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Latvia Now Allows Restriction-Free Entry for Travellers From Spain, Italy, Malta & Vatican City

Travelers from Spain, Italy, Malta and the Vatican City State can now enter Latvia without restrictions as the countries have been placed on the latter’s green list.

In line with the latest update made by the authorities in Latvia, all of the above countries have recorded less than 75 cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 inhabitants in the past two weeks.

As a result, since yesterday, October 30, all fully vaccinated people or recovered from the virus who arrived in Latvia from one of the four countries are allowed to enter for non-essential purposes without having to undergo a coronavirus test before or after their arrival, reports.

Furthermore, fully vaccinated and recovered travelers are also exempt from the self-isolation requirement.

Similar to vaccinated and recovered travelers, the authorities have made it clear that unvaccinated and non-recovered people arriving in Latvia from Spain, Italy, Malta and the Vatican City State are also allowed to travel to the country for non-essential purposes.

However, they must perform a PCR test within 72 hours prior to their arrival or a rapid antigen test within 48 hours prior to entry.

Although the authorities in Latvia allow unrestricted entry for those coming from these four regions, the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) strongly discourages travel to the country because Latvia is currently one of the hardest-hit regions in Europe.

Based on data provided by ECDC, at the moment, the entire territory of Latvia is colored in dark red as the country has identified more than 500 positive cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 inhabitants in the past 14 days.

In addition, World Health Organization (WHO) figures showed that in the past 24 hours alone, Latvia reported 2,758 new cases and recorded 25 deaths.

Similar to Latvia, other European countries, including Lithuania, Estonia, Romania, Croatia, and Bulgaria, among others, are also listed as dark red.

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As for the other EU countries, they are all put on the Latvia Orange List. Passengers who have been vaccinated and repatriated from countries included in the orange list are not subject to any restrictions when traveling to Lithuania. However, those who have not been vaccinated or recovered must take a COVID-19 test before entering Latvia and go into quarantine once they enter the country, with the possibility of a shortened period.

“When entering Latvia from a country where the cumulative number of Covid-19 cases for 14 days per 100,000 population exceeds 75, it is necessary to observe self-isolation for 10 days. The time for self-isolation can be shortened if the test is retested on the seventh day and it is negative,” it reads. In a statement the Latvian Center for Disease Prevention and Control.

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