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!
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.
All stores (with a total sales area under 7000 m2) outside shopping centres may operate on site. On-site sales are no longer restricted by the list of allowed goods. On-site sales must be carried out in strict compliance with epidemiological safety rules.
In large shopping centres (over 7000 m2), only specific service providers and shops are allowed to operate:
- the grocery stores where food is sold comprising not less than 70% of the assortment of goods;
- the stores where hygiene goods are sold in the amount of not less than 70% of the assortment of goods;
- computer, computer peripheral equipment, video game control panel, and standard software retail outlets are allowed to operate on site as specialised telecommunication equipment retail stores;
- pharmacies (including veterinary pharmacies);
- optical goods stores;
- pet food stores;
- flower stores;
- press outlets.
- service providers are allowed to operate (for example, dry cleaning, financial institutions, repair services, etc.),
- The delivery of goods that were purchased online is forbidden in shopping centres!
The organisation of street trade (fairs) is allowed, subject to compliance with the safe trade protocol for all outdoor trade. Find out more!
In municipalities where the two-week morbidity rate does not exceed 200 people per 100,000 inhabitants, on-site education, subject to strict epidemiological safety requirements, is allowed for:
- pupils in grades 1-6,
- pupils in vocational schools who are required to obtain a vocational education and qualification at a primary or secondary level,
- pupils in grades 7-11(on a rotating basis so that the classes in the educational institution do not overlap).
The education process for pupils in grade 12 is allowed throughout Latvia (no more than two days a week in subjects where centralised exams are planned).
Throughout Latvia, individual face-to-face consultations, subject to strict epidemiological safety requirements, are available for certain groups of learners. On-site consultations only take place at the individual invitation of the teacher. The consultation time cannot exceed 40 minutes! Find out more!
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.
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.
If this is not possible, they must immediately self-isolate in one of the tourist accommodations from the LIAA list and remain there until they get tested and receive the result.
Expenses for testing, transport, accommodation, and meals at the tourist accommodation must be covered by the traveller at their own expense! Find out more!
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.
Yes, in order to mitigate the negative effects of the restrictive measures imposed during the Covid-19 pandemic, support is offered to the most socially vulnerable groups. After the end of the state of emergency, the following types of support mechanisms are still available:
- crisis benefit,
- downtime allowance (with the possibility to receive an additional 50 euros for each dependent child under the age of 24),
- sickness benefit,
- support for parental benefit recipients,
- support for people with disabilities,
- support for the unemployed,
- support for self-isolation in tourist accommodation.
There are no restrictions on attending kindergartens, subject to strict epidemiological requirements:
- different groups of children are not allowed to be in the same room simultaneously;
- it is not allowed to create one group, uniting children from different groups;
- pre-school teachers are not subject to the restrictions for employees of state and municipality institutions regarding the performance of on-site work;
- kindergarten staff must get tested for Covid-19 regularly.
The following safety requirements must be observed at points of street trade (fairs):
- visitors and merchants must wear mouth and nose coverings;
- up to 20 points of sale are allowed;
- the trade fair territory must be physically demarcated;
- no entertainment events (thematic festivals, attractions) take place during the organisation of street trade.
In order to overcome the difficulties caused by the Covid-19 crisis, the following types of support are available for affected entrepreneurs and employees:
working capital grant for companies affected by the crisis, intended for compensating the decrease in working capital flow,
salary subsidy allowance for part-time employees,
support for self-employed persons and patent payers,
support for business rent payments,
bank support for entrepreneurs,
support from the State Revenue Service,
support from the ALTUM financial institution,
support from the Investment and Development Agency of Latvia.
Find out more about the different support options here!
The answer was edited on 07.04.2021.
As part of the ongoing Covid-19 vaccination process, a new priority group has been announced by an order of the Ministry of Health - persons with chronic diseases. This means that both GPs and healthcare facilities can gradually start vaccinating people with chronic illnesses, depending on the number of vaccines available.
Health conditions that are proven to have a high, or very high, risk of health problems or complications resulting from Covid-19:
- chronic respiratory disease;
- chronic cardiovascular disease;
- chronic kidney disease;
- chronic liver disease;
- chronic nervous system disease;
- severe mental illness.
The decision to vaccinate a patient against Covid-19 is made by a doctor, assessing the benefits and risks on a case-by-case basis, taking into account the chronic disease or diseases diagnosed, the condition and its level of compensation, general health and well-being, age, social, and other factors. Find out more on the SPKC website!
In order to effectively plan the workload and capacity of vaccination points, inhabitants of Latvia can register for getting the Covid-19 vaccine in four ways:
- on the website www.manavakcina.lv,
- by calling the toll-free 8989 number (citizens must identify themselves with their personal identification number and name/surname and provide their telephone number and/or e-mail address),
- employers will be able to submit lists of their employees (people are still invited to apply individually without waiting for their employer to make an application),
- with the help of a GP.
Persons in priority groups will receive the vaccine first. The rest of the applications received within one calendar month will be processed equally, and on a random basis.
In order to reduce the gathering of people indoors, thus limiting the spread of Covid-19 in the community, the provision of the following services is prohibited:
beauty care, piercing, and tattoo services (manicure, pedicure, podiatrist, and hairdresser services are allowed),
indoor sports equipment rental,
on-site photo services (except for the performance of work duties and production of photographs for documents, individual outdoor photo services are allowed),
entertainment and well-being services (including bars, nightclubs, discos, water parks, saunas, spas, skating rinks, game halls, children’s party venues, entertainment and amusement centres, trampoline parks, children’s playrooms, day-care rooms (including in shopping centres)),
indoor sports club activities,
indoor operation of cultural and exhibition venues, incl. in libraries (except for open-air areas of museums, which can work to ensure one-way movement of visitors, non-meeting of human flows, and maintain a two meters distance),
on-site catering services (except for takeaway food and on-site catering in production companies, educational establishments where it is necessary to ensure that the place of catering is not publicly accessible, flows of groups of persons not meeting on daily basis do not overlap,
only one person is present at one table during the catering, a distance of two meters is maintained between tables).
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.
If the provision of the service is not possible without the purchase of goods, for example, the purchase and installation of new tyres or car parts in a car repair shop, then the sale of goods is allowed.
Distance sales and e-commerce of any goods are allowed - the purchase of goods with a distance agreement, delivery at home and via parcel machines, as well as the delivery and receipt of goods in stores is allowed, adhering to safety preconditions.
Receiving goods that were purchased online is forbidden in shopping centres!
Yes, public catering places can operate on any day, providing take-away meals. Alcohol may also be sold for take-away in catering establishments. The purpose of safety measures is to prevent crowds and gathering.
The purpose of Covid-19 pandemic restrictions is to ensure that people do not risk their own and others’ health by meeting others and spending time in the same room for a long time. Therefore, in hotels, the solution is to deliver food to the room for guests to enjoy there, rather than in a common area such as a dining room or bar.
To reduce the spread of the Covid-19 virus, open-air trails and museum outdoor expositions are open to visitors, while museum indoor expositions are closed.
Please note that 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!
The resources of the informative campaign #Ēkultūra resources have been updated and gathered in the digital environment, inviting people to enjoy various cultural events virtually.
Find out more here!
Yes, masks must be worn because taxis are public transport. From 7 December, face masks must be worn by everyone - both the driver and passengers, including children from 7 years of age.
- 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” countries (list of countries) must observe a 10-day self-isolation.
In turn, contact persons may terminate home quarantine if they test negative on the 10th day of their quarantine period.
- Everyone who enters Latvia using international passenger transport services will be required to present a negative result of a molecular PCR (polymerase chain reaction) Covid-19 test (done with nasal and throat swabs). The certificate must be issued no earlier than 72 hours before.
- Those who during last 3 month have recovered from Covid-19 must present a doctor’s note confirming that they have had Covid-19 and that currently they are not infectious.
- Certificate of a negative test result must be presented to a carrier, such as an airline; otherwise the individual will be denied boarding. One must present the certificate primarily in printed form to the carrier but when it is not possible, then in electronic form.
- If an individual enters the country by road, but does not perform commercial transportation, a note on the test result must be in the filled-in covidpass.lv questionnaire. The State Border Guard or the State Police will check the existence of a negative test result.
- The test certificate must be in English, French, German, Russian, or in the case of the use of the carrier’s services, also in the language of the country wherefrom the individual travels to Latvia. If the test results are presented to the State Border Guard or the State Police upon entering Latvia from Estonia and Lithuania, the test results may also be presented in Lithuanian or Estonian.
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.
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.
Due to the spread of Covid-19, several countries have imposed travel restrictions. Please consider the need to travel carefully and get acquainted with information on entry restrictions in different countries and with other up-to-date information about the respective country via travel alerts or on the Re-open EU portal. If you are in need of more detailed information about the conditions of entry and stay, please contact the respective country’s representative office accredited in Latvia. Find out more!
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is calling for persons to avoid non-essential travel!
From 19 December to 6 April, 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.). Persons who have returned to Latvia from the United Kingdom or the Republic of South Africa can be tested also if they have no symptoms of the disease.
Book a visit to a Covid-19 testing site by phone:
- Phone for centralised Covid-19 testing - 8303
- Central Laboratory - 8330
- E. Gulbja Laboratory - 67801112
- MFD Laboratory - 8313
- NMS Laboratory - 67144015
- State Scientific Institute "BIOR" - 28369560
- Opening hours of phone lines and testing sites are available on the National Health Service website.
- Book a visit to a Covid-19 testing site electronically:
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.
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.
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!
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.
Employees, self-employed persons, and patent payers in the beauty industry may apply to the SRS and receive downtime support from 1 January 2021 until the abolition of the restriction on the provision of beauty care services.
Downtime support can be requested by:
- employees who were working in October, November, or December 2020 for an employer (legal entities or self-employed persons) who provided beauty care services during that period,
- self-employed persons who provided beauty care services in October, November, or December 2020,
- patent payers who provided beauty services in August, September, October, November, or December.
- The service provider must be registered with the Health Inspectorate.
- In the beauty industry, the application for support cannot be submitted by the employer.
- Support is available to persons who provide the following beauty services: hairdressing, manicure, pedicure, massage, cosmetology, solarium, tattooing, scarification, micropigmentation, piercing, public sauna or public swimming pool services. Support is also provided for support staff who were employed by a legal entity or a self-employed person during the above-mentioned period.
Find out more about the different support options and conditions here (in latvian)!