Important information about the state of emergency in Latvia

On March 12 the Latvian government has declared the emergency situation with a view to restrict the spread of COVID-19. The emergency situation was prolonged until 9 June. 

  • From 17 March 2020 EU’s external border crossing points are closed for people and transport. Restrictions will not apply to cargo. All international passenger transport through airports, ports, by bus and rail transport is prohibited. The Minister for Transport has authorized special international passenger services for repatriations.
  • It is allowed for the nationals and permanent residents of EU to transit though Latvia from third countries once to return to their country of domicile. 
  • As of 15 May 2020 free movement across the Baltic States will be restored for Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian residents and other persons legally staying in these countries (if they have not visited other countries during the previous 14 days, and have no symptoms of a respiratory infection when crossing state borders). More information concerning the free movement area.
  • obligation to wear a mouth and nose mask while on public transport.
  • If it is possible to ensure a distance of two meters and other safety rules set by epidemiologists, indoor and outdoor gatherings of up to 25 persons will be allowed for public and private events, as well as meetings, processions, and pickets.

More detailed information can be found from the homepage of the Cabinet of Ministers.