Health Alert: Latvia Announces Additional Restrictions – U.S. Embassy Riga, Latvia

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Riga, Latvia (December 23, 2020)
Location: Latvia

Event: Latvia Announces Additional Restrictions.  The U.S. Embassy Riga continues to monitor the rapidly changing conditions due to COVID-19 in Latvia and in other locations worldwide.  The most current information regarding the impact of COVID-19 may be found at our COVID Information Page.

On Thursday, December 22, the Cabinet of Ministers announced additional restrictions to be followed from December 23, 2020 until January 4, 2021. For the full announcement, please visit https://www.mk.gov.lv/lv/aktualitates/uz-divam-nedelam-slimnicas-partrauks-sniegt-planveida-stacionaros-pakalpojumus .

Health Care

From December 23 until January 4, 2021 the inpatient medical treatment in hospitals is suspended except for:

  • Continuity of treatment services – chemotherapy, biological medicinal products, organ substitution treatment, etc.
  • Radiation therapy
  • Health care services for hematological diseases
  • Methadone and buprenorphine substitution treatment
  • Interventional cardiology
  • Interventional radiology

Hospitals will continue to provide the following services without limitation:

  • Emergency medical assistance and acute assistance
  • Oncological and life-saving surgeries
  • Health care services related to oncology, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, psychiatry, contagious skin diseases, sexually transmitted diseases, and traumatology
  • Rehabilitation services that if postponed could cause risk of disability, loss of capacity to work, or deterioration of functional abilities

Medical institutions shall continue to provide ambulatory health services, including medical consultations by health care professionals.  However medical institutions shall evaluate which services can be provided remotely.  Medical institutions will contact their patients individually to inform if planned medical appointment will be provided remotely or postponed to a later date. For additional information regards state paid medical services, please contact National Health Service of Latvia +371 8000 1234

Face masks outdoors

Face masks must be worn outdoors starting from age 7 where other visitors are present (ex. hiking trails, museum outdoor spaces, nature parks, etc.)

Travel to and from the United Kingdom

Latvia suspended passenger traffic to and from the United Kingdom from December 21 until January 1, 2021. For the full announcement, please visit: https://www.mk.gov.lv/en/aktualitates/passenger-services-and-united-kingdom-will-be-suspended-december-21 .

Travelers to Latvia

All travelers to Latvia are required to fill out and complete the electronic form at https://covidpass.lv/en/ at least 48 h before crossing the border. For minors, the form must be completed by the parent/legal representative.  The form requires personal information, contact details, and the previous 14 days travel history.  Travelers will receive a QR code that must be submitted to the border guard official (in case of border control or random inspection).  The data entered in the form will be forwarded to the competent Latvian authorities (Latvian police, border guard, and disease prevention and control center) and will be kept for 30 days.  More information is available at: https://mk.gov.lv/en/aktualitates/october-12-when-crossing-border-republic-latvia-electronic-questionnaire-will-have-be.

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