Where will the tests be performed when crossing the external land border of Latvia?

Covid-19 tests will be performed at four border-crossing points such as Grebņeva, Terehova, Pāternieki, and Silene.

Is the test paid?

Yes, the test is performed at the expense of a traveller.

How much does a Covid-19 test cost when crossing the land border of Latvia?

Test prices comply with the price list of the service provider. E. Gulbja Laboratory provides testing on the Belarusian border, and the Central Laboratory provides testing on the Russian border.

How long do I have to wait for the test result?

From 15 to 30 minutes.

Who is eligible not to perform a test when crossing the external land border of Latvia?

Children under 12 years of age and individuals referred to in Section 3 of Cabinet Regulation No 360 “Epidemiological Safety Measures for the Containment of the Spread of COVID-19 Infection”, as well as individuals who may present a compatible certificate referred to in Section 3840 of the Cabinet Regulation or a valid COVID-19 vaccination certificate, recovery certificate, or COVID-19 test confirmation issued in other European Union or European Economic Area Member State, Swiss Confederation or the United Kingdom, are eligible not to pass a COVID-19 test.

Where should I wait for the test result?

The test result must be waited for in the area of the border-crossing point concerned. Only after the presentation of the results of the Covid-19 test to the State Border Guard and after its permission, an individual will be able to leave the territory of the border-crossing point.

Can I wait for the test results at home?

No, the test result must be waited for in the area of the relevant border-crossing point.

What happens if the test is positive?

Suppose the result of the COVID-19 test is positive. In that case, an individual shall go to the mandatory isolation immediately to one of the tourist accommodations mentioned in the list of tourist accommodations administered by the LIDA. The emergency medical service will take the individual to the tourist accommodation for mandatory isolation.

What happens if I refuse to pass the test?

Suppose an individual refuses to pass the test. In that case, the individual is obliged to go to the mandatory isolation immediately to one of the tourist accommodations mentioned in the list of tourist accommodations administered by the LIDA. The emergency medical service will take the individual to the tourist accommodation for mandatory isolation. In a situation where the said individual shows aggression or other manifestations that could indicate the danger of this person, the State Police will assist the Emergency Medical Service in the accompanying procedure by safeguarding the cordon of the individual.

Will I have to pay for self-isolation at a hotel?

The government will cover both transportation costs and part of the accommodation costs at the tourist accommodation. State support will be provided at 80% of the accommodation costs, but not more than 35 euros per day, and at 80% of the catering services costs, but not more than 10 euros per day.

Should drivers of international carriers also pass the test when crossing the external land border of Latvia?

Yes, a test when crossing the Latvian external land border is also required for truck drivers.

I am a driver for international carriers. What happens to the cargo if I have a positive test result?

In cases where a truck driver or a driver of passenger transport is diagnosed with Covid-19, it is the responsibility of the carrier concerned to ensure that the issues arising from the conveyance in question are addressed.

 

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