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Updated travel advice on Italy, France and Germany

10. March 2020 - 15:39

Due to the continued spread of the coronavirus, as of today 10 March, the protection zone in Italy has been expanded to cover the entire territory of the country.

Exiting Italy is organised through designated checkpoints and tourists are allowed to leave the country for the purpose of returning home. However, we recommend assessing your condition and that of your family. If you have a fever exceeding 37.5 ˚C, you should remain at home or at your accommodation, and call the emergency services number for treatment.

The Foreign Ministry asks the people remaining in the risk area to follow the instructions of local authorities. We also recommend citizens to contact their travel agents and airlines to return home. Estonian citizens who are having trouble returning home are advised to contact the consular assistance emergency helpline: +372 53 01 9999 (24 h).

You can read more about restrictions and guidelines for actions on the ministry’s Reisi Targalt website: https://reisitargalt.vm.ee/riigid/itaalia/ (in Estonian)

We also ask you to take into account the fact that as new cases of the virus are being discovered across Germany and France, the Foreign Ministry recommends seriously considering whether travelling to these countries is essential. You should be aware that measures aimed at stopping the virus could be imposed across the whole country. The danger of being quarantined or included in an area of restricted movement can emerge suddenly.

The Foreign Ministry is constantly monitoring the situation and actively updating travel advice on the Reisi Targalt website https://reisitargalt.vm.ee/ (in Estonian). We kindly ask you to register your trips abroad on the ministry website: https://reisitargalt.vm.ee/registreerimine (in Estonian). We also recommend staying up to date with travel advice according to countries on the https://reisitargalt.vm.ee/ website and follow updates on the travel advice related to the coronavirus: https://reisitargalt.vm.ee/koroonaviirus/ (in Estonian).

You can read more about the coronavirus and prevention on the website of the Health Board: https://www.terviseamet.ee/en/coronavirus-disease-covid-19-previously-kn....
According to the assessment of the Estonian Health Board, the People’s Republic of China, Italy, Iran and South Korea are risk areas. In addition to risk areas, the Foreign Ministry advises against travelling to Japan, Singapore, France and Germany. We also ask everyone to reconsider the necessity of all foreign travel.

People travelling to and living in risk areas have a high likelihood of contagion. The Health Board recommends that, if possible, people who have been to areas where the virus is spreading remain at home for 14 days after returning to Estonia.


Additional information:
Leen Lindam
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia
Communication Department

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