Latvia (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 21 July, 2021.

 

At a Glance

Travel Restrictions

Entry For Vaccinated Travelers: Partially Allowed
Vaccination Requirements: Fully vaccinated people are not subject to the self-isolation requirement. The full vaccination course is reached 15 days after both doses of Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca vaccines (or a single dose of the Janssen vaccine).
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 20.07.2021
1. Passengers are not allowed to enter 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;
– children, spouses and their children, parents and guardians of nationals of Latvia and of permanent residents of Latvia;
– 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);
– passengers older than 11 years with a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point;
– passengers older than 11 years with a negative COVID-19 antigen test taken at most 24 hours before departure from the first embarkation point;
– passengers older than 11 years with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 15 days before arrival;
– passengers older than 11 years with a COVID-19 recovery certificate issued at least 11 days and at most 180 days before arrival;
– passengers younger than 12 years if they are traveling with their guardians who have one of the COVID documents listed above;
– military personnel;
– merchant seamen.
2. Passengers older than 11 years must have:
– a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point; or
– a negative COVID-19 antigen test taken at most 48 hours before departure from the first embarkation point; or
– a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 15 days before arrival; or
– a COVID-19 recovery certificate issued at least 11 days and at most 180 days before arrival.
– This does not apply to merchant seamen.
3. 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

 

Detailed Tourist Information

Vaccinated persons and persons recovered from Covid-19 do not have to get tested for Covid-19prior 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 to any country. When returning from a high-risk or particularly high-risk third country, getting tested for Covid-19 is obligatory.

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. 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 form (https://covidpass.lv/en/), 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.

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 will soon be 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 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;

-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) 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);

-Children under 13 years of age (until 1 September 2021 – also other minors) 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.

All travellers must fill in an electronic confirmation form on the Covidpass.lv website (https://covidpass.lv/en/). 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

In indoor spaces outside the household, a face mask must be worn if there is more than one person in the room.
Face masks are mandatory in public transport and in educational institutions.

Children under 7 years of age are exempted from the obligation.

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. Up to 10 people can meet together outdoors.

Up to 2 households (maximum 10 people) can privately meet outdoors.

From 15 June, public events will be possible for people who have been vaccinated or recovered from Covid-19.

Private events

Up to 10 people from two households can meet indoors.

Up to 20 people can meet outdoors (with no household restriction).

From 15 June, a relaxation of these measures is planned for people who have been vaccinated or recovered from Covid-19.

Restaurants, bars and cafés have resumed their activities outdoors, under enhanced safety measures.

No more than 4 adults (excluding minors) from no more than 2 households can seat at the same table (no more than 10 persons in total).

Physical separation, or a minimum distance of at 2 metres, must be ensured between people sitting at different tables.

Staff and guests must use facemasks during their stay, except when sitting at a table.
 

Sources

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