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.
Residents may also get tested for Covid-19 without a doctor's referral if they have symptoms of the disease (signs of an acute respiratory infection, fever, olfactory disturbances, loss of taste, etc.). 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:
- Riga Eastern Clinical University Hospital website,
- E. Gulbja Laboratory website,
- Central Laboratory website,
- On the MFD Healthcare Group website,
- On the State Scientific Institute "BIOR" website.
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.
Epidemiological safety requirements should continue to be met after vaccination against Covid-19, but there are various benefits for vaccinated persons and persons recovered from Covid-19 in regards to travelling, attending events, receiving services and having more opportunities to gather outside without adhering to general safety requirements.
We would like to remind you that 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 will continue until a higher proportion of people vaccinated with Covid-19 is 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!
The symptoms of the disease manifest themselves in different ways in different people; however, the most common symptoms include high temperature (fever), fatigue, and dry cough. Other symptoms include shortness of breath (possible tightness in the chest), muscle pain, sore throat, neck pain, and in rare cases diarrhoea, nausea, and runny nose. These symptoms are usually mild and develop gradually. There are cases of people getting infected and not showing any signs of the disease.
If you experience these symptoms:
- immediately stop any physical contact with healthy people (quarantine);
- contact your GP for treatment and testing advice;
- if you have a very high temperature, a severe cough, and difficulty breathing, call 113 immediately.
People who have received a laboratory confirmation of the Covid-19 diagnosis and whose health condition permits them to receive treatment at home, must stay in strict self-isolation. This is defined by the physician and CDPC epidemiologists. During this time:
- until recovery the person may obtain a sick-leave certificate, they must be in daily communication with their general practitioner and other medical personnel and abide by their instructions.
- they may not leave their residence and must be available for communication and cooperation with their general practitioner and other medical personnel and must strictly abide by the instructions given;
- isolation can only be broken upon permission of the treating physician;
- until then no guests may be hosted, and all direct contact with others must be avoided, stores must not be visited;
- Covid-19 patients must purchase basic necessities and food by home delivery or with the help of friends and family. If needed, they may request support from the municipal social services, but avoiding direct contact with the social worker;
- A face mask must be worn, if there are other residents in the household;
- Any medication may only be taken upon approval from the treating physician;
- In case of deterioration of the condition, contact your general practitioner or call 113.
- Family members must adhere to instructions for contact persons.
- Failure to comply with established restrictions may carry a penalty and the police may verify compliance with restrictions.
Treatment depends on the symptoms, manifestation, and severity of the disease, and it is aimed at preventing health problems caused by the disease, reducing the symptoms, and, in severe cases, maintaining the body’s functions. The symptoms may last for a few days and the patient should start feeling better after about 7 days.
- Depending on the severity of the disease, treatment can take place at home or in a medical facility. Strict isolation must be observed during treatment! It is not permitted to leave the place of treatment, residence, or stay, unless the person needs medical assistance in accordance with a doctor’s prescription.
- If symptoms become severe (very high temperature, fever, severe cough, shortness of breath), the State Emergency Medical Service must be called immediately at 113! In this circumstance, it is forbidden to go to a medical institution without notifying them via phone beforehand.
- The decision about a Covid-19 patient’s recovery and discontinuation of isolation is made by a physician.
- Covid-19 patients have access to state-funded rehabilitation, which is based on breathing exercises, as well as recovery of strength for daily activities after particularly severe cases.
In order to limit the further spread of Covid-19, it is important to take appropriate action and provide accurate information to epidemiologists.
If there is a possibility that you have been in close contact with an infected person you must, without any delay:
- restrict contact with others;
- stay at home, monitoring your health;
- An epidemiologist shall contact the contact person after interviewing the infected person.
Persons who share a household with a contact person are allowed to continue their daily activities, however, they are advised to agree with their employer on working remotely as much as possible until the situation is clarified and it is recommended for them to keep monitoring their health. Find out more about submitting samples for Covid-19 testing here!
In some cases, when an infected person is part of a group (for example, at work, nursery, school, etc.), it can be the administration of the institution that informs the contact persons determined by the epidemiologists about the next steps to take, and the SPKC will contact the GPs of these contact persons. The GPs of the contact persons determined by the epidemiologists can issue a medical certificate for the period to spend in home quarantine.
The list of medical institutions that provide outpatient health care services to Covid-19 patients and their contact persons is available on the website of the National Health Service website in the section “Procedures for Receiving Medical Services”. The list of institutions is subject to change, please follow the current information on the National Health Service website.
- 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.
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.
Yes, masks must be worn because taxis are public transport. Face masks must be worn by everyone - both the driver and passengers, including children from 7 years of age.
Libraries and archives are gradually reopening in line with epidemiologically safe operation guidelines:
- Libraries and archives may provide services to individual visitors or members of one household.
- Wearing face masks is obligatory!
- Visitors must observe a 2-metre distance between persons, except for persons sharing the same household.
- A one-way flow of visitors must be organised.
- Libraries and archives will also be able to provide services to visitors in reading rooms; libraries with outdoor reading zones will continue providing this service in the fresh air.
- One visitor (1 person or members of 1 household) must be provided with at least 25 m2 of space in publicly available indoor reading rooms, and at least 10 m2 in outdoor reading rooms.
- Borrowing books is allowed.
- Items received from readers are “quarantined” for 72 hours.
- Libraries are also continuing to provide online services and consultations.
- Information must be placed in a clearly visible place at the entrance of the library, including in foreign languages, regarding the maximum number of people allowed in the library at the same time.
Museums and museum-related art and history exhibition sites are gradually reopening in line with guidelines for epidemiologically safe operation:
- accommodate individual visitors or one household.
- wearing face masks is obligatory,
- visitors must keep a 2-metre distance between persons, except for persons sharing the same household,
- at least 25 m2 of the indoor premises must be ensured per person,
- outdoors, at least 10 m2 of publicly accessible area must be ensured per person,
- booking visits in advance and purchasing tickets remotely is strongly advised, if possible,
- information must be placed in a clearly visible place at the entrance of the cultural place, including in foreign languages, regarding the maximum number of people allowed at the same time,
- open-air trails and outdoor museum expositions are open to visitors:
- face masks must be worn by all visitors over the age of 7 when on nature trails, in outdoor museum spaces, and near environmental and natural sites that are visited by a large number of people!
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 email@example.com;
- by contacting the police station that serves the district, where the person is staying.
If, before their arrival in Latvia, a person knows that their self-isolation time will be shorter than 10 days, this information can be indicated in the electronic confirmation form that must be filled out before travelling, available on the Covidpass.lv website.
Initially, the most effective action is to draw the attention of employees or security guards of the place in question to the need to comply with the requirements. If this fails, you should contact the management of the place in question.
Compliance with the established restrictions is monitored by the State Police and if the situation cannot be resolved you must call the police at 110. If you happen to discern disinformation on Covid-19, warn and inform the people in your circle including in the digital environment.
When the disinformation appears in social media, use the opportunities and options offered by a particular platform to report the incident to administrators. The State Police (Valsts policija) in Latvia monitor and control the spread of disinformation.