result) individuals are allowed non-essential travel from the EU, EEA, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and low-risk third countries, but non-vaccinated people must be tested before travel and self-isolate upon arrival. When returning from high-risk third countries, those individuals must additionally undergo a test upon arrival in Latvia. More information is available at covid19.gov.lv, as well as covidpass.lv website.
- People must observe 2 meters distance (applies to both public indoor and public outdoor spaces).
- Face masks must be used in all indoor places, where there is more than 1 person. Children up to 13 years old do not need to use masks, but from 7 years must wear a mask in public transport.
- Public events such as concerts, cinema, theater shows etc. can be attended by people who: are vaccinated against Covid-19; have had Covid-19 during the last half-year; have carried out a Covid-19 test in the last 48 hours and it is negative; have carried out the Covid-19 rapid antigen test over the past 6 hours and it is negative. Children under 12 years of age are able to attend events with their parents and not have to undergo a test.
- Up to 50 people are allowed to gather outdoors and up to 20 people are allowed indoors.
- Libraries, archives, museums and similar arts and historical sites are accessible for individual visits.
- All stores and shopping centers are allowed to work. Street trade is allowed.
- Indoor catering services are available to people who are vaccinated against Covid-19, have overcome Covid-19 in the past six months or have a certificate attesting that a person has carried out a negative Covid-19 test in the last 48 hours or a negative virus antigen test carried out within the past six hours, as well as children aged 11 and under without any certificates. All visitors can use outdoor areas (terraces).
- 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.
Previously, 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 and then it was extended to May 12th until June 9th. Last state of emergency ended in April 6 (2021).