Latvia became the 26th nation to remove all entry requirements as of April 1, 2022. The country joins a growing list of nations—including various European and Caribbean nations—to remove all COVID-19 entry requirements for all travelers worldwide.
All travelers entering Latvia:
- Don’t need to be vaccinated
- Don’t require testing
- Don’t undergo quarantine, and
- Don’t need to fill out passenger locator forms
The list of nations without entry requirements is as follows:
- El Salvador
- Saudi Arabia
- Costa Rica
The Latvian Government Statement
In a statement, the Latvian government announced an abolition of proof of vaccination, COVID-19 testing, and passenger locator forms to enter the nation.
The Latvian government said: “As of April 1, the requirement to present an interoperable vaccination or disease certificate or a negative Covid-19 test certificate for entry into Latvia has been abolished,”
“This requirement will henceforth only apply to migrants from high-risk countries, but is not currently defined by the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (SPC).” Currently, there are no countries on the ‘high-risk’ list.
The Current Internal COVID-19 Restrictions In Latvia
Although Latvia has scrapped all COVID-19 entry requirements, there are still some COVID-19 restrictions within the country, although most have been removed. Latvia is still concerned with masks on transit and in high-risk areas, but they have been removed outdoors, as well as indoors for things like shops and restaurants.
- The Latvian government still mandates masks on all public transport (other than taxis)
- Travelers have to wear masks in social care homes, hospitals, and medical institutions
- Travelers have to wear a medical face mask or an unvalved respirator with a safety level of FFP2 – FFP3 or KN95. However, masks aren’t mandatory for children under 7 and people with medical conditions
- The Latvian government will fine travelers 50 Euros for failing to wear a mask
However, proof of vaccination isn’t mandatory to enter services or venues—including bars, museums, and cafes. Individual venues can ask for proof of vaccination, but the government isn’t making this mandatory, unlike in some nations.
There are no curfews or social distancing laws in place, and travelers are free to visit anywhere nationwide without fear of restrictions (unless the situation changes.)
The COVID-19 Situation In Latvia
COVID-19 cases are rapidly declining in Latvia. The current 7-day case average is 1,959, which is a significant decrease from the 7-day case average of 9,541 on February 25.
Latvia has currently fully vaccinated 68.5% of its population after administering 2.88 million doses.
The Top 4 Things To Do In Latvia
- Visit OId Town Riga
Although Europe is full of excellent old towns, Old Town Riga is one of Europe’s hidden gems.
The best sites in Old Town Riga include Riga Cathedral, Arsenal Museum of Art, The Three Brothers, Riga Cathedral, and Museum of the Occupation of Latvia. There are various superb walking tours of the Old Town.
- Relax on Jurmala Beach
When people think of Latvia, they rarely think of beaches. However, Jurmala Beach is an excellent beach for the summer months.
Although Latvia has cold winters—typically below freezing most days—summers are hot. Visitors adore the white soft sand that’s ideal for families, walkers, and children.
- Walk Around Jauniela
If you want to experience beautiful beaches, Jauniela is one of Latvia’s most incredible streets. Most of the buildings are Art Nouveau style.
Visitors also adore the street because of its colorful houses, eclectic shops, and terrific museums.
- Explore Old Sigulda Castle
Do you love 13th-century architecture? Sigulda Castle is a perfect example. It’s the first stone castle built anywhere other than Old Town Riga.
The city has restored the castle over the last century; it’s a must-see for any historians!
How to get to Latvia
Almost every European city flies directly into Riga, including London, Barcelona, Madrid, Paris, Dublin, Frankfurt, Rome, Vienna, Zurich, Stockholm, and more.
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