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๐Ÿ›ฌ krmxsa just arrived in ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ป Riga, #latvia
Morning all, hope you're well!
My apologies if this post is in the wrong place, but I'm hoping to travel from Riga to Minsk on the 25th of September.
I was trying to find train times/prices, but they don't seem to be running at the moment. Is that due to covid restrictions? And does anyone know if that is likely to change before the end of September?

Any advice gratefully received!
There are some sanctions from the EU to Belarus. You can read the news about that. Also no flights to Belarus right now. Coming from the EU. On ๐Ÿ” in Minsk are many demonstrations against lukaschenko. Maybe you should think carefully to go there
Thanks Onur. I only knew about some of the sanctions, but I didn't realize the boarders were closed. So there's currently no way in?
I think you can visit Belarus from Ukraine. I also did not found any train tickets from Poland at the time (2 weeks ago)
Confirming that thereโ€™re no train tickets from Riga to Minsk at the moment (just checked ldz). I donโ€™t know when/if theyโ€™ll appear in the future. But to give you more idea of the extent of the situation, check flightradar and youโ€™ll notice that thereโ€™re no European airlines surfing above Belarus, i.e. not even passing through to other countries.
It _seems_ that you can cross the border by car provided you have the right visa and/or invitation or w/e the requirements are now. But youโ€™ll need to self-isolate for 10 days (Belarus considers Latvia as a red country). Also, Latvian border (on the way back) is likely strengthened with rigorous checks due to recent incidents of illegal immigration from Belarus.
Thanks Bestan...having a look around and it seems like Belarus is a bit of a "no-go" at the moment. That scuppers my plans somewhat!
Yup, Belarus is a "no-go" right now due to the sticky political situation. When it opens up I'd be happy to head back there for another visit. ๐Ÿ‘
Hey :) i am in Riga actually. Anyone here?
Hoping to arrive on the 28th!
Afternoon all, I'm arriving in Riga on Saturday so wanted to say hiย :slightly_smiling_face:ย Coming in from Tallinn and should be in Latvia for a month if anyone fancies meeting up for a coffee/pint.

I'm looking for old school, "meathead" gyms while I'm there...any recommendations?

Also looking to rent a car at some point (I want to head out to Irbene one weekend). I usually just use EuroCar but they're pretty expensive. Do you know of any cheaper rental places?

Lastly, what's the best shooting range in Riga?

Any suggestions gratefully received!
๐Ÿ›ฌ apqikazqlr just arrived in ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ป Riga, #latvia
Morning all!
So...bit of an issue ๐Ÿ™‚ I'm from the UK, fully vaccinated (AZ) and have my little NHS pass/QR code showing both shots. However, as the UK isn't part of the EU anymore, I'm finding a lot of places here aren't accepting my covid pass.
Is there a quick way of getting an EU Covid pass...somehow converting my British one? Are other people having the same issues?
I don't think you can convert it. EU QR code signatures are verified against a database of EU institutions (each has its own signature).
There is no uniform decision on what to do with UK codes, some EU countries accept them and some don't. It's expected to be inconsistent until the EU makes a decision here.
Another victory for brexit face_with_rolling_eyestired_face
```A commission spokesman was unable to say when so-called "equivalence" would be granted to the NHS Covid pass.```
7 days ago jq The Guardian
Given how utterly, utterly incompetent the UK government is, this could take quite some time...
Nah, they already applied so it's up to the EU now
Ah jeez ๐Ÿ˜• Well thanks for all the info Bestan...looks like I'll need to bounce out of the EU for a bit
```In Italy, travellers from England and Wales have reported problems in entering bars and restaurants using the NHS Covid pass while those seeking to enter Latvia and the Czech Republic have been told they need to have a paper certificate.```
Do you have a paper certificate? Have you tried using it?
```While at least 19 EU countries, including major tourist destinations such as France and Spain, have unilaterally accepted the NHS app as proof of vaccine status, difficulties remain for some travellers from England and Wales due to the lack of pan-EU recognition.```
France and Spain seems to be good ๐Ÿ™‚
Not a bad shout for the winter months ๐Ÿค”
๐Ÿ›ฌ zeucufglfkl just arrived in ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ป Riga, #latvia
avwbtlx yep youโ€™ll need to fill it in before crossing the border but I donโ€™t think it converts a vaccine certificate. The code it generates is used for the gov to figure out your self-isolation status.
Yeah that was my understanding too, the EU Covid pass is something different.
Oh, I see. I misunderstood it then, because the airline referred me to covid19sertifikats-dot-lv, which I though Iโ€™d use to enter the country, and then my friend said to register on covidpass-dot-lv in order to visit cafes and restaurants.
Have you guys ever heard of the former website? Maybe thatโ€™s the one that could verify your existing vaccination proof and create an EU Covid pass.
I also emailed the NVD and got this reply:


Thanks, we've received your email.

You have to issue an application with the original proof of vaccination and application from an educational institution certifying that You are studying in Latvia to the National Helath Service. Approximately in month you will receive certificate with QR code which works in Latvia. Application form and more information about the proccess you can find here (link to nvd site)
I'm not a student however...
Maybe it was just an assumption of them since itโ€™s September and intl students are flocking to Riga. Could you PM me that link to NVD?
Upd Iโ€™ve just found that form and it has more โ€œoptionsโ€ other than being a student in Latvia :)
Ideal! Let us know how you get on
Sure, once in Latvia Iโ€™ll give it a try :)
๐Ÿ›ฌ innqzee just arrived in ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ป Riga, #latvia
Any joy with that covid pass?
I will be in Riga coming weekend October 1 to October 4, that is next Friday to next Monday, if anyone is in the city and feels like meeting up.
Hello :wave:

Is tap water safe to drink in Riga? Nomadlist data contradicts some of the online data.
Also.. Looking for the best cinnamon roll place? ๐Ÿ˜…
No issues with the tap water in Latvia ๐Ÿ˜Š
I did not stay in Latvia for the whole month so I havenโ€™t even tried it, but... I got the EU covid pass on day one in Germany from the first pharmacy.
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