COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information
Last updated: 4 December 2021

***  Effective December 6, 2021, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older, regardless of vaccination status or citizenship, must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within one calendar day of travel.  Alternatively, travelers to the United States may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel.  Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.  

Country-Specific Information

  • Latvia declared a state of emergency until January 11, 2022. During this period businesses may operate from 6 AM until 9 PM and serve clients who can provide vaccination or recovery from Covid 19 certificate, however the basic necessity businesses  (grocery stores, hygiene stores, pharmacies, veterinarians, bookstores, flower shops, optics stores, gas stations, pet food, press outlets and telecoms sales/service) may serve all clients regardless their vaccination or recovery from COVID-19 status.
  •  During the weekends and state holidays shopping malls with area larger than 1500 square meters have to remain closed until January 11, 2022, except for the basic necessity businesses –  grocery stores, hygiene stores, pharmacies, bookstores, flower shops, optics stores, pet food, press outlets and telecoms sales/service.
  • Service providers such as beauty salons, cinemas, entertainment venues, cultural institutions, libraries, sport gyms, etc. are opened for individuals with vaccination or recovery from Covid 19 certificate.
  • Public indoor events may gather up to 500 people with provided assigned seating only to individuals with vaccination or recovery from Covid 19 certificate.
  • Restaurants are permitted to provide takeaway and delivery orders from 6 AM to 9 PM.  Indoor dining is permitted only for clients who can provide vaccination or recovery from Covid 19 certificate.
  • Private gathering is permitted for more than 10 persons indoors and 20 persons outdoors regardless of their vaccination or recovery from Covid 19 status.
  • No more than 20 guests may gather for an outdoor funeral ceremony, excluding the service providers. No more than 10 individuals from no more than two households may gather for a baptism, excluding the individuals performing the baptism.  
  • No travel restrictions are introduced during this state of emergency period.
  • The Department of State has issued a Level 4 Advisory advising U.S. citizens to reconsider travel to Latvia due to the global impact of COVID-19.  Visit https://covid19.gov.lv/en for updated information.
  • On September 1, new regulations for travelers entering Latvia went into effect. The new regulations permit vaccinated travelers who can present either a US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) paper vaccine certificate, an interoperable digital EU certificate (either in an electronic smart device or printed out) or a vaccination certificate issued in specific other countries including the EU, the EEA countries, Switzerland or the United Kingdom to enter Latvia for nonessential purposes without a negative COVID test or requiring self-isolation. Please visit the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website for the full announcement.
  • Regulations for travelers over the age of 11 who have not been vaccinated or do not have proof of vaccination remain the same. Please see below for more specific details on testing and self-isolation regulations for non-vaccinated travelers.
  • Regular flights are available out of Latvia; however, flight schedules remain limited and have not returned to pre-pandemic levels.
  • Please visit the website of the Embassy of Latvia in Washington D.C. here for information regarding entry into Latvia and here for consular information and consult with your airline regarding any documents they may require for boarding.
  • American Citizens who are visiting Latvia may apply for a temporary QR code with Tourism and Information Centers (RTIC) in the following cities: in Aluksne, Bauska, Daugavpils, Jekabpils, Liepaja, Rezekne, Riga, Salacgriva, Valmiera and Ventspils. Contact information, as well as opening hours for Tourism Information Centers are available at https://www.latvia.travel/en/article/tourist-information-centres. American Citizens will need to show their passports and their original CDC card or other vaccination card. An application fee of 10 Euro will be charged by the RTIC. The temporary QR codes will generally be issued within one business day and are for 30 days. These certificates are valid only within Latvia, and are not interoperable with digital COVID certificates for other EU Countries. For further information about temporary QR codes, please contact travel@riga.lv.
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia Information for Travelers to Latvia Page
  • State Chancellery of Latvia COVID-19 Information Page
  • Alerts and Messages for U.S. Citizens

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

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

  • Has the government of Latvia approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use?  Yes
  • Are vaccines available in Latvia for U.S. citizens to receive? No

Entry and Exit Requirements

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes
    • U.S. Citizens arriving to Latvia from the United States or other countries included by the Centre for Disease Prevention and Control of Latvia (SPKC) in the list of third countries with high levels of Covid-19 infections may enter Latvia if they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
    • In order to be considered “fully vaccinated” for purposes of travel to Latvia, travelers must
      • have had the full course of vaccine (1 shot of the Johnson and Johnson COVID vaccine, or 2 shots of Astra-Zeneca, Moderna or Pfizer vaccines) and it must have been at least 14 days since your last vaccination.
      • show a U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Vaccine Card, interoperable digital EU certificate (either in an electronic smart device or printed out) or a vaccination certificate issued in the EU, the EEA countries, Switzerland or the United Kingdom.  
    • Travelers who have not yet been vaccinated against COVID-19 and who are arriving in Latvia from the U.S. or other countries with a high risk of COVID may not enter Latvia unless:
    • U.S. citizens arriving from other countries designated by Latvia as low-risk for COVID (see list here) may enter Latvia for non-essential purposes including tourism.
    • Consult with your airline regarding any documents it may require for boarding. The Embassy cannot request special exceptions to the travel restrictions. You must contact the Latvian Embassy in Washington if you believe you have a compelling reason for travel.
    • 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
  • Vaccinated travelers who can present either a U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) paper vaccine certificate, an interoperable digital EU certificate (either in an electronic smart device or printed out), or a vaccination certificate issued in the EU, the EEA countries, Switzerland or the United Kingdom can travel to Latvia for nonessential purposes without a negative COVID test or required self-isolation.
  • All unvaccinated travelers or travelers who are unable to prove their vaccination status entering Latvia and who are aged 11 and over will be required to present a negative COVID-19 test taken within the previous 72 hours or an antigen test taken not more than 48 hours before boarding the flight or entering Latvia.
  • Travelers arriving from outside of the EU/Schengen zone will also be required to take a COVID-19 test upon arrival at their own expense.  If the result is positive, the traveler must pay for self-isolation in one of the tourist accommodations specified by the Latvian Investment and Development Agency.
  • For long term stay American Citizens must submit his/her CDC certificate to the Latvian National Health Service for it to be recognized in the EU and to obtain QR code, please follow the instructions here:https://www.vmnvd.gov.lv/en/creation-certificate-if-vaccination-was-performed-outside-european-countries 
  • For short term stay American Citizens who are visiting Latvia may apply for a temporary QR code with Tourism and Information Centers (RTIC) in the following cities: in Aluksne, Bauska, Daugavpils, Jekabpils, Liepaja, Rezekne, Riga, Salacgriva, Valmiera and Ventspils. Contact information, as well as opening hours for Tourism Information Centers are available at https://www.latvia.travel/en/article/tourist-information-centres.  American Citizens will need to show their passports and their original CDC card or other vaccination card. An application fee of 10 Euro will be charged by the RTIC. The temporary QR codes will generally be issued within one business day and are for 30 days. These certificates are valid only within Latvia, and are not interoperable with digital COVID certificates for other EU Countries. For further information about temporary QR codes, please contact travel@riga.lv.
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry?  No
    • All travelers except children under the age of 7 must wear a medical mask in the Airport. Entry into the Airport terminal is only allowed for passengers wearing a mask who have a boarding pass or booking confirmation.
    • The Airport urges travelers to observe the requirement to wear a mask during their time in the Airport.  If a passenger arrives at the Airport without a mask, s/he can purchase one at the entrance or in the terminal.
    • Before entering Latviaall passengers are requested to fill out a electronic questionnaire https://covidpass.lv/en/ confirming that they will observe the established epidemiological safety measures upon arrival.
      • For minors, the form must be completed by the parent/legal representative.
      • Travelers will receive a QR code that must be submitted to the border guard official upon arrival (each traveler is expected to have their own QR code).
      • The form must be completed at least 48 hours before crossing the border.

Movement Restrictions

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

Transportation Options

  • Are commercial flights operating? Yes
    • Passenger flights from Riga Airport remain limited.  However, airlines have begun to resume many previous routes. Check Riga Airport website  for the current list of available destinations.
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes
    • Masks are required to be worn on all public transportation and in taxis.

Fines for Non-Compliance

  • Individuals not complying with the health and safety requirements can be subject to a fine from 100 – 2000 euros.

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.
  • U.S. Citizens seeking information on the CARES Act, including stimulus checks for individuals and assistance for small business owners, are encouraged to visit the   IRS Coronavirus Tax Relief and Economic Impact Payment sitefor more information.

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