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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 must be filled before the actual arrival to Estonia. You can fill the declaration 72h before the 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 or by the airline company. 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, and family members of a high-level specialist coming to work in Estonia with a visa and family members of a foreign national coming to work in a start-up company or in the field of ICT in Estonia.
    • 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 10.05 till 16.05.2021) (the restriction on the freedom of movement applies to passengers arriving from countries marked in red)

       

      • Andorra 643,2
      • Austria 315,5
      • Belgium 390,8
      • Bulgaria 270,6
      • Croatia 673,3
      • Czech Republic 298,4
      • Cyprus 1145,4 
      • Denmark 176,9
      • Finland 55,3
      • France 538,8
      • Germany 327,4
      • Greece 290,6
      • Hungary 316,5
      • Iceland 42,3

      • Ireland 127,5

      • Italy 292,8
      • Latvia 441,2*
      • Liechtenstein 289,1

      • Lithuania 576,4
      • Luxembourg 390,3
      • Malta 63,7
      • Monaco 175,3
      • Netherlands 607,0
      • Norway 111,0
      • Poland 290,9
      • Portugal 60,6
      • Romania 141,1
      • San Marino 119,0
      • Slovakia 131,2
      • Slovenia 456,6
      • Spain 236,8
      • Sweden 691,6
      • Switzerland 308,2
      • United Kingdom 47,6
      • Vatican 0.0**

      With its order from 30 April, the Government of Estonia has eased the restrictions on cross-border movement for asymptomatic individuals who cross the national border between Estonia and Latvia at least twice a week for unavoidable work or studies. This means that starting from 3 May, the 10-day restriction on the freedom of movement does not apply to these individuals if they have taken at least one test for COVID-19 in the past seven days and the result is negative, or if they have recovered from COVID-19 in the past six months or if they have completed a vaccination programme.

      The restriction on the freedom of movement also does not apply if an individual living in the administrative territory of Valga in Estonia or Valka in Latvia crosses the national border between the Republic of Estonia and the Republic of Latvia without leaving the administrative territories of Valga or Valka.

      At the border, they must present proof of employment (such as a letter from their employer) and a certificate proving a negative test result or vaccination/recovery.

      **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

      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-days restrictions on movement period 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 restrictions on movement period applies to those, who are allowed entry to Estonia.

      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 restrictions on movement period, 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. 

       

      The following rules apply for reducing the period of restrictions on movement:

      (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 restrictions on movement 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 restrictions on movement period can be concluded earlier if both tests are negative.

      Information about the conditions that apply to the test certificate is available on the coronavirus testing website. 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.

      After the first negative test, the individual can:

      • perform urgent and inevitable duties;
      • attend an urgent family occasion;
      • return to the country from where they entered Estonia if the reason for travelling is inevitable duties, studies or family occasion.
       

      The 10-days restrictions on movement and COVID-19 testing are not mandatory for individuals (both when arriving from Europe and other regions) 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.

      For more information about the required certificates please look the webpage kriis.ee

       

      Data from previous weeks

       

      The 10-days restrictions on movement and COVID-19 testing are not mandatory for individuals (both when arriving from Europe and other regions), who:

       

      1. have suffered 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.
      3. who are employees of a diplomatic mission or a consular post of a foreign country or the Republic of Estonia or their family members or holders of an Estonian diplomatic passport;
      4. who arrive in the Republic of Estonia in the framework of international military cooperation;
      5. who are members of foreign delegations arriving in the Republic of Estonia for the performance of duties on the invitation of a state or local authority;
      6. who are directly involved in transporting goods and raw products, including loading of goods or raw products, and who arrive in Estonia for the performance of duties;
      7. who arrive in Estonia for the purpose of providing health services or other services necessary for responding to an emergency;
      8. who are directly involved in international carriage of goods and passengers, including a crew member and a ship’s crew member servicing an international means of transport and a person performing repairs or warranty or maintenance work on such a means of transport, and who arrive in Estonia for the performance of duties;
      9. whose purpose for arriving in the Republic of Estonia is directly related to the provision of passenger transport services and who are servicing travel groups;
      10. whose purpose for arriving in the Republic of Estonia is related to ensuring the continuity of a vital service;
      11. who are using the territory of the Republic of Estonia for immediate transit.
       

      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: 7 May 2021

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