Interior Ministry: Arrivals willing to be registered

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The Interior Ministry told Latvian Radio on July 17 that so far there have not been issues with arrivals filling out questionnaires upon entry in Latvia.

Director of the Legal Department of the Interior Ministry Vilnis Vītoliņš said: "We have not received information from the responsible authorities that people are looking at questionnaires with confusion. At the moment, it looks like people have agreed to fill out the questionnaires."

He said that there was active work between the services and that carriers had started to receive questionnaires and distribute them to travelers.

"Travel providers are rethinking ways that would be more effective in filling out questionnaires. Questionnaires could be completed during trips, so that the arrival would not be delayed," said Vītoliņš.

Information on passengers who have been in COVID-19 heavily affected countries is passed on to the State Police for self-isolation control, while information on persons who have arrived from low-risk countries goes to the Center for Disease Prevention and Control, in order to quickly identify potential contacts if necessary and to identify the routes of infection, explained Vitoliņš.

As of Thursday July 16, every arrival who comes to the country through international carrier services will be registered in Latvia to limit the distribution of COVID-19.

All arrivals from countries with a higher incidence of COVID-19 than 16 cases per 100,000 of the population must self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival for Latvia and stiff penalties can be imposed upon anyone breaking this requirement.

At the time of writing the list of countries for which self-isolation is required (which can be viewed at the SPKC website) includes Sweden, Luxembourg, Portugal, San Marino, Bulgaria and Romania.

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