Travel status update
From 1 June, Estonia admits people with no Covid-19 symptoms arriving from the European Union, the members of the Schengen area or the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - but quarantine requirements may apply.
Please read the information on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the quarantine requirements.
- At the border crossing points, i.e. ports, airports and checkpoints at Russian land borders, the travel documents and medical symptoms will be checked. Border control personnel have legal rights to deny entering for persons who show symptoms of COVID-19, i.e. to deport them back to the country of arrival. A person entering Estonia from a country to which the quarantine requirements apply will have to provide the Police and Border Guard Board their address and confirm that they will remain at their place of stay for 14 days. Further information about crossing the border and quarantine requirements
- 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.
- There are no restrictions for exiting the country.
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. Tallinn-Stockholm cruises are prohibited, while employment or commission-related commuting between Estonia and Finland has been restored - see the latest info on websites of Tallink, Viking Line and Eckerö Line. There are some international flights from Tallinn airport, up to date flight information on Tallinn Airport website.
From March 17th 2020 the Foreign Ministry has temporarily suspended the admission of applications for Schengen visas and long-stay visas to Estonia at Estonia's representations and visa centres due to the spread of the coronavirus.
Main restrictions in Estonia
Main rule - 2 + 2
People should comply with a so-called 2 + 2 rule, i.e. maintain at least 2-metre distance from other people in public places and indoors (except at home). Public places include e.g. shops and shopping centres, restaurants, beaches, promenades, hiking trails etc. There may stay up to two persons together in a public place. This restriction does not apply to families, and to people performing public tasks.
Masks are not mandatory in Estonia. Some bus and/or flight operators may require on international routes the passengers to wear masks (or scarves in some cases) while onboard, but this is not mandatory when travelling in public transportation within Estonia.
Spas, playrooms & other such attractions
As of June 1, saunas, spas, swimming pools, and water centres, as well as certain leisure-time establishments may open, such as bowling, billiards, and playrooms for children. The requirement for not exceeding 50% visitor capacity, for carrying out regular disinfection and for 2 + 2 rule must be compiled according to the instructions of the Health Board.
Night-time entertainment establishments
As of June 1, casinos and arcades can be opened again, but establishments must comply with the max. 50% visitor capacity requirement as well as no more than 50 visitors are allowed simultaneously to stay on the premises. In addition, disinfectants must be available for staff and clients. Nightclubs, water pipe cafes and adult clubs remain closed until further notice.
From June 1 to June 30, public events, such as film screenings in movie theatres, theatre performances, fairs, festivals, conferences, etc., are allowed both indoors and outdoors. However, the organiser must ensure compliance with the 2 + 2 rule and the venue's max. 50% audience capacity requirement. No more than 100 persons may take part in the event. Public events held outdoors may not be attended by more than 100 persons.
Drive-in cinemas and concerts can be held outdoors as well as in suitable indoor facilities, e.g. in a large hangar. The 2 + 2 rule must be followed, it is not allowed to leave the car without crucial reason, and there must be sufficient distance between parked cars. As with outdoor events, disinfectants must also be provided at the venue's entrance where necessary.
As of July 1, no more than 500 people may participate in an indoor event, even if the 50% attendee capacity of the venue is not exceeded. The amount public in outdoor events may be up to 1000 persons.
Until June 30, the 2+2 rule and the limit of 100 participants apply to sports competitions held indoors without spectators. It is allowed to organise a sports competition outdoors with spectators if the number of participants does not exceed 100. The organiser must ensure that disinfectants are available.
From July 1, sports competitions can be held with spectators, provided that the 2 + 2 rule is observed. The organisers must comply with the venue's max. 50% spectator capacity requirement, and no more than 500 persons may take part of an indoor event. It is allowed to organise a sports competition outdoors with up to 1,000 participants, if the same rules are followed. NB! The total number of participants includes athletes, spectators, organisers and other relevant staff.
Museums and exhibitions
For museums and exhibitions, visiting groups of more than 10 persons are allowed starting from June 1. The 2 + 2 rule however must be observed whenever possible.
Restaurants and bars
As of June 1, catering establishments may host visitors at the premises throughout their normal individual opening hours, i.e. also after 10 p.m.. The 2 + 2 rule must be observed and disinfectants must be made available for the clients. Starting on the same date, catering establishments may also sell alcohol after 10 p.m..
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. If necessary, the advisory workers will re-direct the call to the public emergency number 112.