Last update 31.07.2020
Self-isolation means isolating yourself from close contact with any person
Self-isolation is necessary in order to limit the spread of the Covid-19 disease, which in other countries is still occurring more rapidly than in Latvia.
Self-isolation means isolating yourself from close contact with any person; persons arriving from "unsafe" countries with a 14-day cumulative number of Covid-19 cases that exceeds 16 people per 100,000 inhabitants, as well as from countries other than the EU, EEA, or Switzerland (see list here), must observe self-isolation.
If a person is arriving from a “safe” country by transiting through an “unsafe country”, the person must also observe self-isolation; in order to avoid self-isolation, a different return route must be chosen.
Persons who had previously returned from "safe" countries and have been observing self-isolation are not required to carry on with it and are allowed to only follow the social distancing rules and other epidemiological instructions.
More detailed information is available on the website of the Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.
WHO HAS TO COMPLY?
- Persons who have arrived from "unsafe" countries in the last 14 days - i.e., countries with a 14-day cumulative number of Covid-19 cases that exceeds 16 people per 100,000 inhabitants - as well as from countries other than the EU, EEA, or Switzerland. The list of countries is published on the website of the Centre for Disease Prevention and Control and is updated every Friday.
HOW TO COMPLY?
- Ensure self-isolation in your place of residence (during this time you must not go to work, public places, or any other places where a large number of people are present).
- Avoid close contact with people.
- Monitor your health closely for 14 days and measure your body temperature twice a day (if the situation becomes critical, call 113).
- Wash and disinfect your hands.
- Disinfect any surfaces you have touched.
- Avoid touching any surfaces in public areas (e.g. door handles, elevator buttons).
- Going outside is allowed (walking in nature), as long as you keep a distance of 2 meters from other people and avoid places where people congregate (such as shops).
- Do not have guests.
- Do not use public transport.
- To purchase basic necessities or food, use home delivery services, avoiding contact with the delivery person, or ask your relatives to do your shopping for you and to leave the purchases at your door. If there are no other options and you have to go yourself, wear a face mask and observe a distance of 2 meters from the store's patrons and employees. Visit the store during off-peak hours and observe strict hygiene measures.
FOR HOW LONG?
- For a period of 14 days from your return to Latvia, if no symptoms appear.
WHERE CAN I SELF-ISOLATE?
Various hotels in Latvia offer customers with self-isolation opportunities.
Additional information on self-isolation opportunities outside of Riga is available on the Lauku ceļotājs website.
IS SICK LEAVE POSSIBLE?
- No (with the exception of employees of medical, social care, and educational institutions).
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 14 days’ 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.