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International carriage of goods is permitted, including unlicensed carriage.

The vehicle carrying out commercial carriage of goods must contain the following documents pertaining to the given vehicle:

  • a certified copy of the Community authorisation granted to the carrier of an EU or EEA Member State (exemptions for international carriage are provided for in Road Transportation Act Art 6(1) – for example, carriage in the EU at own expense);
  • a consignment accompanying document (CMR or so-called “loading list”);
  • a transport permit or CEMT licence under an international agreement, if goods are transported to a third country from Estonia, or from a third country to Estonia by a carrier from Austria, Bulgaria, Spain, Croatia, Cyprus, Luxembourg, Norway, Poland, Sweden, Germany, Finland, Hungary;

Additionally, upon entering Estonia with an empty vehicle, the basis and location of the load that is being fetched need to be proven (e.g. a transport order).

If the carriage of goods is taking place at own expense, the driver needs to be accompanied by documentation for the load which proves that this cargo is owned by the operator organising the carriage of goods at its own expense, or that this company has purchased, sold, repaired, mined, or processed the goods.

This carriage of goods at own expense needs to also follow other requirements laid down in Article 1(5)(d) of Regulation (EC) No 1072/2009 of the EU, but in the emergency situation the verification of these requirements would constitute too much of a burden.

Persons directly involved in the carriage of goods are exempt from movement restriction.

Starting from January 27, 2021, in addition to Finnish citizens and residents, only persons performing work tasks necessary for the operation of the society and security of supply, and persons travelling for unavoidable circumstances are allowed to enter Finland.

For instance, entry into Finland is allowed for the following persons and reasons of travel:

  • health care and rescue workers (including emergency aid) and caretakers for the elderly for carrying out work tasks;
  • goods' transport and logistics personnel while performing tasks related to their work;
  • diplomats, workers of international organisations, military personnel, and workers of aid organisations while performing tasks related to their work;
  • representatives of states participating in international negotiations and persons participating in the work of international organisations;
  • representatives of foreign media enterprises;
  • persons travelling because of real estate or asset management in Finland;
  • family members of a Finnish citizen living abroad;
  • persons travelling for unavoidable family reasons (for instance, a birth of a child, severe illness of a close one, one's own wedding, relationship) or other substantial personal reasons. In this context, family members are considered to be a spouse (including common law spouse), children, parents, grandparents, i.e. it is not possible to visit siblings anymore;
  • studying in Finland;
  • persons travelling with a Finnish residence permit;
  • persons in need of international protection or travelling for other humanitarian reasons;
  • special groups (e.g. representatives of culture, sports, business).

The restrictions are in force until March 18, 2021. Recommendation to stay in self-isolation for 10 days applies to all persons entering Finland. Everybody except goods' transportation and logistics workers are tested at the border.

Last updated: 13.07.2021 10:30

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They can return abroad immediately, as the 10-day restriction on movement does not apply to transporters of goods or raw materials, and persons involved with international haulage of goods and passengers. If the driver has any symptoms of the disease, they must remain in isolation at home for at least 10 days and contact their family doctor.

For more information on the conditions of crossing the state border, please see the Order of the Government of the Republic: and the website of the Police and Border Guard Board:

Last updated: 17.03.2021 11:04

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People who have health insurance in Estonia and are currently in the European Union, the European Economic Area or Switzerland will be given necessary medical care on equal terms with people living in those countries. Necessary medical care is guaranteed in the case of the coronavirus as well. The need for treatment must be medically justified and this decision is made by a doctor. In order to get necessary medical aid, a person has to carry a European Health Insurance Card or a replacement certificate of the card. If a person does not have the card with him or he has not applied for the European Health Insurance Card or its replacement certificate before the trip, we ask that he apply for a replacement certificate of the European Health Insurance Card immediately upon arriving at the hospital or a doctor. You can find more information at the web page of the Estonian Health Insurance Fund

Last updated: 03.04.2020 16:13

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The answer is no: freight transporters without any symptoms do not need to take the test when entering the country. No restriction of movement applies to freight transporters who have no symptoms of the disease.

If a person has any symptoms of the disease, they will need to remain in self-isolation for at least 10 days and take the coronavirus test.

Testing is also possible at the border. Testing points are located at the Port of Tallinn Terminals A and D, and at Tallinn Airport. Passengers who arrive from the at-risk country via another port or airport, train or road can make appointments for testing, calling the SYNLAB and Medicum testing centre by phone 678 0000 (Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm). Testing is free of charge for Estonian citizens and residents. For foreigners, testing is done for a fee, testing at the airport and the ports costs EUR67, in other testing places the price is determined by the service provider.

For more information on the conditions of crossing the state border, please see the Order of the Government of the Republic: and the website of the Police and Border Guard Board:

Last updated: 24.11.2020 11:17

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