Informative page about the spread of Covid-19 in Latvia
Covid-19 Frequently Asked Questions and Answers
In order to limit the risks of the spread of Covid-19, persons will only be allowed to enter Latvia in urgent cases:
- training, studies,
- family reunion,
- receiving medical services,
- escorting minors,
- returning to a permanent place of residence,
Only certain categories of persons may enter Latvia through the external EU border crossing points; the categories are listed in Paragraph 37 of Cabinet Regulation No.360 “Epidemiological Safety Measures for the Containment of the Spread of Covid-19 Infection”. A 10-day self-isolation must be observed upon a person’s arrival in Latvia from abroad. If, in the last 14 days, the person has been in a country other than the EU, the EEA, Switzerland, or the United Kingdom, then a second test must be taken immediately upon their arrival in Latvia.
To enter Latvia, only a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test is accepted.
Upon arrival from a third country, a repeated Covid-19 test must be taken - this time any type of test is accepted. For faster results, we recommend taking a PCR test or a SARS-CoV-2 rapid antigen test. Find out more!
Phone number for centralised Covid-19 testing - 8303. Please note that you can also use the contact-free sample submitting machines! Find out more!
Upon entering Latvia from an EU or EEA country, the Swiss Confederation, or the United Kingdom, getting tested is not obligatory for:
- children under 11 years of age;
- employees and crew members of carriers; seafarers travelling to or from their duty station; members of the diplomatic corps;
border residents who cross the border on a daily basis for work, education, or similar needs and can provide proof of employment or education.
Exceptions for travel from high-risk countries and for self-isolation are allowed in cases when:
- the person’s arrival in Latvia is required for fulfilment of the liabilities of Latvian merchants (these persons may not be subject to self-isolation during the time and at the place of performance of work duties). Find out more!
- the person’s purpose of arrival in Latvia is participation in international sporting events. Find out more!
More information about travellers from third countries who are not subject to mandatory testing is available here!
Find out more about the actions that must be taken when entering Latvia in the “If returning to / entering Latvia” section of the SPKC website.
If, in the last 14 days, you have been in one of the countries published on the SPKC’s website that is subject to special precautionary and restrictive measures, you must self-isolate at your place of residence or elsewhere for 10 days!
Before arriving in Latvia:
a Covid-19 test must be taken, the negative result of which must be presented upon boarding. The certificate must be issued within the last 72 hours!
Within 48 hours before your arrival, you must fill in the electronic form on the Covidpass.lv website, indicating the result of your test and the purpose of your arrival.
In case of a positive test result, you may only arrive in Latvia by private vehicle, however, take into account that, on your way to Latvia, you may also have to face the entry restrictions set by other countries when transiting. Detailed travel alerts for individual countries are available here.
If, in the last 14 days, the person has been in a country other than the EU, the EEA, Switzerland, or the United Kingdom, then a second test must be taken immediately upon their arrival in Latvia, and a 10-day self-isolation must be observed at their place of residence! In case of a positive test result, or if no test has been performed, the person must isolate in one of the hotels published on the LIAA website. Test and hotel costs must be covered by the traveller!
Yes! With the end of the state of emergency, changes in the regulations of epidemiological safety measures have come into force. Restrictions must still be observed as both morbidity rates and the number of Covid-19 patients in hospitals are still high. The Saeima, the national legislature, has delegated the power to the Cabinet of Ministers to continue to impose measures restricting the rights of persons for the purposes of epidemiological safety, without announcing a special legal regime, by adopting the Law on the Management of the Spread of Covid-19 Infection.
Thus, part of the existing safety measures have been transferred to Cabinet Regulation No. 360 “Epidemiological Safety Measures for the Containment of the Spread of Covid-19 Infection” with amendments that entered into force on 7 April.
Please note that a large number of Covid-19 patients don’t know where they got infected, so it is crucial that you comply with the safety measures.
Please continue to use the option to work remotely, if the specifics of your work allow it, and do not exceed two households when meeting others outside!
If a person is required to be quarantined or to observe a strict isolation, this can be done at home, in a hospital, or in a special place for the purpose.
To apply for self isolation or quarantine in a hotel:
- choose a tourist accommodation on the LIAA website;
- contact the tourist accommodation and make a reservation based on a doctor’s statement/extract or a note on the e-health portal (printout or screenshot).
In this case, contact persons of Covid-19 patients, Covid-19 patients with mild symptoms of the disease, and Covid-19 patients after receiving inpatient treatment who still have symptoms, are offered support to isolate in tourist accommodation. Find out more!
Please note that during your time in quarantine or strict isolation, you must observe the epidemiological requirements for contact persons and Covid-19 patients specified at www.spkc.gov.lv!
When returning from a non-essential trip to a third country, a person must take a Covid-19 test in Latvia as soon as possible and at their own expense. Find out more!
In case of a positive test result, or if no test has been performed, the person must isolate in one of the hotels published on the LIAA website. In such cases, hotel costs must be covered by the traveller!
The requirement for self-isolation in a hotel is aimed at reducing the risk of introducing new strains of Covid-19 into Latvia!
In order to reduce the spread of Covid-19 in public transport, the previously established safety measures to be taken by carriers and observed by passengers will also remain in place after 7 April.
- It is mandatory for all passengers (including children from the age of 7) to wear a mouth and nose covering.
- Face masks must also be used in taxis.
- Mouth and nose coverings are not obligatory for children under the age of 7 and persons with mobility impairments or mental health disorders.
- Public transport must not be used by persons who have tested positive for Covid-19 or who have been identified as contact persons.
- Regular disinfection and ventilation of vehicles must be ensured.
- If a physical barrier from passengers cannot be provided, drivers must use a mouth and nose covering.
- If, due to the nature of the vehicle, it is not possible to control the entry and exit of passengers, seats in the vehicle shall be marked, ensuring the distance requirements.
- In the mornings and evenings, when there is a higher number of passengers, larger vehicles or an additional vehicle must be provided wherever possible.
Passengers are encouraged to evaluate the necessity to use public transport and to choose a time when there are fewer passengers, i.e., not during “peak” hours when people go to or from work.
All stores (with a total sales area under 7000 m2) outside shopping centres may operate on site. On-site sales are no longer restricted by the list of allowed goods. On-site sales must be carried out in strict compliance with epidemiological safety rules.
In large shopping centres (over 7000 m2), only specific service providers and shops are allowed to operate:
- the grocery stores where food is sold comprising not less than 70% of the assortment of goods;
- the stores where hygiene goods are sold in the amount of not less than 70% of the assortment of goods;
- computer, computer peripheral equipment, video game control panel, and standard software retail outlets are allowed to operate on site as specialised telecommunication equipment retail stores;
- pharmacies (including veterinary pharmacies);
- optical goods stores;
- pet food stores;
- flower stores;
- press outlets.
- service providers are allowed to operate (for example, dry cleaning, financial institutions, repair services, etc.),
- The delivery of goods that were purchased online is forbidden in shopping centres!
The organisation of street trade (fairs) is allowed, subject to compliance with the safe trade protocol for all outdoor trade. Find out more!