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Latvia Travel Guide

Agoda aims to give travelers an all-inclusive travel experience, and providing up-to-date, detailed information about current travel conditions is part of the package. While we strive to keep Latvia Travel Requirements and Restrictions as current as possible through a host of reliable resources, travelers should confirm regulations through official government channels.

International Travel

Latvia is open for internationa travel.

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Vaccination Rate: 69% of the population has been fully vaccinated

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Tourist Entry: Allowed

Determine your eligibility for travel

To determine your eligibility for travel, please refer to the following conditions and requirements for Latvia:

When entering Latvia persons will not be required to present COVID-19 certificates or COVID-19 tests anymore unless they travel from a very high-risk country indicated here https://bit.ly/387sLrw.

Travelers from very high-risk countries by entering Latvia are required to present a vaccination or recovery certificate from COVID-19 and a negative PCR/antigen COVID-19 test result. This requirement does not apply to certain groups of travelers listed here https://bit.ly/37b7Hjs.

Self-isolation not required.

Entry requirements depend on whether the person is vaccinated, on the type of the vaccination certificate, and on the country that the person is arriving from.

Travel to Latvia from high risk countries is allowed for essential purposes only.

An urgent and essential purpose for traveling to Latvia from the EU and EEA member states, Switzerland and the UK can be work, training, studies, family reunification, receiving medical services, transit, accompanying a minor, returning to one’s permanent place of residence, or attending a funeral.

The following persons entering Latvia from third countries (countries outside from the EU and EEA member states, Switzerland and the UK) are considered as essential travelers:

-aircraft passengers crossing the territory of Latvia in transit without leaving the airside area and staying therein for not more than 24 hours if they can present proof of a transit flight;

-Latvian nationals, their family members and holders of Latvian residence permits, as well as foreign nationals who are crossing

the territory of Latvia in transit to return to the country of their permanent residence;

-the nationals of the EU, the EEA and Switzerland and their family members, and persons who permanently reside in these countries, as well as the citizens of the United Kingdom and their family members who are crossing the territory of Latvia in transit as they return to their country of residence, including to Latvia;

-the employees and passengers of freight and passenger transport service providers, cargo or technical flight crews who arrive in, or depart from Latvia on work duty;

-seafarers who must reach their workplace aboard a ship or return from it;

-other exceptions set out in the Cabinet of Ministers Regulation No 662 “Epidemiological Safety Measures for the Containment of the Spread of COVID-19 Infection”.

Persons vaccinated against or recovered from COVID-19 may also enter Latvia for non-essential purposes (for instance, tourism), if they can provide evidence of vaccination or recovery by presenting:

-a valid interoperable digital EU certificate;

-proof of vaccination or recovery issued in the United States of America, the United Kingdom, the Australian Commonwealth, New Zealand, or Canada.

Travelers will be randomly tested at the Riga International Airport from December 13 to 26. They must isolate at their destination until the results come back negative.

From December 13, passengers entering Latvia from the following countries will be selectively screened: Germany, the United Kingdom, Sweden, Egypt, Poland, Italy, Norway, Finland, Lithuania, Estonia, Hungary, Spain, Russia, Netherlands, Denmark, Ireland, Malta, Ukraine, Georgia and Switzerland.

The list will be adjusted according to the results of initial screenings and the development of epidemiological situation.

All screened passengers, including ones that are holding a valid vaccination, recovery or a negative result of a COVID-19 test performed before the flight to Riga, will be subjected to COVID-19 testing (PCR). Exemptions include transit passengers, children below 12 years old, aircrews, seamen, people related to diplomatic and international affairs.

COVID-19 testing of passengers will be free of charge.

After the test, passengers will be asked to proceed to their residence for awaiting test results.

From December 2, travelers flying in to Riga Airport will be offered to voluntarily undergo free-of-charge COVID-19 testing.

Permitted arrivals are required to fill a contact form (https://COVIDpass.lv/en/)

Persons who can provide a certificate issued in the EU, EEA countries, Switzerland or the United Kingdom, stating that the person has received full vaccination (i.e. 15 days have elapsed since the completion of a full vaccination course or fifteen days after a single dose of vaccine (registered by the European Medicines Agency or equivalent regulators or recognized by the World Health Organization) received no later than 180 days after a laboratory-confirmed episode of SARS-CoV-2 infection as determined by SARS-CoV-2 viral RNA) and what vaccine he/she were vaccinated with (exemption from self-isolation only applies to vaccines registered by the European Medicines Agency or equivalent regulators or recognised by the World Health Organisation);

Janssen (Johnson & Johnson), AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Moderna, Pfizer/BioNTech

Domestic travel

Latvia’s State of Emergency has been lifted and from April 1, Latvia is shifting closer towards a full re-opening.

The requirement to be fully vaccinated to access many businesses has been adjusted. The COVID-19 certificate is still be required for employees in healthcare, education, and prisons. In other areas, the employer will have the right to decide whether employees should have a certificate.

The mask mandate is lifted for most situations, such as stores and schools. Masks continue to be required in public transport, social care establishments and in healthcare.

People who have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19 no longer need to isolate. Instead they must wear an FFP2 respirator for seven days following the time of contact. Quarantine requirements will only remain in healthcare and social care establishments.

The number of people allowed to gather at private indoor or outdoor events has been increased to 50, and up to 250 people can now gather for occasions like weddings, funerals or christening. The limit for organized public events is 3,000 people.

Remote work, social distancing, ventilation of rooms, hand sanitation and disinfection of surfaces are still strongly recommended.

The mask mandate is lifted for most situations, such as stores and schools. Masks continue to be required in public transport, social care establishments and in healthcare.

People who have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19 no longer need to isolate. Instead they must wear an FFP2 respirator for seven days following the time of contact. Quarantine requirements will only remain in healthcare and social care establishments.

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