Latvia declares to lift travel ban from EU and UK from April 1

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The Latvian authorities have announced that the country has decided to abolish the current entry rules for travelers from European Union/Schengen Area and the United Kingdom.

According to the Ministry of Transport of Latvia, travelers from the EU/Schengen Area and the UK will soon be able to enter the country restriction-free. This means that they will be permitted entry without presenting a vaccination, recovery, or test certificate.

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As per the reports, the COVID-19 measures will be officially dropped on April 1.

“According to the government’s decision to enter Latvia from the European Union (EU), European Economic Area countries, Switzerland and the United Kingdom on April 1, the requirement to present an interoperable Covid-19 vaccination or disease certificate or a negative Covid-19 test result is abolished,” the statement of the Ministry reads.

The Ministry has explained that the decision to remove entry restrictions for these travelers has been taken after evaluating the current situation and concluding the COVID-19 disease no longer causes profound health implications.

As for travelers from third countries, it has been emphasized that they will continue to be subject to entry rules. Travelers from third countries must present a valid vaccination, recovery, or test certificate upon arrival in Latvia.

In line with the rules set by the EU, Latvia accepts only vaccination certificates that prove that the holder has completed primary vaccination within the last 270 days and those that confirm that the holder has received an additional vaccine dose.

As for the recovery passes, Latvia accepts only recovery certificates indicating recovery from the virus within the last 180 days.

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Even though Latvia continues to require third country travelers to present one of the certificates upon entry, the Ministry noted they would drop such a requirement as soon as the other EU countries take a similar decision.

 

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