Anyone arriving in Estonia who began their journey from or transited through a country which is considered a coronavirus risk country is subject of restriction on freedom of movement for 10 days.
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 150 per 100 000 inhabitants. The list of such countries is updated every Friday and updates will take force the following week starting on Monday.
Weekly updated lists are available on the website of the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Restriction on freedom of movement means that the individual is obligated to refrain from unnecessary contacts for 10 days from their arrival in Estonia and is allowed to leave their place of residence or accommodation only for seeing a doctor, shopping for food, essentials and medicines, and in emergencies.
Starting from 15 January, new rules apply for reducing the period of self-isolation upon arriving in Estonia:
1) Anyone not wishing 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 mandatory 10-day self-isolation does not apply if both tests come back 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 isolation period can be concluded earlier if both tests are negative.
The period of self-isolation can be reduced only if the passenger presents a PCR test for determining RNA count and can prove they have taken the test and the result is negative. A transcript of test results must be in the Latin or Slavic alphabet in Estonian, Russian or English and it must state the location and time of the test, who took the test and their details, as well as the method (PCR) and result of the test. For booking a second test, passengers can contact the call center for public testing (678 0000). Details on testing are available on the https://koroonatestimine.ee/en/ website.
From 1 September, people arriving in Estonia from high-risk countries can be tested for COVID-19 at the airport and port. Additional information about testing is available on the website of the Estonian Health Board.
People travelling to Estonia must fill in a declaration of health. This should be done electronically already 24h before the arrival to Estonia. Confirmation of the declaration must be presented before boarding the aircraft.
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).