Updating the list of countries affected by the COVID-19 disease, the Latvian authorities revealed that all but one of the EU/Schengen area countries will remain part of their orange list.
According to the latest update, which became effective yesterday, January 15, only the Vatican City is currently classified as a green country, TheSchengen.com reports.
Data provided by the Latvian Center for Disease Prevention and Control shows that the Vatican State has not reported any new cases in the last 14 days. For this reason, travelers from the State of the Vatican can enter Latvia without having to follow strict entry rules.
Travelers who have been fully vaccinated and recovered from the Vatican City state are exempt from self-isolation and testing requirements upon arrival in Latvia. In contrast, those who have not been cured or vaccinated need to get tested for COVID-19 before traveling to Latvia.
Latvia accepts both polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and rapid antigen tests. The PCR test is recognized provided it is performed within 72 hours prior to arrival in Latvia, and the Rapid Antigen Test is accepted provided it is performed within 48 hours prior to arrival.
As for the rest of the EU/Schengen area countries, including Greece, Denmark, Portugal, Spain, France, Switzerland, Italy, Sweden, Austria and the Netherlands, among others, they will all be part of Latvia’s orange list for another week.
The decision of the Latvian authorities to extend entry procedures indefinitely comes in the wake of the increase in cases of coronavirus infection reported within the European continent.
In line with the current entry rules in force in Latvia, all unvaccinated and non-exempt persons arriving in Latvia from an EU/Schengen area country, other than the Vatican City State, must remain self-isolated for ten days. In addition, non-vaccinated and non-exempt travelers must undergo a COVID-19 test before traveling to Latvia.
Conversely, travelers from countries on the orange list who have been fully vaccinated or have recovered from the virus can enter Latvia without having to follow additional entry rules such as testing or quarantine requirements.
Last week, authorities in Latvia announced that all those who have been vaccinated or recovered from the virus will no longer be subject to testing requirements. However, the Department of Health has confirmed that the exemption will not apply to countries that have been severely affected by COVID-19, particularly through the Omicron variant.
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