Vaccinated people will not have to self-isolate after arriving in Latvia

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People who have been vaccinated against Covid-19 will be allowed to disregard self-isolation after their entry to Latvia from European countries, government agreed on Thursday, May 13.

Currently, 10 days of self-isolation must be observed when entering Latvia from countries with more than 50 cases per 100 000 inhabitants over 14 days.




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As a result of the Government's decision, it will be possible to avoid self-isolation by vaccinated persons travelling from the EU, the countries of the European Economic Area, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. The changes to the rules will take effect as soon as they are published on the official site.

The list of the countries is selected because different countries have different strains of Covid-19, which are more infectious and vaccines are not as effective toward some, according to Health Ministry.

Studies on the efficacy of vaccines against Covid-19 have shown that people who have been vaccinated with Covid-19 are very rarely infected, and if these people are infected, the virus concentration is lower and there is a lower risk of spreading it in the environment, the Ministry of Health said.

The full vaccination course, i.e., fifteen days after both doses of Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca vaccines or a single dose of the Janssen vaccine will be considered to be valid.

Although AstraZeneca provides some immunity 22 days after the first dose, there is currently no evidence that AstraZeneca vaccines are sufficiently effective against different types of virus after a single dose of vaccine. Therefore, the self-isolation can be disregarded only after receiving the second dose.

The conditions for testing for vaccinated persons shall also remain in force, in particular, a person must present a negative Covid-19 test, carried out no more than 72 hours before boarding the vehicle.

In order to ensure the possibility for medical practitioners to issue a certification regarding vaccination in the most convenient manner possible, until an electronic certificate has been introduced in the State, a draft regulation form regarding the fact of vaccination in Latvian and English shall be included (attached in PDF format).

At the request of a person, the medical treatment institution will be required to complete this form.

Health Minister Daniels Pavluts explained that such an uncomfortable paper format is a transitional period until a digital solution is introduced.

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