COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information

Last updated: 9 September, 2022

***  As of 12:01 a.m. EDT June 12, 2022, the CDC order requiring all persons aged two and above to show a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before boarding a flight to the United States, is rescinded.  Starting at 12:01 a.m. EDT on June 12, 2022, the CDC will no longer order air passengers to show a negative COVID-19 test result, or show documentation of recovery from COVID-19, prior to boarding a flight to the United States.  Of note, CDC’s Order requiring proof of vaccination for non-U.S. citizen non-immigrants to travel to the United States is still in effect.  For more information see Requirement for Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination for Air Passengers.

Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.

Country-Specific Information

  • Medical and/or masks marked as FPP2-FFP3, KN95 have to be worn mandatory in all medical and social care facilities. This requirement does not apply to children until 12 years of age.
  • When entering Latvia persons will not be required to present Covid-19 certificates or Covid-19 tests anymore unless they travel from very high risk country indicated on the website of Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, currently there are no such countries indicated. Travelers from very high-risk countries by entering Latvia are required to present vaccination or recovery certificate from Covid-19 and a negative PCR/antigen Covid-19 test result. This requirement does not apply to certain groups of travelers listed here.
  • As of February 15, 2022 validity of Covid-19 vaccination certificate is set to 9 months after completing the vaccination course with Vaxzevria, Spikevax, Comirnaty and 5 months after receiving the Janssen.  Validity rule for Covid-19 vaccination certificate does not apply to children until 18 years of age.
  • The Department of State has issued a Level 1 Advisory advising U.S. citizens to exercise normal precautions in Latvia due to the global impact of COVID-19.
  • Visit www.covid19.gov.lv for the current information.

COVID-19 Testing

Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Latvia?  Yes
If so, are test results reliably available within one calendar day? Yes

  • Anyone with symptoms can be tested for free with doctor`s referral.  For those without symptoms the cost, per test, is 37 euros.
  • A map of COVID-19 testing sites in Latvia
  • Individuals with severe symptoms please call the emergency line at 113.
  • For a COVID-19 questions, call the COVID-19 Hotline at 8345.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Has the government of Latvia approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use?  Yes

  • As of February 15, 2022 validity of Covid-19 vaccination certificate is set to 9 months after completing the vaccination course with Vaxzevria, Spikevax, Comirnaty and 5 months after receiving the Janssen. Validity rule for Covid-19 vaccination certificate does not apply to children until 18 years of age.

Are vaccines available in Latvia for U.S. citizens to receive? No

  • Vaccines are available ONLY to U.S. citizens who have temporary or permanent residency cards of Latvia.  Please visit for more information.
  • Visit the FDA’s website to  to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines in the United States.
  • The United States Government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas.  Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.

Entry and Exit Requirements

Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes

  • When entering Latvia persons will not be required to present Covid-19 certificates or Covid-19 tests anymore unless they travel from very high risk country indicated on the website of Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, currently there are no such countries indicated. Travelers from very high risk countries by entering Latvia are required to present vaccination or recovery certificate from Covid-19 and a negative PCR/antigen Covid-19 test result. This requirement does not apply to certain groups of travelers listed here.
  • PLEASE NOTE – There are no direct flights between the United States and Latvia. It is the traveler’s responsibility to be informed about the entry/exit requirements of the countries the traveler intends to transit on the way to/from Latvia.
  • PLEASE NOTE – U.S. Embassy Riga cannot assist those travelers who are not allowed entry into Latvia due to a failure to comply with the entry/exit requirements imposed by the Latvian Government.

Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry for U.S. citizens? No

Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry?  No

Movement Restrictions

  • Is a curfew in place?  No
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel?  No

Transportation Options

  • Are commercial flights operating? Yes
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes

Consular Operations

  • The U.S. Embassy in Riga is processing the full slate of American Citizen Services, including CRBA and passport appointments, as well as immigrant visas. Appointments for non-immigrant visas are limited. Please contact askconsular-riga@state.gov for more information.

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