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Information on countries and self-isolation requirements for people arriving in Estonia

 

Who can travel to Estonia?

  • Estonian nationals and residents, and members of their families. Estonian nationals and residents are admitted to the country regardless of whether they have any signs of illness or not.

Self-isolation is mandatory for everyone showing symptoms. Self-isolation for individuals without symptoms depends on the country from which they departed or countries through which they transited.

Information on countries and self-isolation requirements for people arriving in Estonia can be found on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

If a person arrives from or transits through a country that is not listed on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, he or she must self-isolate.

Staying in self-isolation 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 for unavoidable reasons. For instance, you may leave home if your life is in danger or you need medical attention, to renew your food supplies, purchase essentials or medicines. In all these cases, you must avoid contact with other people. Therefore, you must not go to work or to crowded hiking trails. However, you can, for instance, go running or cycling if you do so without coming into contact with others.

 

  • Citizens and residents of the European Union and Schengen associated countries, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and Vatican, as well as persons with long-stay visas and members of their families, provided that they do not show any signs of illness.

Self-isolation for individuals without symptoms depends on the country from which they departed or countries through which they transited.

Information on countries and self-isolation requirements for people arriving in Estonia can be found on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

If a person arrives from or transits through a country that is not listed on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, he or she must self-isolate.

Staying in self-isolation 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 for unavoidable reasons. For instance, you may leave home if your life is in danger or you need medical attention, to renew your food supplies, purchase essentials or medicines. In all these cases, you must avoid contact with other people. Therefore, you must not go to work or to crowded hiking trails. However, you can, for instance, go running or cycling if you do so without coming into contact with others.

 

  • People, regardless of their nationality, who arrive in Estonia from a Member State of the European Union or the Schengen Area, or from the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, if they have no signs of illness.

Self-isolation for individuals without symptoms depends on the country from which they departed or countries through which they transited.

Information on countries and self-isolation requirements for people arriving in Estonia can be found on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

If a person arrives from or transits through a country that is not listed on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, he or she must self-isolate.

Staying in self-isolation 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 for unavoidable reasons. For instance, you may leave home if your life is in danger or you need medical attention, to renew your food supplies, purchase essentials or medicines. In all these cases, you must avoid contact with other people. Therefore, you must not go to work or to crowded hiking trails. However, you can, for instance, go running or cycling if you do so without coming into contact with others.

 

  • Residents of Australia, Georgia, Japan, Canada, Morocco, South Korea, Rwanda, Serbia, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay and New Zealand, unless they show signs of illness.

Self-isolation for individuals without symptoms depends on the country from which they departed or countries through which they transited.

Information on countries and self-isolation requirements for people arriving in Estonia can be found on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

If a person arrives from or transits through a country that is not listed on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, he or she must self-isolate.

Staying in self-isolation 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 for unavoidable reasons. For instance, you may leave home if your life is in danger or you need medical attention, to renew your food supplies, purchase essentials or medicines. In all these cases, you must avoid contact with other people. Therefore, you must not go to work or to crowded hiking trails. However, you can, for instance, go running or cycling if you do so without coming into contact with others.

 

  • Foreign nationals, who arrive in Estonia to study or work, provided that they have no signs of illness.

Self-isolation for individuals without symptoms depends on the country from which they departed or countries through which they transited.

Information on countries and self-isolation requirements for people arriving in Estonia can be found on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

People arriving from or transiting through other countries must remain in isolation, which means that:

  • the employer or educational institution shall ensure the transport of the employee or student upon arrival in Estonia and during the period of self-isolation in Estonia (14 days)
  • the employer or educational institution shall ensure that the employee or student is tested twice for coronavirus SARS-CoV-2.The first test must be done on arrival and the second on day 14 after arrival
  • the employees may not take up employment and the students may not start their studies during the first 14 days after arrival in Estonia
  • the employees can start work and the students can start their studies from day 15, provided that their second SARS-CoV-2 test result is negative

Staying in self-isolation means that within 14 calendar days after arrival in Estonia the person is obliged to refrain from essential contacts and may leave his or her place of residence or permanent place of stay only to see a doctor, to purchase food, essentials and medicines, or in the event of an emergency.

As an exception, the following persons who do not show any signs of illness may enter Estonia without the obligation to remain in isolation:

  • 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
  • people who are directly involved in the transport of goods and raw materials, including the loading of goods or raw materials, provided that they show no symptoms
  • providers of healthcare or other services necessary for dealing with an emergency, provided that they show no symptoms
  • 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, provided that they show no symptoms
  • people who serve travel groups and are directly involved in the provision of passenger transport services, provided that they show no symptoms
  • people whose purpose of arrival in Estonia is related to ensuring the continuity of a vital service, provided that they show no symptoms
  • 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, provided that they show no symptoms
  • foreign nationals for the purpose of immediately passing through the territory of Estonia in order to reach their country of residence
  • foreign nationals who have received a special permit from the Police and Border Guard Board

As an exception, the Police and Border Guard Board may authorise a foreign national, who has no signs of illness and whose direct descendant (children and their descendants) or ascendant (parents and their ascendants), relative or spouse is an Estonian national, holder of an Estonian residence permit or the right of residence to cross the state border for the purpose of entering Estonia.
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.

 

 

Information on countries and self-isolation requirements listed on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will be updated every Friday with effect from the following Monday.

Comprehensive information on border crossing collected from various agencies can be found at kriis.ee/en.

We also recommend that you follow the travel information provided by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Reisi Targalt (Travel Smart) website https://reisitargalt.vm.ee/, which includes important information for travellers on movement restrictions, isolation requirements, etc. in countries where Estonia has an embassy.

 

What is a confirmation of compliance with movement restriction?

A confirmation of compliance with movement restriction, i.e. the obligation to self-isolate, is a document that a person arriving in Estonia from abroad has to sign at the border. The person states that he or she:

  • is aware of the restriction on the freedom of movement and
  • undertakes to stay at home or an accommodation facility for 14 calendar days
  • the person shall provide personal data and contact details and the address of the home or accommodation facility

The restriction on freedom of movement (self-isolation) imposed by an order of the Government of the Republic applies irrespective of whether or not the confirmation document was signed on arrival in Estonia.

 

I signed a confirmation of compliance with movement restriction at the border, but my case falls under the exceptions to which the restriction on movement does not apply. What should I do?

All questions related to the restriction on freedom of movement, such as the non-application of or exemption from the restriction, must be submitted to the Police and Border Guard Board. To do this, send your contact details (first and last name, personal identification code, telephone number, address), the reason for the exemption and the date on which the restriction on freedom of movement was imposed to ppa@politsei.ee

 

Will a negative coronavirus test result exempt me from the restriction on the freedom of movement?

No, it will not.

 

Will the Police and Border Guard Board prevent people from leaving Estonia?

No. The police will not prevent anyone from leaving the country. However, on departure from Estonia, you should be familiar with the entry and possible quarantine conditions of both the country of destination and the country of transit. The same must be taken into account when returning to Estonia.

The order of the Government of the Republic concerning the temporary restrictions on crossing the state border can be found HERE.