Since Monday morning, the Border Guard has enhanced immigration security measures by carrying out random checks on travelers being signed up on covidpass.lv system.
“It does not mean that internal border controls have been restored,” Ruskulis said.
The checks are carried out at random and in such a way that the flow of cargo is continuous.
On Monday, 1,344 individuals were asked to confirm their registration on covidpass.lv, and around 30% had not done that. These people were invited to register and then they were allowed to continue on their way. It might be reasonably assumed that a similar proportion of those who were not stopped at the border had also neglected to provide the required information, but were able to proceed on their way unhindered.
The goal of the border guard is not to punish people, but to get them to register on covidpass.lv. So, for the time being, there are no administrative penalties, Ruskulis said.
The border guard, in cooperation with the National Guard, carries out checks on major roads, but on smaller roads this is done by the police.
The covidpass.lv form is mandatory for everyone arriving in Latvia and must be filled in up to 48 hours before arrival.