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

All passengers arriving in Estonia by plane (including children for whom the data is provided by their parent) must fill in the traveller’s questionnaire before arriving in Estonia. You can do this up to three days before arriving in Estonia. The border guard or the airline may ask for confirmation of the border crossing declaration sent by e-mail either electronically or on paper. Those arriving by ship, bus, or car are obliged to fill in the traveller’s questionnaire when arriving from countries which are not Member States in accordance with the Schengen Agreement and the Convention implementing it.

 

Crossing of the state border for the purpose of entering Estonia is allowed for

  • Estonian citizens and residents and their family members. Estonian citizens and residents are admitted to the country regardless of whether they are symptomatic or not;
  • citizens and residents of the European Union, the Schengen countries, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, and Vatican City, and long-stay visa holders and their family members if they are asymptomatic;
  • citizens of countries on the list in Annex 1 to the recommendation of the Council of the European Union;
  • vaccinated third-country citizens for any purpose;
  • third country citizens who have not completed a course of vaccination and who come to Estonia to work, study, see their family, or on a special permit if they have taken a coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR-test 72 hours before entering Estonia or a rapid SARS-CoV-2 antigen test 48 hours before and can provide a certificate of a negative result. 
  • other exceptions remain, pursuant to which, for example, transporters of goods and raw materials, people involved in international freight and passenger transport, people involved in the technological work of a company operating in Estonia, health care providers, diplomats, people arriving in Estonia in the framework of international military cooperation, and people with special entry permits do not have to take a test.
 

 

Restrictions do not apply to (arriving from inside or outside Europe):

  • persons, who have previously been infected with the COVID-19 disease and no more than 180 days have passed since the positive result of the test or the date the diagnosis was confirmed by a doctor;

  • persons, who have completed a course of vaccination against COVID-19 and no more than one year has passed from the date of its completion. The vaccination course is considered complete when maximum immunity is reached (according to the manufacturers’ instructions). Persons, who have completed their vaccination course and have received an additional dose of vaccine (booster shot), are exempt from restrictions for one year after receiving the additional dose of vaccine;

  • minors, who are travelling with a parent / accompanying person, are exempt from the requirement of the 10-day restriction on freedom of movement if their parent / the person accompanying them is exempt from the requirement of the 10-day restriction on freedom of movement. Testing requirements do not apply to children under 12 years of age;

  • persons, who are passing through the territory of the Republic of Estonia (transit);

  • persons, who are employees of a diplomatic mission or consular post of a foreign state or the Republic of Estonia or are a member of their family or hold a diplomatic passport of the Republic of Estonia; are arriving in Estonia in the framework of international military cooperation; are arriving as a member of a foreign delegation at the invitation of state or local government authorities to perform work duties;

  • persons, who are directly involved in the transport of goods and raw materials, including the loading of goods or raw materials, and are arriving in Estonia to perform work duties;

  • persons, who are arriving to provide health care services or other services necessary to deal with the emergency situation; are directly involved in the international transport of goods and passengers, including a member of the team or crew serving an international means of transport and a person performing repair, warranty, or maintenance work on the means of transport, and are arriving in Estonia to perform work duties;

  • persons, who are arriving to provide a passenger transport service and are serving groups of passengers; whose purpose is to ensure the operation of a vital service.

  • A person who is allowed to enter Estonia is not subject to the testing or self-isolation requirements if they arrive in Estonia for up to 24 hours as a tourist and a health care service provider has given them an RT-PCR test to detect SARS-CoV-2, the virus causing COVID-19, up to 72 hours before arriving in Estonia and the test is negative, or a SARS-CoV-2 antigen RDT test up to 48 hours before arriving in Estonia and the test is negative, except for if the person is not subject to the testing obligation for other reasons specified in this order;
     

Please note! According to the manufacturers’ instructions, the time to maximum immunity is

 

  • 7 calendar days after getting the second dose of Pfizer/BioNTech Comirnaty,
  • 15 calendar days after getting the second dose of AstraZeneca Vaxzevria,
  • 14 days after getting the second dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine,
  • and 14 calendar days after getting a single dose of the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine.
  • For other COVID-19 vaccines not mentioned in this section, the instructions from the individual manufacturer for maximum protection (e.g. 21 days after the second dose of Sputnik) must be followed.

Further information

 

Who is subject to the restrictions? See tables (from 25.10 until 31.10.2021)

 

Member states of the European Union and the Schengen area, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and Vatican

 

 

Countries and territories outside the European Union whose residents are allowed to enter Estonia, inter alia for tourism purposes (in accordance with the list in Annex 1 to the recommendation of the Council of the European Union)

 

 

Countries not listed in Annex I of the Council of the European Union

 

 

Special rules apply to children

 

If children are travelling with a legal representative or are accompanied by an authorised person who does not have to self-isolate because they have been vaccinated or have previously been infected with the COVID-19 disease,

  • Children up to the age of 12 do not have to self-isolate or take a test;
  • Children 12 to 18 years of age who have not been vaccinated do not have to self-isolate if they arrive from a country listed above (table 1) with a 14-day infection rate of more than 75 per 100,000 people and they have taken a coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR-test up to 72 hours before entering Estonia or a rapid SARS-CoV-2 antigen test up to 48 hours before or have taken the test immediately after arriving in Estonia and can provide a certificate of a negative result. They must remain at their place of residence or permanent place of stay until they have received their negative test result;
  • Children 12 to 18 years of age who have not been vaccinated do not have to self-isolate if they arrive from a third country on the green list of the European Union (listed above in table 2) if the cumulative number of positive tests for the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus causing the COVID-19 disease per 100,000 people in the last 14 days is more than 75 in that country and they have taken a coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR-test up to 72 hours before entering Estonia or a rapid SARS-CoV-2 antigen test up to 48 hours before or have taken the test immediately after arriving in Estonia and can provide a certificate of a negative result. They must remain at their place of residence or permanent place of stay until they have received their negative test result;
  • Children 12 to 18 years of age who have not been vaccinated and who are arriving from and are the citizens of third countries not on the green list of the European Union may enter Estonia if they have taken a coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR-test up to 72 hours before entering Estonia or a rapid SARS-CoV-2 antigen test up to 48 hours before entering Estonia and can provide a certificate of a negative result. They do not need to self-isolate if they take a second SARS-CoV-2 test immediately after arriving in Estonia. They must remain at their place of residence or permanent place of stay until they have received their negative test result;
  • Children 12 to 18 years of age who have not been vaccinated and who are arriving from third countries not on the green list of the European Union and are citizens of the EU, the Schengen area, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino or Vatican may enter Estonia. They do not need to self-isolate if they take a SARS-CoV-2 test immediately after arriving in Estonia. They must remain at their place of residence or permanent place of stay until they have received their negative test result;

If minors are traveling with a legal representative or are accompanied by an authorized person who has not been vaccinated or has not been previously infected with the COVID-19 disease.

  • When arriving from a third country not included in the Annex 1 of the EU Council Recommendation or from a country, where the 14-day infection rate is more than 75 per 100,000 people, children and young people up to the age of 19, who are attending school, must take a COVID PCR test on the third day after arrival. If a child or a young person has no symptoms, he or she may go to school, kindergarten or childcare on the first day after arrival. If the result of the test taken on the third day is negative, he or she can continue to attend childcare, kindergarten or school. If the test is positive, it is mandatory to self-isolate.
 

Data from previous weeks

 

 

Last updated: 22 October 2021

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