As reported, In accordance with the March 12 emergency measures adopted by the Cabinet of Ministers, Transport Minister Tālis Linkaits (New Conservative Party) can create exceptions by granting permission for international transport while transport through airports, sea ports, and via bus and rail is forbidden. The minister made the decisions individually, assessing each after receiving request applications.
The following additional international trips have been approved:
- March 23, 4:15 p.m. airBaltic flight BT1246 from Frankfurt, Germany, arriving in Rīga at 7:30 p.m.
- March 24 & 27, 4:15 p.m. airBaltic flight BT1653 from Frankfurt, Germany, arriving in Rīga at 7:30 p.m.
- March 24, 1:50 p.m. airBaltic flight BT1246 from Rīga, arriving in Frankfurt, Germany at 3:15 p.m.
- March 27, 1:15 p.m. airBaltic flight BT1245 from Rīga, arriving in Frankfurt, Germany at 3:15 p.m.
- March 24, 25, 26 & 27, 9:00 a.m. airBaltic flight BT1653 from Rīga, arriving in London, UK at 9:55 a.m.
- March 24, 25, 26 & 27, 11:55 a.m. airBaltic flight BT1654 from London, UK, arriving in Rīga at 4:40 p.m.
- March 23, 3:50 p.m. airBaltic flight BT1712 from Istanbul, Turkey, arriving in Rīga at 5:30 p.m.
- March 23, 3:35 p.m. airBaltic flight BT1724 from Tbilisi, Georgia, arriving in Rīga at 5:00 p.m.
- March 24 & 25, 11:00 a.m. airBaltic flight BT1653 from Rīga, arriving in Amsterdam, Netherlands at 12:25 p.m.
- March 24 & 25, 2:25 p.m. airBaltic flight BT1620 from Amsterdam, Netherlands, arriving in Rīga at 5:40 p.m.
Previously reported ferries include:
- March 23, 10:00 a.m. StenaLine ferry TRLI202003172359 from Travemünde, Germany, arriving in Liepāja March 24 at 10:00 a.m.
- March 24, 11:59 p.m. StenaLine ferry TRLI202003242359 from Travemünde, Germany, arriving in Liepāja March 26 at 4:00 a.m.
Latvian nationals and foreigners permanently residing in Latvia must fill out a form of affirmation, which the carrier is responsible for handing in to the State Border Guard. Lithuanian and Estonian nationals and foreigners permanently residing in Lithuania or Estonia must fill out another form of affirmation while traveling through Latvia to return to their country of residence. They must be given to the Latvian State Border Guard.
Updated and detailed information is available on the Transport Ministry website, as well as through the Foreign Affairs Ministry Consular Department Facebook page: www.facebook.com/celodrosi.
As previously reported, on March 17 a range of strict new rules came into force at Latvia's border crossing points. There is a ban on all air, rail, coach and ferry travel to Latvia, unless exemptions have been granted by an appropriate government minister - which will be the case with special repatriation services on land, sea and air to bring Latvian nationals home from other countries.