For persons who wish to arrive in Latvia
Last update 06.07.2020
Currently, the actions that people are required to take after returning from abroad depend on the morbidity rates in the country where they have been: if in the last 14 days you have been in an EU, EEA, or a separate country with a 14-day cumulative number of Covid-19 cases that exceeds 16 people per 100,000 inhabitants (see list here) or if you have spent time in a third country, you must observe self-isolation. If you are returning to Latvia from the EU, EEA, or a separate country where the above-mentioned indicator does not exceed 16 people, you are not required to observe self-isolation. However, if you transit through any “unsafe countries” on your route back from a “safe” country, then self-isolation must be observed; in order to avoid the need to observe self-isolation, you must choose a safer return route.
From 16 July, before entering Latvia, all passengers of international passenger carriers will have to submit a completed questionnaire to their carrier, indicating the countries that they have visited during the last 14 days, their contact information, and the address chosen for performing two weeks of self-isolation, as well as confirming their compliance with the national epidemiological safety measures. Information on passengers who have been in countries widely affected by Covid-19 will be passed on to the National Police for executing self-isolation control, and information on other passengers will be passed on to the Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, in order to allow them to promptly identify possible contact persons if necessary.
International passenger transport through airports, ports, by bus, and by rail is carried out to the countries published on the website of the Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, where the prevalence of the Covid-19 virus has been recorded as such that does not pose a serious risk to public health.
According to the Cabinet of Ministers Regulations “Epidemiological Safety Measures for Limiting the Spread of the Covid-19 Virus”, the movement of persons and vehicles through EU external border crossing points from/to countries published on the SKPC website where the prevalence of the Covid-19 virus has been recorded as such that poses a serious risk to public health is forbidden, except for freight transport. If, in the last 14 days, a person has been in one of the countries published on the Centre’s website that is subject to special precautionary and restrictive measures, the person must self-isolate at their place of residence or elsewhere for 14 days after having left that country.
Detailed travel alerts for individual countries are available here. The official information in the possession of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is published on the ministry’s website. This information may not be complete, as countries have the right to promptly determine changes in the conditions of entry and stay. Therefore, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs calls on people to clarify these issues at the diplomatic or consular representations of the particular foreign country.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs continues to invite people to be responsible and to carefully consider the need to go abroad, especially outside the Baltic States.
If, however, it is necessary to go abroad, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs invites everyone to:
- follow the recommendations of the SPKC and not travel to countries with high morbidity rates and to assess the need to travel to countries where these rates are average;
- carefully consider the need to travel abroad, for people with chronic illnesses and for seniors;
- always follow standard precautionary measures in all countries, i.e., keeping distance from other persons and observing proper hand hygiene;
- take into account that there is an increased risk of infection in crowded places, including at airports;
- before the trip, get acquainted with the requirements of airports and passenger carriers for limiting the spread of Covid-19 (mandatory face and mouth coverings, confirmation of a negative Covid-19 test, etc.);
- get acquainted with the information on entry restrictions that are in force in other countries;
- investigate options for returning.