The government expanded the opportunities for travel to Estonia from third countries, which will take effect on 21 June. An asymptomatic vaccinated person from a third country may travel to Estonia for all purposes, if necessary with a visa, if the necessary time has elapsed since vaccination to achieve maximum protection against COVID-19. The government also raised the limit for the number of positive tests for third countries for SARS-CoV-2 from 16 to 75 per 100,000 inhabitants. This means that an asymptomatic person may travel to Estonia from third countries without self-isolation if they are arriving from a country with an infection rate that is equal to or less than 75 per 100,000 inhabitants. Albania, Hong Kong, Lebanon, Macau, North Macedonia, Serbia, Taiwan and the United States have been added to the list of countries included in the EU Council recommendation from which vaccinated people can travel to the European Union for any purpose.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs asks all International travellers to check the border crossing conditions of both the destination and transit country and to assess whether travelling is necessary. States may impose measures to prevent the spread of new strains of the virus at a short notice (including interruption of direct flights, changes in border crossing conditions, etc.).
Before arriving in Estonia, you must fill out a traveller’s questionnaire.
The questionnaire can be completed within three days of your arrival in Estonia. This makes border-crossing smoother and you can avoid queueing for filling out the questionnaire on paper. The border guard or airline can ask people crossing the border to present an electronic or printed border crossing confirmation sent via email. Those individuals who have already had COVID-19 or who have been vaccinated, or any other individuals who are not subject to restrictions on their freedom of movement pursuant to the respective order by the government of the republic of Estonia are not required to submit the declaration if they are able to provide proof of the grounds for their exemption.
Arriving from the European Union, the European Economic Area, the Schengen area or from the United Kingdom
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.
From 21 to 27 June, the restriction on the freedom of movement applies to passengers arriving from the following countries: Denmark, and Latvia.
The restriction on the freedom of movement does not apply to passengers arriving from a country with an infection rate below 150 per 100 000 inhabitants in the past 14 days: Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.
Arriving from outside the European Union, the European Economic Area, the Schengen area or the United Kingdom
From 21 June, it will be possible for vaccinated people from all third countries to travel to Estonia. It is necessary to check whether the person needs a visa. Vaccinated people are also not subject to the restriction on freedom of movement.
According to the list of third countries included 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, it is possible to travel to Estonia from Albania , Australia, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Lebanon, Macau, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and United States. A 10-day period of restrictions on movement is mandatory for passengers arriving from countries with an infection rate above 75 people per 100 000 inhabitants in the past 14 days. In the period 21. – 27.06. the restrictions on movement shall not apply upon arrival in any of the countries listed in Annex 1.
When arriving in Estonia from a country not included in Annex 1 of the recommendation of the Council of the European Union, the 10-day restriction on the freedom of movement applies to those who are allowed to enter Estonia. The restriction on the freedom of movement can be shortened by two tests. If a citizen of these countries, who has a legal basis to stay in Estonia, repeatedly crosses the state border, he or she must take both tests in Estonia.
The following rules apply to reducing the period of restrictions on movement (both when arriving from Europe and other regions, except for third country nationals arriving in Estonia for work or studies).
(1) Anyone unwilling 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 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 https://koroonatestimine.ee/en/for-patients/testing-after-a-trip-abroad/.
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.
Details about the conditions of restriction of freedom of movement are available on the website of the Health Board.
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 one year has passed since they have been declared cured;
(2) have undergone COVID-19 vaccination and no more than one year has passed since its completion.
(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.
The 10-days restrictions on movement does not apply to asymptomatic individuals who cross the national border between Estonia and Latvia at least twice a week for unavoidable work or studies, 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. 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.
Information about countries and restrictions on movement is reviewed on a weekly basis and published on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
When traveling abroad:
• before planning your trip, please consult the Foreign Ministry’s website for the infection rate in your planned country of destination;
• for information about restrictions in your destination, please consult the Reisi Targalt website (in Estonian), the ReOpen portal of the European Union, or contact the representation of the country for more details;
• register your trip at the Foreign Ministry’s Reisi Targalt website (in Estonian) to allow us to notify you of possible travel restrictions;
• follow the recommendations of the Estonian Health Board for a safe flight; if you show symptoms, please postpone your trip and contact your GP;
• take out travel insurance and carefully read the conditions of your insurance (including for travel interruptions caused by COVID-19);
• when crossing the border, you must fill out a questionnaire, which can be done electronically. The questionnaire can be completed within three days of your arrival in Estonia here. Make sure to keep the confirmation email you will receive after you have completed the form. The questionnaire can still be filled out on paper; it is available here (DOCX);
• at your destination, follow the instructions of local authorities and keep up to date with possible new restrictions;
• on your return, follow the rules introduced in Estonia, and if you suspect you have been infected with the virus, contact your GP.
Please note that starting from 21 June, conditions that apply to entering Finland (including to travel that is allowed for work purposes) have changed; more information is available HERE.
Please call the national helpline 1247 (+372 600 1247 when calling from abroad) for additional information on the coronavirus and restriction on the freedom of movement.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia