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Last verified: Wednesday, 8. April 2020 at 07:22 AM

Latvia Travel Advisory

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Warning Level Icon We advise caution when travelling to Latvia

Local Situation: 3.3 / 5

We advise caution when travelling to Latvia. We detected travel advisories from 6 sources for this specific country.

Regional Situation: 3.3 / 5

Latvia shares a land border with 4 neighbouring states. For this region of countries (including Latvia), the Advisory Index is 3.3 (average value over all countries). All countries have some reported advisories: Russia (3.4), Estonia (3.3), Lithuania with 3.3 and Belarus with 3.2 (of 5).

Current informationen on Covid-19 in Latvia

There are currently 548 officially reported cases of infections with SARS-CoV-2 (or Coronavirus) in Latvia. As reported by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control this morning (~8:30am CET).

There are currently 2 officially reported deaths related to this disease in Latvia.

Source: www.ecdc.europa.eu

Advice scoring history for Latvia

Chart of the risk level over that last 200 days. This is the daily calculated travel risk for Latvia.

Chart of the number of sources over that last 200 days. This is the daily number of advisory sources (of any rating) that have been active on that day.

Note: Changes happening on the 28th/29th of July 2019 are related to a change in the software and number of sources processed.

Rating Details (single travel warnings)

These are the individual advisories published by other countries about the destination Latvia from a travellers perspective. The scoring of all messages combined is the foundation for the current rating 3.3 out of 5.0.

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 1 - Travel is usually safe.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: United States

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Global Health Advisory: Do Not Travel. Avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19. Exercise normal precautions in Latvia.  Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page.

Source: http://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories/latvia-travel-advisory.html

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 2 - Travel is usually safe.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Finland

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Iaktta normal försiktighet - Lettland är tämligen tryggt bara man iakttar normal försiktighet. Bil- och fickstölder förekommer relativt ofta.

Source: https://um.fi/resemeddelande/-/c/LV

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 4 - Reconsider travelling.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Canada

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The Canadian goverment suggests: Avoid non-essential travel.

Source: https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/latvia

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 4 - Reconsider travelling.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Ireland

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Warning Level Icon Danger level: 4 - Reconsider travelling.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Denmark

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Vi fraråder alle ikke-nødvendige rejser til hele verden, herunder Letland. Det gør vi, fordi mange lande i øjeblikket indfører omfattende restriktioner med kort varsel for at forebygge smittespredning med coronavirus/COVID-19. Restriktioner omfatter i flere lande ind- og udrejserestriktioner, udgangsforbud o. lign. Den danske ambassade i Riga har de seneste ...

Source: http://um.dk/da/rejse-og-ophold/rejse-til-udlandet/rejsevejledninger/letland/

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 5 - Do not travel.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Australia

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Latvia has declared a state of emergency due to COVID-19. You'll be allowed to leave Latvia if you can show proof of your travel itinerary to return home to Australia. There are currently no flights departing Latvia and options for departing are very limited. If you wish to leave, please get in touch with the Australian Embassy in Stockholm (see Travel and Local ...

Source: https://www.smartraveller.gov.au/destinations/europe/latvia

Individual rating changes for Latvia

This is the recent history of individual changes of travel advices that affected the total asessment of Latvia. Most recent events first.

Changes from March 22nd 2020

The total rating for Latvia changed from 3.2 to 3.3. Here are the influencing details:

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The Canadian government issued a new warning for Latvia with a rating of 4.0.

Changes from March 18th 2020

The total rating for Latvia changed from 2.8 to 3.2. Here are the influencing details:

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The Australian government increased their existing warning for Latvia to 5.0 (of 5.0) from the previous rating of 4.0 (by +1.0).

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The Irish government increased their existing warning for Latvia to 4.0 (of 5.0) from the previous rating of 3.0 (by +1.0).

Changes from March 16th 2020

The total rating for Latvia changed from 2.5 to 2.8. Here are the influencing details:

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The Australian government issued a new warning for Latvia with a rating of 4.0.

Changes from March 15th 2020

The total rating for Latvia changed from 2.0 to 2.5. Here are the influencing details:

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The Irish government increased their existing warning for Latvia to 3.0 (of 5.0) from the previous rating of 1.0 (by +2.0).

Changes from March 14th 2020

The total rating for Latvia changed from 1.8 to 2.0. Here are the influencing details:

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The Danish government increased their existing warning for Latvia to 4.0 (of 5.0) from the previous rating of 3.0 (by +1.0).

Changes from March 8th 2020

The total rating for Latvia changed from 1.5 to 1.8. Here are the influencing details:

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The Danish government increased their existing warning for Latvia to 3.0 (of 5.0) from the previous rating of 2.0 (by +1.0).

Changes from September 25th 2019

The total rating for Latvia changed from 0.0 to 0.0. Here are the influencing details:

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The United States government issued a new warning for Latvia with a rating of 1.0.

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The Irish government issued a new warning for Latvia with a rating of 1.0.

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The Finnish government issued a new warning for Latvia with a rating of 2.0.

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The Danish government issued a new warning for Latvia with a rating of 2.0.

About Latvia

Latvia with its capital Riga is a country in Europe (Northern Europe), slightly larger than West Virginia (64,589 km²). The country is located Eastern Europe, bordering the Baltic Sea, between Estonia and Lithuania. The climate can be described as maritime; wet, moderate winters. The landscape is low plain. With a population of about 2.25 million citizens.

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Basic Statistics and Facts

Topic Value
Capital Riga
Population about 2.25 million
Size 64.589 km²
Size comparable to slightly larger than West Virginia
Common languages Lithuanian, Latvian, Russian
Currency Lat (short: LVL)
Common voltage (electricity) 220V - 50Hz
Used GSM Frequencies 900/1800
International phone prefix +371
Internet Top Level Domain .lv
Countrycode: ISO Alpha 2 LV
Countrycode: ISO Alpha 3 LVA
Countrycode: ISO Numeric 428

Environmental problems and natural hazzards

These are problems Latvia is facing. Environmental issues refer to damages of the nature due to industry and society. Natural hazzards refer to potential dangers originating in nature.

Environmental problems

  • as well as reduction of air pollution
  • household and hazardous waste management
  • improvements have occurred in drinking water quality
  • Latvia's environment has benefited from a shift to service industries after the country regained independence
  • sewage treatment

Natural hazzards

  • large percentage of agricultural fields can become waterlogged and require drainage

Top Industries and Agricultural Products

These are the main product industries and agricultural products of Latvia. This list indicates what this country is good at producing.

Industries

  1. electronics
  2. pharmaceuticals
  3. processed foods
  4. processed metals
  5. processed wood products
  6. railroad cars
  7. synthetic fibers
  8. textiles

Agriculture products

  1. eggs
  2. fish
  3. grain
  4. milk
  5. pork
  6. potatoes
  7. poultry
  8. rapeseed
  9. vegetables

Latvian Imports and Exports

These are the main product categories of imports and exports to and from Latvia.

Export products

  1. equipment
  2. foodstuffs
  3. machinery
  4. metals
  5. textiles
  6. wood
  7. wood products

Import products

  1. chemicals
  2. consumer goods
  3. equipment
  4. fuels
  5. machinery
  6. vehicles

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the current travel advisory for Latvia?

Latvia is currently rated at 3,3 out of a possible 5.0. Collected from 6 official sources. We advise caution when travelling to Latvia.

Is it safe to travel Latvia in 2020?

Visiting the country Latvia is usually fine. The score is at 3,3 Just keep an eye open, obey local rules and you'll most likely be fine.

How many travel advisories do you know for Latvia?

We currently evaluate 11 official sources each morning. Today, we know of active advisories from 6 individual sources for Latvia.

What is the current Corona virus situation in Latvia?

There are currently 548 officially reported cases of infections with SARS-CoV-2 (or Coronavirus) in Latvia. As reported by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control this morning (~8:30am CET). There are currently 2 officially reported deaths related to this disease in Latvia.

What is the size of Latvia?

Latvia has a size of 64,589 km² or 24,938 mi² which is slightly larger than West Virginia.

Common Frequently Asked Questions

For non-country specific questions, please check our global F.A.Q.