Here is your guide upon travelling to Estonia during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. We introduce you restrictions in every step of your journey starting from planning your trip and ending with departure from Estonia. The purpose is to give you a quick overview of where you can find the latest and most updated detailed information. At times information changes so rapidly that there may be contradictory or outdated information on linked websites – in this case please inform us by writing to email@example.com.
Planning to travel to Estonia
Currently the infection rate in Estonia is high. All ordinary tourist attractions are closed until 25.04.2021 and the healthcare system is working at full capacity. All measures aim to bring down the infection rate. We recommend to postpone your trip until everyday life has normalized. 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
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.
- People who have recovered from the coronavirus in the last six months or who have been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus are exempt from self-isolation and testing. Read about requirements for a vaccination certificate and for a certificate of recovery.
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):
- South Korea
- New Zealand
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 firstname.lastname@example.org (Estonian Police and Border Guard Board).
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 our useful tips about travel here and around.
Staying in Estonia
Safety in Estonia
There are two general rules:
- wearing masks in public indoor spaces is mandatory (except children under the age of 12 or if wearing a mask is not possible for health reasons or special needs)
- the 2+2 rule applies both inside and outside (which means that both outdoors and indoors up to two people may be together, keeping a distance of 2-metres from other people).
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 – restrictions in force until April 25
Shops and services. All shops, except for pharmacies, grocery stores, pet stores, eyewear stores and other essential services must be closed and can only be open if delivery of goods or drive-in sales are an option. Services can continue their activities, but must stick to 25 percent of the room capacity.
Hotels and other accommodation facilities. Can operate, but many hotels are still closed either due to restrictions or renovation.
Saunas, spas, water parks and swimming pools. Closed.
Catering and entertainment establishments. Eating establishments are closed, but can still sell takeaway. Casinos, nightclubs, bowling alleys, children's playrooms etc are closed.
Public events. Public meetings and events indoors are not allowed, theatres and concert halls are closed. Restrictions do not apply to virtual events that do not involve people other than the performers and the staff for the broadcast. Outdoor events are allowed in groups of up to 10 people, the 2+2 rule must be followed.
Sports. Sports and hobby education allowed only individually and outdoors. No more than 2 people together.
Museums and exhibitions. Closed.
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.
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.
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.