COVID-19 Information

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Country-Specific Information:
Entry and Exit Requirements:

Entry Options:

As of Tuesday, March 17, the government of Latvia closed its borders until further notice 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.

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 past 14 days. Individuals traveling to and from Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia who meet these requirements will not be subjected to the 14-day quarantine

Departure Options:

From Latvia:

From Estonia and Lithuania:

The border closures will impact a significant number of train, air, and bus routes.  It will also include a complete stop of all cruise ship and ferry traffic to Latvia.  Other EU land borders will be closed to commercial passenger vehicles but personal vehicles of Latvian citizens and residents will be permitted to cross.  The borders with Russia and Belarus will be closed for all passenger travel.  The Latvian government will continue to allow the transport of goods into Latvia, including food and medicine, through all borders. The Latvian government is implementing these measures to curtail the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).  Expect significant delays at all Latvian ports of entry in the coming days.

Assistance:
Quarantine Information:
  • Per Latvia’s Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (SPKC), any person, including children, with recent travel to any foreign country must monitor their health for 14 days, and must self-isolate and call the emergency hotline 8303 for those with mild symptoms  to apply for free testing. If you experience severe high body temperature, cough, sore throat, difficulty breathing, etc. please call 113.
  • A hotline for COVID-19 questions: 8345
  • A general physician hotline, available 24/7 for all medical issues except for COVID-19, call 6601 6001.
  • Teachers, healthcare workers, daycare workers, and social workers who have traveled to affected areas must stay home from work for 14 days and monitor their health for COVID-19 symptoms.
When to test for COVID-19:
  • Clinical criteria: Any person with acute respiratory tract infection, regardless of severity: sudden onset of disease and at least one of the following: high temperature, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath AND
  • Epidemiological criteria: Prior to the onset of symptoms within 14 days, the patient: – was in close contact with a COVID-19 patient OR traveled or stayed in COVID-19 infected areas *  OR worked or visited a health care facility treating patients with COVID-19 infection.
  • Individuals With Mild Symptoms: Latvia has established a hotline 8303 for individuals to call who have mild symptoms but want to be tested.
  • Individuals With Severe Symptoms: please call emergency 113.
  • A hotline for COVID-19 questions: 8345
  • A general physician hotline 6601 6001 available 24/7 for all medical issues except for COVID-19.
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