For persons who wish to arrive in Latvia
Last update 14.04.2021
In order to reduce the entry of new, especially dangerous Covid-19 versions into Latvia, it is allowed to enter Latvia only for urgent and important reasons. Entry is allowed for work, learning and study purposes, as well as for humanitarian reasons - to reunite a family, to receive medical services, to accompany a minor, to return to one’s place of residence, or to go to a funeral.
In order to limit the risks of Covid-19 infection , from 11 February, persons from the European Union and European Economic Area countries, the Swiss Confederation and the United Kingdom via international passenger transport or private vehicle will be able to enter Latvia only in urgent cases:
- training, studies,
- family reunion,
- receiving medical services,
- escorting minors,
- return to permanent place of residence,
From 17 March, when returning from a non-essential trip from a third country, you must immediately take a Covid-19 test at the nearest available test point at your own expense.
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Everyone who enters Latvia using international passenger transport services will be required to present a negative result of a molecular PCR (polymerase chain reaction) Covid-19 test (done with nasal and throat swabs). The certificate must be issued no earlier than 72 hours before. Those who during last 3 month have recovered from Covid-19 must present a doctor’s note confirming that they have had Covid-19 and that currently they are not infectious.
- If a passenger is unable to present a valid certificate, they will be denied boarding.
- The certificate must be written in English, French, Russian or the official language of the country of departure.
- This requirement also applies to those who intend to arrive in Latvia by private vehicle.
- The result of the test will have to be indicated in the covidpass.lv questionnaire, which will be checked by the State Border Guard and police representatives.
- Employees of commercial transport companies do not have to get tested for Covid-19 when crossing the Latvian border to perform work duties or commute to and from the workplace. If, in the last 14 days, you have been in one of the countries published on the CDPC’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 after having left that country.
There are several exceptions when getting tested before entering Latvia is not required:
- Children under 11 years of age;
- Employees and crew members of carriers; seafarers travelling to or from their duty station; transit passengers not leaving the controlled area of the aerodrome; members of the diplomatic corps;
- Getting tested is not required for border residents who cross the border on a daily basis for work, education, or similar needs and can provide proof of employment or education.
From 15 February, persons transiting through Latvia will have to cross the country within 12 hours of submitting the arrival confirmation form on the covidpass.lv website.
The only exceptions are:
- employees of transport service providers and crew members of cargo or technical transport who must transit through the territory of the Republic of Latvia within 72 hours;
- passengers of international passenger transport who must transit through the territory of the Republic of Latvia within 48 hours;
- aircraft passengers who transit through the territory of the Republic of Latvia without leaving the controlled area of the aerodrome and who do not remain there for longer than 24 hours, provided that they can present confirmation of the transit flight;
- no time limit has been set for ship and aircraft crew members, as well as for seafarers who must get to or from their place of work on board a ship or an aircraft.
Third-country nationals with a temporary residence permit in Latvia cannot enter Latvia through the EU external border crossing points unless their purpose of entry corresponds to any of the purposes of entry listed in sub-paragraphs 37.1., 37.2., 37.3., 37.5., 37.6., 37.7., 37.8., 37.9., 37.10., 37.11., 37.12., 37.13. and 37.15. of Cabinet Regulation No 360 "Epidemiological Safety Measures to Limit the Spread of Covid-19 Infection". Information for travellers to Latvia on the provisions for preventing the spread of Covid-19 on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.
When planning to arrive in Latvia, the e-confirmation form on the Covidpass.lv website must be filled in at least 48 hours before entering Latvia:
- The form must indicate the person’s name, surname, personal identification number, contact telephone number and address of actual residence where they can be reached, as well as countries and departure dates where the person has stayed during the last 14 days before arrival to Latvia;
- After filling in the form, the person will receive a QR code on the website and in their e-mail. If the QR code is lost, it can be restored at covidpass.lv.
Currently, there are not many countries where only standard precautions must be observed. In most cases, a 10-day self-isolation must be observed upon arrival from abroad.
- When arriving from a country where the 14-day cumulative number of Covid-19 cases exceeds 50 people per 100,000 inhabitants (list available here) or if you have stayed in a third country, you must observe self-isolation in Latvia;
- When arriving from a country where the 14-day cumulative number of Covid-19 cases does not exceed 50 people per 100,000 inhabitants, self-isolation is not required. If on your way from a “safe” country you have transited through an “unsafe country”, you must observe self-isolation.
- If you are employed in a medical institution, social care institution, or educational establishment and are in direct contact with other people, you can get tested for Covid-19 on the 8th day after leaving the “unsafe” country. If you test negative, you will be able to return to work on-site on the 11th day after leaving the “unsafe” country. If you do not get tested, you will have to self-isolate for 14 days.
- International passenger transport through airports, ports, by bus and rail is performed to and from the European Union and the European Economic Area, the Swiss Confederation.
From 11 February to 25 February passenger transport to and from the United Kingdom, Ireland and Portugal will not take place.
If you are a foreigner whose arrival in Latvia is required for fulfilling the obligations of Latvian merchants:
- You may cross the external border of Latvia (in accordance with Sub-paragraph 37.6 of Cabinet Regulation No. 360 of 9 June 2020)
- During the performance of work duties, 10 days of self-isolation at the place of residence (home quarantine) may not be applied. List of professions of highly qualified employees
- In order for the qualifying employees to be able to enter Latvia from third countries and not have to observe the 10 days of self-isolation at the place of residence (home quarantine) during the performance of work duties, the Latvian merchant must submit a confirmation to LIAA by filling in one of the following questionnaires:
- Entry of foreigners into Latvia - for EU citizens
- Entry of foreigners into Latvia - for third country nationals
- Within 24 hours after crossing the border, the foreigner must get tested for Covid-19 in Latvia. Work duties may only be started after receiving a negative test result. If the foreigner resides in the Republic of Latvia for more than 5 days, then they must get tested for Covid-19 another time between the 5th and the 7th day after entering Latvia.
- All travellers entering Latvia must fill in the Covidpass confirmation form at https://covidpass.lv not earlier than 48 hours before crossing the Latvian border. The confirmation form must also be filled in if an exception on self-isolation has been applied from LIAA.
- When not on work duties, self-isolation at the place of residence is mandatory.
Additional information is available at LIAA Customer Service Department by calling +371 68803505 or writing to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information on the prevalence of Covid-19 and precautionary and preventive measures is available on the website of the Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.
Frequently Asked Questions relating to international passenger transport during Covid-19 is available on the website of the Ministry of Transport Republic of Latvia.