New state of emergency

New state of emergency has been declared in Latvia until December 6  

16-11-2020 

Stare-of-emergency-Latvia-Pexels-by-Anna-Shvets.pngFrom 9 November to 6 December a new state of emergency has been declared in Latvia in order to control the spread of Covid-19 in a view of the epidemiological assessments of the growing risks. During this period strict medical safety measures are introduced, while ensuring compliance with the basic rights of the country’s residents and enabling them to access essential services. 

People of Latvia will have access to those in-person services that are particularly important for a healthy and safe day-to-day life, and whose availability cannot be postponed. 

Education takes place remotely 

University students, as well as learners in Latvian schools starting from grade 7, adults and those engaged in professional training, are studying remotely, except for practical classes which are necessary for the acquisition of professional skills or qualifications and which cannot be performed remotely, as well as clinical practice in residency of medical studies is being provided in person.  

Issuing of visas and residence permits limited 

Consequently, Latvian embassies abroad currently accept applications for visas and residence permits from students who present a confirmation from the university about the student's need to come to Latvia for full-time studies. 

It should be noted that if there are strict restrictions in the country where embassy is located and the acceptance of visa applications is not feasible as a result of the restrictions, then embassies do not accept visa applications. 

In order to find out the necessary information about the required documents, as well as information on whether it is possible to submit visa applications, students need to contact the Latvian Embassy, where they plan to submit a visa application. 

Gatherings, public events and entertainment cancelled 

All in-person public events, such as theatre and music performances, are cancelled and banned. No more than 10 people, and members of no more than two households may participate in private meetings. No more than 50 people may participate in public gatherings, rallies and political demonstrations.  

No entertainment events, such as discotheques, may take place. Gambling venues and bars, skating rinks, entertainment and amusement centers, saunas and spa facilities and other venues are closed. Public natural paths will be available for individual visits, museums, exhibitions, libraries and other cultural venues will remain open.  

Sport services only on an individual basis 

No sports events can take place, including competitions, presentations, shows etc. Indoor, one may only exercise on an individual basis: e.g. coach and one client, or coach and people from one household. There must be at least 10 square meters of indoor space per person. Athletic venues and sports clubs are closed by 22:00. 

Shopping on weekends limited and food services only for a take-away 

On weekends and official holidays, only grocery stores, pharmacies, veterinary pharmacies, animal feed shops, book shops, newspaper and magazine shops, optician’s, hygiene and household product stores, telecommunication service and product providers are open. 

In shopping venues, there must be 10 square meters of space per visitor, and visitors must wear masks. Masks must also be worn in outdoor markets and in other outdoor shopping areas. 

Food service venues may only serve food as take-out, except for those in educational institutions, at workplaces and at the Riga airport. 

Beauty services limited, only hairdresser allowed  

Beauty, piercing and tattoo parlors are closed, but hairdresser services are allowed, subject to prior appointment and maintaining a 2-metre distance between the clients. 

More information 

  • Persons in need of consular assistance can call the Consular Department on the emergency number: +371 26337711 or email: palidziba@mfa.gov.lv.   

  • Hotline for Covid-19 related inquiries (24 hours, 7 days a week) - 8345​. 

Photo: Pexels, by Anna Shvets