Riga Airport opens additional COVID-19 testing facility

The expansion of testing options is part of the epidemiological safety programme at the site

A permanent laboratory patient reception point has opened at Riga Airport, allowing travellers and employees the opportunity to take a COVID-19 test prior to take-off alongside other types of medical tests.

Located in the check-in hall, passengers are able to visit the facility up to 72 hours before their flight – presenting a boarding pass and booking confirmation on arrival. The point will also be accessed by arriving passengers.

Riga Airport
Photo Riga Airport 

Multiple coronavirus tests can be taken at the site, including the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) swab, the saliva PCR test and the antigen or rapid test which will present results in around half an hour.

There will still be a testing point in the airside passenger area of the airport, where customers taking flights to the Netherlands can acquire a rapid test.

The contactless testing point located in arrivals hall E also continues to operate. Customers wanting a test at this point can take a PCR saliva test that will give them results within 24 hours.

Since May 2020, the airport has an epidemiological safety programme – dubbed ‘Forbid the Virus From Travelling’ – in place to ensure those that need to fly are fully protected from contracting the virus. As a result, Riga received four stars for its implementation of safety measures from the Skytrax aviation rating agency.

Passengers needing to travel into Latvia can only do so for urgent purposes until February 25. Meanwhile, all flights to and from the UK, Ireland and Portugal have been suspended due to the new mutation of the virus.