Arriving in Estonia

Travelling to Estonia is possible for the following persons:

  • Estonian citizens, residents and their family members. Estonian citizens and residents are allowed entry regardless of whether or not they show symptoms of the disease.
  • Citizens and residents of the European Union, the Schengen area, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and Vatican, and asymptomatic individuals with a long-stay visa and their family members. Read the list here.
  • Citizens of countries listed in Annex 1 of the recommendation of the Council of the European Union.
  • Vaccinated third country nationals, for any purpose, if they have a valid Schengen visa.
  • Asymptomatic citizens of foreign states arriving in Estonia from states not named above for work or studies, and family members of a high-level specialist coming to work in Estonia with a visa and family members of a foreign national coming to work in a start-up company or in the field of ICT in Estonia.
  • Exemptions apply for people transporting goods and raw materials, people involved in international freight or passenger transport, people performing technical tasks for companies based in Estonia, providers of healthcare services, diplomats, people arriving for the purpose of international military cooperation and people with a special entry permission.

The traveller’s questionnaire must be filled in before the arrival in Estonia. This can be done up to three days before the arrival in Estonia. By doing so, the border crossing goes more smoothly and you do not have to wait in line to fill out a paper declaration. The border guard or the airline may request the confirmation of the traveller’s questionnaire sent to e-mail, either electronically or on paper.

The questionnaire must be filled in by all passengers arriving in Estonia by plane (incl. children, for whom the data shall be provided by their parents) and the passengers must be ready to submit it when boarding the plane.

From 12 July, prior to arrival in Estonia, a test is required for entry from third countries that are not on the so-called green list of the European Union. The green list of countries is published on the website of the Foreign Ministry. 

All nationals of countries that are not on the green list, who have not completed a vaccination course and come to Estonia to work, study, family or under a special permit, must take a coronavirus PCR test 72 hours before or a rapid antigen test 48 hours before entering Estonia.

It is possible to travel to Estonia without restrictions from those European countries where the 14-day infection rate is 75 or less per 100,000 people.

If the infection rate is within the range of 75–200, the restrictions will not apply upon arrival in Estonia if the person has a certificate of vaccination against COVID-19, of being previously infected with the disease, or about a negative test result. Upon arrival in Estonia without such certificate, a coronavirus test must be taken when entering the country. While awaiting the result, the person must remain in his or her place of residence.

Upon arrival from a European country with an infection rate exceeding 200, one must remain in self-isolation for 10 days, which can be shortened with two negative tests. A person who has completed the course of vaccination or who has been previously infected with COVID-19, is exempt from the restrictions.

Unvaccinated accompanied minors aged 12–18 do not have to remain in self-isolation when they arrive from a European country with an infection rate higher than 75 and if they have taken a test either before or immediately upon arrival in Estonia and the test result is negative. The same rules apply also, if a minor arrives in Estonia from a third country that has been entered on the Green List of the European Union and has an infection rate above 75. Children under the age of 12 are exempt from isolation and testing.

The list of risk countries is available on the homepage of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Travel to Estonia from outside the European Union, the European Economic Area or the Schengen area is possible for non-vaccinated people, including for tourism, only from the countries listed in Annex 1 of the recommendation of the Council of the European Union on the gradual lifting of the temporary restrictions on non-essential travel into the EU. A 10-days restrictions on movement period is mandatory for passengers arriving from a country on the list with an infection rate above 75.

When arriving from third countries that are not listed in Annex 1 of the recommendation of the Council of the European Union, a mandatory 10-day restriction on the freedom of movement applies to all those, who are allowed entry to Estonia.

The list of countries included in Annex 1 of the recommendation of the Council of the European Union is also available on the homepage of the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

EXCEPTIONS:

The requirements of the 10-day restriction on freedom of movement and COVID-19 testing do not apply (when arriving from Europe and outside of Europe) to persons who:

  • have previously been infected with the COVID-19 disease and no more than 180 days have passed since the positive result of the test or the date the diagnosis was confirmed by a doctor;
  • have completed a course of vaccination against COVID-19 and no more than one year has passed from the date of its completion;
  • are minors travelling with a parent / accompanying person and are therefore not subject to the requirements of the 10-day restriction on freedom of movement if they do not apply to their parent / the person accompanying them. Testing requirements do not apply to children under 12 years of age;
  • are passing through the territory of the Republic of Estonia (transit).

When arriving in Estonia, you may be asked to provide proof of one of the above exceptions.

Unvaccinated accompanied minors aged 12–18 do not have to remain in self-isolation when they arrive from a European country with an infection rate higher than 75 and if they have taken a test either before or immediately upon arrival in Estonia and the test result is negative. The same rules apply also, if a minor arrives in Estonia from a third country that has been entered on the Green List of the European Union and has an infection rate above 75. Children under the age of 12 are exempt from isolation and testing.

Unvaccinated minors aged 12–18 may travel to Estonia from third countries with a high risk of infection under a simplified procedure if they are accompanied by a vaccinated person. In this case, the minor must take either the coronavirus PCR test up to 72 hours before the arrival in Estonia or a rapid antigen test up to 48 hours earlier, the result of which must be negative. The test must also be taken immediately upon arrival in Estonia and the result must also be negative. Children under the age of 12 are exempt from testing. Exceptions concerning children do not apply to groups of minors travelling together.

If you have suffered from COVID-19 during the last 6 months, you will receive a survey referral response or an appropriate patient’s summary from the digilugu.ee portal (personal data of the analysed person, analysis methodology, its result, place, time, performer and the latter’s data) and submit these data when crossing the state border or to the employer, if necessary.

If you have suffered from the disease abroad, you can prove your illness by presenting a certificate issued by a doctor in another country (the certificate must contain the personal data of the person analysed in Latin or Slavic alphabet, in Estonian, Russian or English, e.g., the analysis methodology, result, test location, time, maker and details of the latter). Also, a printout from a database of another country with official confirmation can serve as a certificate.

The provider of health care services has an obligation to document the vaccination according to the requirements and forward the data to the Health Information System. If you have been vaccinated in Estonia, it is possible to see your own immunisation data and, if necessary, print them out from the Patient Portal digilugu.ee (immunisation notification, patient’s summary). It is also possible to prove vaccination with an immunisation passport, that can be issued on paper by the provider of health care services.

People who have been vaccinated while abroad can prove their vaccination by presenting an immunisation passport, its copy, or a relevant certificate, that contains, in Latin or Slavic alphabet and in Estonian, Russian or English, among other things, the data of the person immunised, e.g. the disease against which the immunisation was done, the date of the immunisation, the immunisation agent that was used, its lot number, the dosage administered, how many doses have been administered to the person, and the name and other data of the provider of the immunisation Also, a printout from a database of another country with official confirmation can serve as a certificate.

From 12 July, prior to arrival in Estonia, a test is required for entry from third countries that are not on the so-called green list of the European Union. The green list of countries is published on the website of the Foreign Ministry. 

All nationals of countries that are not on the green list, who have not completed a vaccination course and come to Estonia to work, study, family or under a special permit, must take a coronavirus PCR test 72 hours before or, as a new option, take a rapid antigen test 48 hours before entering Estonia.

For other passengers, taking a test is recommended, however is voluntary, on arrival in Estonia for all other arrivals.

It is possible to shorten the time of mandatory restriction on movement by coronavirus testing. For that, two negative tests must be taken, not less than 6 days apart.

Citizens, residents, persons with a residence permit or persons with a long-term visa of Estonia and the European Economic Area may take a coronavirus PCR test up to 72 hours or a rapid antigen test up to 48 hours before entering the country. While staying in Estonia, it is possible to take also the second test not earlier than on the sixth day after the test taken abroad. A person is released from the ten-day self-isolation obligation, if the results of both tests are negative.

Anyone who has not taken a test in a foreign country before the start of their trip can take one immediately after their arrival in Estonia at the testing facility of Tallinn Airport to shorten the restriction on movement. If the result of the first test is not known yet when entering Estonia or, the test is taken only at the Tallinn Airport, the restriction on movement must be followed while waiting for the results.

A negative test of a national of a third country outside the Green List taken before entering Estonia does not exempt the person from taking the tests intended to shorten the period of self-isolation.

In the event of an initial negative result, you must follow limited self-isolation requirement, i.e., upon agreement with the employer, you may go to work to fulfil urgent and indispensable duties and visit a shop near your place of residence, but unnecessary contacts must be avoided.

Another PCR test must be taken no sooner than 6 days after the first test and if this is negative as well, a person can continue their normal life. This means that an individual who has tested negative twice will not be subject to the 10-day requirement of restriction on movement which is applicable to everyone who has arrived from a risk country and has not been tested.

The above applies to those arriving from the European countries as well as outside the Europe. Also, minors can shorten the restriction on movement with two negative tests.

EXCEPTIONS:

Residents of third countries who come to Estonia, to work or study at an educational institution registered in Estonia, from a third country not listed in Annex 1 of the Council of the European Union recommendation cannot shorten the restriction on movement by taking the test.

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