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    MEDIUM MEDICAL RISK for Latvia
    LOW TRAVEL RISK for Latvia


COVID-19 Impact

COVID-19 virus imageCOVID-19 Impact Rating (Travel): Medium -

Inbound travel is possible, but with notable inconvenience; restrictions affect a wide range of travellers.

Restrictions in place for a wide range of originating countries / nationalities arriving in country. Mandatory testing and quarantine in designated facilities may apply.

COVID-19 virus imageCOVID-19 Impact Rating (Domestic Operations): Low -

COVID-related precautions and restrictions causing some inconvenience to business operations. Most businesses are operating.

Both essential and non-essential businesses are operating, though outbreaks may impact medical and/or logistic factors  and cause disruption, often at short notice. Pre-existing security risks likely to be exacerbated by COVID-19-related political and socio-economic concerns in the near/medium term, though these disruptions will not affect the stability of the overall security environment. Elective surgery may not be accessible at times and VERY HIGH and HIGH Medical Risk Rated countries will be under pressure. Basic elements of BCPs – such as reduced or staggered staffing, social distancing, limited face to face interaction – may be active, with clear escalation and de-escalation triggers as well as mitigation measures.

RestrictionsInboundSummary
• Are there any border restrictions? No
• Are there any entry restrictions? Yes
• Are there any testing requirements? Yes
• Are there any quarantine requirements? Yes
• Are there any vaccine requirements? Yes
• Are there any separate transit restrictions? No
• Is COVID-19-related documentation required? Yes
• Are there any other restrictions? No
(Until further notice)
Entry requirements
Entry to Latvia is permitted only for essential travel, such as work, studies, transit, medical treatment, funerals, family reunions, returning to your residence or accompanying a minor.

Inbound travel for vaccinated travellers
Travellers arriving in Latvia who have been only in the EU/EEA, Switzerland or the UK over the 14 days prior to arrival are exempt from self-isolation - but not the need to test - if they have been fully vaccinated. You must have received a full course of vaccinations, and 15 days or more have passed since the completion of the vaccination course. A document by the healthcare provider must be provided certifying this, specifying the vaccine the traveller has received. This exemption applies only to vaccines registered by the European Medicines Agency (EMA), regulators with a status equivalent to the EMA, as well as those vaccines that the World Health Organisation recognises as having met the criteria they set for safety and efficacy.
(Until further notice)
Testing requirements
Passengers are required to present a negative COVID-19 test result, taken within 72 hours of boarding their flight or before crossing the Latvian border by road. Only PCR tests will be accepted.

The certificate should be written in English, French, Russian or the language of the country of departure. A negative test result does not exempt you from the mandatory self-isolation requirement.

Exemptions:
- Transit passengers that transit Riga airport (RIX) within 24 hours
- Children under 11 years old
- Passengers who have contracted COVID-19 within past six months (must present a proving document that passenger is not infectious)
- Staff of the aircraft carrier; international transport workers with a valid certificate; seamen travelling to or from the port of their ship
- Government or diplomatic staff and their families

Travellers returning to Latvia from a non-essential trip to a non-EU country must take an additional test after arrival in Latvia (children and vaccinated people as well). The test must be taken at the nearest possible testing point, such as an airport. If the test result is negative, the traveller can go into self-isolation. If the test is positive or the traveller does not undertake the test, the traveller will have to note the information on the website covidpass.lv and go in self-isolation in a tourist accommodation chosen from the list administered by the Latvian Investment and Development Agency (LIAA). The traveller must remain there until the test is performed and if the test is positive. The list of accommodations is available at: https://www.liaa.gov.lv/lv/covid19/turistu-mitnes-pasizolacijai
Exemptions to this requirement can apply for a limited number of categories. The full list is available at: https://www.em.gov.lv/lv/iecelosana-latvija
(Until further notice)
Quarantine requirements
Travellers arriving from 'unsafe' countries with a 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases that exceeds 50 people per 100,000 inhabitants, as well as from countries other than the EU, EEA or Switzerland, must observe a ten-day self-isolation.
See list of countries here: https://www.spkc.gov.lv/lv/valstu-saslimstibas-raditaji-ar-covid-19-0.

If a person arrives from a 'safe' country, but transits an 'unsafe' country, then self-isolation must also be observed. In order to avoid self-isolation, another return route must be chosen.

Quarantine can be done at any accomodation. Only travellers returning to Latvia from a non-essential trip to a non-EU country who do not undertake the additional test upon arrival or who test positive have to go into self-isolation in a tourist accommodation.

Business trips: exemptions to quarantine can apply for business-related trips. Further information can be found at: https://www.liaa.gov.lv/lv/covid-19/pasizolacijas-iznemumi

Exemptions:
- Those who have received a full course of a vaccine (see entry requirements for further details)
- Transiting travellers
- Members of the diplomatic service
- Freight and passenger transport
- Business trips: foreign nationals whose arrival in Latvia is necessary for the fulfilment of the obligations of merchants as confirmed by the Latvian Investment and Development Agency
- Athletes and sports employees
- Medical treatment
- Cultural workers determined by the Ministry of Culture
Full list here: https://covid19.gov.lv/en/entering-latvia-third-countries
(Ends 30 June 2021)
Declarations
Travellers entering the country must complete and submit an entry form via an online portal no earlier than 48 hours before entering the country, in addition to a contact form detailing the traveller's movements in the previous 14 days prior to arrival.
People transiting have to fill in the form.
The carrier/airline will make sure that the person has provided this self-certification. Documents or other reliable evidence confirming the purpose of entry indicated on the website above will have to be presented to the State Border Guard or the State Police upon request.
After filling out this form, passengers will receive a confirmation email with a QR code in it. Passengers have to be ready to present the QR code before their flight or while entering Latvia. It is possible to present it on a mobile device or in hard copy. If the QR code is lost, the website has the function to receive the QR code again by entering the email address.
The form will be available at this website: https://covidpass.lv/

Transit
Persons transiting through Latvia are exempt from testing and self-isolation but will have to cross the country within 12 hours of submitting the Declaration Form.
(Until further notice)
OutboundSummary
• Are there any border restrictions? No
• Are there any exit restrictions? Yes
• Are there any testing requirements? No
• Are there any quarantine requirements? No
• Are there any vaccine requirements? No
• Is COVID-19-related documentation required? No
• Are there any other restrictions? No
(Until further notice)
Outbound requirements
If you wish to leave Latvia before your self-isolation period is over, you must call the police on 110 and let them know you intend to depart.
(Until further notice)
Internal / DomesticSummary
• Is a state of emergency in place? Yes
• Are curfews/lockdowns in place? No
• Can businesses operate? Restricted
• Are there restrictions on internal travel? No
• Are there any testing requirements? No
• Are there any vaccination requirements? No
• Are there any other restrictions in place? Yes
(Until further notice)
A state of emergency is in place.
A face mask must be used by everyone from the age of seven in premises outside the household if there is more than one person in the room.
Neither private nor public gatherings and events are allowed indoors; up to ten people from two different households are allowed to meet outdoors.

Restaurants and cafes are open outdoors between 06.00 and 21.00.
All stores are allowed to open with some restrictions for shops of more than 7,000 square metres.

Further information can be found at: https://covid19.gov.lv/en/support-society/how-behave-safely/covid-19-control-measures
(Until further notice)
Planned changes and internal conditionsSummary - Changes to the following measures:
• Border restrictions? No
• Entry restrictions? No
• Testing requirements? No
• Quarantine requirements? No
• Vaccination requirements? No
• Transit restrictions? No
• COVID-19-related documentation required? No
• Internal restrictions? No
• Outbound restrictions? No
• Other restrictions? No
(Until further notice)

23 Jun 2021 (Updated Daily)





Risk Summary

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Please see our:

Medical and Security Alerts for Latvia

COVID-19 information for Latvia

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One can travel easily around the country and infrastructure is generally in good condition. The security environment is benign and the risk of terrorism and social unrest is negligible. Petty crime and car theft pose a low risk; serious violent crimes are rare.

This information is intended as a summary of the travel security environment; however, the risks can change at short notice during a crisis or evolving situation. Please check our travel security alerts to ensure you are informed of the most recent developments.

STANDING TRAVEL ADVICE

Vaccinations For Latvia
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travellers and expatriates,
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Hepatitis BRecommended for most travellers and expatriates,
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Tickborne encephalitisMay be recommended for those visiting forests,
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Routine Vaccinations

 
 
 
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