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Latvia Discourages Its Citizens From Travelling to EU Member States for Another Week

The authorities in Latvia have updated the epidemiological list, although no changes were made compared to the previous update.

According to the Latvian Center for Disease Prevention and Control (SPKC), only those coming from Vatican City are allowed to enter Latvia by submitting certain documents. More specifically, green travelers are only required to provide pre-departure testing if they have not been vaccinated while the rest of those fully vaccinated with authorities-approved vaccines are not required to quarantine or undergo testing upon arrival in the country, reports.

In addition, authorities in Latvia accept polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests performed 72 hours prior to arrival and rapid antigen tests performed within 48 hours of departure.

The third countries on the green list include Rwanda (54.2), New Zealand (18.5), Hong Kong (10.2), Indonesia (7.4), Taiwan (4.3), and Macau, which have no incidence rates. However, it is not recommended to travel there.

On the other hand, advice against travel to all EU member states remains in effect, all of which have recorded a 14-day cumulative incidence of more than 75 infected people per 100,000 population.

While Orange Class vaccinated arrivals are not required to undergo testing or quarantine, those who have not been vaccinated are required to isolate for ten days after entering Latvia and submit a pre-departure test.

Regarding quarantine measures, the authorities explained: “You can break self-isolation if you take a COVID-19 test on the seventh day after entering Latvia and the test results are negative.”

The third countries in the orange category include:

Uruguay 4307.1 Bahrain 2124.8 United Kingdom 1824.8 Qatar 1789.8 Peru 1783.3 Kuwait 1501.5 Colombia 793.3 Chile 788.4 United Arab Emirates 353.9 Saudi Arabia 198.2 South Korea 144.4

>> Latvia extends entry rules for all EU/Schengen countries due to COVID-19

According to data from the World Health Organization (WHO), Latvia has recorded a total of 422,233 cases of COVID-19 and 4,923 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic. Moreover, during the past seven days, the country has seen an incidence rate of 58,412 cases and 77 deaths.

This incidence mirrors Latvia’s vaccination rates, where data from the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) shows the country lags 5.1 per cent compared to the average start-up of the initial course in the EU/EEA population. This means that 1.2 million Latvians (65.3 percent) were vaccinated, while those who received a booster dose represented 20.1 percent of the population – about 381,900 people.

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