The initial impact of COVID-19 in Latvia first started at the beginning of March 2020 with the prohibition of cross border travel with the rest of the EU. The only exemptions from this were cargo flights and shipments.
The Latvian government declared a state of emergency from 13 March to 14 April, which saw the introduction of a number of restrictions and prohibitions. From 17 March, this prohibited movement of persons and vehicles through border-crossing points with the EU via air, sea, rail and road travel as well as at crossing points for local border traffic.
All airlines have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly between the months of March and May as most flights were grounded and consumers were not booking any future flights. The Latvian government has been supporting the largest airline in Latvia, Air Baltic, and will continue to do so throughout the recovery period.
Since the outbreak of COVID-19 there has been a significant drop in both online and offline travel intermediaries’ sales. From May through to March, customers were physically unable to travel and even as lockdowns have been eased, many have been reluctant to book any future holidays due to the uncertainty surrounding the foreseeable future.
The overall travel industry is expected to take at least three years to recover. From the middle of 2020, frequent flights began, and hotels and short-term rentals started taking more listings, however under very strict rules and with capacity limits.
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