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Latvia travel restrictions

Open for citizens: yes Open for foreigners: partial Open for tourism: partial Quarantine: partial
Airlines Updates

Published on 09.07.2020
airBaltic S21 Riga network changes as of 08JUL20

Published on 30.06.2020
airBaltic restarts Tallinn-London direct flights on Saturday

Published on 12.06.2020
airBaltic S20 operation changes as of 11JUN20

Published on 29.05.2020
airBaltic June – October 2020 operation changes as of 28MAY20

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Movement restrictions

National movement restrictions: Partially banned

Restrictive measures mandatory between 07 May 2020 to TBD

As of 25 May, on public transport Nose and mouth coverings must be used (a self-made or purchased mask, scarf, shawl, and other solutions are accepted).
On 7 May, The Ministry of Transport will have to prepare measures approved by the Minister of Transport to ensure the epidemiologically safe use of public transport, including providing for an obligation to wear a mouth and nose mask while on public transport. If it is possible to ensure a distance of two meters and other safety rules set by epidemiologists, indoor and outdoor gatherings of up to 25 persons will be allowed for public and private events, as well as meetings, processions, and pickets. In addition, organized religious activities will also be allowed. In private events at home, the area of the apartment should be taken into account in order not to exceed the proper number of persons, corresponding with the instructions of epidemiologists.

On 25/03/2020 more restrictive rules have been introduced: During an emergency situation, any private arrangements are prohibited, other than the holding of funeral ceremonies outdoors, provided that the distance of two metres between persons and other epidemiological safety measures are respected.
The working hours of cultural, entertainment, outdoor sports and other recreational areas has been reduced from 8.00 to 22.00.
As hitherto, any public events, as well as meetings, processions and pickets are banned. Indoor sports activities and religious activities to be carried out when meeting are also prohibited.
From previous regulations: quarantine in case of suspect of Covid19. Persons and contact persons who have returned from the COVID -19 affected country or territory shall take special precaution measures, including: Self-isolation shall be performed in the place of residence (home quarantine) and communication and cooperation with the family doctor and other medical practitioners shall be available.

International movement restrictions: Partially banned

Restrictive measures mandatory between 15 May 2020 to TBD

As of 15 May:
– When returning from Lithuania or Estonia, 14 day self-isolation is not obligatory
– Tourism trips can be organised in the territories of Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia from 15 May
As 7 May, After 12 May it is permitted to organize tourism services for travelling only in Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia. 14 days of self-isolation at the place of residence will apply neither to citizens and permanent residents of Latvia, nor to foreigners who have not visited countries other than Latvia, Lithuania, or Estonia during the last 14 days.

Before, Business trips and missions to the countries and territories affected by Covid-19, which require special precautions after returning, shall be cancelled, postponed and not planned, as far as possible

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Flight Restrictions

11.06.2020. Latvia announced countries with travel restrictions from its side. We do not recommend going to countries with cumulative rates above 25 (14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100,000 population in the European Union, European Economic Area countries, as well as Switzerland and the United Kingdom and other individual countries) 05.06.2020, according to the Cabinet of Ministers Regulation No. of 9 June 2020 360 “Epidemiological precautions to limit the spread of Covid-19 infection”, paragraph 35

The full list 

published 03.06.2020
1. Passengers are not allowed to enter and transit Latvia.
– This does not apply to nationals and residents of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.
– This does not apply to nationals and residents of Switzerland and an EEA Member State traveling from Switzerland or an EEA Member State.
2. Passengers who have been in other countries than Estonia and Lithuania in the past 14 days are subject to self-isolation at their place of residence for 14 days.

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Quarantine

Citizens of the EU, the European Economic Area, and Switzerland, as well as people who live permanently in those countries, when travelling from their home countries to Latvia, are no longer required to self-isolate for 14 days upon their arrival in Latvia, as long as their home countries have maintained an incidence of less than 16 COVID-19 cases in 100,000 of population for the previous 14 days. More information available here (copy and paste link into your browser): https://spkc.gov.lv/en. As per Latvia’s Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (SPKC), any person, including children, with recent travel to any foreign country must monitor their health for 14 days, and must self-isolate.

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Insurance
Certification

COVID-19 negative certification not required / not known

Vaccination

Yellow fever (2019)
Country requirement at entry: no
WHO vaccination recommendation: no

Shop and Events

Non-essential shops closure: Open

Restrictive measures mandatory between 07 May 2020 to TBD

As of 25 May, Entertainment, cultural, sports, and other recreational places may be open from 6.30 to 24.00. Bars, restaurants, cafés are allowed to operate, subject to the rules and limiting the number of visitors to no more than two persons or one family at one table.

From now on, all stores will be open in shopping centres during weekends and holidays. The restriction that only grocery stores, press outlets, pharmacies, vaccination offices, optical stores, animal feed stores, dry-cleaner’s, hygiene and household goods stores, and construction and gardening goods stores may operate in shopping centres is cancelled.

Previously, it shall be determined that cultural, entertainment, outdoor sports and other recreational areas start work not earlier than at 8.00 and finish before 22.00;

Events stop: Partially banned

Restrictive measures mandatory between 12 May 2020 to TBD

As of 25 May, Events may be organised for a maximum of 25 persons, observing a 2 metre distance between persons, ensuring disinfection, and not exceeding the 3-hour limit

As of 7 May 2020, If it is possible to ensure a distance of two meters and other safety rules set by epidemiologists, indoor and outdoor gatherings of up to 25 persons will be allowed for public and private events, as well as meetings, processions, and pickets. In addition, organized religious activities will also be allowed. In private events at home, the area of the apartment should be taken into account in order not to exceed the proper number of persons, corresponding with the instructions of epidemiologists.

At events where visitors can participate while remaining inside their vehicles, the determined restriction regarding the number of persons will not be applied.

Duration of the course of events outdoors will not be limited; however, the duration of indoor events cannot exceed three hours. The organizer has to ensure compliance with restrictions and the availability of disinfectants.

The working hours of culture, entertainment, sports, and other recreation places will be extended from 7:00 to 24:00.

Public and private sports events, organized in accordance with the Law on Safety of Public Entertainment and Festivity Events, will not be permitted.

Previously, All public events, meetings, demonstrations and pickets involving more than 200 people shall be cancelled and banned from 13 March 2020. From 19 March, Working hours of cultural, entertainment, sports and recreational venues may still extend no later than 23:00, and now their opening time has also been restricted to no earlier than 8:00. All tours abroad offered by tourism operators and passenger carriers have been cancelled.

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Schools/Univercity closure

Schools/Univ. closure: Partially closed

Restrictive measures mandatory between 07 May 2020 to TBD

As of 7 May 2020, In the area of education, all types of learning processes will continue to take place remotely; children’s camps will currently not be organized.

Considering the provisions of epidemiological safety, pre-schools, together with local governments, will have to decide how to organize learning of 5- and 6-year-old children – in person or remotely.

Taking into account the determined physical distancing and epidemiological safety measures, face-to-face consultations will be permitted in order to get prepared for state examinations or professional qualification examinations. Although compulsory examinations for students of grade 9 are cancelled, face-to-face consultations will be allowed for them.

The decision on the course of the study process in military educational institutions will be made by the Minister of Defence, while the decision for educational institutions of the system of internal affairs will be made by the Minister of the Interior.

It will also be possible to organize non-contact sports trainings or classes in person, observing the following conditions:

no more than 25 people may gather in one training group at the same time;

indoor training time – three hours, outdoors – an unlimited period of time;

the class shall be led by a certified coach;

a mutual distance of two meters has to be observed;

the areas of different training groups should not physically overlap;

children under the age of seven do not participate in training;

instructions of the manager of the sports venue and the coach should be followed;

other physical distancing and epidemiological safety measures which will be developed in cooperation with the Ministry of Health have to be observed.

Previously, On-site learning shall be terminated in all educational establishments by providing remote training from 13 March 2020, with the exception of centralised state examinations. In order to attend pre-school educational institutions, parents shall submit a written statement to the pre-school educational institution on 13 March 2020 by informing that the child and family have not visited any COVID-19 affected countries and have not been in contact with COVID-19 affected persons, and parents do not have any other possibility of providing childcare.
Pre-school educational establishments and institutions providing childcare will have to ensure the work of ‘on-duty’ groups that will look after those children whose parents are unable to do so. To receive this service, parents have to submit once a week a written statement informing that the child and family have not visited any COVID-19 affected country and have not been in contact with COVID-19 infected persons or contact persons. The statement should also include information that parents do not have any other possibility of providing childcare.

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Other

Other: closed/cancelled

Restrictive measures mandatory between 14 May 2020 to 09 June 2020

Emergency state extended to 9 June 2020.
Emergency situation shall be declared throughout the national territory from the moment of the adoption of decision to 14 April 2020 with a view to restrict the spread of COVID-19 during the validity of emergency situation.

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  • Latvia *****

    International restrictions:

    Citizens of the European Union, the European Economic Area and Switzerland, as well as people who are permanently residing in those countries, when travelling from their home countries to Latvia are no longer obligated to go into a 14-day self-isolation period, so long as their home countries have maintained an incidence of 15 individuals in 100,000 who have fallen ill with COVID-19.Weekly revised list of Coronavirus safe countries [https://spkc.gov.lv/lv/tavai-veselibai/aktualitate-par-jauno-koronavi/valstu-saslimstibas-raditaji-a/].
    Entry is allowed to foreigners transiting through the territory of Latvia on their return to their country of residence.
    For theird country natinals, Latvia applies temporary restrictions to non-essential travel to the EU. As from 1 July, EU Member States should start lifting the restrictions on non-essential travel into the EU for residents of the following third countries: Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, China, subject to confirmation of reciprocity. Residents of Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and the Vatican/Holy See should be considered as EU residents for this purpose. Every two weeks this list of countries will be reviewed and the information updated here. More info: [https://data.consilium.europa.eu/doc/document/ST-9208-2020-INIT/en/pdf].

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    Internal restrictions:

    The Latvian authorities have put measures in place to limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), including restrictions on public events, the maintenance of social distancing, and the mandatory covering of the nose and mouth by passengers on public transport.

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    01.07.2020
  • Latvia *****

    International restrictions:

    Entering from a Schengen Country: Citizens of the European Union, the European Economic Area and Switzerland, as well as people who are permanently residing in those countries, when travelling from their home countries to Latvia are no longer obligated to go into a 14-day self-isolation period, so long as their home countries have maintained an incidence of 15 individuals in 100,000 who have fallen ill with COVID-19. A weekly revised list of Coronavirus safe countries [https://spkc.gov.lv/en]. For travellers from third countries: Latvia applies temporary restrictions to non-essential travel to the EU. For people in transit: Entry is allowed to foreigners transiting through the territory of Latvia on their return to their country of residence. 14-days self-isolation does not apply to persons who enter the territory of Latvia from coronavirus safe countries. The borders with Russia and Belarus remain closed for all passenger travel. The Latvian government will continue to allow the transport of goods into Latvia, including food and medicine, through all borders.

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    Internal restrictions:

    The Latvian authorities have put measures in place to limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), including restrictions on public events, the maintenance of social distancing, and the mandatory covering of the nose and mouth by passengers on public transport.

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    28.06.2020
  • Latvia 1. Passengers are not allowed to enter and transit Latvia.
    – This does not apply to nationals and residents of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.
    – This does not apply to nationals and residents of Switzerland and an EEA Member State traveling from Switzerland or an EEA Member State.
    2. Passengers who have been in other countries than Estonia and Lithuania in the past 14 days are subject to self-isolation at their place of residence for 14 days.

    International restrictions:

    All international travel, by air, railway, sea and road is cancelled. Latvians and foreigners with residency rights are allowed to enter the country, and tourists are allowed to leave.
    Borders are closed to entry except for citizens and residents. Lithuanians and Estonians are allowed to cross the border for work and are no longer required to undergo a mandatory two-week quarantine. In order to cross the border, workers must show employment documents proving they have a job in Latvia.
    Citizens of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania are free to move between the three countries without restrictions.

    Internal restrictions:

    was lifted on 10 June 2020, but many of its measures including restrictions on public events, the maintenance of social distancing, and the mandatory covering of the nose and mouth by passengers on public transport, remain in place.

    Relaxation of restrictions:

    From 12 May, public gatherings of up to 25 people will be allowed. However, people will need to observe a two-metre distance from each other as a precaution.
    Sport activities without physical contact, libraries and all shops will be able to reopen during weekends only. Leisure and entertainment venues can open from 07.00 to 23.59.
    From 12 May travel for tourism will be permitted within the Baltic states.
    AirBaltic has resumed operations as of 18 May for flights from Riga to Tallinn, Vilnius Osland and Frankfurt; for flights from Tallinn to Amsterdam, Copenhagen and Oslo; and for flights from Vilnius to Riga. Flights between Tallinn and Vilnius resumed on 25 May.

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    10.06.2020
  • Latvia 1. Passengers are not allowed to enter and transit Latvia.
    – This does not apply to nationals and residents of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.
    – This does not apply to nationals and residents of Switzerland and an EEA Member State traveling from Switzerland or an EEA Member State.
    2. Passengers who have been in other countries than Estonia and Lithuania in the past 14 days are subject to self-isolation at their place of residence for 14 days.

    International restrictions:

    All international travel, by air, railway, sea and road is cancelled. Latvians and foreigners with residency rights are allowed to enter the country, and tourists are allowed to leave.
    Borders are closed to entry except for citizens and residents. Lithuanians and Estonians are allowed to cross the border for work and are no longer required to undergo a mandatory two-week quarantine. In order to cross the border, workers must show employment documents proving they have a job in Latvia.
    Citizens of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania are free to move between the three countries without restrictions.

    Internal restrictions:

    A state of emergency is in place until 9 June.
    All public gatherings of more than two people have been banned (except if in the same household) and many public venues have been ordered to close.
    Schools and universities are currently closed. Pre-schools and childcare services are still in operation.

    Relaxation of restrictions:

    From 12 May, public gatherings of up to 25 people will be allowed. However, people will need to observe a two-metre distance from each other as a precaution.
    Sport activities without physical contact, libraries and all shops will be able to reopen during weekends only. Leisure and entertainment venues can open from 07.00 to 23.59.
    From 12 May travel for tourism will be permitted within the Baltic states.
    AirBaltic has resumed operations as of 18 May for flights from Riga to Tallinn, Vilnius Osland and Frankfurt; for flights from Tallinn to Amsterdam, Copenhagen and Oslo; and for flights from Vilnius to Riga. Flights between Tallinn and Vilnius will resume on 25 May.

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    03.06.2020
  • Latvia 1. Passengers are not allowed to enter and transit Latvia.
    – This does not apply to nationals and residents of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.
    2. Passengers who have been in other countries than Estonia and Lithuania in the past 14 days must self-isolate at their place of residence for a period of 14 days.

    International restrictions:

    All international travel, by air, railway, sea and road is cancelled. Latvians and foreigners with residency rights are allowed to enter the country, and tourists are allowed to leave.
    Borders are closed to entry except for citizens and residents. Lithuanians and Estonians are allowed to cross the border for work and are no longer required to undergo a mandatory two-week quarantine. In order to cross the border, workers must show employment documents proving they have a job in Latvia.
    Citizens of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania are free to move between the three countries without restrictions.

    Internal restrictions:

    A state of emergency is in place until 9 June.
    All public gatherings of more than two people have been banned (except if in the same household) and many public venues have been ordered to close.
    Schools and universities are currently closed. Pre-schools and childcare services are still in operation.

    Relaxation of restrictions:

    From 12 May, public gatherings of up to 25 people will be allowed. However, people will need to observe a two-metre distance from each other as a precaution.
    Sport activities without physical contact, libraries and all shops will be able to reopen during weekends only. Leisure and entertainment venues can open from 07.00 to 23.59.
    From 12 May travel for tourism will be permitted within the Baltic states.
    AirBaltic has resumed operations as of 18 May for flights from Riga to Tallinn, Vilnius Osland and Frankfurt; for flights from Tallinn to Amsterdam, Copenhagen and Oslo; and for flights from Vilnius to Riga. Flights between Tallinn and Vilnius will resume on 25 May.

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    19.05.2020
  • Latvia

    International restrictions:

    All international travel, by air, railway, sea and road is cancelled. Latvians and foreigners with residency rights are allowed to enter the country, and tourists are allowed to leave. Borders are closed to entry except for citizens and residents. Lithuanians and Estonians are allowed to cross the border for work and are no longer required to undergo a mandatory two-week quarantine. In order to cross the border, workers must show employment documents proving they have a job in Latvia. Citizens of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania are free to move between the three countries without restrictions.

    Internal restrictions:

    A state of emergency is in place until 9 June. All public gatherings of more than two people have been banned (except if in the same household) and many public venues have been ordered to close. Schools and universities are currently closed. Pre-schools and childcare services are still in operation.

    Relaxation of restrictions:

    From 12 May, public gatherings of up to 25 people will be allowed. However, people will need to observe a two-metre distance from each other as a precaution. Sport activities without physical contact, libraries and all shops will be able to reopen during weekends only. Leisure and entertainment venues can open from 07.00 to 23.59. From 12 May travel for tourism will be permitted within the Baltic states. AirBaltic has resumed operations as of 18 May for flights from Riga to Tallinn, Vilnius Osland and Frankfurt; for flights from Tallinn to Amsterdam, Copenhagen and Oslo; and for flights from Vilnius to Riga. Flights between Tallinn and Vilnius will resume on 25 May.

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    18.05.2020
  • Latvia State of emergency extended until 9 June because of COVID-19; some restrictions lifted (Baltic News Network, 08.05.2020)

    All international travel, by air, railway, sea and road is cancelled. Latvians and foreigners with residency rights are allowed to enter the country, and tourists are allowed to leave.
    All AirBaltic connections are suspended until 12 May.
    Borders are closed to entry except for citizens and residents. Lithuanians and Estonians are allowed to cross the border for work and are longer required to undergo a mandatory two-week quarantine. In order to cross the border, workers must show employment documents proving they have a job in Latvia.

    Internal restrictions:

    A state of emergency is in place until 12 May.
    All public gatherings of more than two people have been banned (except if in the same household) and many public venues have been ordered to close.
    Schools and universities are currently closed. Pre-schools and childcare services are still in operation.

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    09.05.2020
  • Source [https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/latvia]
    [https://lv.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/]
    [https://pandemic.internationalsos.com/2019-ncov/ncov-travel-restrictions-flight-operations-and-screening]
    [https://reopen.europa.eu/en/map/LVA]
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