Latvia becomes 26th country to remove all entry requirements

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Latvia has become the 26th country to remove all entry requirements effective April 1, 2022. The country joins a growing list of nations, including various European and Caribbean nations, to remove all COVID-19 entry requirements for all travelers around the world.

Center of Riga in Latvia

All travelers entering Latvia:

  • No need to be vaccinated
  • Does not require testing
  • Do not undergo quarantine, and
  • You don’t need to fill out passenger locator forms

The list of nations without entry conditions is as follows:

  • Mexico
  • El Salvador
  • Norway
  • Slovenia
  • Iceland
  • Bahrain
  • Jordan
  • Ireland
  • Hungary
  • Romania
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Montenegro
  • curacao
  • England
  • Maldives
  • Aruba
  • Mongolia
  • Moldova
  • Gabon
  • Yemen
  • Costa Rica
  • Sweden
  • Poland
  • Denmark
  • Grenade
  • Latvia

The statement of the Latvian government

In a statement, the Latvian government announced the removal of proof of vaccination, COVID-19 tests and passenger locator forms to enter the country.

The Latvian government said: “As of April 1, the requirement to present a vaccination or interoperable disease certificate or a negative Covid-19 test certificate for entry into Latvia has been abolished.”

“This requirement will now only apply to migrants from high-risk countries, but is not currently defined by the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (SPC).” Currently, there are no countries on the “high risk” list.

Current internal COVID-19 restrictions in Latvia

Although Latvia has removed all COVID-19 entry requirements, there are still COVID-19 restrictions in the country, although most have been removed. Latvia is still concerned about masks in transit and in high-risk areas, but they have been removed outdoors, as well as indoors for things like shops and restaurants.

  • The Latvian government always warrants masks in all public transport (other than taxis)
  • Travelers must wear masks in social care homes, hospitals and medical facilities
  • Travelers should wear a medical mask or valveless respirator with a safety level of FFP2 – FFP3 or KN95. However, masks are not compulsory for children under 7 and people with health problems
  • The Latvian government will impose fines on travelers 50 euros for not wearing a mask

However, proof of vaccination it’s not mandatory to enter services or venues, including bars, museums and cafes. Individual sites can ask for proof of vaccination, but the government does not make it mandatory, unlike some countries.

There are no curfews or social distancing laws in place, and travelers are free to visit anywhere in the country without fear of restrictions (unless the situation changes).

The situation of COVID-19 in Latvia

COVID-19 cases are rapidly declining in Latvia. The current 7-day case average is 1,959which is a significant decrease from the 7-day case average of 9,541 on February 25.

Latvia currently has fully vaccinated 68.5% of its population after administering 2.88 million doses.

The Top 4 Things To Do In Latvia

  1. Visit the Old Town of Riga

Although Europe is full of excellent old towns, Riga’s Old Town is one of Europe’s hidden gems.

Top sights in Riga Old Town include Riga Cathedral, Arsenal Art Museum, Three Brothers, Riga Cathedral, and Latvian Occupation Museum. There are several great walking tours of the old town.

  1. Relax on Jurmala Beach

When people think of Latvia, they rarely think of beaches. However, Jurmala Beach is an excellent beach for the summer months.

Although Latvia has cold winters – usually below freezing most days – the summers are hot. Visitors love the soft white sand, ideal for families, walkers and children.

  1. Walk around Jauniela

If you want to experience beautiful beaches, Jauniela is one of the most amazing streets in Latvia. Most of the buildings are in the Art Nouveau style.

Visitors also love the street for its colorful houses, eclectic shops, and great museums.

  1. Explore the old castle of Sigulda

Do you like 13th century architecture? Sigulda Castle is a perfect example. It is the first stone castle built anywhere other than in the Old Town of Riga.

The city has restored the castle over the last century; it is a must for all historians!

How to get to Latvia

Almost all European cities fly direct to Rigaincluding London, Barcelona, ​​Madrid, Paris, Dublin, Frankfurt, Rome, Vienna, Zurich, Stockholm, etc.

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