Eight southern African countries (South Africa, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Eswatini, Lesotho, Botswana, Malawi and Mozambique) remain on the "red list" of countries deemed to have a very high level of epidemiological risk.
In addition, as previously reported by LSM, the United Kingdom, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Belgium, Ireland, Germany and Russia are also rated as presenting a particular epidemiological threat due to high levels of Omicron variant infection and all arrivals from these countries (Latvian nationals included) must have Covid tests prior to arrival if coming by carrier (e.g. airline) or within 24 hours of arrival if coming via private means (e.g. private car).
Further afield destinations including Taiwan, Saudi Arabia, New Zealand, Indonesia and Macau also have 'green' status.
The classification system rates travel to each country as low (green), high (yellow), or very high risk (red).
Covid countries list Jan 7, 2022.pdfDownload
The epidemiological requirements based upon the lists come into force at midnight, i.e. 00:00 on Saturday, January 8, 2022.
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.
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/.
For other information about Covid-related questions in Latvia see the official website.