Rīga Airport improves Covid-19 testing process

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Riga International Airport in cooperation with the E.Gulbja laboratory has improved the process of Covid-19 testing by offering passengers the possibility of performing PCR saliva tests before border controls and immediately go wait for the results in their place of self-isolation, the airport said June 22.

The new travel arrangements, which entered into force on June 16, cancelled tests on entry for those who are vaccinated or overcome Covid-19, but those who must perform a test, can await the test result at home or the place of self-isolation. Previously, everyone had to wait for the results at the airport, which caused crowding and dissatisfaction of people.

Consequently, the airport has optimized the testing process by establishing a “green corridor” for travellers who do not have to perform the test, while offering the other passengers the possibility of performing the Covid-19 PCR saliva test before border controls. Therefore, the process of testing at Riga airport has become smoother, said the airport.

When several flights with a large number of passengers arrive at the same time, additional waiting times should be taken into account. In order to speed up the process, the airport invites passengers to register in advance for the test and to pay on the website of the E.Gulbja laboratory here.

More information on which travellers are exempt from the obligation to perform a test at the airport and which documents must be present to attest to the fact of vaccination or infection can be found on the airport's home page here.

Current travel rules are explained in detail in our other story.

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