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- The Government of Latvia reports 1246 confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders.
- There have been 32 reported COVID-19 related deaths in Latvia.
- State Chancellery of Latvia COVID-19 Information Page
- Alerts and Messages for U.S. Citizens
Entry and Exit Requirements:
Latvian authorities are implementing the following EU Commission’s recommended restrictions:
- Restrictions from entering Latvia from outside the European Union (including the United States) remain in place.
- EU passport holders are allowed entry, including residents of Schengen countries, plus Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway, Romania, Switzerland, Ireland and the UK. Non-EU passport holders with EU permanent residence permits may enter Latvia.
- Currently, residents of the following countries are permitted to enter the EU: Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay. This list is updated every two weeks by the EU and can be found here.
- Your residence determines whether you can enter the EU. If you reside in the EU or one of the 14 countries, you may enter Latvia.
- The Government of Latvia is also monitoring the rates of COVID-19 in these countries and passenger from countries with more than 16 cases per 100,000 inhabitants will be required to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival. For a list of countries and the rate please visit the following: https://www.spkc.gov.lv/lv/if-returning-toentering-latvia.
- If you are not in one of the categories above, you cannot enter Latvia. This means U.S. citizens residing in the United States are banned from entering Latvia for non-essential travel, which includes tourism, unless you have an EU passport or meet the very narrow exceptions detailed in the next bullet. The EU Commission determines who may enter the EU based on epidemiological data. At this time, there is no projected date when travelers from the United States will be permitted to enter Latvia.
- Exceptions to the travel ban include spouses or minor children of Latvian nationals, long-term residents, members of government delegations and passengers in transit. See the details posted by the Embassy of Latvia in Washington D.C. for clarification. Consult with your airline regarding any documents they may require to board you. The Embassy cannot request special exceptions to the travel restrictions. You must contact the Latvian Embassy if you believe you have a compelling travel reason.
- You may not travel from the United States to a country on the list to get around the travel restrictions.
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
From Latvia: The Riga Airport has opened for passenger travel with direct flights to some other countries in Europe, depending on the rate of COVID-19.
- Air Baltic has resumed flights from Riga Airport to various destinations in Europe including Frankfurt, Oslo, Helsinki, Amsterdam, Tallinn, Vilnius and others. For information on the flights please visit the Air Baltics Timetables page. To book a flight, please go to the Air Baltic Home page
- You can book flights from Riga Airport through other European airports online through online travel agents.
From Estonia and Lithuania:
- For up-to-date information on departure options from Estonia, please visit the COVID-19 Page and Alerts and Messages on the website of the U.S. Embassy in Estonia for up-to-date departure information from Estonia.
- For up-to-date information on departure options from Lithuania, please visit the COVID-19 Page and Alerts and Messages on the website of the U.S. Embassy in Lithuania.
The borders with Russia and Belarus remain 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).
- FAQs from U.S. Citizens regarding March 11 and March 14 Presidential Proclamations
- Health Alert: Latvia Border Closures for Inbound Travelers
- U.S. Embassy Riga, Latvia
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+371 6710 7000 (business hours)
+371 2920 5708 (after hours)
- State Department – Consular Affairs
888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444
- Latvia Country Information
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- 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.
- View U.S. Embassy Riga’s Most Recent Alerts – https://lv.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/security-and-travel-information/
- Cabinet of Ministers Press Releases
- Latvia’s Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (SPKC):
- Updates on Travel Restrictions to the United States
- Global Health Advisory on travel.state.gov
- COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov
- CDC page on COVID-19
- Latvia Country Information and Travel Advisory page
- World Health Organization
- Regarding the Declaration of Emergency Situation: a detailed listing of Latvian government’s emergency measures