Restrictions due to coronavirus

Information on countries and movement restrictions for people arriving in Estonia

A state of emergency is in force in Estonia, as announced by the Health Board on Wednesday, 11 August 2021, due to the rapid spread of the coronavirus delta variant. The Police and Border Guard Board (PBGB) will be involved in the emergency response until 15 May 2022.

The police is cooperating with the Health Board and, if necessary, checking compliance with quarantine and isolation requirements established by order of the Government of the Republic. Violations of the quarantine obligation can result in a fine of up to €800.

Relaxation of the requirements for crossing the border

On 1 April 2022, the requirements for crossing the state border were relaxed.

Individuals who show no signs of illness and who are citizens, residents, long-stay visa holders or arriving from the following countries are allowed to cross the state border for the purpose of entering Estonia:

  • European Union
  • European Economic Area
  • Swiss Confederation
  • United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  • The Principality of Andorra
  • The Principality of Monaco
  • The Republic of San Marino
  • Vatican City State (Holy See)

A person is allowed to cross the state border for the purpose of entry into Estonia if he or she does not show any signs of illness, arrives from a country not listed above (a so-called third country), and:

  • is under 12 years of age
  • is 12 years of age or older and has been subjected by a healthcare provider to a SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR or a SARS-CoV-2 antigen RTD test approved by the EU Health Security Committee showing a negative result for the coronavirus causing the COVID-19 disease up to 48 hours prior to entry into Estonia
  • is up to 18 years of age and has completed the COVID-19 vaccination series, has achieved maximum protection after the last dose and no more than one year and three months have elapsed since the last dose of vaccine
  • has completed the COVID-19 vaccination series, has achieved maximum protection after the last dose and no more than 270 days have elapsed since the last dose of vaccine
  • has completed the COVID-19 vaccination series, has achieved maximum protection and has received a booster shot following completion of the series, while no more than one year has elapsed since the booster dose of vaccine
  • has recovered from COVID-19 and no more than 180 days have elapsed since the date of the confirmatory SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR test or SARS-CoV-2 antigen RTD test or the date of confirmation of the diagnosis by a healthcare provider

In order to prove the above, a person from a third country must provide a certificate:

  • in Latin or Slavic alphabet
  • in Estonian, Russian or English, that contains the following information:
  • the first name, surname, personal identification code or another identifier of the person concerned
  • the first name and surname of the health professional and their registration code, signature, stamp or another form of authentication
  • in the case of a SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR test certificate or a certificate of a SARSCoV-2 antigen-RTD test approved by the European Union Health Security Committee, the place, time, and performer of the test and their information, the test methodology and the test result
  • in the case of a certificate of vaccination against COVID-19, the product name of the vaccine, the marketing authorisation holder or manufacturer of the vaccine, the serial number of the multiple doses of vaccine and the total number of doses in the vaccine series, the date of vaccination and the country where the vaccine was administered
  • in the case of a certificate of recovery, the disease or agent that the certificate holder has recovered from (COVID-19 or SARS-CoV-2 or any of its variants), the date of the first positive SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR test or SARS-CoV-2 antigen RTD test or diagnosis of the certificate holder and the country where the test was performed.

The digital COVID certificate can be presented on paper or displayed on a smart device when crossing the border.

The digital COVID certificate has a QR code that can be scanned to quickly check whether the data is correct and up-to-date.

Exceptions

Foreigners without signs of illness

By way of exception, foreign nationals showing no signs of illness who have been admitted to Estonia by the Police and Border Guard Board on the basis of a special permit are also allowed to enter the country. Send the application to ....

The purpose of the special permit is to enable third-country nationals to apply for permission to cross the external border for the purpose of entering Estonia, in particular for family reasons, such as funerals, weddings, illness of a family member, or an urgent meeting with a family member.

A foreign national who has been admitted to Estonia on the basis of a special permit is subject to a general restriction on freedom of movement and may not leave his or her permanent place of residence or stay within 7 days. In addition to the above, the person must have a legal basis for entry (visa-free travel, short-stay or long-stay visa).

Relatives and spouses of Estonian citizens and people residing in Estonia

A person whose direct descendant or ascendant or spouse is an Estonian citizen, a person holding an Estonian residence permit or right of residence is also allowed to enter Estonia.

War refugees from Ukraine

A third-country national who has left Ukraine as a result of the military conflict is also allowed to cross the state border to enter Estonia.

Basis: Order No. 169 of the Government of the Republic

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