Informative page about the spread of Covid-19 in Latvia
Covid-19 Frequently Asked Questions and Answers
Subject to keeping a 2 metre distance between persons, gatherings are allowed for:
- up to 10 persons for private indoor events and up to 100 persons for private outdoor events;
- up to 500 persons for public indoor events, regardless of the size of the premises; however, no more than 50% of the total capacity of the premises may be exceeded and an area of 3 m2 must be provided per person. In addition, such indoor events may only take place with fixed and personalised seating;
- up to 1000 persons outdoors, ensuring that publicly available information about the maximum number of persons is provided at the venue or place where the provision of commercial service occurs
- it is forbidden to organise outdoor events with more than 300 participants who are planning to be moving actively (e.g. Nordic walking, running, marathons, etc.)
Up-to-date information on other restrictions effective from 17 October is available in the Covid-19 control measures section
Face masks must be worn:
- On public transport;
- In taxis by passengers and by the driver, if a special barrier, such as a separating wall, is not installed;
- At bus stations, railway stations, ports, and airports;
- In a shop, pharmacy, post office, gas station, and other indoor points of sale;
- In a museum, library, exhibition hall, concert hall, cinema and similar places, except for at events with personalized seating;
- In churches, except for during events with personalized seating;
- In medical institutions;
- When providing services indoors where a two-metre distance cannot be observed between people, a physically separating barrier is not installed, and a person stays for more than 15 minutes.
The using of a face mask does not substitute the distancing and disinfection requirements.
Wearing a face mask is not obligatory for:
- children under 13 years of age (from the age of 13, a mask must be used), because it is important to wear the mask properly;
- persons with specific medical conditions, for example, if a person has difficulty wearing a mask due to a movement disorder or if the person has a mental health disorder.
- Wash or disinfect your hands before putting it on and before removing it.
- The face mask must completely cover your face from the nose to the chin, fitting snugly (the nose must be covered).
- Do not touch the face mask or your face with unwashed hands.
- After having used the face mask, put it in a plastic bag rather than in your pocket or bag.
- If your face mask is made of fabric, wash it at a temperature of at least 60 °C after every use.
- Do not reuse disposable face masks! First place them in a plastic bag, and only then dispose of them.
- If the face mask gets wet, it must be replaced with a clean and dry one.
- The face mask must not be partially removed (for example, lowered on the chin or neck) and then reused.
- When removing the face mask, do not touch the front of it.
Persons who have returned to Latvia from so-called “red” and “yellow” countries (list of countries) must observe a 10-day self-isolation.
In turn, home quarantine must be observed for 10 days from the last time you had close contact with the patient.
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.
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 82,7 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”, 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 82,7 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).
Notification on changes is possible:
- by informing the police officer, who shall contact the person to make sure that self-isolation is observed;
- by sending a written confirmation to the e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org;
- by contacting the police station that serves the district, where the person is staying.