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Self-isolation will not be required after entering Latvia from Malta, Great Britain, Iceland, Portugal and the Vatican


Covid-19 still has five countries on its list of safe European countries, and from next week self-isolation will no longer be required after entering Latvia from Great Britain, Iceland, the Vatican, Portugal and Malta, according to the Center for Disease Prevention and Control (SPCC).

Compared to last week, Malta has been added to the list of “safe countries”, but Sanmarino has fallen out of it, so after visiting the country, self-isolation will have to be respected again.

For a long time, only the Vatican and Iceland were on the list of “safe countries” compiled by the SPKC, but after returning to Latvia, self-isolation had to be observed from other European countries. At the end of April, the United Kingdom was also on the list, with the most successful vaccination campaign, but Portugal has also been on the list since last week.

The self-isolation threshold in Latvia is currently set at 50 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. This figure is lower among the European Union (EU) and European Economic Area (EEA) countries only in Portugal, Malta, the Vatican and Iceland. The figure is also below 50 in the UK, reaching 44.9 cases per 100,000 population.

Self-isolation in Latvia must still be observed when returning from Estonia, Monaco, Andorra, the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Slovakia, France, Sweden, San Marino, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Lithuania, Italy, Belgium, Austria, Switzerland, Poland, Cyprus, Romania, Bulgaria, Greece , Germany, Croatia, Liechtenstein, Hungary, Denmark, Finland, Ireland and Norway.

For non-EU and non-EEA countries, self-isolation is not required when traveling from Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Singapore, New Zealand and Australia. These countries are among those allowed to cross the EU’s external border.

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When entering Latvia from other countries of the world not mentioned in the lists, self-isolation must be observed.

SPKC still does not recommend going abroad, because visiting other countries is considered to be a factor of increased risk – in some countries there is not only an increase in morbidity, but also other types of the virus circulating, which are not yet registered in Latvia.

On the other hand, if it is necessary to go abroad, then when returning for ten days, strict self-isolation measures must be observed and health must be monitored. If symptoms occur, a Covid-19 test should be performed and your GP should be consulted to decide what to do next.

It has already been reported that persons vaccinated against Covid-19 who have entered Latvia from any EU, EEA country, Switzerland or Great Britain will no longer have to comply with the self-isolation requirement by approving amendments to the “Epidemiological Safety Measures to Control the Spread of Covid-19 Infection”. .

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