Last update 18.06.2021
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs invites you to carefully consider the necessity to go on a foreign trip. If, however, it is necessary to go abroad, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs invites everyone to:
- follow the recommendations of the SPKC and avoid travelling to countries with high morbidity rates, as well as assess the need to travel to countries where these rates are average;
- carefully consider the need to travel abroad for people with chronic illnesses and for seniors;
- always follow standard precautionary measures in all countries, i.e., keeping distance from other persons and observing proper hand hygiene;
- take into account that there is an increased risk of infection in crowded places, including at airports;
- before the trip, get acquainted with the requirements of airports and passenger carriers for limiting the spread of Covid-19 (mandatory face and mouth coverings, confirmation of a negative Covid-19 test, etc.);
- 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;
- investigate the possibilities of your return, as the situation regarding international passenger transport, including that of air travel, is variable.
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, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs calls on people to clarify these issues at the diplomatic or consular representations of the particular foreign country.
- Restrictions on entry to Latvia depend on the country the person is travelling from and on whether the person has been vaccinated, or recovered from Covid-19:
- the fact of vaccination or recovery is evidenced only by an interoperable digital EU certificate (either in an electronic smart device or printed out) or a vaccination certificate issued in the EU, the EEA countries, Switzerland or the United Kingdom. A recovery certificate is valid for 11 to 180 days from the start of the illness. A person who fails to present such certificates is subject to requirements applied to non-vaccinated persons and persons who have not recovered from the disease.
For persons going abroad, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs always strongly recommends:
- to purchase travel insurance;
- to register in the Consular Register.
Entry into Latvia from a very high risk country if that country is an EU Member State, and EEA country, Switzerland or the United Kingdom is permitted for the following reasons only:
- family reunification,
- receiving medical services,
- accompanying minors,
- returning to one’s permanent place of residence,
- a funeral.
The person must indicate the specific purpose of their visit to Latvia in the Covidpass.lv questionnaire. Documents or other reliable proof confirming that purpose must be presented on demand to the State Border Guard or the State Police. The person does not have to present the document if the relevant information confirming a purpose of entry is already available in national information systems, for instance, the population register.
Persons crossing Latvia in transit must leave the country within 12 hours from the submission of the questionnaire at the Covidpass.lv website. Exceptions are set out in Chapter V2. of the Cabinet Regulation, "Epidemiological Safety Measures for the Containment of the Spread of the Covid-19 infection".
Only the following persons may enter Latvia from a high or very high risk country which is not an EU Member State, an EEA country, Switzerland or the United Kingdom:
- nationals of Latvia, their family members, holders of residence permits in Latvia, foreigners who are travelling across Latvia in transit to return to the country of their permanent residence;
- nationals of an EU Member State, an EEA country, Switzerland and their family members and the permanent residents of those countries, as well as citizens of the United Kingdom and their family members crossing Latvia in transit to return to their country of residence, including Latvia;
employees and crew members of freight and passenger transport service providers,
- foreign nationals the Investment and Development Agency of Latvia has confirmed are connected with the fulfilment of agreements and commitments made by Latvian businesses,
- foreign diplomats and their family members crossing Latvia in transit for the performance of their official functions, the holders of diplomatic passports of Latvia and the officials and staff of the consular service and their family members who are returning from a country where they have been posted or who are on the way to their country of posting;
- nationals of Latvia who are members of the official delegations of Latvia or who must arrive at their place of employment in the framework ofan intergovernmental project;
- full time students and exchange students so long as an institution of higher education has provided written proof of the student’s enrolment and their arrival to Latvia is required to take part in a study programme;
- athletes, sports workers, and representatives of international sports organisations whose arrival in Latvia as accredited persons is related to participation in an international sports event organised by a sports federation or its member according to procedures laid down in the Sports Law;
foreign nationals whose arrival in Latvia for receipt of medical treatment (diagnostics and therapy) has been approved by the Health Inspectorate, and the person accompanying them, if recognised to be necessary by a medical institution, or if the traveller is accompanying a child;
- cultural professionals whose arrival in Latvia is related to the provision of cultural services and organizing public events and whose groups have been confirmed to be contributing in this manner by the Minister for Culture;
- athletes of the Latvian adult team, Latvian Olympic team or Latvian Paralympic team, and also Latvian team athletes who are leaving the country to take part in international league events of Olympic, Paralympic, and technical sports and disciplines, and sports employees that provide services to them and that are on the list of individual athletes which is coordinated with the Ministry of Education and Science and who are returning to the Republic of Latvia after participation in the sports competitions abroad;
- foreign nationals and their family members, if the visitor has been employed by a scientific institution as senior researcher or researcher for the term exceeding six months;
- aircraft passengers who cross the territory of Latvia in transit without leaving the airport precinct and staying therein for not more than 24 hours, if they can present a confirmation that they are in transit and waiting for their next flight.
A full list of categories is given in Section 38 46 of the Cabinet of Ministers Regulation, "Epidemiological Safety Measures for the Containment of the Spread of Covid-19 Infection".
The following are exempted from the requirements of confirming vaccination, recovery from the disease and testing:
- Children under 13 years of age (until 1 September 2021 - also other minors) travelling with adults who are exempt from the requirement of self-isolation. However, in such cases, children do not make close contacts with persons outside their household, do not attend public events, children's groups, do not use public transport for 10 days after leaving the high-risk country.
- Employees of the transport and passenger service provider, crew members,
- Air passengers who do not leave the aerodrome control area during their transit and stay there for up to 24 hours,
- EU citizens and permanent residents declared in Valka municipality and Valga,
- Citizens and permanent residents of the EU states who cross the Latvian land border with other EU countries on a daily basis, for example, due to employment or education.
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