Information on countries and self-isolation requirements for people arriving in Estonia
Who can travel to Estonia?
- Individuals who hold Estonian citizenship, an Estonian residence permit or right of residence or whose permanent place of residence according to the population register is in Estonia, regardless of whether they have any signs of illness or not
- Citizens and residents of and persons with long-stay visas to the European Union, the European Economic Area, the Swiss Confederation, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland or the Principality of Andorra, the Principality of Monaco, the Republic of San Marino and the Vatican City State (the Holy See), provided that they do not show any signs of illness, as well as their family members, provided that they do not show any signs of illness
- All individuals arriving in the Republic of Estonia from a European Union Member State or a Schengen associated country or from the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, provided that they do not show any signs of illness
- Foreign nationals arriving in Estonia from a third country to study or work, provided that they do not show any signs of illness
Self-isolation is mandatory for everyone showing symptoms. Self-isolation for individuals without symptoms depends on the country from which they departed or through which they transited.
If a person arrives from or transits through a country that is not listed on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or is listed with red, he or she must self-isolate.
Information on countries and self-isolation requirements for people arriving in Estonia is available 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 or is listed with red, he or she must self-isolate, which means that the employer or educational institution shall ensure the following:
- transport for the employee or student and the opportunity to self-isolate for 10 days upon arrival in Estonia
- testing of the employee or student for COVID-19 immediately upon arrival in Estonia and re-testing no sooner than on day 10 of their stay in Estonia
- employees may not take up employment and students may not begin their studies during the first 10 days after arrival in Estonia
- employees may start work and students may begin their studies on day 11, provided that their second coronavirus COVID-19 test result is negative
As an exception, the following foreign nationals who do not show any signs of illness may enter Estonia:
- employees of a foreign diplomatic representation or consular post in Estonia or 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
- members of a foreign delegation arriving in Estonia for a work meeting at the invitation of a state authority or local government authority
- 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 or ship’s 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 are immediately passing through the territory of Estonia in order to reach their country of residence
- people whose direct descendant or ascendant or close relative or spouse is an Estonian national, holder of an Estonian residence permit or the right of residence
- all those who have received a special permit to enter the country from the Police and Border Guard Board. The application must be sent to email@example.com. The application for permission to cross the border in exceptional circumstances can be found here. The purpose of the special permit is to enable third-country nationals to apply for authorisation to cross the external border for the purpose of entering Estonia, especially for family reasons, e.g. funerals, weddings, illness of a family member, an essential meeting with a family member, etc. A foreign national who has been admitted to Estonia on the basis of a special permit is subject to a general movement restriction and may not leave his or her permanent place of residence or place of stay within 10 days.
Frequently asked questions
Information on countries and self-isolation requirements is available on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and it is updated every Friday, taking effect from the following Monday.
Comprehensive information on crossing the border collected from various agencies is available at https://www.kriis.ee/en.
We also recommend that you check the travel information provided on the Reisi Targalt (Travel Smart) website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which includes important information for travellers on movement restrictions, self-isolation requirements, etc. in countries where Estonia has an embassy.
What is a Declaration For Border-Crossers?
A Declaration For Border-Crossers or 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
- undertakes to stay at home or an accommodation facility for 10 calendar days
- the person shall provide personal data and contact details and the address of the home or accommodation facility
The restriction on the freedom of movement (self-isolation) imposed by an order of the Government of the Republic applies regardless of whether the confirmation document was signed upon arrival in Estonia.
Declaration For Border-Crossers can be filled online starting from 18th of November. Declaration is meant for people with Estonian identification (ID) code and foreign residents arriving to Estonia. It can be filled 24 hours before arriving to Estonia: iseteenindus.terviseamet.ee Please keep the confirmation e-mail after completing! Declaration can still be filled on paper as well, available HERE.
Who should I contact if I have any questions regarding the restriction on the freedom of movement?
Any further questions concerning the movement restriction must be addressed to the Health Board (email address: firstname.lastname@example.org; website: https://www.terviseamet.ee/en).
The Police and Border Guard Board and the Health Board have not been granted any additional discretion or power to exempt individuals from the movement restriction if it has been prescribed by the testing possibilities established by the Government of the Republic Order No 282 of 19.08.2020 Restrictions on the freedom of movement and on holding public meetings and public events as necessary for preventing the spread of the COVID-19 disease, which will enter into force on 1 September 2020.
Who should I contact if I want to change the contact details on the confirmation of compliance with movement restriction?
If a person wishes the Police and Border Guard Board to review the imposed restriction on the freedom of movement, or wishes to change the contact details on the confirmation sheet, they must contact the Police and Border Guard Board. To this end, please send the following to email@example.com:
- your contact details (first and last name, personal identification code, phone number, address)
- time and place of border crossing
- explanation (e.g. reasons for qualifying for an exception)
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 requirements of both the country of destination and the country of transit. The same must be taken into account when returning to Estonia.
If you are subject to a movement restriction but have to leave Estonia, you do not need to apply to the Police and Border Guard Board for a special permit to do so.
See HERE for the order of the Government of the Republic concerning the temporary restrictions on crossing the state border.