COVID-19 and travelling to Estonia

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COVID-19 and travelling to Estonia

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.

Updated information about countries and self-isolation requirements for passengers from Europe as of 12 June

Please read the information on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the quarantine requirements.

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 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 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 some international flights from Tallinn airport, up to date flight information on Tallinn Airport website.

Visa information

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.

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

1. It is safe in Estonia.

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. Dispersion requirements replaced the 2+2 rule as of 19 June in all public spaces, such as stores, service points and public-use spaces, dispersion must also be ensured at public events. Cash and reception desks are often equipped with physical barriers (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 for 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 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. 

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 40 for weeks. Hence May 26th, there is no single COVID patient in Estonia needing 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 order to ensure that people are and feel safe.

About main services and attractions

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 dispersion 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. As of 1 July, the government also decided to reopen nightclubs, hookah bars and adult entertainment clubs. These entertainment locations may reopen their doors on the condition that operators ensure the appropriate dispersion of customers, a maximum capacity of 50 percent, a maximum of 100 participants, and disinfection requirements.

Public events

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 dispersion requirement 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 dispersion requirement 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.

Sports competitions

Until June 30, the dispersion requirement 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 dispersion requirement 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 dispersion requirement 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 dispersion requirement 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.

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. 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:

Travel status update in Lithuania:

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 : 06.07.2020