A two-week restriction on freedom of movement will apply to passengers arriving in Estonia from Austria, Switzerland and the Slovak Republic.
On 9 October, the Estonian government decided to revise the self-isolation rules that apply to border crossing.
People arriving to Estonia from European Union or Schengen Area need to follow the self-isolation requirements, when arriving in Estonia from the country where the coronavirus infection rate is above 50. The list of such countries is updated every Friday and updates will take force the following week starting on Monday. The infection rate shows how many people per 100 000 inhabitants have contracted the virus in the country of departure within the past 14 days. Anyone arriving in Estonia from the country with a higher infection rate than 50 must go through the self-isolation for two weeks upon arrival.
Weekly updated lists are available on the website of the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
From 1 September, people arriving in Estonia from high-risk countries can shorten the mandatory self-isolation and return to work by testing for COVID-19 at the airport and port. Additional information about testing is available on the website of the Estonian Health Board.
People with a negative COVID-19 test arriving from countries with an increased risk of infection are permitted to go to work if it is absolutely crucial, and on the condition that they immediately test negative for the virus on their arrival. All contact with other people must be avoided while waiting for the test results. In case of a negative test result, the restriction on the freedom of movement applies for the first seven days, i.e. it is allowed to go to work or shop for essentials in case of emergencies but non-essential contacts should be avoided. They must take a second test no earlier than 7 days after the first test and if the test is also negative, they are free to continue their everyday life. This means that the 14-day restriction on the freedom of movement does not apply to them after two negative tests. Anyone arriving from a high-risk country who does not take the test must self-isolate for 14 days.
Due to the spread of the coronavirus, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs advises against any non-essential international travel.
In cases where travelling is essential, the Foreign Ministry advises keeping the following in mind:
- before planning your trip, please consult the Foreign Ministry website for the infection rate in your planned country of destination;
- stay up to date with possible travel restrictions in your destination – please consult the Reisi Targalt website, the ReOpen portal of the European Union, and, if necessary, contact the foreign mission of the country of destination for details;
- register your trip at the Foreign Ministry’s Reisi Targalt website to allow us to notify you of possible travel restrictions;
- follow the recommendations of the Estonian Health Board for a safe flight to protect your health and that of others – 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);
- 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, monitor your health, and if you suspect you have been infected with the virus, contact your GP.
Information about the coronavirus and restrictions on the freedom of movement is available on the Kriis.ee website: https://kkk.kriis.ee/en or by calling the national helpline 1247 (+372 600 1247 when calling from abroad).