Latvia (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 27 October, 2021.

 

At a Glance

Travel Restrictions

Entry For Vaccinated Travelers: Partially Allowed
Vaccination Requirements: Persons who can provide a certificate issued in the EU, EEA countries, Switzerland or the United Kingdom, stating that the person has received full vaccination (i.e. 15 days have elapsed since the completion of a full vaccination course or fifteen days after a single dose of vaccine (registered by the European Medicines Agency or equivalent regulators or recognized by the World Health Organization) received no later than 180 days after a laboratory-confirmed episode of SARS-CoV-2 infection as determined by SARS-CoV-2 viral RNA) and what vaccine he/she were vaccinated with (exemption from self-isolation only applies to vaccines registered by the European Medicines Agency or equivalent regulators or recognised by the World Health Organisation);
Tourist Entry: Partially Allowed
Testing: No tests required
Quarantine Required: Depends
Quarantine Details: Self-isolation for 10 days required for some travelers.

Local Restrictions

Lockdown in Effect: Partial
Events: Partially Allowed
Transport: Operational
Shopping: Open
Restaurants and Bars: Open with restrictions
 

Detailed Travel Advisory

Published 15.10.2021
1. Passengers are not allowed to enter.
– This does not apply to:
– nationals and residents of Latvia;
– family members of nationals and of residents of Latvia;
– passengers arriving from Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland or Vatican City (Holy See);
– passengers arriving from Australia, Canada, Chile, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong (SAR China), Jordan, Korea (Rep.), Kuwait, Macao (SAR China), New Zealand, Qatar, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Ukraine, United Kingdom or Uruguay;
– passengers who reside in Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland or Vatican City (Holy See);
– passengers with a diplomatic passport traveling on duty and their family members;
– merchant seamen.
2. Passengers must have:
– a COVID-19 EU digital green vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 15 days before arrival; or
– a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 72 hours before departure from the last embarkation point; or
– a negative COVID-19 antigen test taken at most 48 hours before departure from the last embarkation point; or
– a COVID-19 EU digital green recovery certificate issued at least 11 days and at most 180 days before arrival; or
– a COVID-19 vaccination certificate issued in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom or USA showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 15 days before arrival; or
– a COVID-19 recovery certificate issued in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom or USA issued at least 11 days and at most 180 days before arrival.
– This does not apply to:
– passengers younger than 12 years;
– passengers with a diplomatic passport traveling on duty and their family members;
– merchant seamen.
3. Passengers entering or transiting through Latvia must complete a “COVIDpass” before departure at www.covidpass.lv. This will generate a QR code which must be presented before departure and upon arrival.
4. Passengers could be subject to self-isolation for 10 days. More information is available in the latest “List of countries with 14-day COVID-19 morbidity rates” which can be found at https://www.spkc.gov.lv/lv/valstu-saslimstibas-raditaji-ar-covid-19-0
– This does not apply to:
– passengers with a COVID-19 EU digital green vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 15 days before arrival;
– passengers with a COVID-19 EU digital green recovery issued at least 11 days and at most 180 days before arrival;
– passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate issued in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom or USA showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 15 days before arrival;
– passengers with a COVID-19 recovery certificate issued in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom or USA issued at least 11 days and at most 180 days before arrival.

 

Detailed Tourist Information

From 1st September persons from the United Kingdom, the United States, Australia, Israel, New Zealand and Canada who have been vaccinated with the vaccine registered by the European Medicines Agency or an equivalent regulator or recognized by the World Health Organization and will have the appropriate Proof can enter Latvia without additional restrictions.

-Vaccinated persons and persons recovered from Covid-19 do not have to get tested for Covid-19 (https://bit.ly/3n9Tj0I) prior to travel unless they are travelling to a particularly high-risk country with a very high incidence or spread of a new strain of Covid-19. It is not required to get tested when returning unless the person has been in a particularly high-risk country;

-Other travellers are required to get tested before traveling from any country. When returning from a high-risk or particularly high-risk third country, getting tested for Covid-19 is obligatory.

Is a coronavirus test required?

Non-vaccinated or non-recovered travellers entering Latvia will be asked to show proof of a negative PCR test performed no earlier than 72 hours or a negative rapid antigen test performed no earlier than 48 hours before boarding or crossing the Latvian border. If a traveller is unable to show a test result (printed or on an electronic device), he will not be allowed to board the plane, train, bus, ferry, or other means of transportation. The test result must be in English, French, Russian or in an official language of the country of departure.

This requirement also applies to those arriving in Latvia in a personal vehicle.

The negative COVID-19 test results must be indicated in the Covidpass.lv (https://covidpass.lv/en/) form, which will be checked by the State Border Guard and Police officers.

After entering Latvia, an additional Covid-19 test must be taken at the nearest point of testing. Children and vaccinated persons are also subject to this obligation.

Is a quarantine required?

Self-isolation is required:

-Persons who have not been vaccinated or have not had Covid-19 and recovered from it should observe self-isolation when returning from high-risk countries (EU, EEA, Switzerland, United Kingdom and other countries);

-All travellers entering from a high-risk country (including the EU, EEA, Switzerland and the United Kingdom) with a very high incidence or prevalence of a new Covid-19 strain. More information on this are available on the website of the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (https://www.spkc.gov.lv/lv).

Self-isolation is not required:

Persons who can provide proof with an EU digital certificate (via smart device or printed) or a certificate issued in the EU, EEA countries, Switzerland or the United Kingdom, stating that the person has received full vaccination (i.e. 15 days have elapsed since the completion of a full vaccination course or fifteen days after a single dose of vaccine (registered by the European Medicines Agency or equivalent regulators or recognized by the World Health Organization) received no later than 180 days after a laboratory confirmed episode of SARS-CoV-2 infection as determined by SARS-CoV-2 viral RNA) and what vaccine he/she were vaccinated with (exemption from self-isolation only applies to vaccines registered by the European Medicines Agency or equivalent regulators or recognised by the World Health Organisation);
Persons who have had Covid-19 in the last 6 months and have recovered from it and can provide proof with an EU digital certificate (via smart device or printed) or a certificate issued in the EU, EEA countries, Switzerland or the United Kingdom;
Children under 13 years of age travelling with adults who are exempt from the requirement of self-isolation. However, in such cases, children do not make close contacts with persons outside their household, do not attend public events, children’s groups, do not use public transport for 10 days after leaving the high-risk country.

Mandatory Travel Documentation

All travellers must fill in an electronic confirmation form on the Covidpass.lv (https://covidpass.lv/en/) website. Electronic confirmation must be completed no earlier than 48 hours before crossing the Latvian border.

Documents proving the purpose of entry will have to be presented to the Border Guard or the Police.
 

Lockdown Details

All the measures that are currently in place in Latvia can be found at Covid-19 control measures https://bit.ly/3jsS5Lt (in English, Latvian and Russian).

Use of facemasks

-Using face masks outdoor is not obligatory
-Face masks must be used in all indoor places, where there is more than 1 person. Wearing a face mask is not obligatory for children under 7 years of age or for people who have difficulty wearing a mask due to medical reasons, for example, due to functional impairments.
-Face masks are mandatory in public transport and in educational institutions.
-The face mask may not be used indoors, outdoors, in private or public events where vaccinated people or people recovered from Covid-19 gather. 

People must respect 2 metres physical distancing (applies to both public indoor and public outdoor spaces). Physical distancing is not applied to members of the same household.
 

Sources

https://reopen.europa.eu/en/map/LVA
Data Source: covidcontrols.co