Covid-19 News
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In view of the high risk of the spread of the COVID-19 virus and in further efforts to prevent its spread, the Cabinet agreed to extend the current state of emergency in Latvia until 6 April 2021.

The following additional security measures and restrictions related to the state of emergency in Latvia have been extended until 6 April: 

    • Neither private nor public gatherings and events are allowed; the “2+2” rule must be observed on a daily basis – two metres, two people. The Apturi Covid (Stop Covid) application is being used;
    • Activities at all cultural sites, exhibitions and fairs are suspended;
    • The open air areas of museums and nature trails will remain open for visitors, and they must observe the epidemiological safety requirements;
    • Libraries may lend out books as a ‘takeaway service’ only.
    • On-site services in beauty salons, including hairdressers, are not permitted
    • At places of religious worship, no more than 20 % of the maximum allowed number of people may gather at one time; 
    • Organised meetings, pickets and marches may take place outdoors, but a maximum of 25 people may attend, and those present must observe the epidemiological safety requirements which apply in such circumstances;
    • Shopping must be done individually. People violating epidemiological safety requirements shall be denied service. Information on the number of customers permitted shall be clearly visible at the entrance of the store.

Shopping in person will be available at the following places, working days included:

  • pharmacies, including veterinary pharmacies;
  • stores selling eye glasses and other optics;
  • petrol stations;
  • shops are allowed to sell the following items :
    •  food and groceries;
    • hygiene products;
    • essential household goods;
    • seasonal items; 
    • prepaid cards for mobile phones;
    •  tobacco products, electronic smoking devices and their fluids;
    • food for animals and other pet supplies;
    • press publications;
    • public transport tickets;
    • face masks and other personal protective equipment;
    • home-produced agricultural goods;
    • flowers.

Online shopping will not be not restricted.

However, beginning on 8 February, shopping in person for all kinds of merchandise will be possible at:

  • grocery stores including stores with an inventory of goods for sale which is made up of no less than 70% food products;
  • drugstores, pharmacies and stores with an inventory of goods for sale which is no less than 70% made up of toiletries and hygiene products; and
  • bookstores

Border control

As of 11 February, entry to Latvia from the European Union Member States, the European Economic Area Member States, the Swiss Confederation, and the United Kingdom through international passenger carrier services or by a private vehicle is permitted for urgent and essential reasons only:

  • work;
  • training, studies;
  • family reunification;
  • to receive medical services;
  • transit;
  • accompanying a minor;
  • return to one’s permanent place of residence;
  • attending a funeral.

Either of these reasons must be indicated on the covidpass.lv website. The international carrier must make sure that the person has submitted this self-certification.

Documents or other reliable proof confirming the purpose of entry indicated on the covidpass.lv website will have to be presented to the State Border Guard or the State Police on demand.

The traveller will not have to present the documents if information that confirms any of the purposes of entry is already available in national information systems, e.g., the Population Register.

Entry to Latvia in a private vehicle is allowed for the nationals of Latvia and other European Union Member States, the European Economic Area countries, the Swiss Confederation, and the United Kingdom, and permanent residents of the European Union who have a residence permit in Latvia.

From 11 February to 25 February, all international passenger transportation has been suspended to and from the United Kingdom, Ireland and Portugal – the countries where the spread of the new SARS-CoV-2 mutation has been detected and the incidence of COVID-19 has rapidly increased as a consequence.  

At the same time, there is a possibility for carrying out separate passenger flights and voyages, for instance, in order to bring employees to the place where they are working, in accordance with permission given by the Minister of Transport.

From 11 to 25 February, nationals of third countries holding a residence permit in Latvia whose purpose of entry does not comply with what has been specified in Paragraphs 37.1., 37.2, 37.3, 37.5.-37.15. of the Cabinet Regulation No 360 “Epidemiological Safety Measures to Limit the Spread of Covid-19 Infection” issued on June 09, 2020 will not be allowed to enter Latvia.

Source: https://www.mfa.gov.lv