Travel status update
The 10-day self-isolation and COVID-19 testing are not mandatory for individuals, including those arriving from the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland or a third country, who:
1) have recovered from COVID-19 and no more than six months have passed since they have been declared cured;
2) have undergone COVID-19 vaccination and no more than six months have passed since its completion.
Detailed information about the required certificates, also about 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.
About services and attractions
- Eating establishments and non-essential stores will be closed at weekends from March 6 = restaurants & shopping malls.
- Selling food to go is allowed.
- Grocery stores, pharmacies, pet stores, garden centres and opticians will remain open on weekends.
- Eating establishments and stores will have 25% occupancy limits from March 6.
- Students taking final exams this year can return to partial distance learning from March 15.
- Sports and exercise events will be permitted for professional athletes only and people with special needs will be permitted to take part in exercise events. (Haanja Marathon of the Estoloppet ski marathon series scheduled for March 6 is to be cancelled).
- Public saunas, spas, pools and water parks are closed.
- Places of entertainment, such as casinos, nightclubs, bowling and billiard courts and children's playrooms as well as in museums and galleries are closed.
- Wearing a mask while shopping is finally mandatory, enforced by vendors.
In addition to said restrictions, the government urges people to reduce their contacts to a minimum and only meet in groups of up to six people. Employers and employees are advised to switch to working remotely if possible.
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.
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.