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 by 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 the passengers to wear masks (or scarves in some cases) on international routes while onboard, but this is not mandatory when travelling in public transportation on Estonian territory.
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 10 for almost a month. 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
Hence June 1, saunas, spas, swimming pools, water centres, as well as leisure-time establishments such as bowling, billiards, and playrooms for children have been open. The requirement for not exceeding 50% of 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
Hence June 1, casinos and arcades have been open again, but establishments must comply with the max. 50% visitor capacity requirement as well as no more than 100 visitors are allowed simultaneously to stay on the premises. In addition, disinfectants must be available for staff and clients. On July 1, the government allowed also nightclubs, waterpipe bars and other adult entertainment clubs to reopen. These entertainment venues reopened the doors on the condition that operators ensure the appropriate dispersion and a maximum capacity of 50% - in any case max. 100 simultaneous clients, and following the disinfection requirements.
Hence July 15, no more than 1500 persons may participate in an indoor event. The amount public in outdoor events may be up to 2000 persons. Disinfectants must be provided and the dispersion requirement must be followed.
The restriction of 50% occupancy is still in force. Additionally in order to limit the risk of contagion, visitors must be distributed at entrances and exits, bathrooms, leisure areas, and other more popular gathering places.
Moreover, 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.
Hence July 15, sports competitions have allowed to 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 1500 persons may take part of an indoor event. It is allowed to organise a sports competition outdoors with up to 2000 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, no limitations for size of visiting groups are set after July 1. The dispersion requirement however must be observed whenever possible as well as regular disinfection for surfaces that visitors may touch must be carried out.
Restaurants and bars
Hence June 1, catering establishments have been allowed to host visitors, serve food and sell alcohol as per individual normal opening hours, i.e. also after 10 p.m.. The dispersion requirement must be observed and disinfectants must be made available for the clients.
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.
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.