MIA points out that many of the country given the security situation has already made changes in their regulations to prevent the spread of radicalism and extremism. One of the means used by States is to limit the rights of individuals to travel to EU countries, Schengen countries and third countries.
The interior Ministry specifies that granted the state the authority to limit the right of travel should be used in exceptional cases, after careful review of the proportionality of the restrictions in order to prevent violations in the sphere of freedom of movement.
Having such powers, the state can impose restrictions on persons wishing to engage in illegal military or armed groups, preventing their possible radicalisation, and after returning home — a threat to the interests and security of society.
The ban on travel can be set for up to three years if the security organs have concluded that people abroad planning to participate in the events which can radicalists to such an extent that after returning to Latvia would pose a threat to the security of the state and society, or people because their features can not be aware of the consequences of participation in such activities.
Currently in Latvia there is no authority to restrict the right of persons to travel in order to comply with the interests of society and national security.
Amendments to the national security act provide for the possibility of a ban to leave the country by decision of the Minister of internal Affairs, adopted in relation to the citizen, non-citizen or persons in Latvia received the status of a person without citizenship.
For violation of this ban could face imprisonment for up to three months of forced labor or a fine.
It is planned that the amendments if adopted by the Seimas will come into force on 1 January 2017.