Travel status update
From 15 January, those arriving in Estonia (including Estonian citizens and residents) and coming from European countries with a cumulative number of positive virus tests of more than 150 per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days have to stay in isolation. The obligation of self-isolation does not extend to cases where the relevant figure is less than 150.
People coming from the countries with higher infection rate who do not want to stay in self-imposed isolation for ten days after arriving in Estonia to perform a coronavirus PCR test up to 72 hours before arrival in the country. While staying in Estonia, it is then possible to take a second test not earlier than on the sixth day after the first test taken abroad. A person is released from the ten-day isolation obligation prematurely if the results of both tests are negative.
Those who have not taken the test up to 72 hours before arriving in Estonia have the option to take the first test in Estonia immediately after arriving in the country and the second test not earlier than six days after taking the first test. The ten-day isolation may be ended prematurely if the results of both tests are negative.
Arrivals from the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland will have an isolation period of ten days and testing obligation. After the first negative test result, they are not allowed to perform unavoidable work duties, however, they are allowed to participate in an unavoidable family event. Children under the age of 12 are exempt from testing.
Pre-booking for COVID-19 test can be made via phone +372 678 0000.
Detailed information on countries, self-isolation and testing requirements for passengers can be read from the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
- 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 the isolation period.
- 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 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 Tallink, Viking Line and Eckerö Line. There are several international flights from Tallinn airport, up to date flight information on Tallinn Airport website.
Read also useful tips about travel here and around.
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 keep safe distance (2 + 2) to each other when and where possible. Reception and cashier desks are often equipped with physical protection screens.
2. Wearing a mask or to cover one's nose and mouth in public indoor spaces is obligatory.
An obligation to wear a mask or to cover one's nose and mouth is introduced in public indoor spaces, including public transport and service points. This obligation does not apply to children under the age of 12 or if wearing a mask is not possible for health reasons, special needs, the nature of work or activity, or other important reasons.
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.
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.
6. There is a special app to protect your health.
With the HOIA mobile app, you can quickly find out about possible close contact with a COVID-19 infected person, allowing you to take steps to protect your own health and the health of others.
About main services and attractions
Shops and services
There may be no more people than the 50% capacity of a given space in indoor sales areas and public spaces of stores and service areas of service providers. At that, people must also adhere to the 2+2 rule, i.e., only up to two people may travel together, and they must keep a two-metre distance from other people.
Spas, playrooms & other such attractions
Saunas, spas, swimming pools, water centres, as well as leisure-time establishments such as bowling, billiards, and playrooms for children are open. The requirement for not exceeding 50% of visitor capacity, for carrying out regular disinfection and for dispersion must be followed according to the instructions of the Health Board.
In Harju and Ida-Viru County spas will be closed till 1 February.
Restaurants and bars
Catering establishments are allowed to host visitors, serve food and sell alcohol. The dispersion requirement must be observed and disinfectants must be made available for the clients.
In Harju and Ida-Viru County the requirement for not exceeding 25% of visitor capacity must be followed till 1 February.
Entertainment establishments and public events
Catering and entertainment establishments must close their doors to visitors from 22.00 to 6 a.m. Private parties in those places are not allowed either during this time. Take-away food sales and purchases are allowed. Selling alcohol is prohibited till 10.00 a.m. The restriction on selling alcohol also applies to hotels. Cultural institutions with stationary seats, such as theatres, cinemas, and concert halls, may keep their doors open to customers past midnight.
Up to 400 people can take part in an indoors public event with stationary seating; otherwise, up to 250 people are allowed. For outdoor events, the maximum number of participants is 500 (unless a special permission is granted by the Health Board together with local governmental unit and The Government's working committee). Disinfectants must be provided and the dispersion requirement must be followed.
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.
In Harju and Ida-Viru County it is not allowed to hold indoor public meetings and events, including conferences, theatre performances, concerts, and indoor cinema viewings. Up to 10 people can take part in public events and meetings outdoors.
Museums and exhibitions
For museums and exhibitions, no limitations for size of visiting groups. The dispersion requirement however must be observed whenever possible as well as regular disinfection for surfaces that visitors may touch must be carried out.
In Harju and Ida-Viru County the requirement for not exceeding 50% of visitor capacity must be followed till 1 February.
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.
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.