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COVID-19: Information to Airlines



In order to limit the spread of COVID-19 caused by the coronavirus, the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Latvia has decided to suspend international passenger transportation to and from Riga Airport starting at 00.00 on 17 March this year (local time).


Until the restrictions come into force, the Airport will continue to operate as normal. Once the restrictions come into force, the Airport will operate on a limited basis, handling only cargo, military and state flights and passenger flights, subject to a special permission from the Minister for Transport.

To obtain the special permission, airlines should contact the Aviation Department of the Ministry of Transport on working days 9.00 – 17.00 (phone: +371 67028209, e-mail or ).

We would like to draw carriers' attention to the fact that after 00.00 on 17 March, only Latvian nationals returning to Latvia are permitted to enter the country, whereas leaving the country is only allowed to those foreign nationals who are returning to their place of residence. Exemptions for border crossing may be granted by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Minister of the Interior (;