Informative page about the spread of Covid-19 in Latvia
Covid-19 Frequently Asked Questions and Answers
In order to limit the risks of the spread of Covid-19, persons will only be allowed to enter Latvia in urgent cases:
- training, studies,
- family reunion,
- receiving medical services,
- escorting minors,
- returning to a permanent place of residence,
Only certain categories of persons may enter Latvia through the external EU border crossing points; the categories are listed in Paragraph 37 of Cabinet Regulation No.360 “Epidemiological Safety Measures for the Containment of the Spread of Covid-19 Infection”. A 10-day self-isolation must be observed upon a person’s arrival in Latvia from abroad. If, in the last 14 days, the person has been in a country other than the EU, the EEA, Switzerland, or the United Kingdom, then a second test must be taken immediately upon their arrival in Latvia.
To enter Latvia, only a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test is accepted.
Upon arrival from a third country, a repeated Covid-19 test must be taken - this time any type of test is accepted. For faster results, we recommend taking a PCR test or a SARS-CoV-2 rapid antigen test. Find out more!
Phone number for centralised Covid-19 testing - 8303. Please note that you can also use the contact-free sample submitting machines! Find out more!
Upon entering Latvia from an EU or EEA country, the Swiss Confederation, or the United Kingdom, getting tested is not obligatory for:
- children under 11 years of age;
- employees and crew members of carriers; seafarers travelling to or from their duty station; members of the diplomatic corps;
border residents who cross the border on a daily basis for work, education, or similar needs and can provide proof of employment or education.
Exceptions for travel from high-risk countries and for self-isolation are allowed in cases when:
- the person’s 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). Find out more!
- the person’s purpose of arrival in Latvia is participation in international sporting events. Find out more!
More information about travellers from third countries who are not subject to mandatory testing is available here!
Find out more about the actions that must be taken when entering Latvia in the “If returning to / entering Latvia” section of the SPKC website.
If, in the last 14 days, you have been in one of the countries published on the SPKC’s website that is subject to special precautionary and restrictive measures, you must self-isolate at your place of residence or elsewhere for 10 days!
Before arriving in Latvia:
a Covid-19 test must be taken, the negative result of which must be presented upon boarding. The certificate must be issued within the last 72 hours!
Within 48 hours before your arrival, you must fill in the electronic form on the Covidpass.lv website, indicating the result of your test and the purpose of your arrival.
In case of a positive test result, you may only arrive in Latvia by private vehicle, however, take into account that, on your way to Latvia, you may also have to face the entry restrictions set by other countries when transiting. Detailed travel alerts for individual countries are available here.
If, in the last 14 days, the person has been in a country other than the EU, the EEA, Switzerland, or the United Kingdom, then a second test must be taken immediately upon their arrival in Latvia, and a 10-day self-isolation must be observed at their place of residence! In case of a positive test result, or if no test has been performed, the person must isolate in one of the hotels published on the LIAA website. Test and hotel costs must be covered by the traveller!
Yes! With the end of the state of emergency, changes in the regulations of epidemiological safety measures have come into force. Restrictions must still be observed as both morbidity rates and the number of Covid-19 patients in hospitals are still high. The Saeima, the national legislature, has delegated the power to the Cabinet of Ministers to continue to impose measures restricting the rights of persons for the purposes of epidemiological safety, without announcing a special legal regime, by adopting the Law on the Management of the Spread of Covid-19 Infection.
Thus, part of the existing safety measures have been transferred to Cabinet Regulation No. 360 “Epidemiological Safety Measures for the Containment of the Spread of Covid-19 Infection” with amendments that entered into force on 7 April.
Please note that a large number of Covid-19 patients don’t know where they got infected, so it is crucial that you comply with the safety measures.
Please continue to use the option to work remotely, if the specifics of your work allow it, and do not exceed two households when meeting others outside!
If a person is required to be quarantined or to observe a strict isolation, this can be done at home, in a hospital, or in a special place for the purpose.
To apply for self isolation or quarantine in a hotel:
- choose a tourist accommodation on the LIAA website;
- contact the tourist accommodation and make a reservation based on a doctor’s statement/extract or a note on the e-health portal (printout or screenshot).
In this case, contact persons of Covid-19 patients, Covid-19 patients with mild symptoms of the disease, and Covid-19 patients after receiving inpatient treatment who still have symptoms, are offered support to isolate in tourist accommodation. Find out more!
Please note that during your time in quarantine or strict isolation, you must observe the epidemiological requirements for contact persons and Covid-19 patients specified at www.spkc.gov.lv!
When returning from a non-essential trip to a third country, a person must take a Covid-19 test in Latvia as soon as possible and at their own expense. Find out more!
In case of a positive test result, or if no test has been performed, the person must isolate in one of the hotels published on the LIAA website. In such cases, hotel costs must be covered by the traveller!
The requirement for self-isolation in a hotel is aimed at reducing the risk of introducing new strains of Covid-19 into Latvia!
From 7 May, in accordance with the established epidemiological safety requirements, it is permitted to provide public catering services outdoors and on terraces. It is forbidden to provide the service in closed-type pavilions, tents, etc.
The following conditions must be met in public catering establishments:
no more than four adults, excluding minors (i.e., under the age of 18), from no more than two households, but no more than 10 persons in total (i.e., adults and children) are present at the same table;
a distance of at least two metres is ensured between the persons sitting at different tables, if no partition wall is in place between the tables;
cutlery, sets of dishes, and napkins must be individually issued to every visitor;
tables must be disinfected after every meal (after every visitor);
at the place of public catering, staff and visitors must use mouth and nose coverings during their time there, except when sitting at a table;
on-site public catering establishments open their outdoor premises no earlier than 6.00 and end work no later than 21.00;
after 21.00, food may only be served as take-away;
there must be a designated person who organises the implementation of the established epidemiological safety measures;
clearly legible publicly available information, including in foreign languages, must be displayed in places visible to visitors on the maximum number of persons and with the contact details of the designated person and the municipal police.
In order to reduce the spread of Covid-19 in public transport, the previously established safety measures to be taken by carriers and observed by passengers will also remain in place after 7 April.
- It is mandatory for all passengers (including children from the age of 7) to wear a mouth and nose covering.
- Face masks must also be used in taxis.
- Mouth and nose coverings are not obligatory for children under the age of 7 and persons with mobility impairments or mental health disorders.
- Public transport must not be used by persons who have tested positive for Covid-19 or who have been identified as contact persons.
- Regular disinfection and ventilation of vehicles must be ensured.
- If a physical barrier from passengers cannot be provided, drivers must use a mouth and nose covering.
- If, due to the nature of the vehicle, it is not possible to control the entry and exit of passengers, seats in the vehicle shall be marked, ensuring the distance requirements.
- In the mornings and evenings, when there is a higher number of passengers, larger vehicles or an additional vehicle must be provided wherever possible.
Passengers are encouraged to evaluate the necessity to use public transport and to choose a time when there are fewer passengers, i.e., not during “peak” hours when people go to or from work.