Latvian government bans travel to several countries in southern Africa

  • 2021-11-27
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA - In relation to the new Covid-19 variant outbreak, by January 11, the Latvian government has decided to ban trips to the South African Republic, Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia, Eswatini (Swaziland) and Malawi.

Latvian nationals and EU permanent residents with a residence permit in Latvia who have returned from the above-mentioned countries in the past ten days have to present a Covid-19 RNS test result made 72 hours prior to arriving in Latvia and on the eighth day after arrival.

Also, these persons will be required to self-isolate for ten days. If they do not self-isolate in a tourist accommodation facility but at home, their household members also should self-isolate.

Meanwhile, citizens of third countries who have visited any of the above-mentioned countries, are banned from entering Latvia.

As reported, the European Union will propose banning travel from southern Africa following the discovery of a new Covid-19 variant that scientists fear could torpedo efforts to beat the pandemic, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Friday.