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!
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!
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.
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.
If this is not possible, they must immediately self-isolate in one of the tourist accommodations from the LIAA list and remain there until they get tested and receive the result.
Expenses for testing, transport, accommodation, and meals at the tourist accommodation must be covered by the traveller at their own expense! Find out more!
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.
- 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org;
- by contacting the police station that serves the district, where the person is staying.
If, before their arrival in Latvia, a person knows that their self-isolation time will be shorter than 10 days, this information can be indicated in the electronic confirmation form that must be filled out before travelling, available on the Covidpass.lv website.
Due to the spread of Covid-19, several countries have imposed travel restrictions. Please consider the need to travel carefully and get acquainted with information on entry restrictions in different countries and with other up-to-date information about the respective country via travel alerts or on the Re-open EU portal. If you are in need of more detailed information about the conditions of entry and stay, please contact the respective country’s representative office accredited in Latvia. Find out more!
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is calling for persons to avoid non-essential travel!