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Information about the restrictions on countries and freedom of movement for arrivals from European countries is available on the webpage of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs: https://vm.ee/et/teave-riikide-ja-karantiininouete-kohta-euroopast-saabujatele.

The list will be updated every Friday and is valid as of following Monday.

People who are allowed to enter Estonia:

  • Estonian citizens and residents, and their family members. Estonian citizens and residents are admitted to the country, regardless of whether they have signs of illness or not.
  • Citizens and residents of the European Union, the Schengen Area countries, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and Vatican, as well as persons with long-stay visa and their family members if they do not have any symptoms of the disease. Please see the list.
  • Residents, persons with a long-stay visa regardless of the nationality who arrive to Estonia from the European Union or the Schengen Area countries or from the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland if they do not have any signs of disease. See the lists of countries exempt from the obligation of self-isolation.
  • Inhabitants of Algeria, Australia, Georgia, Japan, Canada, Morocco, Montenegro, South Korea, Rwanda, Serbia, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, and New Zealand if they do not have any signs of disease. Please see the list indicated above.
  • third-country nationals who arrive for work or study in an educational institution registered in Estonia. See the lists of countries exempt from the obligation of self-isolation.
  • All persons with the symptoms of the disease have an obligation to self-isolate. The obligation to self-isolate depends on the country of departure or transit. If the rate of the coronavirus infection is greater than 16 in their country of departure or transit, then people arriving in Estonia will have to remain in self-isolation for two weeks.
  • Staying in self-isolation means that a person cannot leave their place of stay within 14 days, except at the order of a health care worker or police officer or for essential trips. For example, you can leave your home if your life is in danger or you need medical care, you need to renew food supplies, buy essential goods, purchase medicines. In all these cases, contact with other people must be avoided. Therefore, you cannot go to work or go hiking on a populated hiking trail. But you can go running or ride a bike, for example, if you do it without coming into contact with other people.

Last updated: 16.07.2020 17:16

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Spectators are permitted at sports competitions held indoors and outdoors from 15 July. Up to 1500 people are permitted at competitions held indoors and venues can be filled to a maximum of 50% of capacity, and up to 2000 people are permitted at competitions held outdoors. The organiser must ensure the availability of disinfectants.

Last updated: 06.08.2020 12:50

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Children's summer camps and students' work camps can take place starting from June 12.

The organiser must ensure the adherence to the following rules:

  • the restriction of no more than 20 people in a group, and no more than 300 participants in the camp shift.
  • People with symptoms of the disease may not participate in student or youth camps, or to stay in the facilities.
  • if a participant or an employee has been in contact with a person who has had symptoms of Covid-19 (or similar) during the last 14 days, they cannot attend the youth or student camp.
  • Every day the rooms, work surfaces and items need to be washed and disinfected, and the rooms need to be aired.
  • participants and employees must be informed and instructed about compliance with general hygiene requirements and compliance needs to be verified. It is also necessary to ensure the possibility of washing and disinfecting hands.

For more information:

Overview of the Estonian Youth Work Centre of the organisation of youth camps for summer 2020.

Recommendations of the Ministry of Education and Research for the organisation of youth camps for summer 2020.

Last updated: 05.07.2020 11:38

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As of July 1, hospitals and care institutions make their own decisions regarding visitations.

As of June 1, the people staying in general and special care homes are allowed to leave the territory of the care home, provided that they use personal protective equipment, if necessary.

Last updated: 13.07.2020 09:00

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Public meetings can resume from May 18.

From May 18 until the end of May, the organizer of a public meeting must ensure the adherence to:

  • the 2+2 rule;
  • the requirement that indoors the occupancy can be 50% at most but no more than 10 people;
  • the requirement that outdoors there can be no more than 100 participants.

Starting from June 1 it is allowed to hold a public meeting indoors with a higher number of participants than previously. The organizer of the meeting must ensure the adherence to:

  • the 2+2 rule;
  • the requirement that indoors the occupancy can be 50% at most but no more than 50 people;
  • the requirement that outdoors there can be no more than 100 participants.

Starting from July 1, the number of allowed participants will go up again.

Public meetings are allowed, provided that the organizer ensures the adherence to:

  • the 2+2 rule;
  • the requirement that indoors the occupancy can be 50% at most but no more than 500 people;
  • the requirement that outdoors there can be no more than 1000 participants.

Last updated: 18.05.2020 09:43

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Public events such as shows, concerts, festivals, cultural events, fairs and conferences are permitted from 15 July. Multi-day events where separate events in different places may happen at the same time are also permitted.

Maximum attendance permitted at events is 2000 people outdoors or 1500 people indoors, and rooms may only be used to a maximum of 50% of their capacity.

From June 19, the government decided to replace the 2+2 rule with a requirement for dispersion. This means that people need to keep a safe distance from each other.

The requirement for dispersion replaces the current 2+2 rule everywhere in the public space. Instead, people must keep distance from other people during public events, public meetings, as well as at sports events, museums and exhibitions, etc.

The government also decided to restore the activities of nightclubs, water-pipe cafes, and adult clubs from 1 July. They may open on condition that the owner ensures the sufficient dispersion of people, allowing for maximum 50% of the capacity of premises, and no more than 100 people attending, and observance of disinfection requirements.

Last updated: 06.08.2020 12:50

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Visitors of shopping centres and businesses are strongly advised to wear a mask in the store, or to cover mouth and nose, but this is not mandatory.

Last updated: 07.05.2020 09:46

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There is no obligation to wear a mask but it is strongly recommended to use personal protective equipment.
The owner of the business must ensure that employees have personal protective equipment or can use alternative measures - they can use a mask, a visor, a plexiglass shield cover around the cash register, etc.

Last updated: 06.05.2020 19:13

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Yes, as of May 11, restaurants and catering establishments are allowed to open (including consuming food on the premises), 2-by-2 rule must be observed, disinfectants must be provided both for the employees and the customers. Provision of service at the table is mandatory, and the clients can only serve themselves if the food has been packaged.

At the same time, the restriction remains which allows consumption of food at the premises of the catering establishment until 22:00, to prevent people from gathering in the evenings.

Last updated: 09.05.2020 11:53

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The businesses will likely need to keep the virus-contaminated waste (including personal protective equipment) separately from other waste and keep it in a closed bag. The waste must be thrown into the municipal waste container after 72 hours.

Last updated: 05.05.2020 21:23

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As of May 15, return to the usual educational activities in school premises is allowed if special conditions have been met. This applies to:

  • general education schools,
  • vocational education institutions,
  • higher education institutions,
  • continuous education institutions,
  • hobby schools and informal education providers, and
  • open youth centres

Groups of up to 10 members are allowed to study on school premises. This restriction does not apply to holding of exams, state examinations and proficiency testing, if they are organised in larger rooms, such as assembly halls, gyms, and larger lecture rooms.

When educational work is resumed,

  1. commonly used items in school rooms must be disinfected often, and rooms must be aired.
  2. students, participants of hobby classes, and people who organise the educational work do their utmost to limit the spread of COVID-19 infection.

Wearing a protective mask is not mandatory. At the same time, wearing a mask as well as using other personal protective equipment is strongly recommended for informal education providers, teachers, academic staff, pupils, and students who belong to a risk group.

Last updated: 25.05.2020 21:34

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Confirmation of restriction on freedom of movement is a document signed at the border by a person in Estonia. They confirm that they are:

  • aware of the restriction on freedom of movement, and
  • undertakes to stay at the home or place of stay for 14 calendar days.
  • The person submits personal and contact details and the address of the home or place of stay.

Last updated: 05.07.2020 11:40

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It is possible to work and study in Estonia coming from all the countries of the world. A mandatory self-insulation requirement applies for people coming from a country with an infection rate of 16 or more. An overview of infection rates is established and published on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Last updated: 14.07.2020 09:53

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Estonian foreign representations that process visa applications and are located in one of the countries included in the special list of countries of the Council of Europe, it is possible to apply for a visa for visiting Estonia for all travel purposes, including tourism. See the list of countries here: https://vm.ee/et/teave-riikide-ja-karantiininouete-kohta-euroopast-saabujatele (scroll down).

In other Estonian foreign representations which process visa applications, it is possible to apply for a visa for people who come to Estonia for work or study or who are allowed to enter Estonia. See the list here: https://www.kriis.ee/et/reisimine-eestisse-valisriikide-kodanikud

Last updated: 14.07.2020 09:53

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It is not possible to travel from third countries to Estonia for tourism purposes. Studying and working fall under exemptions, in which case travel from third countries to Estonia is permitted. Exceptions may also apply to third countries in the special list of countries of the Council of Europe.

Last updated: 14.07.2020 09:53

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More information about the coronavirus and restrictions related to it is available calling 1247 (from abroad +372 600 1247).