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The restrictions are still in force that are important for maintaining public health and containing the spread of the virus:

  1. 2+2 rule remains in force.
  2. People diagnosed with coronavirus and people who have been in close contact with the infected persons need to stay in isolation.
  3. People in care homes with a coronavirus diagnosis are prohibited from coming into contact with other people except the employees of the care home and medical staff.
  4. Catering establishments may remain open and alcohol can be sold until 22:00.
  5. Sports competitions with spectators are allowed only outdoors.
  6. Night-clubs, water-pipe cafes, adult entertainment clubs and other entertainment establishments are closed.
  7. Casinos and slot-machine arcades will remain closed until June 1. After June 1 they may open if the 2+2 rule is observed, and the 50% of the maximum capacity of the rooms is used. Not more than 50 persons may use the premises at the same time.
  8. No cruises or leisure travel will take place on Tallinn-Stockholm ferry lines.
  9. The restrictions for crossing the state border will remain in force (except for established derogations for Latvia, Lithuania, and Finland).

The Government will review the need for restrictions on a regular basis.

Last updated: 01.06.2020 10:13

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Entry to Estonia is still limited for foreign nationals, and in certain cases the requirement for entry to Estonia is to stay in quarantine for 14 days.

People do not have to remain in quarantine, if they have Estonian citizenship, residence permit or right of residence, or whose permanent residence according to the population register is in Estonia, who have arrived directly:

  • from Latvia or Lithuania and have stayed at least 14 consecutive days prior to arrival in Estonia on the territory of the Baltic States,
  • from Finland, where they had stayed due to a work or other contractual obligation, study, or unavoidable family reason (e.g. meeting with the close relative, funeral, weddings and illnesses),
  • from Finland, if they had stayed there for at least 14 consecutive days prior to entering Estonia.

You can enter Estonia and do not have to remain in quarantine if you do not have any symptoms of the disease, and these rights were extended to you earlier. For example;

  • freight and raw materials transporters,
  • people involved in international cargo and passenger transport,
  • people involved in the technological work of a company operating in Estonia,
  • health care providers,
  • diplomats,
  • people arriving within the framework of international military cooperation,
  • people with special permits to enter.

People who can enter Estonia and do not have to remain in quarantine:

  • citizens of Latvia and Lithuania, holders of residence permit or right of residence of these countries, if they have no symptoms of disease,
  • Finnish citizens, holders of residence permits or rights of residence, if they come here to work, study or visit for family reasons (meeting with a close relative, funeral, weddings, illnesses).

A foreign national travelling to their home country can continue to travel through Estonia, if they have no symptoms of the disease.

As of June 1, no restrictions to enter Estonia apply to:

  • people arriving from the European Union Member States or Schengen Area countries, or from the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland,
  • who have no symptoms of the disease,
  • who have stayed in the European Union or Schengen Area, or in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland where in the past 14 days the coronavirus infection rate is no more than 15 persons per 100,000 inhabitants.

If a person arrives from a Member State of the European Union or Schengen Area country, or the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the infection rate is higher than 15 persons per 100,000 inhabitants over the past 14, they must remain in quarantine.

This means that a person may not leave their place of residence within 14 days, except on the order of a health care professional or police officer, or in the event of an emergency which threatens the person's life or health, or in order to purchase food, primary goods and medicines.

Statistical information on the infection rate of the previous 14 days per 100 000 inhabitants are published by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on its website every Friday and are valid for the next seven days as of the following Monday.

The details of border crossing information are constantly updated, and current information is available from the website of the Police and Border Guard and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Please note! Those who are already subject to the requirement of isolation or quarantine must comply with this requirement until the specified deadline expires.

Last updated: 02.06.2020 15:03

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As of June 1, persons with no symptoms of disease, may enter Estonia from a Member State of the European Union, or the Schengen Area country, or from the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

The quarantine obligation of persons travelling to Estonia depends on the infection rate of the country of origin. This means that the rate of infection in the country of origin must be 15 persons, or less, per 100, 000 inhabitants over previous 14-day period. People who arrive to Estonia from a country which has a higher infection rate must stay in quarantine for two weeks when they reach Estonia.

Information about countries and quarantine requirements is updated every Friday on websites https://kriis.ee and https://vm.ee.

We also recommend that you follow the travel information provided by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Reisi Targalt website https://reisitargalt.vm.ee/, which includes important information about travel restrictions, quarantine requirements, etc. in the countries with Estonian representation.

Last updated: 01.06.2020 10:13

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There will be no public events held in May. Public events (cinemas, performances, concerts, conferences, fairs, festivals etc.) are allowed as of June 1.

The organiser of the event must ensure that the restrictions are observed:

  • 2+2 rule;
  • only 50% of the capacity of the premises may be used;
  • outdoors up to 100 people may participate in the event.

Museums and exhibitions For museums and exhibitions, the requirements of groups of no more than 10 persons will be lifted. The 2+2 requirement must be guaranteed.

Last updated: 29.05.2020 10:53

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As of June 1 to 30, the 2+2 rule is in force, and the 100 participants limit applies for indoor sports competitions without spectators.

This means that for competitions held indoors, no spectators are allowed but athletes, organisers, coaches, etc. can participate.

If the sports competition is held outdoors, then the spectators are allowed, considering that the number of participants may not exceed 100.

The organiser must ensure the availability of disinfectants.

Last updated: 01.06.2020 10:14

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**Drive-in cinemas and concerts may also take place in suitable indoor conditions.

Drive-in cinema or drive-in concert may be organised in a suitable indoor space (in a hall, for example), if

  • 2+2 rule is observed,
  • people are not allowed to leave the car without an unavoidable need,
  • sufficient distance is maintained when cars are parked,
  • availability of disinfectants is ensured, if necessary.

**Public events are allowed as of June 1 both indoors and outdoors.

This means that going to the movies, performances, concerts, conferences, fairs, festivals, etc is allowed.

The organiser of the event must ensure that the restrictions are observed:

  • 2+2 rule;
  • only 50% of the capacity of the premises may be used, but not more than 100 persons;
  • outdoors up to 100 people may participate in the event.

For museums and exhibitions, the requirements of groups of no more than 10 persons will be lifted as of June 1. The 2+2 requirement must be still observed.

Casinos and gaming halls will be opened as of June 1.

The following restrictions must be observed:

  • only 50% of the capacity of the premises is allowed to be used, and no more than 100 people may use the premises at the same time.
  • Disinfectants must also be available for employees and clients.

As of June 1, it is allowed to stay on premises of restaurants and bars after 22:00.

The following restrictions must be observed:

  • 2+2 rule,
  • availability of disinfectants is ensured.

The restriction on the sale of alcohol will be lifted as of June 1 As of June 1, the retail sale of alcohol is resumed under the same conditions as before the emergency situation.

As of July, sports competitions with spectators are allowed in both indoors and outdoors

The following restrictions must be observed:

  • 2+2 rule,
  • no more than 50% of the capacity of the premises is used, and no more than 500 participants are attending.
  • outdoor event may have up to 1000 persons, provided the compliance with the rules is guaranteed.

Last updated: 31.05.2020 10:17

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Children's summer camps and students' work camps are allowed starting from June 12. The organizer must ensure the adherence to:

  • the restriction of no more than 300 people;
  • the restriction of no more than 20 people in a group;
  • disinfection requirements according to the Health Board guidelines.

Last updated: 18.05.2020 10:46

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Indeed, as of June 1, it is again possible to visit water parks, spas, saunas etc for leisure purposes. For this aim, special conditions must be met. The provider of the service must ensure the adherence to:

  • making sure the information is provided through the booking systems and other methods regarding the requirement to maintain the distance.
  • the requirement of no more than 50% occupancy rate.

Last updated: 18.05.2020 10:53

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Opening sports clubs, including gyms and swimming pools, for indoor training is allowed from May 18. For this, special conditions must be met. The organizer must guarantee the adherence to

  • the 2+2 rule;
  • the requirement that indoors, the occupancy can be 50% at the most, but no more than 10 people in one group;

Starting from May 18 it is allowed to organize sports competitions in open air if they have no spectators and have no more than 100 participants.

The teams of all sports disciplines are also allowed to train outdoors from May 18, guided by the international competition rules of the relevant discipline.

Starting from June 1, it is allowed to open sports clubs, including gyms, and swimming pools for indoor training at certain special conditions: the organizer must guarantee the adherence to

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

Last updated: 18.05.2020 15:10

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The Health Board has established prohibition to visits for hospitals and care institutions until June 1, the exception is visiting a dying person and providing mental health care for the client.

The owner of the institution must ensure that visitation guidelines have been drafted in cooperation with the Health Board and that these guidelines are being followed.

Among other things, it must be ensured that:

  • the visitor, the person being visited, and/or the personnel are using personal protective equipment (e.g. masks etc.) if necessary.

  • if possible, the meeting is arranged outdoors or in special rooms.

  • the visitor presents a health declaration beforehand (will be filled out on premises).

  • the disinfecting requirements are being followed according to the visitation guidelines.

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: 19.05.2020 09:38

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This depends on whether you are among the persons to whom Finland currently allows this.

People still allowed to enter Finland:

  1. Estonian citizens with a right of residence registered in Finland;
  2. People who work in Finland, who have a permanent employment contract and a special permit obtained by their employer that has to be presented at the border;
  3. People studying in Finland;
  4. Estonian citizens who have a member of family living in Finland, in cases where the visit is unavoidably necessary.

Before travelling see also additional information regarding derogations and special permits is available here: https://tem.fi/artikkeli/-/asset_publisher/linjaus-valttamattomien-tyotehtavien-maahantulosta-valmistunut and instructions for crossing the border: https://www.raja.fi/ajankohtaista/ohjeet_rajanylitykseen The burden of proof at the border lies with the person travelling, the Finnish border authority will make the final decision regarding the entrance to the country. Please also view the full list of derogations
https://www.raja.fi/ajankohtaista/ohjeet_rajanylitykseen

A general requirement to remain in self-isolation for 14 days applies to all persons arriving in Finland.

More information on sea and air travel

  • Information on travel on the ships of Tallink, Viking LIne and Eckerö Line can be found on their web pages.

Finnair is planning to arrange flights between Tallinn and Helsinki based on demand - for more information we recommend contacting Finnair.

Freight transport with Finland continues in both directions, as well as passenger transport from Helsinki to Tallinn.

Last updated: 15.05.2020 14:26

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As of May 15, partial contact learning is allowed in all the education institutions that have had to take up distance learning thus far

  • on an individual basis or in groups that have up to 10 members.
  • in as dispersed a manner as feasible, following the 2+2 rule, if possible.

The organisation of the work of pre-school children's institutions is still decided by the owner of the institution, following the instructions of the Health Board.

As of May 15, informal education and hobby activities are allowed

  • if they take place on an individual basis or in groups that have up to 10 members
  • following the 2+2 rule.

As of June 1, the provision of informal education, and hobby activities are allowed under the following conditions:

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

Last updated: 19.05.2020 09:37

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The government is allowing entertainment facilities (playgrounds, playrooms, pool halls, bowling alleys etc.) in shopping centres and elsewhere to operate again from June 1. For this, special conditions must be met. The service provider must ensure the adherence to:

  • the requirement that the occupancy can be no more than 50%;
  • the disinfecting requirements according to the Health Board guidelines.

Last updated: 18.05.2020 10:12

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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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The Finnish Government made a formal decision on May 7, regarding the re-establishment of employment-related travel between the Schengen countries and Finland. The decision will come into force on 14 May.

  • Crossing the border from Estonia Finland is permitted on the basis of employment relationship or carrying out work-related tasks, as well as for unavoidable family reasons, such as meeting a close relative, funeral, wedding, illness.

  • Until 13 May only entry of essential workers is allowed to Finland (health care workers, rescue workers, caregivers to the elderly, transport workers, etc.). However, from 14 May, it is no longer necessary to prove the essential nature of work – anybody who has employment or work in Finland can enter Finland.

  • crossing the border is also allowed for people studying in Finland.

  • Border controls will continue at land borders, ports, and airports where the reason for entry is determined. Therefore, a passenger must be able to provide justification for the journey at the border. Which kind of documents are sufficient to justify the trip will be decided by the Finnish Border Guard who will also make a final decision on admission to the country.

  • A person entering Finland must stay in quarantine-like conditions for 14 days. This means that movement is allowed between the workplace and the place of residence, but unnecessary movements and contacts should be avoided. The quarantine does not have to be observed by first responders and rescue workers, border guards and customs officers. But they should observe Finland's official guidelines, hygiene requirements, safe distances and avoid physical contacts in order to prevent the spread of the virus.

  • Social welfare workers and health care workers should make arrangements for the organisation of their work with the employer. The employer must assess the risk of infection and, if necessary, change the work tasks for 14 days from arrival in the country in order to ensure the safety of clients and patients and the safety of the working environment.

All other temporary restrictions of movement across the border established on 19 March (e.g. border control at border crossing points, limiting border traffic to tourists etc.) are in force until June 14.

The Finnish Border Guard instructions are available here: https://www.raja.fi/ajankohtaista/ohjeet_rajanylitykseen.

The translation provided by the Finnish Embassy in Tallinn of the Border Guard Regulations:

GUIDELINES OF THE BORDER GUARD BOARD REGARDING THE BORDER MOVEMENT BASED ON THE DECISION OF THE GOVERNMENT OF FINLAND OF 07.05.2020

The Finnish Government decided to continue the control of internal borders and restrict the border movement until 14.06.2020. The Border Guard Board instructions provide passengers with information about the changes to the permitted border movement which will be in force until 14.05.2020.

Permitted at internal borders:

  • return movement to Finland
  • return or transit movement to other EU and Schengen countries
  • work-related travel
  • other essential movement

Permitted at external borders:

  • return movement across the border to Finland
  • return or transit movement across the border to other EU and Schengen countries
  • departure from a third-country national
  • other essential movement

According to Article 9 of the Finnish Constitution, Finnish citizens have the right to return to Finland, and everyone has the right to leave the country. Limitations on this right to leave the country may be restricted by law, if they are necessary for the purpose of safeguarding legal proceedings or for the enforcement of penalties or for the fulfilment of the duty of national defence.

MOVEMENT AT INTERNAL BORDERS

The Finnish border guards allow movement at internal borders, i.e. between Finland and another Schengen country:

  1. Return to Finland a) Finnish citizens and their family members b) EU and Schengen nationals and their family members residing in Finland c) third-country nationals residing in Finland on the basis of a residence permit

  2. Return or transit movement to other EU and Schengen countries a) Citizens of other EU and Schengen countries and their family members b) Citizens of a third country residing in another EU or Schengen country on the basis of a residence permit

  3. Movement based on employment and other essential movement

a) employment related movement based on employment relationships and performance of work-related tasks b) diplomats, personnel of international organisations, military and assistance organizations in the performance of their tasks c) persons studying in Finland d) persons arriving to Finland based on the residence permit or right of residence (including citizens of the EU/Schengen country registered with the right of residence) e) people travelling due to an unavoidable family obligation (e.g. meeting with a close relative, funeral, wedding, cases of illness) f) persons who need international protection or persons travelling for an humanitarian reasons g) other unavoidable and justified movement (e.g. urgent personal reasons, reasons related to the Sami way of life and culture)

In addition to movement across the internal borders of Finland and Sweden, and external border of Finland and Norway, movement across the border is also allowed for fishing purposes without landing on the territory of another country.

According to Article 9 of the Finnish Constitution, Finnish citizens have the right to return to Finland, everyone has the right to leave the country. Limitations on this right to leave the country may be restricted by law, if they are necessary for the purpose of safeguarding legal proceedings or for the enforcement of penalties or for the fulfilment of the duty of national defence.

In transportation of cargo, international freight transport is permitted in addition to chartered cargo from businesses to clients.

The purpose and prerequisites of labour migration based on employment relationships and work-related tasks are explained during the border control process. A person who travels on the basis of labour migration may be asked for documents to certify the right of entry to the country. Such documents are, for example, evidence of employment relationships and tasks.

Third-country nationals who arrive in another Schengen country shall be registered on the basis of special instructions.

The person who arrives in the country must avoid contacts and stay in quarantine-like conditions within 14 days. This means that they are allowed to travel between their place of work and home, and for other unavoidable reasons.

This principle does not apply to first responders and rescue personnel or the staff of the Border Guard and Customs Board. However, they must observe the general instructions for public officials regarding hygiene requirements, keeping distances and avoiding close contacts to prevent the spread of infectious disease. In case of any respiratory symptoms, health care services must be immediately contacted.

The real-time instructions of Health Board officials are distributed when entering the country.

Last updated: 17.05.2020 17:05

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As of May 15, free movement across the Baltic States will be restored for Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian citizens and residents. Among other things, it is no longer required:

  • the temporary restored border controls at the border between Estonia and Latvia,
  • the 14-day isolation requirement for Estonian, Latvian, or Lithuanian citizens or residents who arrive to Estonia from Latvia or Lithuania.

People crossing the border must continue to comply with the requirements in force to prevent the spread of coronavirus, such as the requirement to carry a mask, and the 2+2 rule, according to which up to two people may be outside together and at least 2-metres distance must be kept from other people. As the requirements may vary from country to country, the person crossing the border must familiarise themselves with relevant information.

Last updated: 14.05.2020 15:14

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As of May 14, the 14-day self-isolation requirement does not apply to people arriving from Finland to Estonia

  • for work.
  • for study.
  • for unavoidable family reasons, such as a funeral or a wedding, to see a close family member, or in the case of medical incidents.

NB! People arriving from Finland can enter Estonia for the purposes of work or study without the requirement to self-isolate can travel more frequently if they have a Finnish citizenship, residence permit or permanent residence in Finland according to the Population Register and do not have any symptoms of the disease. This restriction does not affect movements of Estonian citizens and residents from Finland to Estonia.

It is recommended that people arriving from Finland to Estonia should avoid contacts with other people for 14 days (except going to work or other unavoidable contacts).

Additional requirements are applied on ships and ports:

  • From May 14 to 19 voluntary testing for coronavirus will be carried out on ships travelling between Estonia and Finland. The aim is to reduce the possible spread of the virus to Estonia. The testing order is developed by the Ministry of Social Affairs.

  • At the Finnish border, random border controls are still carried out to identify the person crossing the border and the purpose of their journey.

Last updated: 14.05.2020 22:27

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Yes, based on the decision of the Government of the Republic public events can be held in Estonia under special conditions.

No public events can be organised in May.

As an exception, as of May 15, outdoor events can be held where the visitors are in the car during the whole event.

For example, it is permitted to organise drive-in cinemas or drive-in concerts.

  • Up to 2 people may be in one car (the restriction does not apply to the members of the same family).
  • There must be sufficient distance between cars,
  • People are not allowed to step out of their cars (except for health reasons or toilet visits),
  • All employees and performers must observe the 2+2 rule at the event.
  • Ticket sales must take place online,
  • Ticket control will take place through the window: the visitor shows an electronic ticket on the smartphone screen.
  • If catering is provided, the menu selection and payment must take place through the smartphone application and the order must be brought to the car.
  • Other recommendations and requirements (wearing masks, availability of disinfectants) also apply.

Drive-in cinema sessions and concerts can be held in suitable indoor conditions if the same conditions have been met as for outdoor drive-in cinema.

As of June 1, public events may be held of the organiser ensures:

  • 2+2 rule,
  • no more than 100 participants.

NB! When holding an indoor event, the restrictions are in place which allow only 50% of the capacity of the space to be occupied.

Lifting of restrictions will allow cinemas and theatres to resume work as of June.

The Government's positions are in line with the recommendations of the Scientific Advisory Board.

Last updated: 02.06.2020 15:01

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The shopping centres were opened again as of May 11. The 2-by-2 rule must be still observed in shopping centres, and safety of the employees and customers assured. Customers are strongly recommended to wear masks or cover their nose and mouth by some other means.

Food can be eaten at the premises of catering establishments in shopping centres until 22:00. The aim is to prevent people from gathering in restaurants, cafes, and bars in the evenings.

NB! Children's playrooms, casinos, slot machines arcades, entertainment, and leisure facilities, including ninepin bowling and tenpin bowling and billiard halls, and adult clubs, will remain closed.

The ban on organising public gatherings, also visiting cinemas, nightclub events, performances, concerts, and conferences will also remain valid in shopping centres as well as elsewhere.

Last updated: 25.05.2020 14:57

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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, all stores and services at shopping centres can re-open, provided that 2-by-2 rule will be observed, and disinfectants will be available for both employees and customers. Customers are strongly recommended to wear a mask when visiting the stores, or to cover their mouth and nose. It is recommended to prepare your shopping list in advance, so you would spend the least time possible in the shop and avoid touching products unnecessarily. If you have any symptoms of the disease, do not visit the stores.

Last updated: 06.05.2020 08:54

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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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Businesses have been strongly recommended to organise sales campaigns only in e-shops, and not to organise product display campaigns to prevent gathering of people in the shopping centres.

Last updated: 05.05.2020 21:22

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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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As of May 2, it was allowed to:

  1. visit the exhibition buildings of open-air museums and exhibits located outside museum buildings and
  2. organise outdoor sports and training activities

When visiting open-air museums and outdoor exhibits of museums

  • everyone must comply with the 2+2 rule (except families).
  • the museum must ensure the availability of disinfectants.
  • no more than 10 people are allowed to participate in a group visit.
  • the prohibition to hold public events is still in force.

Additionally, until May 10, it is not allowed to enter the exhibition buildings.

See COVID-19 Code of Conduct for open air museums and exhibits located outside museum buildings here.

As of May 11, provided that special conditions are met, it is allowed to visit

  1. the indoor premises of museums and exhibitions
  2. the exhibition buildings of open-air museums and exhibits located outside museum buildings.

Special conditions:

  • the 2+2 rule must be adhered to (except for families);
  • hand disinfectants must be provided in the museums;
  • surfaces frequently touched by visitors must be cleaned thoroughly with cleaning agents;
  • for group visits, no more than 10 people are allowed in a group;
  • as the virus can also spread from contaminated surfaces, it is not allowed to hand out any materials, such as advertisements, to visitors. It is also not permitted to organise any creative workshops with shared tools;
  • people belonging to a risk group are recommended to cover their nose and mouth.

See COVID-19 Code of Conduct for open air museums and exhibits located outside museum buildings here.

As of May 15, outdoor public events may be held where the visitors are in the car during the whole event. For example, it is permitted to organize drive-in cinemas or drive-in concerts.

Special conditions:

  • Up to 2 people may be in one car (the restriction does not apply to family members).
  • There must be a sufficient distance between cars.
  • People are not allowed to step out of their cars (except for health reasons or toilet visits).
  • All employees and performers must adhere to the 2+2 rule.
  • Tickets can only be sold online.
  • Ticket control will take place through the car window (the visitor shows an electronic ticket on the screen of a smartphone).
  • If catering is provided, the menu selection and payment must take place through a smartphone app and the order must be brought to the car.
  • Other recommendations and requirements (wearing masks, availability of disinfectants) also apply.

As of June 1, it is allowed to organise

  • open-air events for up to 100 participants,
  • indoor events for up to 50 participants.

NB! At a public event organised indoors, the occupancy of the venue can be up to 50% of its capacity.

This means that cinemas and theatres can start operating as of June 1 within the limitations provided.

By the decision of the Government Crisis Committee, cinemas and other cultural institutions are closed during the emergency situation. By the decision of the Government, public events are not taking place in Estonia in May.

As of May 5, in coordination with the Ministry of Culture, the top-level athletes who are members of national teams can also train indoors, the goal being to maintain their level of performance and continuity of training. This kind of exception does not apply to recreational athletes, it only covers top-level athletes.

As of May 7, the teams of competitive sports games championship leagues can train in the open air based on the international sports competition regulations for that discipline.

As of May 18, sports clubs can reopen, training sessions can be carried out indoors and in swimming pools. Sports competitions can be organised in the open air, provided that this is done without spectators and with no more than 100 persons participating.

Starting from June 1, it is again possible to go to water parks, spas, saunas etc for leisure purposes. For this, special conditions must be met. The provider of the service must ensure the adherence to:

  • the requirement of dispersing the clients through booking systems and other solutions;
  • the requirement of occupancy of maximum 50%.

As of June 1, public events, including cinemas, theatre performances, concerts and conferences are allowed. The organizer of the event must guarantee the adherence to:

  • the 2+2 rule;
  • the requirement that at indoor events, the occupancy can be 50% at the most, but no more than 50 people;
  • the requirement that no more than a 100 people can participate at an outdoor event.

Last updated: 22.05.2020 14:06

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As of May 2:

  1. it is allowed to visit exhibitions in open air museums and the outdoor spaces of museums
  2. perform sporting activities outdoors, organise outdoor training sessions.

The conditions for both activities are similar.

Outdoor spaces of museums:

  1. groups up to 10 people are allowed,
  2. 2-by-2 rule must be observed, and
  3. the museum has to guarantee access to disinfectants,
  4. it is not allowed to enter buildings, such as the open-air museum farmhouses.

Conditions for organising sporting activities and training sessions outdoors:

  1. the group includes no more than 10 people.
  2. the 2-by-2 rule is observed
  3. the organizer of the sports activity must guarantee the availability of disinfectants, and will disinfect the sports equipment,
  4. in organizing the activity, a distance must be kept between participants and the people in the group must be dispersed; the age of the participants needs to also be taken into account when forming the groups.

The 2-by-2 rule means that no more than 2 people must be together, and at least 2-metre distance must be maintained from other people.

According to the decision of the government Crisis Committee, all other cultural and sports institutions will remain closed until May 17 (included). Sports facilities exception applies for the approximately 115 sportsmen and -women, coaches and assisting personnel who participate in preparations for the Olympic Games. A few exceptions may also apply to libraries.

Last updated: 03.05.2020 13:13

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Outdoor gym means the training equipment and means of exercise that are available in open air.

As of Saturday, May 2, it is allowed to use the training equipment outdoors provided:

  1. the owner or the holder guarantees the disinfection of the equipment after each use, but no less than every 24 hours.
  2. The users comply with the 2+2 rule.

According to the 2+2 rule, the gym can be used alone or with one other person and need at least 2-metres of distance must be maintained from others. This does not apply to families exercising together.

The supervision of the requirement is carried out by the local governments.

Access to indoor gyms is still not allowed, as the risk of infection is high indoors.

NB! Local municipalities may impose their own rules on outdoor gyms, i.e. the rules may differ by municipality, depending on the local circumstances.

Last updated: 30.04.2020 15:48

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As of May 11, under certain conditions it is it is allowed to:

  • Visit the indoor premises of museums and exhibitions,
  • Access the exhibition buildings of open-air museums and exhibits located outside museum buildings.

In order to access indoor premises of museums and exhibitions, the following conditions have been established:

  1. groups of no more than 10 people are allowed access (exceptions are allowed for families).
  2. The 2-by-2 rule must be adhered to,
  3. Hand disinfectants must be provided in the establishments.
  4. Surfaces frequently touched by visitors must be cleaned thoroughly with liquids.
  5. In the case of interactive exhibits, the establishments must take measures to ensure the safe use of exhibits in order to avoid the COVID-19 infection, (alternatively, interactive exhibits can be closed).
  6. As the virus can also spread from contaminated surfaces, it is not allowed to hand out any materials, such as advertisements, to visitors.
  7. It is also not permitted to organise any creative workshops with shared tools.

As of June 1, when visiting museums and exhibitions, 2+2 rule will remain in force.

It is recommended to cover your nose and mouth in the exhibition rooms or museums if you belong to a risk group.

The Ministry of Culture has prepared a Code of Conduct in cooperation with the appropriate institutions and the Health Board, which sets out both mandatory minimum requirements and additional recommendations.

Last updated: 22.05.2020 14:05

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As of May 18, the travel between the islands and the mainland is unrestricted to everybody (except those who have been infected with the coronavirus and those who live or permanently stay in the same residence with an infected person).

Last updated: 11.05.2020 09:00

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Hospitals and out-patient clinics are starting to resume planned treatments gradually. You should contact your family doctor, or the family doctor consultation hotline 1220, who will be able to give you more specific information on health care institutions.

Last updated: 26.04.2020 02:25

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If you want to continue your studies at a foreign university and need such a document, please send an e-mail to the Ministry of Education and Research at pille.koiv@hm.ee. Please add the name of the university you need to address the letter.

The Ministry will provide the letter of information for the University which explains the conditions which apply to the graduation of upper secondary school in Estonia this academic year and which exams can the graduating class take.

Last updated: 20.05.2020 17:39

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