The government of Estonia is currently restricting crossing of the Schengen internal and external borders temporarily, i.e. has reintroduced full border control in order to contain the spread of the coronavirus.
Starting from Tuesday, March 17th 2020, the rules of border crossing have been:
1. Only citizens of Estonia and holders of Estonian residency permit or right of residence, among them the so-called grey passport holders can enter Estonia, as well as those foreign citizens whose family member lives in Estonia.
2. Foreigners are allowed to transit Estonia on the way to their home country if they do not show symptoms of COVID-19. The detailed information on this so called "humanitarian corridor" is provided by border control officials.
3. At the border crossing points, i.e. ports, airports and checkpoints at all Russian and Latvian land borders, the travel documents and medical symptoms will be checked.
4. Everyone entering the country must remain in self-isolation for 14 days.
5. International cargo (especially transport of food and medical supplies) can enter the country, as well as persons providing vital services, like fuel providers.
6. There are no restrictions for exiting the country.
7. The temporary restriction of border crossing will be in force until decided otherwise and the necessity will be reviewed every two weeks.
These actions are extension to the emergency situation that the Estonian Government declared on Thursday, March 12th, in order to limit the spread of the COVID-19 i.e. coronavirus epidemic.
For those foreign citizens, who already stay in Estonia:
1. Several countries in Europe and around Estonia have imposed restrictions on entry and/or international passenger traffic, and several ferry and flight operators have reduced their operations in and out of Estonia. Ferry operator Tallink has suspended operating the Tallinn-Stockholm route until further notice. Air carriers Finnair and Air Baltic have cancelled all flights to/from Tallinn starting on March 17th, Aeroflot has done the same from March 19th. Some ferry operators have reduced amount departures between Tallinn and Helsinki (Finland) - see the latest info on websites of Tallink, Viking Line and Eckerö Line.
2. The Estonian islands of Hiiumaa, Saaremaa, Muhumaa, Vormsi, Kihnu and Ruhnu have been declared as an isolated area, to which only permanent residents of the islands are allowed to enter.
3. Museums, cinemas, night clubs, casinos, spas (both as separate units as well as the ones operated within hotels), sport clubs, gyms and children's play rooms will be kept closed in Estonia until the beginning of May or as long as the Governmental Crisis Committee declares otherwise. No theatre performances, concerts, sports competitions, conferences or other public gathering will be held during the period either.
As the situation in the world develops daily, the Estonian authorities monitor the situation and share their information with the European Centre for Communicable Diseases (ECDC). Relevant information is available on the Estonian Health Board's website.
In general, the Estonian Health Board reminds all travellers that taking care of good hygiene – e.g. careful washing of hands - is a reasonable use of common sense. If you face questions about COVID-19 or experience symptoms of the disease, call the medical advice number +372 634 6630 (English service daily between 15.00-17.00, other times 24/7 in Estonian and Russian). If necessary, the advisory workers will re-direct the call to the public emergency number 112.
The government declared an emergency situation in Estonia until 1 May
General information about an emergency situation in Estonia
FAQ for visitors by Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia
ERR News, the English-language service of Estonian Public Broadcasting