- Comprehensive information about border crossing, which has been compiled from various government authorities, is available on the kriis.ee site: https://www.kriis.ee/en/travelling-and-border-crossing
- For more information on Covid-19 and restriction on the freedom of movement, call 1247.
What will change on 1 September 2020?
Starting from 1 September, people with a negative COVID-19 test arriving from countries with an increased risk of infection (with an infection rate exceeding 16 and marked as red or countries not included in the following list https://vm.ee/en/information-countries-and-self-isolation-requirements-p...) are permitted to go to work if it is absolutely crucial, and on the condition that they immediately test negative for the virus on their arrival. All contact with other people must be avoided while waiting for the test results. In case of a negative test result, the restriction on the freedom of movement applies for the first seven days, i.e. it is allowed to go to work or shop for essentials in case of emergencies but non-essential contacts should be avoided. They must take a second test no earlier than 7 days after the first test and if the test is also negative, they are free to continue their everyday life. This means that the 14-day restriction on the freedom of movement does not apply to them after two negative tests.
Anyone arriving from a high-risk country who does not take the test must self-isolate for 14 days.
Which European countries of departure mean I will need to remain in self-isolation on my arrival in Estonia?
From 1 June, Estonia allows entry to individuals without symptoms arriving from a member state of the European Union or the Schengen area, or the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Mandatory self-isolation for passengers arriving in Estonia depends on whether the coronavirus infection rate in their country of departure is above 16. If the infection rate is below 16, you will not be required to self-isolate, if it is above 16, you will need to remain in self-isolation. Information about countries and self-isolation requirements is available on the Foreign Ministry website: https://vm.ee/en/information-countries-and-self-isolation-requirements-p....
The list is updated every Friday and updates will take force the following Monday.
Please refer to the Estonian Health Board for any additional questions about introducing, following and exemptions from the restriction on the freedom of movement (email: firstname.lastname@example.org; website: https://www.terviseamet.ee/et)
If you would like the Police and Border Guard Board to review the imposed restriction on the freedom of movement or change your contact details on the note, please contact the Police and Border Guard Board by emailing email@example.com with:
- your contact details (first and last name, personal identification code, phone number, address);
- the time and location of your border crossing;
- explanation (i.e. why you would like to apply for an exemption).
From 1 September, it is possible to replace the restriction on the freedom of movement with testing.
What is a restriction on the freedom of movement?
Currently, the 14-day restriction remains in force for anyone crossing the border from a country with an infection rate above 16 per 100 000 inhabitants.
This means that within 14 calendar days of their arrival in Estonia, people can leave their place of residence or accommodation only on the orders of a healthcare professional or police official, or in an emergency that poses a threat to health or life, or to buy food, essentials and medicine.
From 1 September, it is possible to replace the restriction on the freedom of movement with testing.
Can I start applying for a visa again at Estonia’s foreign representations?
It is possible again to apply for a visa for visiting Estonia for any purpose, including tourism, at any foreign representation of Estonia processing visa applications and located in a country included on the special list of third countries of the Council of the European Union. The list of countries is available here: https://vm.ee/en/information-countries-and-self-isolation-requirements-p... (scroll down).
At other Estonian foreign representations processing visa applications, visa applications can be submitted by individuals coming to Estonia for work or studies, or who are allowed to enter Estonia. The list is available here: https://www.kriis.ee/en/travelling-estonia-foreigners
Who is currently allowed to travel to Estonia?
Estonia will admit people with no symptoms arriving from a member state of the European Union, the Schengen area, or from the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
Additionally, based on the recommendation of the Council of the European Union, the Estonian border is open to passengers from third countries with a low infection rate and included in the special list. The list is available here: https://vm.ee/en/information-countries-and-self-isolation-requirements-p.... The list of countries is updated every other Friday.
Regarding the remaining countries of the world, it is possible to come to Estonia for studies or work, and with a special permit of the Police and Border Guard.
From which countries is it possible to come to Estonia for work or studies?
It is possible to come to Estonia for work or studies from any country of the world. The mandatory restriction on movement applies to anyone arriving from a country with an infection rate above 16 or a country not included on the list on the Foreign Ministry’s website.
It is not possible to replace the restriction on the freedom of movement with testing if you are arriving for work or studies from a third country not included on the common EU list. It is still mandatory to self-isolate for two weeks upon arrival and follow the requirements introduced for students and workers (read more: https://vm.ee/en/information-countries-and-self-isolation-requirements-p...).
From which third countries is it currently possible to travel to Estonia?
It is possible to travel from countries included on the list of the Council of the European Union (for any purpose, including tourism) and from all other third countries for study and work purpose only (no tourists are allowed to arrive from countries, which are not on the EU list). Exemptions to the general rules are granted by the Police and Border Guard Board (travelers wishing to attend a funeral in Estonia or in case any other exceptional circumstances occur). Further information - https://www.politsei.ee/en.
I live in an EU/EEA country or the UK. Can I visit Estonia as a tourist?
From 1 June Estonia will admit people with no symptoms arriving from the European Union, the Schengen area or the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. The compulsory self-isolation for people arriving in Estonia depends on whether the relative coronavirus infection rate in their country of departure where they have spent at least 14 days before departure is above 16. Anyone arriving in Estonia from a country with a higher infection rate must self-isolate for two weeks on arrival. Number of new infections per 100 000 inhabitants in the last 14 days can be found on page: https://vm.ee/en/information-countries-and-self-isolation-requirements-passengers The list is updated every Friday and is valid from the following Monday.
I am a foreign citizen who works in Estonia. I am currently out of the country. Can I return and continue working?
Holders of an Estonian residency permit or right of residence can enter Estonia. Please also note that self-isolation rules apply as explained under first question.
Holders of C or D visas are not allowed to enter Estonia.
When do I have to self-isolate when travelling to Estonia?
Rules applicable to persons arriving from third countries are explained here.
I need to travel through Estonia to get home. Can I still do that?
Foreigners are allowed to transit Estonia on their way home only if they do not show symptoms of COVID-19. If you were allowed to enter the country for transit purposes, you do not have to follow the self- isolation rules.
I am a French citizen and my girlfriend lives in Estonia, but we are not married and I do not have a registered address in Estonia. Can I still come to Estonia?
Yes, you can, please also note that self-isolation rules apply as explained under first question.
I am a lorry driver / essential service provider. Can I still enter Estonia?
International cargo (also food and medical supplies transport) can enter the country, as can persons providing essential services (such as fuel). You do not have to follow the self- isolation rules. For further information, please contact Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications.
I was planning to visit Estonia and already had a visa, and then the crisis arrived. What happens to my visa?
If your visa was already issued (i.e. printed and in your passport) immediately before the crisis, then you cannot use it to enter Estonia before the end of the situation. Your next equivalent application however will be free of charge, on the condition that you have not used your visa to travel to Estonia or elsewhere in the Schengen area.
I am an Estonian resident and have decided to return. Can I do that? What should I do?
Flight options for travelling to Estonia exist.
The following travel agencies can help you find tickets:
- Estravel: firstname.lastname@example.org tel: +372 6 266 266
- Baltic Tours: email@example.com
- CWT Estonia: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Go Travel: email@example.com
- Reisibüroo Atlas: firstname.lastname@example.org
- WRIS: email@example.com
- Reisiekspert: firstname.lastname@example.org
I have tickets to return to Estonia. What should I consider? Is there something I should do differently?
We recommend you go to the airport early and try to be among the first to do the check-in. Please be aware that airports and flight operators might have special rules (wearing a mask, filling a health declaration etc) – you should consult the airport’s or flight operator’s webpage or contact them directly to be informed about the possible restrictions and special measures. If your flight gets cancelled, please contact the service provider to find alternatiive flights.
I am an Estonian resident abroad and thought I might stay here for a while. What should I consider and when will the flights resume?
The crisis has affected regular air traffic all over the world and the number of flight connections is still low. The further you are from Europe, the longer it might take until the flight connections are re-established. However, Estonian borders will always be open for residents.
Please make sure that you follow the rules and regulations establishing your legal stay in the country – for example do not overstay your visa validity period. For further information, contact the local immigration service , or, if need be, your local Embassy in the country.
If you decide to return to Estonia and want to find available flight options, please contact a travel agency.
Transit via Finland – what do I need to take into account?
Estonian citizens and permanent residents can still return to Estonia via Finland. Transit via Finland from international ports and airports is permitted.
If you're travelling via Finland you will need to be prepared to show supporting documents (such as a ferry/flight ticket) to the flight company at your point of departure to demonstrate that Tallinn is your final destination.
What about Russia? Can I enter and exit?
Regular travel to Russia is not possible at the moment – the borders are closed for foreigners. EU citizens are allowed to exit Russia, but not to enter. As an exception, you are allowed to enter if you need to go through special treatment in Russia or take care of your relatives (for the latter you will be permitted to enter once). Russian citizens, who hold dual citizenship or have permanent residence permit in another country, are allowed to exit Russia ONCE to return to their country of residence or for essential travel (studying, work, taking care of relatives).
I am in Estonia and want to go on a holiday. Can I do that? Should I wait?
At the moment it is not advised to go abroad for a holiday.
Several countries have declared an emergency or introduced various restrictions. These measures can be eased or expanded according to the spread of the virus. The pace of the lifting of measures varies across countries and some measures may be reintroduced. Flights may still be cancelled, transport between cities may not exist and restaurants, hotels, beaches etc may be closed. The various national isolation rules make it likely that the trip cannot be completed as planned.
The 14-day self-isolation rule is still valid in Estonia, so if you decide to travel you must be prepared to isolate for 14 days after returning from a country, where the coronavirus infection rate is above 15.
Before booking a trip make sure to consult the Reisi Targalt webapge and the homepages of the authortites of the country you are travelling to. If you have decided to buy tickets, makes sure you are aware of the cancellation rules, as the trip may not take place due to restrictions.
I am an Estonian citizen/resident and have already paid for a trip and plane tickets to go abroad. The company is unwilling to reimburse them, where can I find further help to resolve the issue?
You should contact the Consumer Protection and Technical Regulatory Authority. The authority has published official information on the coronavirus outbreak on its website (in Estonian).
The emergency situation in Estonia is over. Can I still ask for the passport to be sent to be post?
As the emergency situation is over passports are no longer delivered by post.
I need more information about the coronavirus and travelling. Where should I turn to?
Please call 1247 or consult www.kriis.ee