Informative page about the spread of Covid-19 in Latvia
Digital Covid-19 Certificate
Covid-19 Frequently Asked Questions and Answers
If a person has acquired the right to receive state-paid health services, then the vaccine will be available to them in accordance with the vaccination plan developed by the state.
State-paid vaccination is provided for:
- foreigners with a permanent residence permit in Latvia;
- stateless persons who have been granted this status in the Republic of Latvia;
- refugees or persons who have been granted alternative status;asylum seekers.
The ways to register for vaccination:
- www.manavakcina.lv (a Latvian state personal identification code is necessary; it is possible to authenticate on www.latvija.lv with internet banking or e-signature data);
- by calling the toll-free number 8989 (working hours 9.00-17.00 every day including weekends and holidays);
- by calling a specific vaccination facility.
- Adolescents aged 12-13 can apply for vaccination through their parents or other legal guardians at a medical institution, family doctor, or by calling 8989. The presence of a mother or father (or other legal guardian) is required during vaccination, as well as the following documents: for the legal guardian - passport or identity card, as well as a document certifying the child (entry regarding the child in the passport or birth certificate, or notarized power of attorney if necessary).
- Adolescents over the age of 14 can sign up on the website www.manavakcina.lv by themselves, where authentication takes place through latvija.lv. if the full version of Internet banking or Smart-ID is available, or by calling 8989, indicating one of the vaccination centres as the vaccination place. Upon arrival for vaccination, the teenager must bring an identity document - passport or ID; if the young person does not have a passport or ID, they must go to the vaccination together with a legal representative.
A list of addresses and contact information of medical institutions and GP practices that vaccinate against Covid-19 is available on this map. The information on the map is subject to change and is updated regularly as the involvement of GPs in the vaccination process is gradual.
If you have symptoms, you can take a Covid-19 test for free and with a doctor’s referral
If symptoms of the illness occur (signs of acute respiratory infection, fever, olfactory disturbances, loss of taste, etc.), you can take the Covid-19 test for free and with a doctor's referral (outside the GP's working hours if the patient has signs of acute respiratory disease or other signs of Covid-19 infection without a referral from a doctor, doctor's practice or medical facility).
Until 1 August 2021, the Covid-19 test will be paid for from the state budget. It is envisaged that after this date the person will have to pay for the test with his or her own resources if this is necessary to receive the services. For children under the age of 18, the Covid-19 test will be paid for from the state budget until 1 September 2021.
Book a visit to a Covid-19 testing site by calling:
- the phone number for centralised Covid-19 testing - 8303
- Central Laboratory - 8330
- E. Gulbja Laboratory - 67801112
- MFD Laboratory - 8313
- NMS Laboratory - 67144015
- State Scientific Institute "BIOR" - 28369560
- IvF RIGA Holding laboratory - 25444405
- The contact list and opening hours of Covid-19 testing points are also available on the on the National Health Service website.
Book a visit to a Covid-19 testing site electronically:
The regulations specify when a person is considered to be vaccinated against Covid-19:
- 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.
- 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).
*For travel purposes, two doses + 14 full days are required
From 21 July, people who have recovered from Covid-19 will be able to obtain a vaccination certificate after receiving one dose out of two dose Covid-19 vaccine within 180 days after a laboratory-confirmed positive Covid-19 test.
All precautionary measures should be continued also after vaccination against Covid-19. Covid-19 vaccines are a safe protection against the symptomatic disease of Covid-19, but the effect of these vaccines on the transmission of the virus to the public or the ability of asymptomatic virus shedding is unknown. This means that a person who has been vaccinated may not have symptoms of Covid-19, but he or she may continue to carry the virus and endanger other people who have not yet been vaccinated. Transmission studies may continue until a higher proportion of people vaccinated with Covid-19 are reached.
Most of the time, already known possible vaccination reactions are reported in Latvia, i.e., the expected side effects indicated in the instructions for use of the vaccine.
To protect against the coronavirus, Covid-19 vaccines stimulate the immune system of the vaccinated person, as a result of which some persons, due to the nature of their body, may experience some of the expected reactions or side effects:
reaction at the place of injection (redness, swelling and pain at the injection site),
chills and fatigue.
According to the reports, these side effects usually disappear within a few days. Similar vaccine-induced reactions are also observed after vaccination with other vaccines.
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.
- The ban on non-essential travel to Latvia for vaccinated and recovered persons, the requirement to perform a test before and after the trip, as well as the requirement for self-isolation remain only when traveling from countries where there is a particularly high risk to public health.
- Persons without Covid-19 certificate (non-vaccinated, not recovered from the illness, without a negative test) are allowed to perform non-essential travel from the EU, EEA, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and low-risk third countries, but non-vaccinated persons must be tested before travel and self-isolate upon arrival. When returning from high-risk third countries, these persons must additionally perform a test after arrival in 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 recovery 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.
Learn more about travel conditions in the section "Overview of entry restrictions and security measures".
Detailed travel alerts for individual countries are available here. This information may not be complete, as countries have the right to promptly determine changes in the conditions of entry and stay. Therefore, it is always desirable to clarify these issues at the diplomatic or consular representations of the particular foreign country.
We invite you to be aware of the risks associated with going abroad in a pandemic situation!
It is advisable that only employees whose duties cannot be performed remotely due to the nature of their work are allowed to work on site.
If, due to the nature of the work, employees must work on site, the employer is obliged to:
- set up measures for limiting the spread of Covid-19 in the workplace,
- appoint a responsible person for the implementation of these measures,
- provide employees with the necessary personal protective equipment,
- inform employees about the measures implemented in the workplace to control the spread of Covid-19.
To reduce the risk of being infected with Covid-19, please adhere to the following principles:
- ensure that there is only one employee in the office at a time,
- a larger area per employee must be provided in open-plan offices,
- if the office is large and several employees work there, ensure the greatest possible distance between the employees, ensuring the installation of protective barriers to the extent possible,
- if it is not possible to comply with the above-mentioned conditions, a work schedule must be developed, for example, determining which employees (officials) are to come to work on site every other day. The head of the institution must evaluate the most suitable solution for the organisation’s work processes in order to minimize contact between employees.
The virus spreads through saliva and nasal secretions of an infected person:
- Through direct contact with an infected person
- With tiny drops arising from speaking, sneezing or coughing.
- By touching surfaces and articles contaminated with respiratory secreations.
Preventative measures for Covid-19 are similar to those which would be used in the case of other infections of the upper respiratory system. Engage in frequent hand-washing, especially after coming into proximity with people who are ill or with people in their circle of contacts. When coughing or sneezing, be sure to dispose of kleenex (facial tissues) after a single use, and then wash your hands. To avoid falling ill with Covid-19, carefully observe social-distancing: that means placing two metres in between yourself and the next person and to stay away from places where lots of people are congregating, and, as much as possible, to stay home and do your work at a distance (telework). Wear a mask!