Critical Alert

Latvia maintains COVID-19 entry restrictions as of Oct. 2; domestic social distancing mandates remain in effect.

Alert Begins 02 Oct 2020 06:54 PM UTC
Alert Expires 16 Oct 2020 11:59 PM UTC

 

  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Travel and business disruptions

 

Summary
Officials in Latvia are maintaining international entry restrictions as of Oct. 2 to combat the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Travelers from the EEA or from Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Switzerland, Thailand, Tunisia, the UK, and Uruguay are permitted to enter the country; however, any arrivals from a country in which the 14-day cumulative incidence of COVID-19 is greater than 16 cases per 100,000 inhabitants must self-isolate for 10 days upon arrival. Effective Oct. 3, this requirement will apply for arrivals from Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Poland, Romania, San Marino, Spain, Slovenia, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland, Tunisia, and the UK. Individuals traveling on business must self-isolate outside working hours. Travelers do not need to self-isolate if they have stayed in a country with a COVID-19 incidence lower than the defined threshold for at least 14 days immediately before entering Latvia. Travel from all other countries is prohibited, except for immediate family members of Latvian nationals, diplomats, individuals in transit, and freight workers. Restrictions remain in place at the borders with Belarus and Russia.

Most businesses and facilities in Latvia have reopened provided strict hygiene and social distancing measures are implemented. Face coverings are no longer mandatory in enclosed public spaces but are strongly recommended.

Restrictions could be reimposed, extended, or otherwise amended at short notice, depending on disease activity over the coming weeks.

 

Advice
Follow all official instructions. Abide by national health and safety measures. Reconfirm all travel arrangements. Consider delaying traveling if experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, as they could prompt increased scrutiny and delays. Liaise with trusted contacts for further updates and guidance. Maintain contact with your diplomatic representation. Ensure contingency plans account for further disruptive measures or extensions of current restrictions. Reconsider and reconfirm nonemergency health appointments. Plan for queues and delays at available shopping centers.

Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.

 

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