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Latvia to Ease Entry Rules for Internationals From March 1

Citizens of other countries will be subject to more moderate entry requirements when planning to enter Latvia, as the Baltic state government has announced that it plans to ease entry restrictions imposed to stem the spread of the coronavirus and its new strains.

This decision was confirmed by the country’s Ministry of Transport, while adding that the government plans to ease travel starting March 1, reports.

However, the authorities in Latvia have announced that the requirement to submit a certificate of vaccination against the COVID-19 coronavirus, which shows that travelers have completed the immunization process against the virus or a negative result of the coronavirus test requirements, will remain in effect.

“From March 1, there will be no need for an important reason to enter Latvia. At the same time, monitoring of interoperable certificates and test results for travelers will continue, ensuring the same requirements for travelers regardless of the country of entry,” the Ministry of Transport noted, according to the radio. public in Latvia.

In addition, the government also announced that the obligation to fill out the entry permit form will also be removed from the beginning of the following month.

The recent changes come as part of efforts to facilitate the travel process for all foreigners interested in visiting Latvia amid the ongoing pandemic.

The ministry highlighted that “Arrivals from countries that do not provide an interoperable Covid-19 test certificate must have a negative Covid-19 test in the language of the country of departure or English on paper or electronically (on a smart device).”

According to the Department of Transportation itself, if a person is unable to provide a valid COVID-19 vaccination certificate or a negative coronavirus test result, the carrier has the right to refuse boarding.

The authorities in Latvia have announced that travelers under the age of 12 will not be required to present a certificate of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test result.

In addition, all people arriving in the Baltic country will be eligible to undergo a voluntary COVID-19 test upon arrival at Riga International Airport.

The Latvian Ministry of Transport also highlighted the continued application of additional entry requirements for those coming from countries severely affected by the virus, taking into account data from the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).

The same shows that in order to enter Latvia from countries that have recently been severely affected by the virus, an important reason to travel will be required as well as additional COVID-19 testing. However, at present, there are no countries included in the list of territories that have reported very high rates of COVID-19 infection; Thus, such additional restrictions do not apply.

According to figures provided by the World Health Organization (WHO), 545,396 people have tested positive for the virus in Latvia since the beginning of the epidemic, while 5,061 people have died.

The same source shows that in the past seven days, the authorities in Latvia have reported more than 68,500 cases of COVID-19 and 83 deaths.

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