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Ban on 'unnecessary' travel extended until April 6 in Latvia

In order to slow the spread of the new strains of Covid-19, on February 25 the government extended the ban on entry to Latvia for reasons deemed unnecessary until the end of the state of emergency.

Previously, this limit was set between February 11 and 25. It has now been extended until April 6.

Latvia should only be entered for urgent and essential reasons, namely: employment, work duty, training, studies, family association, medical services, transit, accompanying a minor, to return permanently, or attend a funeral.

Whether the person wishing to enter meets these criteria will have to be certified by the persons themselves by completing an electronic questionnaire on the website covidpass.lv.

Documents or other reliable evidence for the veracity of this statement will not have to be added when completing the electronic questionnaire, but the persons must be able to present them to the State Border Guard or the State Police upon request.

A person shall not be required to produce documents certifying the purpose of entry if the information certifying one of the referred to purposes of entry is already available in the national information systems, such as information on the person's place of residence, civil status, direct family relations.

In order to certify that professional drivers' entry using a vehicle of a carrier or a vehicle which does not perform commercial transport is carried out for the performance of work duties, professional drivers of trucks and buses shall, at the request of the State Border Guard or the State Police, present an appropriate category driving license and the driver card of the digital tachograph or the tachograph of the last working day, as well as the employer-issued certificate, the form and content of which correspond to the model developed by the European Commission.

If a person enters Latvia with a passenger carrier, the carrier shall control whether the passenger has registered with the covidpass.lv site, but does not control the completeness or veracity of the information indicated in the electronic questionnaire.

The passenger carrier shall not be entitled to take onboard persons who have not completed the electronic questionnaire covidpass.lv and declared the purpose of entry.

If a person has deliberately stated a false purpose of the journey, they will be faced with a fine of up to €2,000 in the same way as a violation of other epidemiological security measures.

As LSM reported earlier, the prohibition on 'unnecessary' travel does not so far seem to have made much difference with regard to traveller numbers. 

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