Last update 31.03.2021
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.
Self-isolation means isolating yourself from close contact with any person; persons arriving from "unsafe" countries with a 14-day cumulative number of Covid-19 cases that exceeds 50 people per 100,000 inhabitants, as well as from countries other than the EU, EEA, or Switzerland (see list here), must observe self-isolation.
If a person is arriving from a “safe” country by transiting through an “unsafe country”, the person must also observe self-isolation; in order to avoid self-isolation, a different return route must be chosen.
Persons who had previously returned from "unsafe" country and have been observing self-isolation are not required to carry on with it and are allowed to only follow the social distancing rules and other epidemiological instructions, if the country excluded from the "unsafe" countries list.
More detailed information is available on the website of the Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.
WHO HAS TO COMPLY?
- Persons who have arrived from "unsafe" countries in the last 14 days - i.e., countries with a 14-day cumulative number of Covid-19 cases that exceeds 50 people per 100,000 inhabitants - as well as from countries other than the EU, EEA, or Switzerland. The list of countries is published on the website of the Centre for Disease Prevention and Control and is updated every Friday.
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 have guests.
- 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.
IS SICK LEAVE POSSIBLE?
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);
- arrival in Latvia is required for the organization of cultural services and public events (learn more);
- purpose of arrival in Latvia is participation in international sporting events (learn more).
Persons entering Latvia by air, land, etc., from a country that is not a member of the European Union or the European Economic Area, the Swiss Confederation, or the United Kingdom, must take an additional Covid-19 test at the nearest possible testing point upon their arrival in Latvia. Please note that taking the test is also obligatory for children and already vaccinated persons! This condition also applies to persons who enter Latvia via other EU Member States by land, sea, etc.
If the test is negative:
- the person must self-isolate for 10 days 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 the person cannot get tested, they must immediately self-isolate in one of the tourist accommodations from the LIAA list and remain there until they get tested.
If the test result is positive:
- the person must provide this information on the covidpass.lv site and immediately self-isolate (or continue isolation) in freely chosen Latvian tourist accommodation from the LIAA-administered list of tourist accommodations with the necessary safety protocols in place;
- the person is obliged to inform the tourist accommodation about their status as a person returning from a non-essential trip from a third country without having been tested or having tested positive.