Economy & Politics: Holidays in Latvia are now at least theoretically possible again, at least for citizens of some European countries

Last Updated on 2020-07-18 by Birk Karsten Ecke

On June 2, 2020, the Cabinet of Ministers of the State of Latvia decided that from June 3, 2020 the list of countries from which immigrants do not have to comply with the 14-day self-isolation will be expanded. For Latvian citizens, permanent residents and foreigners who have not visited countries other than Latvia, Lithuania or Estonia in the past 14 days. The same applies to countries with a cumulative number of 15 people per 100,000 inhabitants with Covid-19 cases within the last 14 days. Self-isolation is still a must for those arriving from countries outside the Schengen area or associated countries. Latvia is therefore following Estonia’s approach to boost tourism and economy after the crisis.

As a consequence, this means that citizens from Germany, Austria and Switzerland can enter Latvia again. You do not need to quarantine. The cumulative number of cases here is significantly below 15. Conversely, immigrants from Sweden, Great Britain, Portugal, Belgium, Portugal, Malta, Ireland and Spain must continue to endure the quarantine measures if they absolutely want or need to go to Latvia. In these countries, the cumulative cases are significantly over 16 per 100,000 inhabitants. The current list of cumulative Covid-19 cases in the individual European countries, sorted by number of cases, can be found on the SPKC (Slimību profilakses un kontroles centrs) homepage at: https://spkc.gov.lv/upload/Aktualitates/2020/kumulativie_29_05.pdf. The list is updated every Friday. People from Germany should strongly take into account that there is still a worldwide travel warning from the Federal Foreign Office, which is valid until June 15, 2020.

Image: The ruins of the medieval Livonian knight's castle in Sigulda, Latvia. Photo © 2018 by Birk Karsten Ecke. Click on the image to enlarge it.

Image: The ruins of the medieval Livonian knight’s castle in Sigulda, Latvia.
Photo © 2018 by Birk Karsten Ecke.
Click on the image to enlarge it.

 

External Links:

Cumulative Covid-19 case numbers – Slimību profilakses un kontroles centrs (SPKC) (lv/en)
https://spkc.gov.lv/upload/Aktualitates/2020/kumulativie_29_05.pdf

 

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