Saeima’s Foreign Affairs Committee chairman Rihards Kols said to a local Radio Channel that For Latvia to combat the spread of COVID-19 successfully, it would be worth adopting control of entrants at Riga International Airport.
Kols said people from the so-called “red list” countries affected by COVID-19 are able to enter Latvia through other countries of the European Union. Moreover, these people can enter freely without state officials even knowing it.
Kols’ political party National Alliance All for Latvia – For Fatherland and Freedom/LNNK believes the airport should check passports of all entrants to make sure they did not use EU countries to enter Latvia from countries of the «red list». All entrants should fill in forms, using which services would monitor them and their compliance with COVID-19 prevention measures in Latvia.
The politician says the government will decide on the proposal for entrant control on 14 July.
According to the Saeima deputy, Latvia’s borders were opened slightly too soon, which resulted in infected people entering Latvia from countries at risk.
He believes border control has a vital role in preventing the spread of COVID-19.
On Tuesday, 14 July, the Cabinet of Ministers plans to decide on visa and residence permit restrictions under conditions of COVID-19 pandemic.
Latvia’s Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš says that because of the risks of COVID-19 spreading, he expects ministers to present proposals regarding increased control over self-isolation for entrants from countries with high infection risks.
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