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Crossing the border and the obligation to stay at home upon entering Estonia

Crossing of the state border for the purpose of entering Estonia is allowed for persons who have Estonian citizenship, Estonian residence permit or right of residence or whose permanent place of residence according to the population register is in Estonia.

As of 1 June, Estonia’s borders were reopened to people arriving from European countries. You are free to enter the country and are not subject to an obligation to stay at home, if:
  • you arrive from a Member State of the European Union or the Schengen Area, or from the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  • you show no signs of illness
  • for the past 14 days, you have stayed in a Member State of the European Union or the Schengen Area, or in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, where the coronavirus infection rate has been 15 persons or less per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days

Statistics on infections per 100,000 inhabitants for the last 14 days are published by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on its website every Friday and are valid for the next seven days from Monday.

All those persons without symptoms to whom the right to enter Estonia was extended in the past, can enter the country and do not have to stay at home, for instance:
  • people who are directly involved in the transport of goods and raw materials, including the loading of goods or raw materials
  • employees of a foreign diplomatic representation or consular post in Estonia, their family members or foreigners arriving in Estonia in the framework of international military cooperation
  • providers of healthcare or other services necessary for dealing with an emergency
  • people who are directly involved in the international carriage of goods and passengers, including crew members serving an international means of transport and persons providing repair, warranty work or maintenance of the means of transport
  • people who serve travel groups and are directly involved in the provision of passenger transport services
  • people whose purpose of arrival in Estonia is related to ensuring the continuity of a vital service
  • people whose arrival in Estonia is related to work on the maintenance, repair, warranty or information and communication technology of the equipment of an enterprise operating in Estonia, if it is necessary to ensure the operation of the enterprise
  • people who have received a special permit for entering the country

With regard to people who do not fall under the exemptions referred to in the order of the Government of the Republic, it is still possible to authorise a border crossing on the basis of an application for permission, which must be sent to ppa@politsei.ee.

NB! Those who are already subject to the obligation to stay at home must comply with it until the expiry of the prescribed period.

Obligation to stay at home

People arriving from a Member State of the European Union or the Schengen area, or the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland must stay at home if they arrive from a country where the coronavirus infection rate has been more than 15 persons per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days. This means that a person may not leave his or her place of residence within 14 days, except on the instructions of a healthcare professional or a police officer, or in the event of an emergency threatening the life or health of the person, or for the purchase of food, essentials and medicines. This restriction does not apply to Finland, so you can enter Estonia, if you work, study or have a family-related reason.

Statistics on infections per 100,000 inhabitants for the last 14 days are published by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on its website every Friday and are valid for the next seven days from Monday.

The Police and Border Guard Board does not carry out checks on those leaving the country and does not prevent anyone from leaving the country. However, when leaving Estonia, you should be convinced that both the country of destination and the country of transit allow you to enter. When returning to Estonia, you must take into account the restrictions imposed.

You can find the Government's order of 28 May HERE.