Ryanair restarts flights from Rīga

Irish low-cost airline Ryanair restarted flights from Rīga International Airport June 28 with a flight to Vienna, Austria, the airport announced.

The airline also plans to launch flights to other destinations in the near future - London, Berlin, Dublin, Milan, Brussels, Manchester, Edinburgh, East Midlands and Paphos - though full details remain to be announced.

It should be possible to travel to more than 30 destinations from Riga Airport this week, with the flights provided by Ryanair, the Hungarian low-cost airline Wizz Air, the national airline airBaltic, the German airline Lufthansa and the Finnish air carrier Finnair. The full list of current and planned airport destinations is available on the website www.flyfromriga.lv.

However, the airport reminds that international passenger flights to Latvia are prohibited from countries where the cumulative Covid-19 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 inhabitants exceeds 25 (currently Sweden and Portugal). Anyone entering Latvia from a country with an incidence rate of more than 15 must undergo 14-day isolation upon arrival. Currently that includes the United Kingdom, Bulgaria, Romania and Luxembourg. 

The list of countries is available on the website of the Center for Disease Prevention and Control and is updated once a week - on Fridays. The airport urges passengers to carefully consider the need for travel and to make sure that the flight is not planned to / from a country in the group of prohibited countries before purchasing airline tickets.

The airport also reminds travellers that when planning a trip, passengers must be thoroughly familiar with both the epidemiological safety requirements of the airport and the airline, and the restrictions on staying in the country of destination. For example, the airline of the national airline airBaltic does not allow persons whose body temperature exceeds 37.8 degrees to board planes. Temperature control for passengers is performed at the airport before the security control area.

Inside Rīga International Airport passengers must wear a face mask at all times. Entrance to the terminal is allowed only for passengers with boarding passes. The airport also encourages passengers to keep their distance where possible and to wash and disinfect their hands regularly. To help passengers comply with these requirements, distance signs as well as hand sanitizers are located around the airport terminal.

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