COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information Last updated: 27 November 2020 Country-Specific Information: The Department of State has issued a  Level 3 Advisory  advising U.S. citizens to reconsider travel to Latvia due to the global impact of COVID-19.  Availability of services in Latvia is good, with grocery stores, shopping centers, schools, universities, restaurants, and leisure/athletic facilities open.  Public events are  limited .  Regular flights are …

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Health Alert: Latvia Announces Additional Restrictions Starting from November 27– U.S. Embassy Riga, Latvia

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Riga, Latvia (November 25, 2020) Location: Latvia Event: Latvia Announces Additional Restrictions Starting from November 27 On Tuesday, November 24, the Cabinet of Ministers announced additional restrictions starting from November 27. For the full announcement, please visit  https://mk.gov.lv/en/aktualitates/extended-safety-measures-reduce-spread-covid-19 .  Some details of the announcement are as follows: From 27 November Individual …

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Health Alert: Latvia Announces State of Emergency from November 9 to December 6 – U.S. Embassy Riga, Latvia

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Riga, Latvia (November 6, 2020) Location: Latvia Event: Latvia Announces State of Emergency from November 9 to December 6. On Friday, November 6, the Cabinet of Ministers announced a State of Emergency from Monday, November 9 to December 6. For the full announcement, please visit  https://mk.gov.lv/lv/aktualitates/no-9-novembra-latvija-tiek-izsludinata-arkarteja-situacija  . Some details of the announcement …

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Health Alert: Latvia Tightens COVID-19 Restrictions – U.S. Embassy Riga, Latvia

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Riga, Latvia (October 28, 2020) Location: Latvia Event: Latvia Tightens COVID-19 Restrictions  On Tuesday, October 27, the Cabinet of Ministers published new restrictions to curb the rapid growth of COVID-19 in Latvia.  For the full announcement, please visit https://www.mk.gov.lv/lv/aktualitates/nosaka-stingrakus-ierobezojumus-atbilstosi-atjaunotajam-covid-19-risku-novertejumam . The changes to the restrictions are as follows: From October 30 Private event …

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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Riga, Latvia

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Riga, Latvia (October 27, 2020) Location: Riga, near the U.S. Embassy Event: The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens that today, October 27, 2020 from around 12:00 to 13:30 there will be a scheduled demonstration in front of the U. S. Embassy. Actions to Take: ·           Avoid the area. ·           Avoid crowds. …

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Health Alert: Latvia Tightens COVID-19 Restrictions and Requires a New Form for Travelers U.S. Embassy Riga, Latvia

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Riga, Latvia (October 16, 2020) Location: Latvia Event: Latvia Tightens COVID-19 Restrictions and Requires a New Form for Travelers On Tuesday, October 13, the Cabinet of Ministers published new restrictions to curb the rapid growth of COVID-19 in Latvia.   For the full announcement, please visit https://mk.gov.lv/lv/aktualitates/uz-laiku-jaierobezo-cilveku-kustiba-arpus-katra-sociala-burbula The changes to the restrictions are as …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Voting from Overseas – Only 18 Days Until the Federal Elections, U.S. Embassy Riga, Latvia

Message for U.S. Citizens – U.S. Embassy Riga, Latvia (October 16, 2020) Location:  Latvia Event: Voting from Overseas – Only 18 Days Until the Federal Elections Check Election Voting Deadlines:  Each state has its own deadlines for registration, ballot request, and ballot return.  Go to FVAP.gov and click on your state to see the deadlines for …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Voting Reminder for Americans Abroad

Message for U.S. Citizens: Voting Reminder for Americans Abroad   If you plan to vote in the November 2020 election it is important to ACT NOW!  Don’t wait, return your voted ballot right away! Remember U.S. embassies and consulates are not polling places; same-day in-person voting is not available outside the United States – but …

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Message for U.S. Citizens – Voting from Overseas, U.S. Embassy Riga, Latvia

Message for U.S. Citizens – U.S. Embassy Riga, Latvia (August 28, 2020) Location: Latvia Event: Voting from Overseas Registering to vote and submitting a ballot is fast, easy, and can be done from anywhere in the world! Start by confirming your voter registration with your state.  Some states require absentee voters to register annually so …

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Health Alert: Cabinet of Ministers Increase Information Collection From Foreign Travelers – U.S. Embassy Riga, Latvia

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Riga, Latvia (July 17, 2020) Location: Latvia Event: Cabinet of Ministers Increase Information Collection From Foreign Travelers From July 16, the Cabinet of Ministers approved several changes to Cabinet regulation number 360, “Epidemiological Safety Measures for the Containment of the Spread of COVID-19 Infection.”   For a complete list of changes, including those …

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Health Alert: Event: Latvia Eases COVID-19 Restrictions and Extends State-Funded COVID-19 Testing, U.S. Embassy Riga, Latvia

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Riga, Latvia (July 2, 2020) Location: Latvia Event: Latvia Eases COVID-19 Restrictions and Extends State-Funded COVID-19 Testing Easing of Restrictions On Tuesday, June 30, the Cabinet of Ministers announced that from July 1, some restrictions related to the spread of COVID-19 would by eased due to the relatively low incidence of the …

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Health Alert: Travel to Latvia and Within the European Union – U.S. Embassy Riga, Latvia

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Riga, Latvia (June 26, 2020) Location: Latvia Event: Travel to Latvia and Within the European Union Travel to Latvia:Only citizens of the European Union, the European Economic Area, and the Swiss Confederation, as well as people with permanent residence status in those countries, are permitted to enter Latvia. Travelers entering from countries that …

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Health Alert: Important Information for Overseas Voters – U.S. Embassy Riga, Latvia

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Riga, Latvia (June 19, 2020) Location: Latvia Event:  Important Information for Overseas Voters The Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) is tracking the impact of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) on active duty military, their eligible family members, and U.S. citizens abroad and recommending ways to avoid any postal issues that may result from …

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Health Alert: Government of Latvia Offers Free COVID-19 Testing Until June 30 – U.S. Embassy Riga, Latvia

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Riga, Latvia (June 10, 2020) Location: Latvia Event:   Government of Latvia Offers Free COVID-19 Testing Until June 30 On June 9, the Ministry of Health announced that from June 10 to June 30, state-paid COVID-19 testing will be available to anyone, including those without symptoms.  Previously, the state only sponsored …

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Health Alert – Baltic Shared Borders Open and Air Baltic Adds Flights, U.S. Embassy Riga, Latvia

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Riga, Latvia (May 15, 2020) Location: Latvia Event:   Baltic Shared Borders Open and Air Baltic Adds Flights As of Friday, May 15, the land borders between Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia are open to individuals with no symptoms of respiratory problems and who have not traveled outside of the Baltic region in the …

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Health Alert – Latvia Extends State of Emergency, Eases Some Restrictions, U.S. Embassy Riga, Latvia

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Riga, Latvia (May 8, 2020) Location: Latvia Event:   Latvia Extends State of Emergency, Eases Some Restrictions On Thursday, May 7, the Cabinet of Ministers of Latvia extended the state of emergency until June 9, and announced a gradual reduction of some restrictions starting on May 12, 2020.  Details in the Latvian language can …

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Health Alert – Air Baltic added additional flights out of Latvia from on May 11, 2020 and May 12, 2020

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Riga, Latvia (May 5, 2020) Location: Latvia Event:   Air Baltic Adds More Flights Air Baltic added additional flights out of Latvia from on May 11, 2020 and May 12, 2020.   Available flights from Riga Airport are as follows: Date                 Time         Route       May 6, 2020     …

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Proclamation Suspending Entry of Immigrants Who Present Risk to the U.S. Labor Market During the Economic Recovery Following the COVID-19 Outbreak

Proclamation Suspending Entry of Immigrants Who Present Risk to the U.S. Labor Market During the Economic Recovery Following the COVID-19 Outbreak   Issued on: April 22, 2020 The 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) has significantly disrupted the livelihoods of Americans.  In Proclamation 9994 of March 13, 2020 (Declaring a National Emergency Concerning the Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Outbreak), I declared …

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Health Alert – Air Baltic Adds More Flights

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Riga, Latvia (April 24, 2020) Location: Latvia Event:   Air Baltic Adds More Flights On April 23, 2020, Air Baltic added three additional flights out of Latvia from on May 7, 2020 and one more flight on April 29, 2020.   Available flights from Riga Airport are as follows: Date                …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Riga, Latvia

Location: Latvia Event:  Current Status of Passport Applications for Overseas Posts Due to public health measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, effective March 20, 2020, the U.S Department of State began limiting its passport operations.  Effective April 2, routine passport and citizenship services overseas are limited.  For American Citizen Services in Latvia, please contact the U.S. …

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Health Alert – Latvia Extends State of Emergency Until May 12, 2020

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Riga, Latvia (April 7, 2020) Location: Latvia Event:   Latvia Extends State of Emergency Until May 12, 2020 On April 7, 2020, the Government of Latvia announced an extension of the State of Emergency until May 12, 2020.  The current restrictions, including social distancing measures, will remain in place.  For a complete list of …

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Health Alert – Departure Options Update 

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Riga, Latvia (April 3, 2020)  Location: Latvia  Event:   Departure Options Update  The U.S. Embassy in Riga reiterates The State Department’s Level Four Global Health Advisory “U.S. citizens who live in the United States should arrange for immediate return to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite …

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Health Alert – Secretary Pompeo Reiterates the State Department’s Commitment to American Citizens Overseas

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Riga, Latvia (April 2, 2020) Location: Latvia Event:   Secretary Pompeo Reiterates the State Department’s Commitment to American Citizens Overseas On March 31, 2020 Secretary of State Michael Pompeo outlined specific actions that the State Department has taken to aid Americans stranded overseas and emphasized the need for Americans to return home as …

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Health Alert – Lithuania to Suspend Passenger Air Travel on April 4, 2020.

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Riga, Latvia (April 1, 2020) Location: Latvia Event:   Lithuania to Suspend Passenger Air Travel on April 4, 2020. On April 1, 2020 the Government of Lithuania announced the suspension of passenger air and ferry travel with the exception of the Kiel to Klaipeda ferry service. This means that U.S. citizens who would …

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Health Alert – Departure Information

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Riga, Latvia (March 31, 2020) Location: Latvia Event: Departure Information There are currently no commercial passenger flights scheduled out of Riga Airport but there are limited flights out of Tallinn and Vilnius Airports.  U.S. citizens who do not show symptoms of COVID-19 can cross the Latvian land borders with Estonia and Lithuania …

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Health Alert – Latvia Publishes New Restrictions to Limit the Spread of COVID-19 in English

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Riga, Latvia (March 30, 2020) Location: Latvia Event: Latvia Publishes New Restrictions to Limit the Spread of COVID-19 in English. On March 29, 2020, the Government of Latvia announced stricter social distancing measures in order to reduce the spread of COVID-19. The new measures can now be found in English on the …

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Health Alert: Latvia Implements Further Restrictions to Promote Social Distancing

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Riga, Latvia (March 29, 2020) Location: Latvia Event: Latvia Implements Further Restrictions to Promote Social Distancing On March 29, 2020, the Government of Latvia announced stricter social distancing measures in order to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  The new measures include the following: No more than two people are permitted to gather …

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Health Alert: Only One Scheduled Flight from Riga Airport – March 30, 2020 to Frankfurt

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Riga, Latvia – March 28, 2020 Location:  Latvia Event:  Only One Scheduled Flight from Riga Airport – March 30, 2020 to Frankfurt The U.S. Embassy reiterates  the State Department’s Level Four Global Health Advisory , stating “U.S. citizens who live in the United States should arrange for immediate return to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain …

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Health Alert – Latvia Restricts Some Scheduled Healthcare Services to Protect Patients from COVID-19 

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Riga, Latvia (March 27, 2020) Location: Latvia Event: Latvia Restricts Some Scheduled Healthcare Services to Protect Patients from COVID-19 The Latvian Minister of Health Ilze Viņķele, approved an order to limit health care services in both private and public medical facilities from March 27, 2020.  The goal of limiting theses services is …

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Health Alert – Flights Out of Latvia Continue to Decrease

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Riga, Latvia (March 26, 2020) Location: Latvia Event: Flights Out of Latvia Continue to Decrease The U.S. Embassy reiterates  the State Department’s Level Four Global Health Advisory , stating “U.S. citizens who live in the United States should arrange for immediate return to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.” Departure opportunities from …

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Health Alert-The Government of Latvia Implements Stricter Social Distancing Measures.  Lithuania Delays Land Border Closure for Transiting Foreigners

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Riga, Latvia (March 25, 2020) Location: Latvia Event: The Government of Latvia Implements Stricter Social Distancing Measures.  Lithuania Delays Land Border Closure for Transiting Foreigners On March 25, 2020 the Government of Latvia announced new social-distancing measures to limit the spread of COVID.  On weekends and holidays, only grocery stores, pharmacies, pet pharmacies, …

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Health Alert – Further Airport and Land Border Closures-U.S. Embassy Riga, Latvia

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Riga, Latvia Location: Latvia Event: Further Airport and Land Border Closures After March 27, 2020, the number of passenger flights out of Riga is expected to decrease further or stop altogether.  This reduction or stoppage of flights could last several weeks or longer.  The U.S. Embassy reiterates the State Department’s Level Four Global Health Advisory , stating “U.S. citizens …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Riga

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Riga, Latvia – March 20, 2020  Location:  Latvia  Event: Departure Options Dwindle from Latvia  The Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory for COVID-19 on March 19, 2020.  U.S. Embassy Riga has no evacuation or chartered flights scheduled at this time.    U.S. citizens who are considering returning to the United States are urged to …

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Health Alert – Latvia Border Closures for Inbound Travelers

Location:  Latvia Event:  Effective midnight between Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17 local time, the government of Latvia will close its borders to all but Latvian citizens and Latvian residents who hold proper residency documentation. There are no restrictions for foreigners, including U.S. citizens, to depart Latvia.  The border closures will impact a significant number …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Riga

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Riga (March 13, 2020) Location: Latvia Event:On March 12 the Latvian Government declared a State of Emergency until April 14, 2020 in connection to COVID-19 in Latvia.  Please visit the English version of the declaration on the  Cabinet of Ministers  website. Beginning Monday, March 16, 2020, the U.S. Embassy in Riga will have reduced appointments for …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Riga, Latvia, May 8-9, 2019

Location:  Announced gathering points and route include, but are not limited to, the Victory Park and Old Town in Riga. Event:  Large organized gatherings to commemorate Victory Day. are expected to begin on May 8  at 17:00 at the Victory Monument.  On May 9 at 8:30, a rally is scheduled to take place in front of the Saeima.  Commemorative events on May 9 are …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Riga, Latvia, March 16

Location: Announced gathering point and route includes, but is not limited to, Old Town Riga, specifically around the Freedom Monument and Saint Peter’s church. Event: Demonstrations expected to take place on March 16, between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. The groups intend to commemorate/protest Latvian Legionnaires’ Day. Actions to Take: Avoid the areas of the …

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