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Information on countries and restriction on freedom of movement requirements for passengers

 

Due to the spread of the coronavirus, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs advises against any non-essential international travel. 

    The electronic declaration of health for those arriving in Estonia can be filled out as early as 24 hours before arrival. This makes border crossing smoother and people do not have to stand in line to fill out a declaration on paper. The confirmation of the border crossing declaration sent to your e-mail may be asked on the border. You can show it electronically or print it out before your travel. 

    Travelling to Estonia is possible for the following persons

    • Estonian citizens, residents and their family members. Estonian citizens and residents are allowed entry regardless of whether or not they show symptoms of the disease.

    • Citizens and residents of the European Union, the Schengen area, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and Vatican, and asymptomatic individuals with a long-stay visa and their family members. Read the list here.

    • Citizens of countries listed in Annex 1 of the recommendation of the Council of the European Union.

    • Asymptomatic citizens of foreign states arriving in Estonia from states not named above for work or studies.
    • Exemptions apply for people transporting goods and raw materials, people involved in international freight or passenger transport, people performing technical tasks for companies based in Estonia, providers of healthcare services, diplomats, people arriving for the purpose of international military cooperation and people with a special entry permission. All exemptions are listed in Order No 282 of the Government of Estonia.

    Who is required to restrict their freedom of movement?

    Arriving from the European Union, the European Economic Area or the Schengen area


    A 10-day restriction on the freedom of movement applies on entering Estonia from a country in the European Union, European Economic Area and the Schengen area with an infection rate above 150 persons per 100 000 inhabitants in the past 14 days.

       

      Number of new infections per 100 000 inhabitants in the last 14 days (as of 26.02.2021) (the restriction on the freedom of movement applies to passengers arriving from countries marked in red)

       

      • Andorra 588,1
      • Austria 228,0
      • Belgium 244,8
      • Bulgaria 186,0
      • Croatia 112,0
      • Czech Republic 1120,0
      • Cyprus 169,0
      • Denmark 110,0
      • Finland 111,5
      • France 398,3
      • Germany 123,1
      • Greece 147,9
      • Hungary 286,5
      • Iceland 8,0

      • Ireland 231,4
      • Italy 289,2
      • Latvia 509,5*
      • Liechtenstein 61,9
      • Lithuania 261,1*
      • Luxembourg 365,8
      • Malta 404,0
      • Monaco 649,8
      • Netherlands 302,9
      • Norway 70,0
      • Poland 226,8
      • Portugal 287,6
      • Romania 171,0
      • San Marino 972,3
      • Slovakia 526,0
      • Slovenia 513,7
      • Spain 348,4
      • Sweden 435,2
      • Switzerland 174,8
      • Vatican 0.0**

      * Based on Order No 282 of Government of Estonia, the restriction on the freedom of movement does not apply to asymptomatic people who have been on the territory of  Lithuania or Latvia in the past 10 days and have travelled to Estonia directly from Lithuania, Latvia with the following preconditions:

      (1) the person has taken a coronavirus test within 72 hours before their arrival in Estonia and the result is negative. When travelling to these countries from Estonia and returning to Estonia, it is possible to take the coronavirus test in Estonia, and return to normal life in case of a negative result. Self-isolation is required while waiting for the test results;

      (2) the person arrives in Estonia for the purpose of working, studying or receiving health services or for family reasons or transit. For the reasons listed above, taking a coronavirus test is not required.

      ** The infection rate of the Vatican is 0 but anyone travelling to Estonia from there through Italy is subject to the 10-day restriction on the freedom of movement.

       

      Arriving from outside the European Union, the European Economic Area or the Schengen area

      Starting from 1 January 2021, passengers arriving in Estonia from the United Kingdom are subject to an additional obligation introduced by the Government of Estonia to take a COVID-19 test no earlier than 72 hours before arrival, and the result of the rest must be negative. The test is not compulsory for children under the age of 12. A 10-day self-isolation is also mandatory for passengers arriving from the United Kingdom. The rule applies even in cases when the passenger has only transited through the United Kingdom on their way to Estonia. The period of self-isolation can be shortened if in addition to the first negative test, a second test taken 7 days after arrival is also negative.

      Travel to Estonia from outside the European Union, the European Economic Area or the Schengen area is possible, including for tourism, only from the countries listed in Annex 1 of the recommendation of the Council of the European Union on the gradual lifting of the temporary restrictions on non-essential travel into the EU. A 10-day self-isolation is mandatory for passengers arriving from a country on the list with an infection rate above 16.

       

      Countries outside the European Union from which it is possible to travel to Estonia, including for tourism (according to the list in Annex 1 of the recommendation of the Council of the European Union)

       

      • Australia
      • New Zealand
      • South Korea
      • Rwanda
      • Thailand
      • Singapore

       

      ​The data is gathered from ECDC official data.

      When arriving from third countries that are not listed in Annex I, a mandatory 10-day self-isolation period applies.

      Citizens of third countries arriving in Estonia for the purpose of work or studying at an educational institution registered in Estonia from a third country not included in Annex 1 of the recommendation of the Council of the European Union, is subject to the 10-day mandatory self-isolation, and they must take a coronavirus test immediately after arriving in Estonia and a second test no earlier than six days after the first test. Testing does not grant the right to stop self-isolating before the mandatory period ends.

       

       

      The following rules apply for reducing the period of isolation (except for citizens of third countries arriving with the purpose of working or studying):

      (1) Anyone who does not wish to self-isolate for 10 days after their arrival in Estonia can take a PCR test abroad no earlier than 72 hours before their arrival in Estonia. While in Estonia, a second test can be taken no earlier than on the sixth day after the first test. The 10-day isolation period can be concluded earlier if both tests are negative.

      (2) Anyone who has not taken a test up to 72 hours before their arrival in Estonia can take one immediately after their arrival and the second test no earlier than six days after their first test. The 10-day isolation period can be concluded earlier if both tests are negative.

      Information about the conditions that apply to the test certificate is available HERE. For booking a second test, passengers can contact the call centre for public testing (678 0000). Details about testing are available on the website of the Health Board.

       

      The 10-day self-isolation and COVID-19 testing are not mandatory for individuals, including those arriving from the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland or a third country, who:

      (1) have recovered from COVID-19 and no more than six months have passed since they have been declared cured;

      (2) have undergone COVID-19 vaccination and no more than six months have passed since its completion.

      Information about the required certificates is available HERE.

       

      Data from previous weeks

       

      An exception to mandatory restriction of freedom of movement applies on entry to Estonia for the following individuals who show no symptoms:

       

      1. an employee of a diplomatic representation or consular office of a foreign country in Estonia or their family members, or a foreign national arriving in Estonia for the purpose of international military cooperation;
      2. individuals without symptoms and directly involved in the transport of goods and raw materials, including in loading goods or raw materials;
      3. individuals without symptoms providing medical services or other services essential for the resolution of the emergency;
      4. individuals without symptoms and directly involved in the international transport of goods and passengers, including the service staff or crew members of international means of transport and individuals conducting repairs, guarantee repairs or maintenance work on the means of transport;
      5. individuals without symptoms providing services to tour groups and directly involved in providing passenger transport services;
      6. individuals without symptoms arriving in Estonia for the purpose of ensuring the continuation of vital services;
      7. individuals without symptoms arriving in Estonia for a company based in Estonia to perform equipment maintenance works or for repairs, guarantee repairs or ITC work if it is necessary for ensuring the continued operation of the company;
      8. a foreign national for the purpose of immediate transit through Estonia on their way to their country of residence;
      9. a foreign national with a special permit from the Police and Border Guard Board to enter the country.
       

      We recommend checking the Foreign Ministry’s Reisi Targalt site (in Estonian), which includes important information on lockdowns, restriction on freedom of movement requirements etc. in countries where Estonia has an embassy.

       

       

      Last updated: 26 February 2021

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