As Latvia has been added to the “Green List” of travel destinations that Irish people can travel to without having to quarantine when returning from, I thought I would look a little deeper into Latvia travel restrictions to see who can travel there in summer 2020.
Right now, there have been 1203 recorded cases of Coronavirus in Latvia, a country with a population of 1.9 million (half the size of Ireland). There have only been 31 deaths total with 186,000 people tested so far within the country.
Who can travel to Latvia?
From Mach 17th 2020, all international passenger flights, trains and boat connections into Latvia were effectively cancelled. For a period, only Latvian nationals or people with residency were allowed back into Latvia. Overland travel by car, however, was allowed from other Schengen area countries.
On 15 May, Latvia opened it’s borders to Estonia and Lithuania allowing free travel between those 3 Baltic states for each others citizens.
On June 3rd, Latvia opened its borders to all European Union citizens, Switzerland, and anyone with permanent residency in these countries.
Do I have do 2 weeks quarantine in Latvia?
People arriving into Latvia do NOT have to quarantine for 2 weeks as long as the cumulative number of Covid-19 cases does not exceed 15 cases per 100,000 in your home country / the country you are travelling from. You can find an up-to-date list here by the Latvia government stating who will need to quarantine for 14 days and who will not.
Here is the most recent (17th July) list of countries compiled by Latvian authorities. If your country is NOT highlighted and is simply listed in black writing with a white background, you will not need to quarantine.
Where do I quarantine in Latvia?
If you are from a country with MORE that 15 cases per 100,000 people, then you will need to self isolate in your home or in one designated place for the full 14 days. You must stay indoors and not have direct contact with others for 14 days.
Do I have to register upon arrival?
Yes! As of July 16th, everyone arriving into Latvia must fill out a form stating where you will be staying and how the government / health service can contact you should it turn out you’ve been in contact with a person with Coronavirus. Data will be recorded on paper for now but they’re hoping to make it digital in the future. Info will be kept by the CDC and police.
Can I travel around Latvia safely?
Once you are safely inside Latvia you are indeed free to travel around the country with caution. Remember that social distancing must be maintained where needed and there are new rules in Latvia regarding Coronavirus restrictions such as:
- You are recommend to wear a mask or face covering when using public transport.
- You must observe 2 meter physical distance from others in public places
- No more than 100 people allowed to gather indoors together. This will rise to 250 people in August.
For safe travel in Latvia, it is recommended to go to less touristy destinations and stay away from any cities or towns which might be crowded. It’s also recommended to pre-book and pre pay for accommodation and transport so you don’t need to handle cash or deal with too many human interactions.
Is there a Covid-19 tracker app in Latvia?
Yes there is an app available to download, which meant to help with contact tracing in Latvia. The app link is here.