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COVID-19 and travelling to Latvia
In order to curb the spread of Covid-19, the state of emergency is declared in Latvia for a time period from November 9 until April 6!
Until April 6, entry to Latvia from European Union Member States and the European Economic Area Member States, the Swiss Confederation through international passenger carrier services or by a private vehicle is permitted for "urgent and essential" reasons only. These are defined as: work, training, studies, family reunion, in order to receive medical services, transit, accompanying a minor, return to one’s permanent place of residence, attending a funeral.
Arriving from other countries 10 days quarantine is still necessary, until further notice. More information is available at the Transport Ministry and Foreign Ministry websites, as well as the covidpass.lv website.
The negative Covid-19 test is mandatory for entry to Latvia, the rule applies to all arrivals, including those traveling by private transport. The test must be done no more than 72 hours before arrival at the Latvian border or boarding a passenger carrier such as an airline. The test result must be presented in the question. Boarding will not be allowed without the document. When traveling by private transport, a negative test must be indicated on the Covidpass form. This will be checked at random by the State Police and State Border Guard. Those exempted from doing the test are children under the age of 11, persons vaccinated against Covid-19 (who can prove the fact), passenger carrier staff, sailors traveling for work, transit passengers who do not leave the airport control area, and members of the diplomatic corps. Tests will also not be required for those who live near the border and cross it daily for work or education.
Electronic questionnaires are available from any smart device to be filled in on a website covidpass.lv. People crossing the border of the Republic of Latvia must 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).
- People must observe 2 meters distance (applies to both public indoor and public outdoor spaces) and must meet only within one household!
- Face masks must be used in all indoor places, where there is more than 1 person, including public transport, shops, post offices, petrol stations, railway stations, bus stations, airports, as well as cultural and religious venues, etc. Children up to 13 years old do not need to use masks, but from 7 years must wear a mask in public transport!
- During a state of emergency, all public events are banned.
- For private events, not more than one household is allowed to get together.
- Culture, sport, exhibition venues fair markets, museums, etc. are closed during an emergency state.
- In-person shopping is allowed only at those stores where food products make up at least 70 percent of all goods and products available at the store, as well as stores where hygiene products make up at least 70 percent of all products available at the store. Also, bookstores are open and people may shop in pharmacies, including veterinary pharmacies, optical goods stores and fuel stations.
- Services related to entertainment and wellbeing are banned during a state of emergency but it is allowed to provide manicure, pedicure, podiatrist and hairdresser services.
- Public catering places are allowed to hand out takeaway meals only.
- 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. Then it was extended to May 12th until June 9th.