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Covid-19 control measures

Last update 13.05.2022

The table below summarises the key information on safety measures in Latvia from 1 April 2022 to reduce the spread of Covid-19.

Detailed information on safety measures is available in the of Cabinet Regulation No. 662 “Epidemiological Safety Measures for the Containment of the Spread of Covid-19 Infection”.

In order for the prevalence of Covid-19 to continue to decline rapidly, as the majority of safety measures are discontinued from 1 April, individual responsibility of each Latvian citizen to limit the spread of infection will increase significantly. Evaluate the risks and decide on the safest course of action! It is especially important for everyone to start and complete vaccination against Covid-19, as well as to receive a booster vaccine.

General safety measures - Everyone complies with the safety requirements of the specific place!
- Those infected with Covid-19 must comply with the isolation provisions!
- It is recommended to ventilate the premises, to ensure the availability of disinfectants.
Masks Medical masks or FFP2 respirators must be used:
- In medical institutions,
- In social care institutions.
Children under 7 years of age and persons with obvious movement and mental health problems may not wear masks or respirators in the areas listed above.
Service providers and employers have the right to determine the need to use medical masks or FFP2 respirators when assessing risks.
Work

- Persons without a vaccination or recovery certificate can perform the work on-site.
- The following persons must have a primary vaccination or recovery certificate:
    - Employees of medical institutions in direct contact with patients,
    - Employees of educational institutions in direct contact with learners.
- Employers only have the right, when assessing risks, to organise on-site work with a vaccination or recovery certificate, as well as to set other safety requirements, such as the use of masks or respirators, maintaining distance, gathering restrictions, testing, etc.
- Remote work is recommended.

Pre-school education, kindergartens - Employees in the educational process must have a primary vaccination or recovery certificate.
- Service providers, who provide day-to-day services in the educational institution and come into contact with learners, must have a primary vaccination or recovery certificate.
- The use of masks for employees may be determined by the head of educational institutions in agreement with the founder.
Primary and secondary education - Employees in the educational process must have a primary vaccination or recovery certificate.
- Service providers, who provide day-to-day services in the educational institution and come into contact with learners, must have a primary vaccination or recovery certificate.
- The use of masks may be determined by the head of educational institution in agreement with the founder.
- Testing is only performed in separate cases, such as if there are symptoms of the disease or if there is contact in the household with a Covid-19-infected person.
- The educational process can be carried out remotely if the infection spreads in the educational institution. 
Colleges and universities - Employees involved in the study process must have a vaccination or recovery certificate.
- The use of masks may be determined by the head of the educational institution in agreement with the founder.
- The study process can be carried out remotely if the infection spreads in the educational institution.
Sport - Sports service providers and event organisers (in cooperation with sports federations) have the right to set epidemiological safety requirements when assessing risks. 
Shopping and services - All points of sale are open to everyone without space restrictions or other safety requirements.
- All services are available to everyone without additional safety requirements.
- The service provider may decide on additional safety requirements.
Public transport

- Cabin is regularly ventilated, surfaces disinfected.

Culture, events, gatherings - All cultural sites are accessible to everyone without space restrictions and other safety requirements.
- There are no restrictions on organising events.
- There are no restrictions on the number of people gathering.
- Event organisers and service providers have the right to set epidemiological safety requirements when assessing risks.
Travelling
Entering Latvia - A vaccination or recovery certificate or a negative Covid-19 test is only required if the person enters Latvia from a particularly high-risk country. Information on particularly high-risk countries is published by the SPKC.
Travelling to other countries - Find out about the epidemiological safety requirements in the specific country before going abroad!

 

What is an epidemiologically safe environment?
A room or territory, location of a public or private event, service provision or workplace, where only fully vaccinated or recovered persons are present.

Who is considered a vaccinated person?

  • A person who has received a full vaccination course with any vaccine registered by the European Medicines Agency or an equivalent vaccine registered by a regulator or recognised by the World Health Organisation and 14 days have passed since the completion of vaccination course.
  • A person who has received mixed doses and 14 days have passed since the completion of vaccination course.
  • A person who has had a laboratory-confirmed positive Covid-19 test + has received 1 dose of the vaccine and 14 days have passed since the vaccination. Depending on the person's health condition, you can also be vaccinated with 2 doses of the vaccine. Digital certificate - on the 15th day after 1 dose.

Vaccination certificate for persons recovered from Covid-19

Persons who have recovered from Covid-19 can receive a vaccination certificate:

  • if after the infection confirmed by a positive PCR test result, they have received 1 of any of the 4 vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency (Comirnaty (Pfizer-Biontech), Spikevax (Moderna), Janssen or Vaxzveria (AstraZeneca))
  • and 14 days have passed since the vaccination, excluding the day of vaccination.