Health Alert: Latvia Ends State of Emergency as of April 6 and Eases Some Restrictions – U.S. Embassy Riga, Latvia

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Riga, Latvia (April 26, 2021)

Location: Latvia

Event: Latvia Ends State of Emergency as of April 6 and Eases Some Restrictions.  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 on our COVID Information Page.

The Cabinet of Ministers ended the state of emergency in Latvia on April 6, 2021. For the full announcement, please visit:

Updated Restrictions from April 7:


  • Pre-schools will continue to operate for children of those who work at the school and children  with parents who cannot work remotely and have no childcare options at home
  • In municipalities with a 14-day cumulative rate of less than 200 new cases per 100,000 people the following can take place:

– Students in grades 1-6 and grade 12 can return to school.
– Students in grades 7-11 may return to school on rotation basis (classes in the educational institution does not overlap).
– Up to five formal education classes can take place outdoors per week for a class of up to 10 people.
– Up to 10 people may gather outdoors for vocational and informal education classes.


  •  All stores with a sales area of no more than 7,000 square meters that have a separate entrance and are not located in a shopping center may reopen.
  • In shopping malls with a sales area of more than 7000 square meters only grocery and hygiene stores, pharmacies, optical stores, florists, bookstores, and press outlets can be open.
  • Small outdoor fairs (up to 20 merchants) are permitted.
  • Restaurants may still only provide food and drinks for take away.


  • Up to 10 people may gather for marches and pickets outdoors.
  • Up to 10 people, but no more than 2 households, may gather for private gatherings outdoors.
  • Up to 10 people, but no more than 2 households, may gather for funeral and/or baptism ceremonies.


  • Non-essential travel from the EU/Schengen zone continues to be banned with limited exceptions including work, study, family reunification, medical treatment, transit, return to home country, funerals, or accompanying a minor.
  • Travelers must include the purpose of travel when registering at and be ready to present justification documents upon arrival to the State Police or Border Guards.
  • Travelers must present a negative PCR test result done within the previous 72 hours.
  • Travelers arriving from outside of the EU/Schengen zone will 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 at one of the tourist accommodations specified by the Latvian Investment and Development Agency.
  • For more information on all travel restrictions/rules please visit

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