Latvia Changes Entry Rules: No Vaccination or Test Certificate Is Required

From 1 April 2022, the requirement to present an interoperable vaccination or recovery certificate or a negative COVID-19 test certificate for entry into Latvia has been revoked. Hence, this requirement will only apply to travellers from high-risk countries but is not currently defined by the Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (CDPC).

The government has decided that an interoperable vaccination or recovery certificate or a negative COVID-19 test certificate would only be required when entering Latvia from high-risk countries. Countries with a particularly high risk are those where epidemiological situations have been identified, posing a serious threat to public health. The CDPC publishes a list of these countries, and no such countries are currently recognised.

At the same time, when entering from high-risk countries, the requirement for a certificate or negative test certificate will not apply to:

  • Children under the age of 12;
  • Employees of the transport and passenger transport service provider;
  • Seafarers who need to get to or from their place of work on board;
  • Aircraft passengers who cross the territory of Latvia in transit without leaving the controlled area of ​​the airport and staying there for no longer than 24 hours if they can present confirmation of their transit flight;
  • Ukrainian citizens and their family members leaving Ukraine due to Russia’s war in Ukraine.

“Given that security measures vary from country to country, we still encourage travellers to check the epidemiological safety requirements in the countries of destination and transit before the flight, clarifying the travel conditions and current requirements with the particular carrier,” the press release reads.

The Latvian government has suspended the issuance of visas to Russian citizens indefinitely except in cases related to special humanitarian crises. 

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