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COVID-19 and travelling to Latvia

In order to curb the Covid-19 pandemic, the state of emergency in Latvia has been declared for a time period from October 11th until January 11th.

Before arriving in Latvia everyone must fill in an electronic confirmation form on the covidpass.lv website. The certificate must be completed within 48 hours before crossing the border of Latvia. For minors, the form must be completed by the parent/legal representative.

If you can provide a valid digital Covid-19 certificate proving that you are vaccinated against Covid-19 or recovered from it: you don’t need to take the Covid-19 test if you’re returning from the EU, the EEA, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and low-risk third countries. The digital Covid-19 certificate must be issued in the EU Member States, EEA countries, Switzerland or the United Kingdom. If you can't provide a valid digital Covid-19 certificate proving that you are vaccinated against Covid-19 or recovered from it: you need to take a PCR test 72 hours before entering Latvia or an antigen test taken not earlier than 48 hours before entering Latvia.

The latest list of countries, their current travel status, and the necessary epidemiological measures that apply is available here. Self-isolation is required for everyone if they arrive from a very high-risk country.

COVID-19 and travelling to Latvia

  • All services are provided with a Covid-19 certificate of vaccination or recovery, except for basic services like grocery stores, food takeaway, postal services, emergency services, pet stores, gas stations, pharmacies, ticket stands, outdoor markets, public transportation.
  • Shops with an area larger than 1,500 square meters (shopping centers, bigger food stores, etc.) are available only with a Covid-19 certificate.
  • At weekends and on holidays, stores and shopping centers with a floor space of more than 1,500 square meters are closed, except basic services.
  • Stores may be open from 6:00 a.m. until 9 p.m., except for essential stores which have no limit of working hours.
  • Indoors it is allowed to meet up to 10 people, while outdoors - 20.
  • Seasonal fairs, such as Christmas fairs, are allowed in an epidemiologically safe or "green" safety environment, allowing only persons with a Covid-19 certificate to attend.
  • Cultural venues, libraries and exhibitions are open in "green regime" - with a Covid-19 certificate of vaccination or recovery.
  • At the catering places no more than 4 people can sit at the same table. For non-vaccinated people only takeaway service is available.
  • 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.

“Stop Covid” application

COVID-19 in Latvia website

Re-open EU interactive tool

Information about COVID-19 by the Centre of Disease Prevention and Control of Latvia 

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