Flights to 3rd nations around the world to be permitted from March 17 / Posting /

Starting off upcoming Wednesday, March 17, flights to and from third countries will be permitted, including those arranged by tour operators, Ministry of Transport stated March 9.

Non-necessary vacation from third international locations to Latvia will be prohibited.

The Ministry of Transportation (SM) indicated that improvements were being needed to make improvements to epidemiological manage.

In other international locations, such as Estonia and Lithuania, worldwide passenger journey to and from 3rd nations around the world are permitted, which include charter flights to tourism destinations. Latvian residents use transit via these countries, then returning to Latvia by road. The Ministry said that this sort of vacation decreases the options of monitoring travelers and generating confident that epidemiological security steps are respected.

Letting flights from Latvia would permit to maintain an eye on vacationers, mainly because there are a lot more stringent checks at the airport than on land borders.

The SM also claimed that the Covid-19 disaster for the aviation sector in 2020 has led to a sizeable fall in passengers, flights and revenues. The lifting of the ban on passenger transport to and from third countries will have a favourable effects on the performing and competitiveness of the Rīga worldwide airport and the airline airBaltic, as Latvia has remained a person of the previous Member States of the European Union which stops this sort of transportation and for that reason negatively affects the competitiveness of the aviation business.

In accordance to the Ministry, in comparison to the unfold of the illness in Latvia, the selection of cases of Covid-19 imported into the state is modest, especially the selection of cases imported by air. In 2020, 40,904 instances of Covid-19 have been confirmed in Latvia, of which there are 892 instances introduced in from overseas, of which 250 cases are in air transportation, representing .61% of all confirmed scenarios. Furthermore, considering that the entry into force of the requirement to have out the Covid-19 exam in advance of travelling, the quantity of scenarios imported has continued to minimize.

When entering Latvia, the latest safety actions need to be noticed – not extra than 72 hrs prior to boarding the car or truck of the carrier the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) Covid-19 take a look at must be done and a statement of detrimental final result should be manufactured before boarding, an e-assertion must be completed on the site “” 48 several hours ahead of moving into Latvia.

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