COVID-19 and travelling to Estonia

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COVID-19 and travelling to Estonia

Dear traveller!

Here is your guide for travelling to Estonia during the coronavirus i.e. COVID-19 pandemia. We introduce you restrictions and rules related to every step of your journey – starting from planning your trip and ending with departure from Estonia. As information may change rapidly, please notice that our purpose is to give you a quick overview as well as links to relevant websites from where you can find the latest and most updated detailed information.

Planning to travel to Estonia

Currently the coronavirus cases in Estonia are dropping, a significant reduction in infection rates has been achieved recently. The government is gradually easing the COVID-19 restrictions. All measures aim to bring continually down the infection rate and we see a splendid summer to come. Find all the latest data on Estonia's infection rate per 100 000 inhabitants, vaccination rate and overall healthcare information at the website of the Health Board.

Travelling to Estonia

Entry requirements

Very simple abstract is that you are free to come to Estonia without any testing and isolation requirements, if at least one condition is fulfilled:

  • You are coming from the country where infection rate is not above 150.
  • You are fully vaccinated and no more than 12 months have passed.
  • You are suffered from COVID-19, declared healthy and no more than 6 months have passed.

Coming from Europe (the European Union, the European Economic Area or the Schengen area):

  • Restrictions do not apply on entering Estonia from a country in the European Union, European Economic Area and the Schengen area with an infection rate below 150 persons per 100 000 inhabitants in the past 14 days.
  • Coming from a country with an infection rate above 150, a 10-day restriction on the freedom of movement applies which can be shortened by testing. One of the tests must be taken up to 72 hours before arrival or immediately after crossing the border and the second test must be taken no earlier than on the sixth day after the first test.
  • Restrictions (testing + isolation) do not apply to a person who has been fully vaccinated in the last 12 months. A person who has suffered from COVID-19 in the last year and later received one dose of vaccine has also been exempted from the isolation, as well as a person who has had COVID-19 after the first dose of the vaccine. A person who has suffered from COVID-19 and has been declared healthy and who has not received a dose of vaccine is exempted from self-isolation after border crossing if no more than 6 months have passed.
    Read about requirements for a vaccination certificate and for a certificate of recovery

NB! One-day tourism to Estonia

From 1 July, people will be allowed to visit Estonia for up to 24 hours without the obligation to self-isolate on the condition that the person has been tested for the coronavirus with a PCR test up to 72 hours before arrival in Estonia or an antigen RDT test 24 hours before arrival in Estonia and received a negative test result. Persons who have recovered from COVID-19, have been vaccinated, or are considered equivalent to a vaccinee do not need to be tested. Children under the age of 12 also do not need to be tested. In addition, the current rules pursuant to which people from countries with a low infection rate do not need to be tested will remain in force.

Tourists arriving on cruise ships, as well as those coming from Helsinki or Stockholm on day trips, and people who come to Estonia for one day by air, bus, or car can also visit Estonia for up to 24 hours.

Countries outside the European Union from which it is possible to travel to Estonia, including for tourism (according to the list in Annex 1 of the recommendation of the Council of the European Union):

  • Australia
  • Israel
  • New Zealand
  • South Korea
  • Rwanda
  • Thailand
  • Singapore

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 in a case 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 the isolation period.

Find the entry requirements to Estonia and infection rates per country from the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. On the same site you can also find the digital version of the health declaration that one has to present at the border.

If you have more specific questions about crossing the border and you can't seem to find the answer on any of our suggested sites, please write to ppa@politsei.ee (Estonian Police and Border Guard Board).

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. See the latest info on websites of TallinkViking Line and Eckerö Line. There are several international flights from Tallinn airport, up to date flight information on Tallinn Airport website. Read also our useful tips about travel here and around.

Staying in Estonia

Safety in Estonia

There are two general rules: 

  • wearing masks in enclosed and crowded places is recommended, but not mandatory (except when the Health Board or the employer or the service provider requires you to wear a mask in certain situations).  
  • a requirement to stay dispersed indoors

We also recommend to keep your eyes open for the "You are safe here" ("Siin on turvaline") quality label when choosing a spa, restaurant or hotel. Read more what does "You are safe here" means for you as a client and what those companies have declared.

Main services and attractions 

Hotels and other accommodation facilities. Open and welcome visitors.

Shops and services. Shops and service points must ensure that the requirement for dispersal is adhered to with occupancy not allowed to exceed 50%.

Catering services. Indoor occupancy of up to 50% is permitted and the requirement for dispersal must be considered. There is no limit on the number of people in one table. No restrictions on closing time.

Training. Allowed indoors for up to 600 people (from June 28 up to 1000), the requirement for dispersal and for 50% occupancy must be considered.

Saunas, spas, water parks, indoor swimming pools. The 50% occupancy and dispersal requirement must be considered, a maximum of 600 people (from June 28 up to 1000) can be indoors and a maximum of 1,000 people (from June 28 up to 5000) in outdoors areas. 

Events and entertainment. Up to 600 people (from June 28 up to 1000) can participate in indoor events and up to 1,000 people (from June 28 up to 5000) in outdoor events. No restrictions on closing time. It is possible to organise events with a number of participants higher than required with the general requirements if these are attended only by people who have tested negative for COVID-19, have had COVID-19 or have vaccinated against COVID-19. Up to 3,000 people (from June 28 up to 6000) per day may participate in indoor activities and up to 9,000 people (from June 28 up to 12 000) per day in outdoor activities, provided that the infection safety of all participants is ensured.

Participants have to take a rapid antigen test up to 24 hours or a PCR test up to 72 hours before the start of the event. The organiser is also obligated to provide the option for a rapid antigen test on site immediately before the start of the event.

People who have had the complete set of vaccines against COVID-19 in the last 12 months are allowed to participate in the event without taking the test. They will be exempted from the moment they have received maximum protection after vaccination, i.e. for vaccines currently in use, 7 to 15 days after the last injection, depending on the manufacturer. In addition, people who have had COVID-19 in the last year and later received a single dose of vaccine, or who have had COVID-19 after receiving the first dose of vaccine are also exempted from taking the test. Those people who have had COVID-19 and been declared healthy but have not received an additional dose of vaccine will be exempted from taking the test for six months after being declared healthy.

In museums and exhibition facilities up to 600 people (from June 28 up to 1000) may stay indoors in museums and exhibition facilities with a 50% dispersal requirement per room. Outdoor museums and exhibition facilities have a 50% occupancy limit per visitor area, from June 28 no limits, but if events are held in the territory, event restrictions apply.

Getting sick while travelling

If you feel like you got sick during the trip, make sure to check out the symptoms of Covid-19 and what differentiates it from common cold or flu.

If you came to Estonia as a part of a larger group, please turn to your group leader for guidelines.

If you came to Estonia on your own and you don't feel well and you need urgent help, call 112 or ask the staff of your accommodation to call you an ambulance. If the need for help is not urgent, but you would like to consult, call the general doctor advice line +372 634 6630 (service in English on daily basis between 15.00–17.00 hours, 24h/7 in Estonian and Russian). A doctor can also redirect you to the emergency line 112 if necessary.  

To test covid-19 you can go to various testing points all over Tallinn and Estonia. You can also buy speed tests in pharmacies.

Leaving Estonia

For most COVID-19 tests taken in Estonia, you can self-generate a test certificate suitable for travel free of charge via testi.me portal. The certificate will be generated automatically in three languages – Estonian, English and Russian and is acceptable as a travel document both in Estonia and abroad. Nevertheless, we kindly ask you to verify before each of your trip that the certificate includes all the necessary information that is required by your destination and transit countries. Passengers, who used the option to take a paid COVID-19 test may receive the test certificate directly from their service provider.

There are no official restrictions for leaving Estonia. If your means of transport to your destination do not allow you to travel due to sickness, you must stay in isolation in your accommodation and pay (or ask your insurance to) for the cost.

Useful information

Calling for help

If you read it all carefully, but you still have a very specific urgent question, give a call to one ot the following help lines:

  • Hotline for coronavirus – calling from abroad (+372) 600 1247, in Estonia  1247
  • Medical advice (answers in English every day from 3-5 pm) – (+372) 634 6630
  • Hotline for consular assistance (24h) – (+372) 5301 9999
  • Emergeny line for ambulance, police and rescue – 112

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. In case you notice some contradictory or outdated information on this website, please be kind and inform us by writing to tourism@eas.ee. 

Last updated : 17.06.2021