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Latvia Has Reopened For Tourism – Everything You Need To Know

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Latvia has officially reopened for tourism and is now allowing visitors from fellow EU nations, as well as select third-party countries.

We have compiled two lists of everyone who can currently travel to Latvia below –  countries within the EU, as well as third-party countries outside the EU.

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Which countries are allowed to travel to Latvia?

On May 15th, Latvia reopened borders only to its neighbours Estonia and Lithuania. Then on May 21, Latvia expanded entry to most countries within the EU, however they still kept a 14-day isolation clause for all.

Currently, as of July 1st, Latvia is welcoming all EU/EFTA nations, as well as select third-party countries, but has rules for who can enter without testing/quarantines.

Latvia states that isolation upon entering/return is only required when arriving from a country with a 14-day cumulative rate exceeds 16 per 100,000 in population.

EU Nations That Can Travel To Latvia

(as of Dec 25)

Without quarantine:

  • Iceland
  • Vatican City
With Quarantine (as cases are over the rate of Latvia)
  • All the rest of the EU/EEA/EFTA nations
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Here are the third-party countries allowed to visit Latvia

(as of December 25)

Without quarantine:
  • Australia
  • Japan
  • New Zealand
  • Rwanda
  • South Korea
  • Singapore
  • Thailand

Is entry into Latvia based on physical location for the last 14-days, residency or nationality?

Latvia has said the lists are not based on nationality, but what ‘residency’ the traveler has. The traveler should be a resident of the one of the above countries to gain entry into Latvia.

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Is there testing or quarantines upon arrival into Latvia?

Testing = no. There is no mandatory testing upon arrival or negative-PCR tests to submit upon arrival.

Quarantines = maybe. If you are coming from a country with a 14-day cumulative rate of less than 16 cases per 100,000 population, you do not need to quarantine.

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Other Entry Requirements and Notes for Latvia

  • Masks are mandatory in the Riga airport
  • Inbound and outbound passengers could be subject to a health screening and temperature check
  • Flights to and from approved countries may be cancelled if the cumulative case number rises above 25 per 100,000 population.
  • As of October, masks are now mandatory in all public spaces
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Have Flights Resumed to Latvia?

Yes, flights from all over the EU are flying directly into Riga multiple times daily. The most popular airlines are Air Baltic, WizzAir, and RyanAir.

At this time Riga does not fly directly to any of the approved third-party countries, but 1-stop layovers throughout the EU will get you to/from those destinations.

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Can I Transit through airports in Latvia?

Latvia has stated they will allow transits where the travelers does not have to leave customs. Contact the airport to ask them your specific transit question.

Can the USA Travel To Latvia?

No, not at this time, not even with agreeing to quarantine. The USA is currently banned.

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Timeline of Latvia’s Reopening

March 17 – Latvia shut down all international passenger services

May 15 – Lativa reopened borders to just Estonia and Lithuania

May 21 – Latvia slowly began to open by first allowing visitors from the EU, EEA and Switzerland into the country. However, early arrivals were still required to isolate for 14 days.

June 3 – Latvia removes the 14-day isolation requirement for most EU nations

July 1 – Latvia accepts the recommendation of the EU and decides to allow 15 third-party countries entry

July 1 – Latvia states that isolation upon entering/return is only required when arriving from a country with a 14-day cumulative rate exceeds 16 per 100,000 in population.

Read More: See our complete guide of countries now reopen for international tourism, and which cruise lines have reopened for sailings. 

Disclaimer: Latvia’s reopening news is ever-changing and being updated constantly. We do our best to keep this article up to date with all the latest information, but the decision to travel is ultimately your responsibility. Contact your consulate and/or local authorities to confirm your nationality’s entry and/or any changes to travel requirements before traveling.

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Originally published July 5, 2020 with updates


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Berto

Friday 13th of November 2020

Can you travel to Latvia for surgery and medical purposes and is quarantine mandatory coming from Canada?

Kashlee Kucheran

Saturday 14th of November 2020

Latvia removed Canada for entry at the end of October. I am unsure if they will make an exception for medical reasons, but for that you will need to get guidance from the consualte

Leoma Barazan

Wednesday 11th of November 2020

Is Philippine national can enter to Latvia?

Kashlee Kucheran

Thursday 12th of November 2020

No sorry not at this time

Youbert

Thursday 29th of October 2020

Is there a mandatory quarantine in Latvia travelling from Canada?

Kashlee Kucheran

Friday 30th of October 2020

Yes there is

Tammy

Wednesday 22nd of July 2020

Excellent Summary. I have appreciated all the work you have put into keeping this website up to date! My daughter is looking to attend university in Lithuania and there is a lot of confusion on the entry requirements. Do you have any basic info on Lithuania and travel for Canadians? Or do you know if once in Latvia, a Canadian traveller can cross the border into Lithuanian? From what I can see it looks like only air and sea borders are restricted in Lithuania. Any info is helpful! Thanks.

Kashlee Kucheran

Thursday 23rd of July 2020

Hi Tammy! I am sorry I do not have any info on Lituania at this time, nor about how entry would work from Latvia

Joe Scarangella

Sunday 12th of July 2020

Sorry. I fell into this trap too. Latvia is NOT open to Canadian citizens.

It is open to: 1) Citizens of the EU 2) Residents of the EU 3) Residents of the "safe list" countries (including Canada).

This means: If you are a German citizen, residing in Germany, you can enter If you are a Canadian citizen, residing in Germany, you can enter If you are a German citizen, residing in Canada, you can enter if you are a Canadian citizen, residing in Canada, you can NOT enter.

Kashlee Kucheran

Sunday 12th of July 2020

Sorry Joe, you are misinterpreting the text. Canadian citizens residing in Canada ARE allowed to enter. Here is a direct copy/paste with my discussion with the ministry of the interior.

"Dear Kashlee,

You sent a question to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs about whether Latvia will be abiding by the EU's suggestion of letting in travelers from "safe-14" countries. Your e-mail was forwarded to me, as border policy is in the competence of the Ministry of the Interior of Latvia. The answer is yes - the border policy of Latvia towards third party countries will operate in accordance with the EU recommendations. The 14 nations can travel to Latvia now the same way other EU nations can.

Best regards, Beata Jonite Advisor to Minister of the Interior of Latvia"

I have also verified this with other local authorities. It is accurate. Residents of the safe list countries, living in one of those countries, CAN visit Latvia.