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Coronavirus 2019-nCoV

FAQ

 

What is a restriction on the freedom of movement?

 

The restriction means that within 10 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.
What are the requirements for a certificate of a COVID-19 test taken abroad?

The period of restriction on the freedom of movement is reduced only if the passenger presents a PCR test for the detection of viral RNA and can certify they have taken the test and the result is negative. A transcript of test results must be in the Latin or Slavic alphabet in Estonian, Russian or English and it must state the location and time of the test, who took the test and their details, as well as the method (PCR) and result of the test. Details about testing are available on the website https://koroonatestimine.ee/en/for-patients/testing-after-a-trip-abroad/.

What are the requirements for a certificate of recovery?
 

People who have suffered from COVID-19 in Estonia no earlier than within six months can look up their data in the digilugu.ee portal under a reply to a referral or a relevant medical summary (the personal data of the person tested, testing method, test result, the location and time of the test and the data of the person who performed the test) and present this data when necessary when crossing the border.

People who have recovered from the coronavirus abroad can prove it by presenting a certificate of recovery issued by a physician of another country, featuring, in Latin or Slavic alphabet, in Estonian, Russian of English, the personal data of the person tested (such as testing method, test result, location and time of the test and the data of the person who performed the test). A certified printout from a database of another country is also accepted as a certificate.

What are the requirements for a vaccination certificate?
 

Anyone vaccinated in Estonia can look up their vaccination data in the digilugu.ee portal and present the data when necessary when crossing the border.
People who have been vaccinated abroad can prove it by presenting an immunisation passport, a copy of the immunisation passport or a relevant certificate, which must include, in Latin or Slavic alphabet, in Estonian, Russian or English, the personal data of the individual vaccinated: the disease against which the individual was immunised, the time at which the vaccine was administered, and the exact name, batch number, the dose administrated, the number of doses that have been administrated to the individual and the name and other data of the person who administered the vaccine. A certified printout from a database of another country is also accepted as a certificate. In case of third country citizens, accepted COVID-19 vaccinations must be administered with a vaccine approved for sale or recognised by their country of residence or departure.
 

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 is available here.  (scroll down).

At other Estonian foreign representations processing visa applications, visa applications can be submitted by individuals coming to Estonia for work or studying, or who are allowed to enter Estonia. The list is available here: https://www.kriis.ee/en/travelling-estonia-foreigners

 

What will happen if I arrive from a country with an increased risk?
 

Starting from 15 January 2021, people with a negative COVID-19 test arriving from countries with an increased risk of infection (with an infection rate exceeding 150 and marked as red or countries not included in the following list 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 10-day restriction on the freedom of movement does not apply to them after two negative tests. If a citizen of those countries, who has a legal basis to stay in Estonia, repeatedly crosses the state border, he or she must take both tests in Estonia.

Anyone arriving from a high-risk country who does not take the test mustrestrict his or her movement for 10 days.

Which European countries of departure mean I will need to restrict the freedom of movement on my arrival in Estonia?


From 1 June 2020, 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 restriction on the freedom of movement for passengers arriving in Estonia depends on whether the coronavirus infection rate in their country of departure is above 150. If the infection rate is below 150, you will not be required to restrict your movement, if it is above 150, you will need to restrict the freedom of movement. Information about countries and restriction on the freedom of movement requirements is available on the Foreign Ministry website.

The list is updated every Friday and updates will take force the following Monday.

Who should I contact if I want to change the contact details on the confirmation of compliance with movement restriction?

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: info@terviseamet.ee; website: https://www.terviseamet.ee/en)

If a person wishes to change the contact details on the confirmation sheet or other information, they must contact the Health Board info@terviseamet.ee and add their contact information (full name, address, personal identification code, phone number), date and place of border crossing and explanation (e.g. belonging under exception, need to change the contact information etc).

From 1 September 2020, it is possible to replace the restriction on the freedom of movement with testing.

Who is required to restrict their freedom of movement?

  • All symptomatic Estonian citizens and residents arriving in Estonia.
  • Passengers arriving from countries of the European Union, the European Economic Area and the Schengen area who began their trip from a country belonging to this region or transited a country of this region, based on the infection rate.
  • All persons arriving in Estonia who started their journey from or transited through countries for which there is no data or which are outside the European Union, the European Economic Area and the Schengen Area. An exception applies to residents of countries listed in Annex 1 of the recommendation of the Council of the European Union on the condition that the infection rate in the country is below 16.

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 (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. 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?


According to changes that entered into force on 5 April, testing is mandatory for cross-border workers entering Estonia from a European Union member state with an infection rate above 150. Anyone entering Estonia from a European Union member state with an infection rate above 150 can perform urgent duties if they produce a certificate confirming a negative result of a COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours. They can take the test on entry when arriving in Estonia, however, they must then restrict their movement until they get their test result. When not performing urgent duties, the limited restriction on the freedom of movement is mandatory. The individual can also return to the country from which they arrived in Estonia on the condition that they have taken a test within 72 hours of their departure from Estonia and the result is negative.

Estonian residents working in a neighbouring European Union country with an infection rate above 150 must restrict their movement upon arrival in Estonia. If they have taken a COVID-19 test with a negative result within 72 hours, they can perform urgent duties and attend important family events. The individual can also return to the country from which they arrived in Estonia on the condition that they have taken a test within 72 hours of their departure and the result is negative.

Testing is not mandatory if the individual has recovered from COVID-19 and has been declared healthy by a doctor up to six months before arrival, or if they have completed a COVID-19 vaccination programme and the completion date remains within six months.

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  for people arriving in Estonia depends on whether the relative coronavirus infection rate in their country of departure where they have spent at least 10 days before departure is above 150. Anyone arriving in Estonia from a country with a higher infection rate must restrict her or his movement for two weeks on arrival. Number of new infections per 100 000 inhabitants in the last 14 days can be found on page. The list is updated every Friday and is valid from the following Monday.

When do I have to restrict my movement 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 restriction on the freedom of movement.

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 the restriction on the freedom of movement applies 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 restriction on the freedom of movement rules. For further information, please contact Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications.

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:

I have tickets to return to Estonia. What should I consider? Is there something I should do differently?

We recommend you to check whether in case of connecting flights there is a requirement to have a test made prior to taking the flight (including in case you will not leave the transit zone or airport in the transit country). In a number of countries, the test is required from persons in transit as well. Also, 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 other 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 restriction on the freedom of movement rules make it likely that the trip cannot be completed as planned.

The 10-day restriction on the freedom of movement rule is still valid in Estonia, so if you decide to travel you must be prepared to restrict your movement for 10 days after returning from a country, where the coronavirus infection rate is above 150.

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).

I need more information about the coronavirus and travelling. Where should I turn to?

Please call 1247 or consult www.kriis.ee

Last updated: 29 April 2021

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