COVID-19 and travelling to Estonia

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COVID-19 and travelling to Estonia

Travel status update

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, as well as from a small number of countries outside this area - but quarantine requirements may apply.

Detailed information on countries and self-isolation requirements for passengers can be read from the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Border control

  • At the border crossing points, i.e. ports, airports and checkpoints at Russian land borders, the travel documents and medical symptoms are 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.

International connections

Several countries in Europe as well as 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 regular passenger ferry traffic between Estonia and Finland has been restored - see the latest info on websites of Tallink, Viking Line and Eckerö Line. There are several international flights from Tallinn airport, up to date flight information on Tallinn Airport website.


Five facts for individual tourists and travel professionals about travelling to Estonia

1. It is safe in Estonia.

According to OECD Sustainable Development Report 2020 Estonia ranks among the top countries in the world in terms of epidemic control index.

The government has established requirements on which the Health Board's guidelines for various companies providing tourism services are based. The most important among these is a requirement for people to disperse - i.e. to keep safe reasonable distance to each other when and where possible. Dispersion requirements replaced the "2+2 rule" as of 19 June in all public spaces, such as stores, service facilities as well as public indoor and outdoor venues. Dispersion must also be ensured at all public events. Reception and cashier desks are often equipped with physical protection screens.

2. Wearing a mask depends on individual's own risk assessment.

It is not obligatory to wear masks in Estonia. However, the Health Board recommends wearing one in public indoor establishments and by those travellers, who due to their age or general health status might be at a higher risk of infection. Masks are sold in every pharmacy and there is sufficient stock. Some bus and/or flight operators may require the passengers to wear masks (or scarves in some cases) on international routes while onboard, but this is not mandatory when travelling in public transportation on Estonian territory. 

3. Medical care in Estonia is available and professional.

During the virus spreading period, medical care in Estonia has been effectively organized, and the capacity of hospitals or their ICUs has never been exceeded. Today, both the treatment of those infected with the virus and the usual scheduled patients are working as planned, the number of infected people is well under control and the number of hospitalised patients has remained below 10 since mid-June. Hence May 26th, there have been only single individuals in need of short-term intensive care.

4. You can come to Estonia with a group, but...

There is no specific ban on travelling for groups. However, restrictions on the consumption of services must be taken into account, the main requirement being the dispersion rule in public places. Therefore in some cases, there can be restrictions on the number of simultaneous visitors in tourist attractions.

5. Estonian tourism companies are hospitable.

Restaurants, museums, spas and attractions are open and welcoming visitors, with precaution methods and processes in place - to ensure, that people are and feel safe.

About main services and attractions

Spas, playrooms & other such attractions  

Hence June 1, saunas, spas, swimming pools, water centres, as well as leisure-time establishments such as bowling, billiards, and playrooms for children have been open. The requirement for not exceeding 50% of visitor capacity, for carrying out regular disinfection and for dispersion must be compiled according to the instructions of the Health Board.

Night-time entertainment establishments

Hence June 1, casinos and arcades have been open again, but establishments must comply with the max. 50% visitor capacity requirement as well as no more than 100 visitors are allowed simultaneously to stay on the premises. In addition, disinfectants must be available for staff and clients. On July 1, the government allowed also nightclubs, hookah i.e. waterpipe bars and other adult entertainment clubs to reopen. These entertainment venues serve the public hence beginning of August on the condition that operators ensure the appropriate dispersion, a maximum visitor capacity of 50% as well as following the strict disinfection requirements.

Public events

Hence July 15, no more than 1500 persons may participate in an indoor event. The amount public in outdoor events may be up to 2000 persons. Disinfectants must be provided and the dispersion requirement must be followed.

The restriction of 50% occupancy is still in force. Additionally in order to limit the risk of contagion, visitors must be distributed at entrances and exits, bathrooms, leisure areas, and other more popular gathering places.

Moreover, the government advises the organisers of both indoor and outdoor events to turn to the Health Board for recommendations on additional measures to prevent the spreading of the disease; the Health Board can then monitor the event and advise its organisers.

Sports competitions

Hence July 15, sports competitions have allowed to be held with spectators, provided that the dispersion requirement is observed. The organisers must comply with the venue's max. 50% spectator capacity requirement, and no more than 1500 persons may take part of an indoor event. It is allowed to organise a sports competition outdoors with up to 2000 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, no limitations for size of visiting groups are set after July 1. The dispersion requirement however must be observed whenever possible as well as regular disinfection for surfaces that visitors may touch must be carried out. 

Restaurants and bars

Hence June 1, catering establishments have been allowed to host visitors, serve food and sell alcohol as per individual normal opening hours, i.e. also after 10 p.m.. The dispersion requirement must be observed and disinfectants must be made available for the clients. NB! On August 6 a time restriction was set for selling alcohol in late evening hours in Tartu city and its surroundings - due heightened risk of virus spread in entertainment premises.


Health information

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 (service in English on daily basis between 15.00 - 17.00 hours). If necessary, the advisory workers will re-direct the call to the public emergency number 112.


Useful links

Information about other Baltic states

Travel status update in Latvia: 
https://www.mk.gov.lv/en/aktualitates/cabinet-ministers-has-increased-controlling-travellers-limit-spread-covid-19
https://www.latvia.travel/en/article/covid-19-and-travelling-latvia
https://www.mfa.gov.lv/en/consular-information/news/66019-emergency-situation-in-latvia-to-restrict-the-spread-of-covid-19

Travel status update in Lithuania: 
https://lithuania.travel/en/news/breaking-lithuania-lifts-self-isolation-rule-for-travellers-from-29-countries

NB! Information published by the Estonian Tourist Board (Visit Estonia) regarding Covid-19 restrictions rely on information disclosed by government agencies. Any data presented on Visit Estonia's website is informative only - i.e. without juridical foundation, and should be reviewed as such. Please keep in mind, that governmental authorities may change the conditions for entering and staying in the country with a short period of notice. Estonian Tourist Board does not take responsibility for your decisions to travel or to cancel a trip – neither for any other decisions you make based on the aggregated info presented on our website nor the possible consequences resulting. We recommend you to make yourself familiar with all travel-related restrictions, including ones related to specific transport connections, services to be consumed etc. For more information on crossing the state border and e.g. on application for permission to enter Estonia in exceptional circumstances, please study the website of  Estonian Police and Border Guard Board.

Last updated : 07.08.2020