Relaxed travel rules in Latvia / Article


As of January 12, a negative Covid-19 test result will not be required for people holding a vaccination or recovery certificate for entry into Latvia, except entering very high risk countries, when a negative Covid-19 test result is required for everyone to enter Latvia, the Ministry of Transport (SM) said.

A ban was in force to date, banning the entry of certain African countries: South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia, Eswatini, Malawi.

However, since the Omicron type is already prevalent in Latvian society and the imported cases are not that important, there is no need to ban the entry of countries particularly affected by Omicon, clarifies the draft ordinance.

In these cases, it will no longer be mandatory to perform a Covid test before entry or at the border. For those travelers who wish, the possibility of being tested is given on a voluntary basis.

From January 12, it will no longer be necessary to present a negative Covid-19 test for those vaccinated and recovered with a certificate of entry into Latvia from the United Kingdom, Denmark, Norway, Sweden , Belgium, Ireland and Russia. Such a requirement was in effect until January 11 in order to reduce the distribution of the Covid-19 Omicron in Latvia.

A negative Covid-19 test result is required when entering particularly high-risk countries when a negative Covid-19 test result is required for everyone. The lists of these countries are available on the Center for Disease Prevention and Control (SPKC).

All travelers will continue to be able to take the free Covid-19 test at Riga Airport after the flight.

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