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- The Government of Latvia reports 1047 confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders.
- There have been 22 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:
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
- On May 18, 2020, Air Baltic will resume daily flights from Riga Airport to Frankfurt, Oslo, Tallinn, and Vilnius. For information on the flights please visit the Air Baltics Travel Updates page. To book a flight, please go to the Air Baltic Home page
- The Latvian Ministry of Transportation (http://www.sam.gov.lv/?cat=8&art_id=9533) has published a list of authorized departures and arrivals to/from Latvia. Please contact the carriers listed for seat availability.
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- Stena is currently operating the VENTSPILS- NYNÄSHAMN ferry. To inquire about availability, please email them at email@example.com and check their website regularly.
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 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.
- 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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- State Department – Consular Affairs
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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/
- Declaration of Emergency Situation in Latvia
- 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