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

NB! Due to the risk of introducing the new Omicron COVID variant, starting from 01.12.21, all persons entering Estonia must fill in the traveller’s questionnaire. The traveller’s questionnaire must be submitted within three days before arriving in Estonia. The form must indicate all the countries passed through during the trip as well as the country of departure. The form must be completed electronically, but may be submitted on paper if necessary.

 

Starting from 01.12.21, all persons entering Estonia from countries recognized as being at high risk of Omicron COVID variant spread (South Africa, Botswana, Malawi, Lesotho, eSwatini (Swaziland), Namibia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Egypt and Turkey) are subject to the 10-day self-isolation.

Vaccinated persons and those, who have previously been infected with the COVID-19 disease do not have to undergo the 10-day self-isolation, if they take the SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR test immediately upon arrival in Estonia and the test result is negative.

Unvaccinated persons may shorten the 10-day self-isolation period, if they take a SARS-CoV-2 test with a negative result immediately upon arrival in Estonia and take a second SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR test no earlier than on the sixth day after the first one and the result of the second test is also negative.

Until a negative test result is obtained, all persons must remain at their place of residence or stay.

 

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 area, 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, provided they are asymptomatic;
  • citizens of countries listed in Annex 1 to the recommendation 2020/912 of the Council of the European Union, provided they are asymptomatic;
  • vaccinated and asymptomatic citizens of third countries for any purpose;
  • asymptomatic third country citizens, who have not completed a course of vaccination and who arrive 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;
  • asymptomatic third-country citizens, who have not completed a course of vaccination, if they immediately transit through the territory of Estonia for reaching their country of residence;
  • There are other exceptions, 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 can enter Estonia.

 

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 self-isolation if their parent / the person accompanying them is exempt from the requirement of the 10-day self-isolation. (Exception does not apply to groups of minors travelling together, for instance, sports and tourist groups). 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 V) must be followed.

Further information

 

Who is subject to the restrictions? See tables (from 29.11 until 05.12.2021)

 

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 country from which the travelers are required to remain in the 10-day self-isolation, minors 12-18 years old have the opportunity to take a SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR test on the fourth day after arrival. If the result of the test is negative, it is possible take part in schooling and education activities carried out in a general education school, a vocational educational institution or a hobby school or in activities carried out in a youth work agency during the remaining six days of self-isolation. This exemption also applies to persons who attain the age of 19 years during the academic year 2021/2022.
 

Data from previous weeks

 

 

Last updated: 1 December 2021

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