COVID-19 and travelling to Latvia
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, the requirement to pass a Covid-19 test and self-isolate when entering Latvia is lifted if an individual can present a digital Covid-19 certificate confirming the completion of vaccination or recovery from the disease.
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.
- One household is allowed to visit another. Up to 20 people are allowed to gather outdoors and up to 10 people from two households 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.
- Services related to entertainment and wellbeing are banned but it is allowed to provide manicure, pedicure, podiatrist and hairdresser services. If the person providing the cosmetology services is vaccinated or recovered from Covid-19, he or she can can work.
- 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).