Negative Covid-19 test to be mandatory for entry to Latvia

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The Latvian government decided January 7 that entry to Latvia will in future only be permitted if the traveler in question can show a negative Covid-19 test.

This rule comes into force January 15 together with a similar regulation in Lithuania and Estonia.

The rule applies to all arrivals, including those traveling by private transport.

The test must be done no more than 72 hours before arrival at the Latvian border or boarding a passenger carrier such as an airline. The test result must be presented to the carrier in question. Boarding will not be allowed without the document. When traveling by private transport, a negative test must be indicated on the Covidpass form. This will be checked at random by the State Police and State Border Guard.

Those exempted from doing the test are children under the age of 11, persons vaccinated against Covid-19 (who can prove the fact), passenger carrier staff, sailors traveling for work, transit passengers who do not leave the airport control area, and members of the diplomatic corps. Tests will also not be required for those who live near the border and cross it daily for work or education.

Self-isolation rules remain in place.



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