LATVIA : epidemiological situation in Latvia | May 2022
Prevalence of COVID-19 and course of security measures in Latvia.
Detailed information is available on the website: https://covid19.gov.lv/en/
As of March 1, 2022 Latvia is no longer in an official state of emergency due to the pandemic, and as of April 1, 2022 most COVID19 restrictions are lifted.
Epidemiological data show that the incidence of Covid-19 in all age groups continues to decline and that the incidence rate in Latvia is currently slightly lower than the EU average. There is also a continuing decline in the number of Covid-19 patients in hospitals and no restrictions on inpatient care.
Technically speaking, the state of medical emergency announced since October 7 last year will be lifted, following a decision by the meeting of the State Operational Medical Commission.
In practical terms it means several changes to the requirements in place as people go about their daily lives:
Travel: When entering Latvia from the European Union, European Economic Area countries and Great Britain, you will not need to present Covid-19 certificates or Covid-19 tests. The need to present a certificate or a negative Covid-19 test prior to entry will be maintained when entering from other third countries.
Masks: Medical masks or FFP2 respirators should continue to be used in medical and social care facilities after April 1, both for visitors and staff. Medical masks or FFP2 respirators without a valve should continue to be used in public transport, except for taxis and other commercial passenger transport. In other places, the use of masks is not required, though responsible employers and administrators have the right to insist on their use if they choose to do so.
Work: Persons who have not been vaccinated against Covid-19 will be able to perform their duties in person. At the same time, the employer will retain the right to organize the performance of work duties in the company or institution only for persons with a valid Covid-19 vaccination or disease certificate. In medical facilities and prisons, employees who have direct contact with clients will need to be vaccinated against Covid-19. In educational establishments, staff who have direct contact with learners will need a Covid-19 vaccination or disease certificate before the end of this school year.
Quarantine: From April 1, only those working in medical and social care facilities will retain the need to undergo quarantine after coming into contact with a Covid-19 case, or perform Covid-19 testing prior to commencing work. Others will not have this safety measure, but will need to wear FFP2 respirators for a week after being identified as a contact person.
Testing: From April 1, state-funded antigen tests will be more widely used to detect Covid-19.. State-paid PCR tests will only be performed after a doctor's appointment in cases where there is an increased risk or the test result affects a course of treatment (seniors, before surgery or hospitalization, health and social care workers). Citizens remain free to take self-paid PCR tests. Screening tests to prevent large-scale outbreaks in a timely manner will continue in medical institutions, social care facilities, prisons and special education institutions.
You can read more about the latest epidemiological safety measures here (in Latvian). The main portal for Covid-related information remains: https://covid19.gov.lv/en, which is where the table below comes from, presenting the April 1 rule changes.