Latvia (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 07 May, 2021.

 

At a Glance

Travel Restrictions

Tourist Entry: Partially Allowed
Testing: No tests required
Quarantine Required: Depends
Quarantine Details: Quarantine for 14 days required for some countries.

Local Restrictions

Lockdown in Effect: Partial
Events: Partially Allowed
Transport: Operational
Shopping: Open
Restaurants and Bars: Delivery/Takeout only
 

Detailed Travel Advisory

Published 13.04.2021
1. Passengers are not allowed to enter and transit Latvia.
– This does not apply to the following passengers who must complete a “COVIDpass” before departure at https://covidpass.lv/ . This will generate a QR code which must be presented before departure and upon arrival:
– residents of Latvia;
– residents of Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom or Vatican City (Holy See) returning via Latvia to their country of residence;
– passengers arriving from Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom or Vatican City (Holy See);
– military personnel.
2. Passengers could be subject to self-isolation for 10 days. A list of self-isolation exemptions can be found at www.spkc.gov.lv/lv/if-returning-toentering-latvia
3. Flights from Montenegro, North Macedonia (Rep.) and Serbia are suspended.
4. Passengers must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point.
– This does not apply to:
– passengers younger than 11 years;
– merchant seamen.

 

Detailed Tourist Information

From 11 February, only essential travel to Latvia is permitted. Passenger transportation to and from Ireland and Portugal is suspended. Entry to Latvia from EU Member States, the European Economic Area or the Swiss Confederation is permitted for the following urgent and essential reasons only:

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.

Travellers entering Latvia will be asked to show proof of a negative PCR test performed no earlier than 72 hours before boarding or crossing the Latvian border. Travellers who have already contracted the COVID-19 coronavirus will need to show a doctor’s note attesting it.

If a traveller is unable to show a test result (printed or on an electronic device), or a note from the doctor, the traveller will not be allowed to board the plane, train, bus, ferry, or other means of transportation. The test result or the note from the doctor must be in English, French, Russian, or in an official language of the country from which they are beginning their trip to Latvia.

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 form, which will be checked by the State Border Guard and police officers.

Exemptions:

Persons entering Latvia to perform their job duties or travelling to or from their place of work, and employees of commercial transport companies are exempt from the COVID-19 test requirement.

The requirement of a negative COVID-19 test result also does not apply to children under 11 years of age.

Is a quarantine required?

Yes, for travellers – including citizens and permanent residents of Latvia – arriving from countries in which the 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases has exceeded the threshold rate of 50 per 100,000 inhabitants.
Data on the incidence of COVID-19 cases in the EU and third countries is updated every Friday on the website of Latvia’s Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.

Quarantine duration: 10 days.
Particular groups of persons (for example, health and social workers, teachers) who intend to work in Latvia have to self-isolate for 14 days.

Mandatory Travel Documentation

All travellers must fill in an electronic confirmation form on the Covidpass.lv 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 State Border Guard or the State Police. It will not be possible to complete registration with the covidpass.lv website without entering a self-certification that any of the above-mentioned reasons exist.
 

Lockdown Details

It is mandatory to wear a face mask:

-in all indoor spaces where there is more than 1 person, except within households;
-in public transport (the only exceptions are children under the age of 7 and disabled people (with movement disorders or mental health problems impeding to wear the mask)

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

Public events are not allowed. Meetings, processions, and pickets can be attended by up to 25 participants. At funerals and baptising ceremonies, no more than 10 people are allowed to gather, from more than two households.

Private events are prohibited, with the exception of events within a single household.

Restaurants, bars and cafés can only provide take away services.
 

Sources

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