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Self-isolation mandatory upon arrival in Latvia from all European countries listed by CDC

BC, Riga , 25.09.2020.Print version
As Covid-19 continues to spread, travelers returning to Latvia all European countries listed by the Center for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) are required to self-isolate, according CDC information LETA reported.

So far self-isolation period had been 14 days, but since September 17 it has been reduced to ten days with some exceptions.

Self-isolation is mandatory upon arrival to Latvia from 31 EU and EEA countries, as well as Monaco, Andorra and San Marino. The 31 EU and EEA countries include Estonia, Lithuania, Slovenia, Italy, Slovakia, Luxembourg, Germany, Romania, Spain, Belgium, Bulgaria, Malta, Sweden, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Portugal, Iceland, France, Poland, Croatia, Austria, Denmark, the UK, Ireland, Greece, Norway, Hungary, Finland, Lichtenstein and Cyprus. 

The Latvian government has decided to allow air travel to countries with twice the average 14-day cumulative morbidity rate in the European Union (EU), while stipulating that self-isolation will be mandatory upon return from these countries. According to data released by the CDC, the 14-day cumulative morbidity rate in the EU is currently 94, bringing the threshold for a ban on transportation to and from Latvia to 188. 

Air passenger transportation ban currently also refers to the Czech Republic, Spain, France and Andorra.

Latvia currently reports the lowest Covid-19 incidence among all European countries where the virus is registered - 7.6 cases per 100,000 residents. In Lithuania the cumulative incidence is 31.2 cases, and in Estonia - 35.9 cases per 100,000 residents.

Self-isolation is not required for travelers returning from Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, and Uruguay.

In Latvia, The self-isolation requirement does not apply to arrivals from countries where the 14-day cumulative number of Covid-19 cases does not exceed 16 per 100,000 population.

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