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Covid-19

COVID-19 Country Response

COVID-19 epidemic evolution

To find out about the latest status of the COVID-19 pandemic evolution and the most up-to-date statistics on the COVID-19 disease in Latvia, please visit the official portal Covid19.gov.lv (in Latvian and Russian). Further information can be found on the website of the Ministry of Health (in Latvian).
For the international outlook you can consult the latest
situation reports published by the World Health Organisation as well as the global daily statistics on the coronavirus pandemic evolution including data on confirmed cases and deaths by country.

Sanitary measures

To find out about the latest public health situation in Latvia and the current sanitary measures in vigour, please consult the official portal Covid19.gov.lv (in Latvian and Russian), including the up-to-date information on the containment measures put in place. For public health recommendations, visit the website of the Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.
The government’s declaration of the state of emergency can be retrieved here.

Travel restrictions

The COVID-19 situation, including the spread of new variants, evolves rapidly and differs from country to country. All travelers need to pay close attention to the conditions at their destination before traveling. Regularly updated information for all countries with regards to Covid-19 related travel restrictions in place including entry regulations, flight bans, test requirements and quarantine is available on TravelDoc Infopage.
It is also highly recommended to consult COVID-19 Travel Regulations Map provided and updated on the daily basis by IATA.
The US government website of Centers of Disease Control and Prevention provides COVID-19 Travel Recommendations by Destination.

The UK Foreign travel advice also provides travelling abroad advice for all countries, including the latest information on coronavirus, safety and security, entry requirements and travel warnings.

Import & export restrictions

Following the measures taken by the European Commission, an export license is required to export personal protective equipment outside of the European Union. The export of medicines needed during the state of emergency is prohibited. For updates refer to the website of the Latvian Customs.
For a general overview of trade restrictions due to COVID-19 pandemic, please consult the section dedicated to Latvia on the
International Trade Centre's COVID-19 Temporary Trade Measures webpage.

Economic recovery plan

To know about the economic measures taken by the Latvian government to address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the national economy, please visit the website of the Ministry of Finance and the dedicated section on the official portal Covid19.gov.lv (in Latvian and Russian). Further information can be retrieved on the website of the Ministry of Welfare (in Latvian).
The information on the EU’s economic response to COVID-19 and the actions to minimise the fallout on the EU member states’ economies of the COVID-19 outbreak is available on the website
of the European Council.
For the general overview of the key economic policy responses to the COVID-19 outbreak (fiscal, monetary and macroeconomic) taken by the Latvian government to limit the socio-economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, please consult the section dedicated to Latvia in the
IMF’s Policy Tracker platform.

Support plan for businesses

For information on the local business support scheme and taxation measures established by the Latvian government to help businesses to deal with the economic impacts of the COVID-19 epidemic on their activity, please consult the dedicated section on the official portal Covid19.gov.lv (in Latvian and Russian). Further information on support measures for entrepreneurs can be accessed here.
For an overview of the tax relief measures to support businesses, consult the website of KPMG.
For a general overview of international SME support policy responses to the COVID-19 outbreak refer to the World Bank's Map of SME-Support Measures in Response to COVID-19.

Support plan for exporters

The Latvian government allocated EUR 45 million to help farmers who lost part of their turnover due to weak demand from their export markets.
When employees are not working as a direct consequence of limitations imposed to tackle the spread of the virus, 75% of the employee’s average salary for the past six months can be paid by the government (capped at EUR 700/month), provided that the company's income in March or April 2020 decreased by at least 20% in comparison to the same month in 2019, and that the company’s exports amounted to at least 10% of total turnover in 2019 or to at least EUR 50,000.
The European Commission adopted a
Temporary Framework for State aid measures to support the economy in the COVID-19 outbreak, which enables short-term export credit insurance to be provided by the State where needed.

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