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After arrival in Latvia

What to do if you have returned in the last 10 days?

Last update 27.04.2021

When returning from a non-essential trip from countries outside Europe, you must immediately and at your own expense, get tested for Covid-19 at the nearest available test point. If this is not possible, immediately go to tourist accommodation from the LIAA list and stay there until you have been tested. These requirements are valid until 15 June.

Self-isolation is required:
  • If you have returned to Latvia from an "unsafe" country - i.e., a country where the 14-day cumulative number of Covid-19 cases exceeds 50 people per 100,000 inhabitants (see list here) - or from a country outside of the EU, EEA, or Switzerland
  • If you have arrived from a “safe” country by transiting through an “unsafe country” ( in order to avoid self-isolation, you must choose a different return route)

Self-isolation is not required if you are a Latvian national, permanent resident, or foreigner and, in the last 14 days, you have visited a country where the 14-day cumulative number of Covid-19 cases per 100,000 inhabitants does not exceed 50 people.The list of countries is published here and is updated every Friday.

You must observe self-isolation, proceeding as follows:
  • Fill in the questionnaire, confirming that you will comply with all of the precautionary measures and follow the restrictions in force;
  • Immediately go to the premises where you will be self-isolating. Avoid any direct or indirect physical contact with other people and monitor your health closely for the next 10 days to see if any symptoms of the virus appear.
  • Whether you experience any signs of an acute respiratory infection or not, apply for a test by calling 8303 or +37167334433 and get tested for Covid-19
  • If you experience any Covid-19 symptoms, immediately go to premises where you are completely isolated from other people and call 8303.
  • If you experience severe Covid-19 symptoms, call 113 immediately!
  • Under no circumstance should you go to a medical institution without notifying them via phone beforehand!
  • You must not use public transport for a period of 10 days after your return. 
  • You must not receive guests, go on private visits, or make direct contact with other people in any other way. Basic necessities and food must be purchased using home delivery services or with the help of relatives who then leave the purchases at your door;
  • If there are no other solutions and you have to go to the store yourself, you must do this during off-peak hours, wearing a face mask and keeping a distance of 2 meters from other people in the store.

More detailed information and instructions are available on the website of the Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.

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 fullfilment 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;
  • purpose of arrival in Latvia is participation in international sporting events. Find out more!

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