Transport Ministry confirms March 1 travel rule changes

Latvia's Transport Ministry on February 18 confirmed previously announced government plans to ease entry restrictions to Latvia for foreign travellers.

According to a government decision taken February 15, the requirement to fill in an entry declaration at covidpass.lv will be abolished from March 1.

However, the requirement to provide an interoperable Covid-19 vaccination or disease certificate or a negative Covid-19 test result remains in force. 

The requirement to go into self-isolation after entry was abolished on February 16.

"From March 1, no significant reason will be required to enter Latvia. At the same time, the control of travelers' interoperable certificates and test results will be continued, ensuring the same requirements for travelers regardless of the country of entry," the Ministry of Transport said.

"Arrivals from countries that do not provide an interoperable Covid-19 test certificate must have a negative Covid-19 test in the language of the country of departure or in English on paper or electronically (on a smart device)," the Ministry added, also providing a list of countries that provide interoperable medical records .

If a person is unable to present to the international carrier a valid interoperable Covid-19 vaccination or disease certificate or a negative Covid-19 test result (PCR or antigen), the carrier will be entitled to refuse boarding.

Exceptions include children under 12 years of age, who do not need to present a certificate or test result. For more details, see Cabinet Regulation No. 662 “Epidemiological Safety Measures to Limit the Spread of Covid-19 Infection” .

All arrivals, including those with an interoperable disease or vaccination certificate, will retain the opportunity to take a voluntary, state-paid Covid-19 test upon arrival at Rīga International Airport.

At the same time, the Center for Disease Prevention and Control (SPKC) will continue to carry out a risk assessment to identify countries where the risks of Covid-19 spread are very high and pose a risk to public health. To enter from high-risk countries, a significant reason for travel will be required and an additional Covid-19 test will be required in Latvia. However, no such countries are currently on the very high risk list, so at the moment additional restrictions do not apply.

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