In which cases one is allowed entering Latvia?
You may enter Latvia only for urgent and important reasons, for instance, for work, learning, study, family reunification, receiving medical services, transit, or accompanying minors, as well as for returning to your permanent place of residence or go to a funeral.
I am a Latvian national and I am currently in Great Britain, but I want to return to Latvia. Will I be able to return?
Latvian nationals and third-country nationals with Latvian residence permits are not prohibited from returning to Latvia.
What are the requirements for entering Latvia?
On the Covidpass.lv website, one must indicate that the reason for entry corresponds to exceptional cases (for example, work, study, transit trip, etc.). There is no need to supplement an electronic questionnaire with supporting documents, but they must be at the disposal of a traveller who shall present them at the request of the State Border Guard or the State Police officials.
Travellers shall present a confirmation of a negative PCR COVID-19 test result, with a note on the test result filled-in covidpass.lv questionnaire at the same time. The COVID-19 test must be performed not earlier than 72 hours before boarding the carrier’s vehicle, for example, an airplane or, if driving by road, when crossing the Latvian border.
What documents must one present when entering Latvia?
On the website Covidpass.lv, one must indicate that the reason for entry corresponds to exceptional cases (e.g., work, study, or transit trip). There is no need to supplement an electronic questionnaire with supporting documents, but they must be at the disposal of a traveller who shall present them at the request of the State Border Guard or the State Police officials.
A person does not have to present documents certifying the purpose of entry if information confirming one of the mentioned purposes of entry is already available in state information systems, for example, information on a person’s place of residence, marital status, direct relationship of individuals is available in the Population Register.
Are there any changes to self-insulation?
The condition of a mandatory 10-day self-isolation after entry from high-morbidity risk countries remains unchanged.
Questions about COVID-19 test
If an individual has a positive COVID-19 test result, will he or she be admitted to return to Latvia?
Latvian nationals and EU permanent residents with residence permits, who have a positive COVID-19 test result, will be able to return to Latvia by private vehicle. Those individuals must comply with national safety measures.
What should individuals do who leave Latvia and return within 72 hours?
The test must be performed not earlier than 72 hours. In this case, when returning to Latvia, you can use a test that you have performed, for example, in Latvia, before leaving, but not earlier than 72 hours before returning. One must emphasise that even in this case if an individual enters from a country with a high risk of morbidity, he or she must observe 10-day self-isolation.
If flying and transferring, when should one present a negative COVID-19 test result?
Confirmation of a negative COVID-19 test result must be presented on a flight flying to Latvia. Please remember that to enter Latvia, the test cannot be performed more than 72 hours ago. At the same time, we invite you to familiarise with the requirements of the country regarding the need for a test for transit passengers, where the transfer to Latvia will be made.
Which COVID-19 test is recognized in Latvia and must be presented to a carrier when entering Latvia from January 25?
From January 25, upon entering Latvia, only one type of test will be valid, that is, the Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test. The PCR test is widely used worldwide because it is the most internationally recognised method for the detection of COVID-19. The test identifies specific genes for a particular virus. Other types of tests shall not be recognised in Latvia!
What certificate is required if a person has contracted COVID-19?
To enter Latvia, a doctor’s certificate is required stating that the individual has contracted COVID-19 and is not infectious. According to international studies and recommendations used in the European Union, the certificate is valid for 3 months after the first day when the symptoms of COVID-19 manifested in the individual first.
Can one present the result of a COVID-19 antibody test for entering Latvia?
No, a doctor’s certificate is required stating that the individual has contracted COVID-19 and is not infectious.
In which language should one have a test certificate?
The test certificate must be in English, French, German, Russian, or in the case of the use of the carrier’s services, also in the language of the country wherefrom the individual travels to Latvia. If the test results are presented to the State Border Guard or the State Police upon entering Latvia from Estonia and Lithuania, the test results may also be presented in Lithuanian or Estonian.
Can I present a confirmation that was sent in a text message?
The test result can be presented in printed form or electronically (on a personal smart device).
If there is no evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result or it is done more than 72 hours ago, can one be denied boarding on the carrier’s vehicle, such as an airplane or bus?
The COVID-19 test must be performed no earlier than 72 hours before boarding. Confirmation of a negative test is the result of a test or a medical certificate confirming that an individual has contracted COVID-19 during last three months, which must be presented to the carrier, such as an airline, otherwise the individual will be denied boarding.
If an individual does not have such proof, boarding on the carrier’s vehicle will be denied.
What penalty will be applied if the COVID-19 test is performed more than 72 hours ago when crossing the Latvian border by road transport?
An individual will be held liable under the rules in force during the emergency for violating the rules. Each case is assessed individually, but infringements of the emergency restrictions can be punished by the fine of up to 2,000 euros.
Questions on exceptions
Are there any exceptions to the COVID-19 test requirement for entering Latvia with a passenger carrier, such as an airplane?
- Children under 11 years of age;
- People who have received the required doses of COVID-19 vaccine;
- Delegations, diplomats, and their families, diplomatic couriers;
- Aircraft passengers who are in transit in Latvia and do not leave the controlled area of the airport (“sterile area” of the airport terminal);
- Borderland residents, who cross the border daily for work, education, and similar needs, can provide proof of employment or education. This would, for example, apply directly to the residents of Valka and Valga, who cross the Latvian-Estonian border regularly due to their daily needs;
- Other groups of individuals listed in Cabinet Regulation No 360
An individual covered by one of the exceptions must have a document to that effect. We recommend that you contact the carrier in advance and discuss this situation.
Does the exception also apply to people returning from business trips?
No, the exception does not apply to people returning from a business trip. In this case, the individual must also perform the COVID-19 test not earlier than 72 hours before boarding the vehicle.
More information provided in Cabinet Regulation No 360.