The Vatican City remains the only European country included in Latvia’s Green List, which consists of regions considered epidemiologically safe in terms of the COVID-19 case.
Recent changes made by authorities in Latvia follow data provided by the Center for Disease Prevention and Control (SPKC), TheSchengen.com reports.
In addition, according to the new changes, the following non-European countries also belong to the green list after authorities in Latvia confirmed that they have reported low rates of COVID-19 infection in the past two weeks: Taiwan, Macau and Rwanda.
All people who plan to enter Latvia from Green List countries will be exempted from additional entry rules imposed to stem the spread of the virus, such as testing or quarantine rules, provided they have completed the virus immunization process.
At the same time, people coming from the green-listed regions who have not been vaccinated against the virus, as well as people who have not recovered, are required to follow the test requirements before entering the Baltic state.
The authorities in Latvia continue to classify other countries into specific categories, such as a green, yellow and red list.
The green list consists of countries with low rates of COVID-19 infection, while the yellow list includes countries that have been severely affected by the virus. At the same time, the red list consists of countries that have been severely affected by the coronavirus and its new strains in the past two weeks.
At the same time, the orange list consists of the following countries:
Andorra Austria Belgium Bulgaria Croatia Czech Republic Cyprus Denmark Finland France Germany Greece Hungary Iceland Ireland Italy Latvia Liechtenstein Lithuania Luxembourg Malta Monaco Netherlands Norway Poland Portugal Romania San Marino Slovakia Slovenia Spain Sweden Switzerland
Travelers from countries on the orange list who have not completed their immunization against the virus are required to follow testing and quarantine requirements when entering Latvia.
Latvian authorities accept polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test results for COVID-19 for no longer than 72 hours or antigen test results for no longer than 48 hours.
The new changes implemented by the Latvian government became effective on February 26.
According to figures provided by the World Health Organization (WHO), Latvia has recorded a total of 624,008 cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic and 5,159 deaths.
The same source shows that in the past seven days, a total of 67,117 people tested positive for the virus, while 86 people died due to the coronavirus and its new strains.