Overview of entry restrictions and security measures
Last update 30.08.2021
The ban on non-essential travel, the requirement to take a Covid-19 test and go in self-isolation when entering Latvia has been lifted since 16 June, if a person can present a digital Covid-19 certificate confirming the completion of vaccination or recovery from the disease. For a transitional period until 1 September, it will be possible to present a document equivalent to a digital certificate in English or in the language of the country of departure either on paper or electronically (on a smart device).
|Entry from a low risk country (EU, EEA, Switzerland, UK, others)||Entry from a high risk country (EU, EEA, Switzerland, UK)||Entry from a high risk country (outside EU, EEA, Switzerland, UK)||Entry from a very high risk country (EU, EEA, Switzerland, UK, others)**|
|Vaccinated/recovered||Unessential travel:||Allowed||Allowed||Allowed||Not allowed|
|Test before travel:||Not needed****||Not needed****||Not needed****||Needed****|
|Test on entering Latvia:||Not needed||Not needed||Not needed||Needed|
|Self-isolation:||Not needed||Not needed||Not needed||Needed|
|Others||Unessential travel:||Allowed||Allowed||Not allowed||Not allowed|
|Test before travel:||Needed||Needed||Needed||Needed|
|Test on entering Latvia:||Not needed***||Not needed***||Needed||Needed|
*if returning from high risk countries (incidence rate higher than 75 cases per 100,000 in 14 days)
**very high morbidity or spread of a new strain of Covid-19; find out more on the SPKC website
***if a person has entered the country without a test, then a PCR test must be performed at the nearest testing point within 24 hours at his/her own expense by registering for the test online. Until the test result is received, the person stays at his/her place of residence or stay, or at one of the tourist accommodation places indicated in the LIAA list of tourist accommodation.
**** The following tests may be taken:
a PCR test 72 hours before boarding the carrier’s vehicle or entering Latvia, or
an antigen test taken not earlier than 48 hours before boarding the carrier’s vehicle or entering Latvia.
The fact of vaccination or recovery from disease is confirmed only by an interoperable EU certificate (electronically on a smart device or printed out) or a certificate of vaccination or disease issued in the EU, EEA countries, the Swiss Confederation or the United Kingdom. Proof of recovery is valid for 11 to 180 days from the onset of illness. If a person does not have such a certificate, the requirements applicable to unvaccinated or non-recovered persons shall apply.
The following are exempted from the requirements of confirming vaccination, recovery from the disease and testing:
- Children under 12 years 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.
From 1 September, persons from the United States, Commonwealth of Australia, the State of Israel, New Zealand and Canada who have been vaccinated against Covid-19 with a vaccine authorised with the European Medicines Agency or an equivalent regulator or recognised by the World Health Organization, or persons recovered from Covid-19 and holding a document certifying that can enter Latvia without additional restrictions. This certificate needs not be in the form of an interoperable digital Covid-19 certificate as issued in the European Union Member States.
From 12 July 2021, persons entering the Republic of Latvia through border crossing points Grebņeva, Terehova, Pāternieki, or Silene at the external land border who cannot present an interoperational EU certificate on vaccination, testing or recovery or, till 1 September 2021, other valid document issued in a European Union Member State, a European Economic Area country, the Swiss Confederation, or the United Kingdom and certifying that they have been vaccinated against, recovered from or tested for COVID-19 must immediately take a COVID-19 test at their own expense at the above-mentioned border crossing point.
This requirement does not apply to:
- children under 12 years of age;
- staff of diplomatic and consular missions, international organisation and their representations accredited in Latvia and their family members;
- persons arriving in Latvia at the invitation from the President of Latvia, the Saeima, the Cabinet of Ministers or members thereof, the Constitutional Court, the Supreme Court, the State Audit Office or a ministry;
- Latvian or foreign diplomatic couriers or ad hoc diplomatic couriers who present an official document specifying their status and the number of packages constituting their diplomatic pouch;
- holders of the diplomatic passport of the Republic of Latvia, technical staff accompanying them, officials and employees of the diplomatic and consular service in the performance of their official duties.
Find out more about travel on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs!
The regulations specify when a person is considered to be vaccinated against Covid-19:
- From the 15th day after being fully vaccinated with any other vaccine registered by the European Medicines Agency or an equivalent vaccine registered by a regulator or recognised by the World Health Organisation in accordance with the instructions for use of the vaccine:
- Comirnaty (Pfizer) (two doses required);
- Moderna (two doses required);
- Janssen (one dose required).
- From the 22nd day until the 90th day after receiving the 1st dose of the Vaxzevria (AstraZeneca)* vaccine:
- in order to also be considered vaccinated against Covid-19 three months after receiving the first dose, the person must have received a booster dose by the 90th day;
- after being vaccinated, the person continues to have the status of a vaccinated person, but if the booster dose is not received by the 90th day, the person can no longer be considered vaccinated.
*For travel purposes, two doses + 14 full days are required