infografika

Valid as of June 19 (updated on September 1)

VACCINATED 

When is an individual recognised as vaccinated?

An individual is recognised as vaccinated 15 days after the completion of a full course of vaccination with vaccines registered by the European Medicines Agency or an equivalent regulator authority or recognised by the World Health Organization.

What documents must a COVID-19 vaccinated have if he or she intends to enter Latvia?

The vaccinated must have either a interoperable digital EU (either in an electronic smart device or printed out) or a vaccination certificate issued in the UK, the EEA countries, Switzerland, Israel, the US, Canada, Australia or New Zealand, and a filled-out electronic confirmation on the website Covidpass.lv.

In which cases should a COVID-19 vaccinated pass the Covid-19 test? 

Vaccinated travellers must pass the test before and after entering Latvia:

Should COVID-19 vaccinated adhere to self-isolation?

Vaccinated individuals with either an interoperable digital EU (either in an electronic smart device or printed out) or a vaccination certificate issued in the UK, the EEA countries, Switzerland, Israel, the US, Canada, Australia or New Zealand disregard self-isolation unless the traveller comes from a particulary high-risk country where a variant of the virus of concern has been identified. The list of those countries is published on the CDPC website.

Do COVID-19 vaccinated need an essential reason to enter Latvia?

Those travellers, including vaccinated people entering Latvia from countries of particularly high risk must indicate an essential reason for entering Latvia.

Can person that has been vaccinated outside the EU enter Latvia with a vaccination certificate issues in the third country? Does Latvia recognize it?

Latvian nationals that have been vaccinated outside the EU with the EU recognized vaccine need to contact National Health Service. More about creation of a certificate if vaccination was performed outside EU.

Until the EU has not reached agreement with third countries to recognize their vaccination certificates, Latvia does not recognize certificates issued by the third country to citizens of the third countries.

Where can I find out more about EU digital certificate?

You can find out more here.

Where can I find out which countries have joined EU digital certificate?

You can find out more here.

I’ve been vaccinated in the UK. What should I know?

The UK issued vaccination/recovery certification is suitable for entering Latvia. When entering Latvia, this must be presented on paper.

 

RECOVERED INDIVIDUALS 

When is an individual recognised as recovered from COVID-19? How long is an individual considered as recovered from COVID-19?

A person is considered as recovered from COVID-19 if the fact of recovery can be proved by medical documents, such as a doctor’s certificate, or a digital COVID-19 certificate, which can be downloaded at www.covid19sertifikats.lv. An individual is considered to recovered from COVID-19 if 11 days or no more than 180 days have passed since the disease.

What documents must a recovered from COVID-19 have to enter Latvia?

The recovered must have a either a interoperable digital EU (either in an electronic smart device or printed out) or a recovery certificate issued in the UK, the EEA countries, Switzerland, Israel, the US, Canada, Australia or New Zealand, and a filled-out electronic confirmation on the website Covidpass.lv.

In what cases does a recovered from COVID-19 need to pass the COVID-19 test?

Recovered individuals must pass the test before and after entering Latvia:

Should the recovered from COVID-19 adhere to self-isolation?

The recovered having either an interoperable digital EU (either in an electronic smart device or printed out) or a recovery certificate issued in the UK, the EEA countries, Switzerland, Israel, the US, Canada, Australia or New Zealand may disregard self-isolation unless the traveller comes from a partculary high-risk country where a variant of the virus of concern has been identified according to the list of countries published on the CDPC website.

Do COVID-19 recovered need an essential reason to enter Latvia?

Those travellers, including recovered individuals entering Latvia from countries of particularly high risk must indicate an essential reason for entering Latvia.

 

OTHERS 

When should individuals who are not vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19 pass a test before entering Latvia?

For individuals who have not been vaccinated or recovered, the COVID-19 test must be performed before entering Latvia in any case.

When should individuals who are not vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19 pass a repeated COVID-19 test after entering Latvia?

A repeat on-site test in Latvia should be performed by any individual entering from a country with a high risk third country and particularly high risk of COVID-19 spreading. Such travellers must also adhere to self-isolation.

  • A repeat test in Latvia must be performed by individuals who cannot present an appropriate vaccination or disease certificate and enter from high-risk third countries.
  • The test must be passed at the nearest testing point no later than 24 hours after entry. When performing the repeat test in the E.Gulbis Laboratory at the Riga International Airport or at the nearest available testing point, entering by land, the result can be expected at home, at the place of stay or in one of the hotels listed in the LIDA list, adhering to self-isolation.

What documents must an individual who is not vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19 have if he or she wishes to enter Latvia?

An individual who is not vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19 must show a negative PCR (Covid-19) test result. In this case, the carrier’s vehicle cannot be boarded without the test.

When should individuals who are not vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19 adhere to self-isolation?

Individuals who are not vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19 must adhere to self-isolation when returning from a country (with a morbidity rate of more than 75 cases per 100,000 population over a 14-day period) or particularly high-risk country according to information published on the CDPC website.

When can individuals who are not vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19 not adhere to self-isolation?

Individuals who are not vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19 may disregard self-isolation when arriving from low-risk countries in the EU, the EEA and third countries, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. A country has a low risk of contracting the disease if it has a morbidity rate of less than 75 cases per 100,000 population in a 14-day period, or if the country is on the list of EU Council Recommendations. The list of countries is available at CDPC website.

Does an individual who is not vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19 still need an essential reason to enter Latvia?

Arriving from low-risk third countries, the EU, the EEA, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom, the reason for travelling is not restricted. An essential reason for entering Latvia is required if an individual who is not vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19 enters:

  • From a high-risk country outside the EU, the EEA, Switzerland and the United Kingdom (with a morbidity rate of more than 75 cases per 100 000 population over a 14-day period) OR
  • From a particularly high-risk country according to the information published on the CDPC website.

 

APPLIES TO ALL AND EVERYONE 

All travellers - vaccinated, recovered, and others – must fill out the electronic confirmation form on the website Covidpass.lv before entering Latvia. An exception is cruise ships passengers, who have valid Covid-19 vaccination of recovery certificate.

What is considered an essential reason for entering Latvia?

An urgent and essential reason for entering Latvia is the purpose of work, learning, study, family reunion, receiving medical services, transit, or accompanying minors, as well as to return to the permanent place of residence or go to a funeral.

What Covid-19 test is required before entering Latvia?

  • Prior to entering Latvia, a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test must be passed, which must not be passed more than 72 hours from the moment of testing until boarding a vehicle of an international passenger carrier or, if traveling by private vehicle, until crossing the border of Latvia.
  • A COVID-19 antigen test may also be performed. It must not be passed more than 48 hours before.

In which language should the test result be certified?

Proof of the test result must be in English or the language of the country of departure.

Can I present a confirmation that came in a text message?

The test result may be presented on paper or electronically (on a smart device).

If an individual has a positive Covid-19 test, will he or she be admitted to Latvia to go home?

Latvian citizens and EU permanent residents with residence permits who have passed the COVID-19 test will be able to return to Latvia by private road transport. These individuals must comply with national safety and self-isolation measures.

Is it possible to shorten the self-isolation time?

Self-isolation time may be shortened if a repeat test is performed on day 7 and the test result is negative.

What are the exceptions related to entering Latvia, vaccination and recovery?

Exceptions apply to:

  • Children under the age of 12;
  • Employees of the transport and passenger transport service provider and members of the crew of passenger, freight, or technical voyages even when traveling to or from the place of work. At the request of the State Border Guard or the State Police, professional truck and bus drivers shall present a driving license of the appropriate category and a digital tachograph driver card or tachograph of the last working day, as well as an International Transport Worker’s Certificate issued by their employer.
  • Seafarers who need to get to or from their place of work on board;
  • Aircraft passengers who cross the territory of Latvia in transit without leaving the controlled area of ​​the airport and staying there for no longer than 24 hours if they can present confirmation of their transit flight;
  • Citizens and permanent residents of the European Union Member States declared in Valka Region and Valga District (Republic of Estonia) who cross the land border of the Republic of Latvia with the Republic of Estonia on a daily basis if they do not move outside the administrative territories of Valka and Valga municipalities;
  • Delegations, diplomats, and their family members, diplomatic couriers;
  • Other exceptional cases specified in Cabinet Regulation No 360 “Epidemiological Safety Measures for the Containment of the Spread of COVID-19 Infection”.

Do children need to test prior entering Latvia?

Children under the age of 12 do not need to test before entering Latvia.

Do children need to self-isolate?

Children under the age of 12 are allowed travelling with their companions subject to the same eased conditions as their companions. In those cases, for 10 days after leaving the high-risk country, children may not have close contacts with people outside their household, may not attend public events, children’s interest groups, may not use public transport, but they do not have to stay in their place of residence.