Travelers can get 'short-term certificates' as of November 15 in Latvia

As of November 15, arrivals from outside the EU will be able to obtain short-term Covid certificates in Latvia, according to information from the Ministry of Transport.

In Latvia and elsewhere in the European Union (EU), from October 29, the UK's Covid-19 certificates are equivalent to those issued by the EU. Meanwhile, arrivals from a number of other countries outside the EU will be able to obtain short-term certificates.

The rules on the short-term certificates were adopted by the Cabinet at the end of September. During the lockdown, there were not many possibilities of using a certificate; however, after the lockdown is lifted on November 15, most services will only be available with a certificate.

Arrivals from the United States, Australia, New Zealand and Canada from November 15 will have the possibility of obtaining a short-term Covid-19 certificate, the Ministry of Economy reported. In the past, certificates from these countries were found to be valid for entry, but travelers were unable to receive “green mode” services.

The short-term certificate will be issued by tourism information centers that have concluded a cooperation agreement with the National Health Service (NVD) on the processing of personal data and the issuance of relevant short-term certificates. 

The short-term certificate will be valid equivalent to the Latvian Covid-19 certificate, but only in the territory of Latvia. The short-term certificate shall be valid for 30 days from the date of issue and shall be revoked after that date.

To obtain this certificate, the person must submit a written application, an identification document and a document attesting to vaccination against Covid-19. The fee for the service is "not more than EUR 10". The certificate is to be issued within one working day.



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