Eight African countries are first to be included on Latvia's travel 'red list'

The updated list of epidemiological requirements for arrivals into Latvia from other countries was published on November 26, with just the Vatican remaining on the 'green list' of European countries. Spain dropped off the list from last week.

As there are no direct flights from the Vatican to Latvia – for obvious reasons – it means that effectively all of Europe is now deemed to have a "high public health threat" (in which the 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100,000 inhabitants exceeds 75), including all three Baltic states.

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The classification system rates travel to each country as low (green), high (yellow), or very high risk (red).  South Africa, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Eswatini (still often known as Swaziland in the English-speaking world), Lesotho, Botswana, Malawi and Mozambique become the first countries to be included on the "red list". Even though all of the eight listed African countries have infection rates well under the 75 threshold, fears about the spread of a new Covid variant (dubbed 'Omicron' by the World Health Organization) have prompted the special measures.

The epidemiological requirements based upon the lists come into force at midnight, i.e. 00:00 on Saturday, November 27.

The latest list of countries, their current travel status, and the necessary epidemiological measures that apply is available HERE in Latvian, English and Russian and is also attached to this story in English, in PDF form for your convenience.

In addition, details of the just-announced restrictions on travel from various southern African countries can be found in our story here.

More details on travel requirements, including the mandatory travel form to fill in prior to arrival in Latvia, are available at https://covidpass.lv/en/.

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