Informative page about the spread of Covid-19 in Latvia
Covid-19 Frequently Asked Questions and Answers
Yes! Persons who have returned to Latvia from so-called “red” and “yellow” countries (list of countries) must observe a 10-day self-isolation. This requirement does not apply to persons in home quarantine, the length of which remains at 14 days.
For additional safety, medical staff, social care, and social rehabilitation staff; educational staff; and kindergarten staff who are in close daily contact with their respective patients, clients, or children will only be allowed to observe the shorter, ten-day self-isolation period after leaving a so-called red country if they test negative for Covid-19 on the eighth day after their return. If the worker does not get tested, he/she must observe the full 14-day self-isolation.
Due to the increase in the incidence of Covid-19, self-isolation will have to be observed when entering Latvia from Estonia. This regulation takes effect from 00:00 on 12 September.
The Ministry of Health reminds you about the special conditions previously approved by the Cabinet of Ministers for residents of border areas who cross the Latvian-Estonian border on a daily basis for work or study purposes.
These persons will be allowed to continue to freely go to Estonia on a daily basis, as well as return to Latvia in the following cases:
- to perform work duties in Estonia (if a document certifying the fact of employment can be presented);
- to receive child supervision services or to attend a pre-school educational institution (if a certificate issued by the service provider or the educational institution can be presented);
- to visit educational institutions, as well as interest education groups (if a statement issued by the educational institution can be presented);
- to accompany persons with special needs to an educational institution, such as schools and kindergartens, as well as interest education (if a certificate issued to the person by the institution can be presented);
- to receive healthcare services prescribed by a doctor that are not available in the territory of Latvia.
Persons will also be able to cross the state border if it is necessary to organise or attend a funeral.
In turn, when returning to Latvia, for example, in the evening after performing work duties in Estonia, these persons should observe the following additional security principles:
- avoid exposing others to the risk of infection, which means not hosting guests, arranging and attending private meetings, visiting social and public places and crowded places. Exceptions are, for example, the workplace or situations related to the above-mentioned cases for crossing the border;
- when performing work duties or providing a service, the prescribed precautions should be observed;
- mouth and nose covers should be used when staying in public places;
- if any signs of respiratory infection develop, self-isolation should be provided immediately and a physician should be consulted.
Special regulations apply to the residents of the Valka and Valga border towns. In order not to significantly disrupt the daily lives of Valka and Valga residents from receiving daily services, as well as not to restrict business in the territory of these cities, the Cabinet of Ministers has decided that inhabitants of the Valka and Valga municipalities will be allowed to ignore self-isolation if they cross the land border of the Republic of Latvia with the Republic of Estonia. The special regulations apply to persons declared as residents of this territory. However, when arriving to Valka from another region of Estonia, such as Tallinn, self-isolation is obligatory.
It is allowed to enter Latvia, provided that the guidelines developed by the Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (SPKC) are being followed. When arriving from countries with a 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases that is higher than 16 per 100,000 inhabitants, self-isolation must be observed for 10 days.
10-day self-isolation must be observed when entering Latvia from the countries listed in the “National COVID-19 morbidity rates” section of the SPKC website.
If a person is arriving from a “safe” country by transiting through an “unsafe country” (for example, arriving from Norway via Sweden), the person must observe self-isolation; in order to avoid self-isolation, a different return route must be chosen.
Self-isolation means staying in the place of self-isolation without exposing other persons to the risk of infection and without making direct contact with others (not receiving guests, not visiting anyone, not going to work or public places where many people may be present, except for going to the shop or getting to the place of residence or of self-isolation immediately after arriving in Latvia, using a mouth and nose covering).
When arriving from countries with a 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases that is higher than 16 per 100,000 inhabitants, self-isolation must be observed for 10 days. 10-day self-isolation must be observed when entering Latvia from the countries listed in the “National COVID-19 morbidity rates” section of the Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (SPKC) website.
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 (if applicable), 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.
Failure to comply with self-isolation at the place of work and during working hours
Exceptions shall be acceptable to those foreign inhabitants from risk countries, whose:
- arrival in Latvia is required for fulfilment of the liabilities of Latvian merchants (these persons may not be subject to self-isolation during the time and at the place of performance of work duties);
- arrival in Latvia is required for the organization of cultural services and public events;
- purpose of arrival in Latvia is participation in international sporting events.
Yes. You should notify the State Police of the termination of self-isolation and should mandatorily use a mouth and nose mask on the road (both in public transport and at the airport and elsewhere).
Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (SPKC) has developed guidelines for travellers. It is not recommended to go to countries with a 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases higher than 25 per 100,000 inhabitants. It is recommended to assess the need for travel to countries where the 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases exceeds 16.
Information on national cumulative indicators as well as travel recommendations can be found on the SPKC website in the “National COVID-19 morbidity rates” section.