Latvian authorities have removed the necessity for visitors to provide a vaccination, recovery, or test certificate when entering the Baltic country, following the lead of the majority of EU Member States.
The new policy, which takes effect today, does not apply to arrivals from high-risk nations, as determined by the Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (CDPC), according to a news statement published by the Latvian Ministry of Transport. According to SchengenVisaInfo.com, no countries are currently classified as high-risk by the authorities.
In addition, except for children under the age of 12, all arrivals from high-risk countries must present a vaccination, test, or recovery certificate upon entering Latvia. Employees of transportation companies, passengers of any transportation service provider, and sailors who must cross the Latvian border for work or other reasons are exempt from this requirement.
Passengers on planes passing through Latvia in transit, as well as Ukrainian citizens and their families fleeing Ukraine owing to the conflict, are allowed to enter Latvia without needing to show a vaccination, recuperation, or test certificate.
“Given that security measures vary from country to country, we still encourage travellers to check the epidemiological safety requirements in the countries of destination and transit before the flight, clarifying the travel conditions and current requirements with the particular carrier,” the press release reads.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 796,890 persons have tested positive for the Coronavirus in Latvia since the outbreak began, with 5,593 people dying.
Furthermore, according to the same source, 70 individuals have died in Latvia as a result of the Coronavirus in the last seven days.
Despite these data, authorities in the Baltic country have chosen to ease entry requirements in order to aid the country’s industries, particularly the travel and tourism sector, in recovering from the financial losses caused by the Coronavirus.
Estonia, Latvia’s neighbour, has eased entrance regulations for EU/Schengen Area visitors by removing the requirement for a blood test or vaccination certificate.
Latvia has one of the highest vaccination rates in the EU, with 66.4 per cent of the population completing the initial course and 27.1 per cent receiving a booster or supplementary dose.
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