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Self-isolation

Last update 23.07.2021

What is Self-isolation?

Self-isolation means isolating yourself from close contact with any person

Self-isolation is necessary in order to limit the spread of the Covid-19 disease, which in other countries is still occurring more rapidly than in Latvia. 

More detailed information is available on the website of the Centre for Disease Prevention and Control

WHO HAS TO COMPLY?
WHO DOES NOT HAVE TO SELF-ISOLATE?
  • Persons who have had Covid-19 in the last 6 months and have recovered from it and can provide proof with an EU digital certificate (via smart device or printed) or a certificate issued in the EU, EEA countries, Switzerland or the United Kingdom.
  • Persons who can provide proof with an EU digital certificate (via smart device or printed) or a certificate issued in the EU, EEA countries, Switzerland or the United Kingdom, stating that the person has received full vaccination (i.e. 15 days have elapsed since the completion of a full vaccination course) and what vaccine he/she were vaccinated with (exemption from self-isolation only applies to vaccines registered by the European Medicines Agency or equivalent regulators or recognised by the World Health Organisation).
  • Children under 12years of age (until 1 September 2021 - also other minors) travelling with adults who are exempt from the requirement of self-isolation. However, in such cases, children do not make close contacts with persons outside their household, do not attend public events, children's groups, do not use public transport for 10 days after leaving the high-risk country.
  • Employees of the transport and passenger service provider, crew members,
  • Air passengers who do not leave the aerodrome control area during their transit and stay there for up to 24 hours,
  • EU citizens and permanent residents declared in Valka municipality and Valga,
  • Citizens and permanent residents of the EU states who cross the Latvian land border with other EU countries on a daily basis, for example, due to employment or education.
HOW TO COMPLY?
  • Ensure self-isolation in your place of residence (during this time you must not go to work, public places, or any other places where a large number of people are present).
  • Avoid close contact with people.
  • Monitor your health closely for 10 days and measure your body temperature twice a day (if the situation becomes critical, call 113).
  • Wash and disinfect your hands.
  • Disinfect any surfaces you have touched.
  • Avoid touching any surfaces in public areas (e.g. door handles, elevator buttons).
  • Going outside is allowed (walking in nature), as long as you keep a distance of 2 meters from other people and avoid places where people congregate (such as shops).
  • Do not use public transport.
  • To purchase basic necessities or food, use home delivery services, avoiding contact with the delivery person, or ask your relatives to do your shopping for you and to leave the purchases at your door. If there are no other options and you have to go yourself, wear a face mask and observe a distance of 2 meters from the store's and pharmacy's patrons and employees. Visit the store and pharmacy during off-peak hours and observe strict hygiene measures. 
FOR HOW LONG?
  • For a period of 10 days from your return to Latvia, if no symptoms appear. 
  • The self-isolation time can be shortened if the test is repeated on day 7 and is negative.
IS SICK LEAVE POSSIBLE?
  • No!

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