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Covid 19

The number of passengers in vehicles must not exceed 50%.

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.

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.

Masks must be worn. 

Face masks may not be used on public transport by children under the age of 7 and persons with mobility impairments or mental health disorders.
Public transport must not be used by residents who have tested positive for Covid-19 or who have been identified as contact persons.

Transport and travel

Yes, masks must be worn because taxis are public transport. From 7 December, face masks must be worn by everyone - both the driver and passengers, including children from 7 years of age.
 

Transport and travel

  • Wash or disinfect your hands before putting it on and before removing it.
  • The face mask must completely cover your face from the nose to the chin, fitting snugly (the nose must be covered).
  • Do not touch the face mask or your face with unwashed hands.
  • After having used the face mask, put it in a plastic bag rather than in your pocket or bag.
  • If your face mask is made of fabric, wash it at a temperature of at least 60 °C after every use.
  • Do not reuse disposable face masks! First place them in a plastic bag, and only then dispose of them.
  • If the face mask gets wet, it must be replaced with a clean and dry one.
  • The face mask must not be partially removed (for example, lowered on the chin or neck) and then reused.
  • When removing the face mask, do not touch the front of it.

Watch this video on how to use a face mask correctly!

Transport and travel Health

For additional safety, medical staff, social care, and social rehabilitation staff; educational staff; and kindergarten staff who are in close daily contact with their respective patients, clients, or children will only be allowed to observe the shorter, ten-day self-isolation period after leaving a so-called red country if they test negative for Covid-19 on the eighth day after their return. If the worker does not get tested, he/she must observe the full 14-day self-isolation.

Health Education Transport and travel

It is allowed to enter Latvia, provided that the guidelines developed by the Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (SPKC) are being followed. When arriving from countries with a 14-day cumulative number of Covid-19 cases that is higher than 50 per 100,000 inhabitants, self-isolation must be observed for 10 days.

10-day self-isolation must be observed when entering Latvia from the countries listed in the “National COVID-19 morbidity rates” section of the SPKC website.

If a person is arriving from a “safe” country by transiting through an “unsafe country”, the person must observe self-isolation; in order to avoid self-isolation, a different return route must be chosen.

Transport and travel

When arriving from countries with a 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases that is higher than 50 per 100,000 inhabitants, self-isolation must be observed for 10 days. 10-day self-isolation must be observed when entering Latvia from the countries listed in the “National COVID-19 morbidity rates” section of the Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (SPKC) website.

From 15 January, passengers who intend to use international passenger transport services in order to arrive in Latvia by plane, bus or train will have to take a Covid-19 test 72 hours before their departure. Until 25 January, a negative Covid-19 test result of any kind may be presented upon arriving in Latvia. On 25 January and thereafter, only a negative result of a molecular PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test (done with nasal and throat swabs) will be accepted.

The carrier's services will only be available to passengers who will have tested negative. This requirement also applies to those who intend to arrive in Latvia by private vehicle. The result of the test will have to be indicated in the covidpass.lv questionnaire, which may be checked by the Latvian Border Guard and police representatives.

There are several exceptions when getting tested before entering Latvia is not required:

  • Children under 11 years of age
  • Employees and crew members of carriers; seafarers travelling to or from their duty station; transit passengers not leaving the controlled area of the aerodrome; members of the diplomatic corps
  • Getting tested is not required for border residents who cross the border on a daily basis for work, education, or similar needs and can provide proof of employment or education

After arriving from a country with a high incidence of Covid-19, a ten-day self-isolation is compulsory. Separate categories of persons – for example, medical staff and employees of educational institutions – must go into a 14-day self-isolation, which can end already on the 10th day.

Failure to comply with self-isolation at the place of work and during working hours
 

Exceptions shall be acceptable to those foreign inhabitants from risk countries, whose:

  • 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);
  • purpose of arrival in Latvia is participation in international sporting events.
Transport and travel

Yes. You should notify the State Police of the termination of self-isolation and should mandatorily use a mouth and nose mask on the road (both in public transport and at the airport and elsewhere).

Notification on changes is possible: 

  • by informing the police officer, who shall contact the person to make sure that self-isolation is observed;
  • by sending a written confirmation to the e-mail pasts@vp.gov.lv;
  • by contacting the police station that serves the district, where the person is staying. 
     
Transport and travel

From 15 January subject to strict epidemiological security controls, international passenger traffic is allowed to and from the European Union (EU) Member States and within the European Economic Area and to and from Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

The Ministry of Foreign urges everyone to refrain from travelling unless it is absolutely necessary. You can find more information on website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Transport and travel

Yes, but the medical institution should coordinate this with the Health Inspectorate. In Latvia, these persons will be able to continue the initiated therapy or receive health care services, the non-receipt of which could significantly affect the person's health status. Outside the treatment process, these persons must also observe 10 days of self-isolation.

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