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I am a foreign citizen and wish to visit Estonia as a tourist. Will I be able to enter the country? Should I stay in self-isolation?

Unfortunately, we have to ask you to postpone your trip until the crisis is over.

I am a French citizen and my girlfriend lives in Estonia, but we are not married and I do not have an Estonian residence permit. Can I still come to Estonia?

No, if you do not have a residence permit, you cannot enter Estonia now.

I am a foreign citizen who works in Estonia. I am currently out of the country. Can I return and continue working?

Only citizens of Estonia and holders of an Estonian residency permit or right of residence, the alien’s passport, can enter Estonia. The exception also applies to foreign citizens whose family member lives in Estonia. Please also note that everyone entering Estonia has to self-isolate for 14 days.

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 isolation rules.

What happens if I arrive at a border crossing point in Estonia now?

From 17 March, there is a temporary restriction on border crossing for foreign nationals who do not hold an Estonian residence permit or right of residence. Estonian citizens and residents, including holders of an alien’s passport, can enter Estonia but need to stay in self-isolation for 14 consecutive days at their place of residence. Please be aware of possible delays at border crossings. Health checks are done at border crossing points to detect symptoms of the coronavirus. You may also be asked to fill in a form upon entering the country, presenting information about your journey, who you travel with, potential contacts with infectious individuals, and whether you have displayed symptoms of viral disease in the past days. You can find the form and additional information on the website of the Police and Border Guard Board.

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 isolation rules. For further information, please contact Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications.

I read that Estonia has temporarily suspended issuing visas, but we have a family emergency. Can our relatives living in nearby countries still come to Estonia?

By exception, visa applications can be submitted on humanitarian grounds (illness or funeral of a close relative). Please contact the Estonian embassy in your country.

I was planning to visit Estonia and already had a visa, and then the crisis happened. 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.

Will the transport of goods stop due to the restrictions?

Measures are developed in order to continue with transport of goods and other business activities. We recommend contacting the Tax and Customs Board for further information.

I am an Estonian resident and have not yet found a way to return. What should I do?

Flight options for travelling to Estonia still exist. Please note that the situation is changing rapidly and the number of connections is decreasing rapidly.

The following travel agencies can help you find tickets:

If you are still unable to find a way to return please contact the Foreign Ministry at +372 5301 9999.

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

Please go to the airport early and try to be among the first to do the check-in. If you are not allowed to board the flight please call the Foreign Ministry at +372 5301 9999 immediately. The more there is time before your flght the more probable it is that we will be able to find a solution. 

I have heard about special flights. How can I get more information? Can I be sure that a special flight will come to my location?

Special flights will be organised only under special circumstances and to locations that are no longer serviced by regular transport. Please be aware that special flights are not free. Ticket prices depend on the number of passengers on each flight.

If there is a special flight, especially if it is a flight organised by another country, please keep in mind that:

  • first and foremost these flights are for the citizens of the organising country;
  • priority will be given to families with children, elderly, or for humanitarian considerations (for example people with chronic diseases);
  • students, people working in the country where the flight is deparing from, people visiting firends or family – i.e. who did not travel for tourism – are the least likely to be able to obtain a ticket.

For special flights, follow the Facebook page of the Estonian Foreign Ministry, and also the Facebook page of the local or closest Estonian embassy. 

I am abroad and thought I might stay here for a while. What should I consider and when will the flights resume?

If you are sure you are able to live abroad safely during the crisis you do not need to return. There are certain considerations you are advised to keep in mind.

  • The crisis may last longer than expected. You should be prepared to stay abroad for at least 2 months;
  • The number of connections is constantly decreasing. Estonian borders will always be open for residents, but the number of flights coming to Estonia has already been reduced to only a few and soon the transport opportunities may cease.
  • The number of regulations countries are implementing to fight the coronavirus is expected to increase before it begins to decrease. Please consider that hotels and restaurants may close and possibilities for local employment can disappear.
  • Please make sure that you follow the rules and regulations allowing you to stay – for example do not overstay your visa validity period. For further information, contact the immigration service of the country where you are staying, or, if possible, the local Estonian embassy.

If you decide to return to Estonia, please do it as soon as possible.

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 the flight company at your point of departure evidence (such as a ferry ticket) that Tallinn is your final destination. If you still encounter problems please call the emergency line of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs immediately on +372 5301 9999.

WHen you arrive to the Helsinki airport please note that you may be allowed to exit the airport only to go to the port. If you arrive a long time before your ferry is due to leave you may need to wait at the airport. The number of available services at the Helsinki airport is very limited.

Transit via Latvia – what are the requirements?

Estonian residents arriving in Latvia and passing through the country in transit, including hauliers, are required to fill in a form and submit it to the Latvian border guards when requested. The form can be found on the website of the Latvian Ministry of Transport at http://www.sam.gov.lv/images/modules/items/PDF/item_8592_anketas_LTU_EST... (PDF). It can also be obtained from border guards. By completing this form you confirm that you will pass through Latvia as quickly as possible, without stopping at any public places in the country.

Transit via Thailand – what should I consider?

According to current information everyone entering Thailand, including transit passengers, need to present "Fit to fly medical certificate" issued no longer than 72 hours earlier. COVID-19 test is not required, but it has to be signed by a doctor and it must be in either English or in the official language of the country where it was issued. If you are unable to obtain such a certificate please consider finding an alternative route. 

Transit through Lithuania — how does it work?

Transit via Lithuania is permitted until the end of 13 April, transit after this date will not be possible. Transit with personal vehicles is no longer allowed. If you need to return via Lithuania please contact the Estonian Embassy in Vilnius immediately (email: sekretar@estemb.lt) and note your name, contact phone and email, and the number of your travel document. Travelling to Lithuania via Latvia (for pickup at the airport or to transport family/firends to Estonia) is not permitted.

I am in Russia and flight and train connections have been suspended. How can Estonian residents get back to Estonia from Russia? And how do I extend my travel insurance if it is about to run out?

Aeroflot has suspended all flights between Moscow and Tallinn between 19 March and 23 April. You can return to Estonia from Russia with your own transport or by using local transport to get to the border. You can get from Saint Petersburg to the Russian border at Jaanilinn/Ivangorod by bus (https://sks-auto.ru/) or train (http://ppk-piter.ru/). There are also Pskov-Pechory buses (http://pskovavtotrans.ru/расписание-рейсов/) and the Saint Petersburg-Pskov-Pechory train, known as ‘Lastochka’. You can cross the border on foot. We recommend contacting the carrier in question to make sure that the bus or train is still running. More detailed information is available from the Estonian representations in Moscow, Saint Petersburg and Pskov. To extend your travel insurance, please contact your travel insurance company or the Estonian Insurance Association on its Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/kindlustuskeskus or via its website http://www.eksl.ee/et/kindlustamise-tavad/reisikindlustuse-hea-tava (in Estonian)..

My place of residence is registered in Finland but I am staying in Estonia now. Can I go back to Finland? Can I then return to Estonia?

Based on the current information you can return to Finland, but you have to undergo self-isolation for 14 days. Estonian citizens can always return home, but you need to be in self-isolation for 14 days. Considering the rapidly changing situation and the need to contain the spread of the coronavirus, we do recommend traveling only if it is absolutely necessary. More information about entering Finland: www.raja.fi.

I live in Estonia but work in Finland. How is the situation now – can I go to Finland to work? 

If your permanent residence is in Estonia and you work in Finland, but you do not have a registered residence permit in Finland, then starting from 22 March, you cannot enter Finland. If you are staying in Estonia, you will not be able to return to Finland until the rules change. If you are staying in Finland, you can always return to Estonia, but will not be able to get back to Finland until the rules are changed. If you have any doubts regarding your right of residence, you can contact the Finnish Immigration Service. Additional information is available on the website of the Finnish Border Guard.

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 read that passports will be sent to Estonian citizens living abroad by post. Is it safe? Who will cover the postal costs?

We assure that our cooperation partner follows hygiene rules and uses personal protective equipment. During the emergency situation, the Foreign Ministry will cover the postal costs. You will still have to pay the state fee for the passport.

I am in the United States, my visa /ESTA is about to expire, but I cannot find any return flights. What should I do?

If you are in the United States with the Visa Waiver Program (ESTA), you must makse sure not to exceed the 90-day period. We suggest you return to Europe as soon as possible. Under extraordinary circumstances (for example if you are hospitalised or the flights have been cancelled due to weather conditions) you can submit an application to the US Citizenship and Immigration Services and ask them to allow you to exceed your stay by maximum 30 days and give you a grant of satisfactory departure. Contacts of the closest US Citizenship and Immigration Service: https://www.uscis.gov/about-us/find-a-uscis-office

If you are visiting the US with a visa you need to fill the forms I-539 and I-912 (both can be found at https://www.uscis.gov/i-539-addresse) with an explanation why you were unable to leave in time. If your visa will expire in the coming days, please contact the US Citizenship and Immigration Services immediately. Contacts can be found at: https://www.uscis.gov/about-us/find-a-uscis-office

 

On 12 March, the Government of Estonia declared an emergency situation in response to the pandemic spread of the coronavirus in the world. In order to stop the spread of the virus, there are certain recommendations and measures in place.

Foreign nationals who are not residents of Estonia will not be able to travel to Estonia until further notice.

From 17 March, there will be a temporary restriction on entry to Estonia for foreign nationals who do not hold a hold an Estonian residence permit or right of residence, or have family members in Estonia. 

There are no restrictions on exiting the country.

Foreign nationals are only allowed to transit through Estonia on their way to their home country if they do not show symptoms of COVID-19. 

International cargo (also food and medical supplies transport) can enter the country, as well as persons providing vital services, like fuel providers.

Self-isolation requirements are in place for those entering Estonia. 

More information on the virus and prevention is available on the website of the Health Board

 

 

Last updated: 27 March 2020

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