Crossing the Estonian border

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The tables with the current infection rates of countries and additional information can be found on the web page kriis.ee: tables of countries.

If the child arrives in Estonia with a parent, a guardian, or an authorised companion who is not subject to the requirement to stay in self-isolation after crossing the border (i.e. the parent/companion has been vaccinated within the past year (or has been vaccinated and received an additional dose), or no more than 180 days have passed since a positive PCR test or a diagnosis proving recovery from COVID-19 and she is not symptomatic).

If the child travels with two parents, at least one of whom is released from the requirement to isolate, the same release also applies to the child (does not apply to groups of minors travelling together).

  • A child under the age of 12 who is not symptomatic can participate in school and hobby activities without restrictions (does not apply to groups of minors travelling together, e.g. sports or excursion groups).

European Union member states, Schengen countries and third countries in the European Union list where the 14 day infection rate per 100,000 inhabitants is more than 75 (the so-called yellow and red countries):

  • Children between the ages of 12 and 18 who are not vaccinated are released from the requirement to self-isolate if they are arriving from an European Union or Schengen country, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, or Vatican, and have done a coronavirus PCR test up to 72 hours before entering Estonia or a rapid antigen-RTD test up to 48 hours before arriving or have done a test immediately after arriving in Estonia and the test results were negative. Until the negative test results come in, it is obligatory to stay in one's place of residence or permanent place of stay.
  • Children between the ages of 12 and 18 who are not vaccinated are released from the requirement to self-isolate if they are arriving from a third country in the European Union list (see kriis.ee: tables of countries) and have done a coronavirus PCR test up to 72 hours before entering Estonia or a rapid antigen-RTD test up to 48 hours before arriving or have done a test immediately after arriving in Estonia and the test results were negative. Until the negative test results come in, it is obligatory to stay in one's place of residence or permanent place of stay.

Third countries not on the European Union list:

  • Children between the ages of 12 and 18 who are not vaccinated and arrive from third countries not on the European Union list (see kriis.ee: tables of countries) and are the citizens of the European Union, Schengen countries, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, or Vatican may enter Estonia. In order to be released from the requirement to self-isolate it is required to do another SARS-CoV-2 test immediately after arriving in Estonia, the result of which also have to be negative. Until the results of the test done immediately after arrival are known, there is an obligation to stay at one's place of residence or permanent place of stay.
  • Children between the ages of 12 and 18 who are not vaccinated and who are citizens of third countries not on the European Union list (see kriis.ee: tables of countries) and are arriving from these countries may enter Estonia if they have done a coronavirus PCR test up to 72 hours before entering Estonia or a rapid antigen-RTD test up to 48 hours before arrival, the results of which are negative. In order to be released from the requirement to self-isolate it is required to do another SARS-CoV-2 test immediately after arriving in Estonia, the result of which also have to be negative. Until the results of the test done immediately after arrival are known, there is an obligation to stay at one's place of residence or permanent place of stay;

*Useful information: if the SARS-CoV-2 antigen-RTD test done at a health care service provider has turned out to be positive and is immediately followed by a PCR repeat test with a negative result, the PCR test result is the one that counts.

If the child arrives in Estonia with a parent, a guardian, or an authorised companion who is not subject to the requirement to stay in self-isolation after crossing the border (i.e. the parent/companion has been vaccinated within the past year (or received an additional dose), or no more than 180 days have passed since a positive PCR test or a diagnosis proving recovery from COVID-19 and she is not symptomatic).

European Union member states, Schengen countries and third countries on the European Union list where the 14 day infection rate per 100,000 inhabitants is more than 75 (the so-called yellow and red states), and third countries not on the European Union list:

  • Children under the age of 18 and young people turning 19 during the 2021/2022 academic year who are not vaccinated themselves and who are not symptomatic are allowed to go to a general education school and participate in hobby and training activities after returning from a trip if they do a rapid coronavirus antigen test on the fifth day after arrival. If the test is negative, then on the same day and during the following two days the child is only allowed to go to school and participate in hobby activities and youth work. Other activities where the COVID certificate is checked (e.g. extracurricular visits to a cinema, a theatre, a concert, a spa, a cafe) are prohibited for seven days after crossing the border.

  • A child under the age of 12 who does not participate in academic and hobby activities does not have to do a coronavirus PCR test but does have to stay in self-isolation for ten days after crossing the border.

If the minor himself is vaccinated or no more than 180 days have passed since a coronavirus PCR test proving recovery from COVID-19 or a diagnosis, and he is not symptomatic

  • The child does not have to test or stay in self-isolation upon crossing the border but can participate in school work and different activities, taking into consideration the control measures currently in force in the country (e.g. dispersion, presenting the COVID-certificate depending on age etc.).

All travellers arriving in Estonia that are subject to the isolation requirement (including children whose information is submitted by a parent) have to fill out a traveller's questionnaire (in Estonian, Russian or English). This can be done up to three days before arriving in Estonia.

Last updated: 24.01.2022 11:53

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Vaccinated in Estonia

If you have been vaccinated in Estonia, you can go to the Patient Portal digilugu.ee to create a digital COVID certificate that meets the European Union standards and can be used both as a printout and in a smart device.

The course of vaccinations is considered completed and the certificate valid from the time of achieving maximum protection according to the instructions of the particular manufacturer:

  • for the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine Comirnaty, 7 calendar days from the second dose of the vaccine;
  • for the AstraZeneca vaccine Vaxzevria, 15 calendar days from the second dose of the vaccine;
  • for the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, 14 calendar days from the second dose of the vaccine;
  • for the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine, 14 calendar days after one dose of the vaccine.

People who have received an additional vaccine dose after completing the course, and no more than one year has passed since the additional dose, are equated to a vaccinated person.

Vaccinated in other countries

Estonia recognizes those vaccinations that are recognized by the country of origin (including also e.g. Sputnik V, Sputnik Lite, Sinovac, Sinopharm etc.). The course of vaccinations is considered completed and the certificate valid from the time of achieving maximum protection according to the instructions of the particular manufacturer (e.g. 21 days after the second dose of the vaccine for Sputnik V). People who have received an additional vaccine dose after completing the course, and no more than one year has passed since the additional dose, are equated to a vaccinated person.

Suitable for proving vaccination:

  • an immunisation passport, a copy of it or a relevant certificate (including a digital COVID-19 vaccination certificate that meets the EU requirements);
  • an officially certified printout from a database of another country;
  • a paper immunisation passport that a health care service provide can provide upon request;

The document proving vaccination in another country must be in Latin or Slavic alphabet, in Estonian, Russian or English and contain the following information:

  • the disease against which the immunisation was done;
  • the date of immunisation;
  • the vaccine medicinal product that was used;
  • how many doses have been administered to the person;
  • the data of the issuer of the certificate.

Last updated: 18.10.2021 12:51

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An exemption like this does not apply to Ukrainian short term workers even if they are coming to work for one day. This means that the required tests need to be done before and after arriving in the country and there is an obligation to stay in self-isolation.

Last updated: 28.07.2021 14:27

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From what number does a group start?

The exceptions regarding minors that went in force on July 19, 2021 were enacted due to the recommendation of the European Council. According to this recommendation, in order to ensure the unity of families travelling together, minors who are travelling with a parent or parents, or another person accompanying them should not be obligated to remain in quarantine/self-isolation if the person accompanying them does not have that obligation, e.g. because the latter have a certificate of vaccination or recovery. Additionally, children under the age of 12 should be released from the requirement to do a SARS-CoV-2 infection test in order to be able to travel.

This means that the goal in granting children under the age of 18 exceptions from the obligation of self-isolation and the testing obligations related to that is to ensure the unity of families, which is why minors who are travelling with a coach or a teacher are subject to the general requirements upon arrival in Estonia.

Last updated: 26.07.2021 11:48

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Pilots fall under an exception in force, according to which they are not subject to the obligations to self-isolate and test if they are directly involved with international freight or passenger transport and are arriving in Estonia to perform professional duties.

Last updated: 05.04.2021 19:59

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At the border, a person entering the country must present to the Health Board their personal data and contact information, the data of the underage children that travelled with them and travel information. The information submitted has to include the country of departure to Estonia, the date of arrival, and countries that were transited through in the course of the trip, including countries where layovers or transfers took place.

The declaration can be submitted both on paper and electronically on the web page of the Health Board iseteenindus.terviseamet.ee (in Estonia, English and Russian).

Last updated: 07.12.2021 14:07

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Entry into Estonia is allowed for:

  • The citizens and residents of Estonia, and their family members. The citizens and residents of Estonia are allowed into the country regardless of whether they are symptomatic or not.
  • The citizens and residents of the European Union, the Schengen countries, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, and Vatican, as well as persons holding a long-stay visa, and their family members if they are not symptomatic.
  • The citizens of the countries presented in Annex 1 of the recommendation of the Council of Europe (the list of countries can be found at kriis.ee).
  • Vaccinated citizens of third countries for whatever purpose.
  • The citizens of third countries who have not completed the course of vaccinations and who are coming to Estonia to work, study, join their family or with a special permit, if they have done a SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR test 72 hours or a SARS-CoV-2 antigen-RTD test 48 hours before entry into Estonia and can present a certificate about a negative result.
  • Persons who are travelling through the territory of the Republic of Estonia without delay (transit).

There are also several exceptions in force: testing on the border is not compulsory for e.g. the transporters of goods and raw materials, people connected to international transport of goods and passengers, people connected to the technological work of a company operating in Estonia, providers of health care services, diplomats, people who are coming in the framework of international military cooperation, and people who have received a special permit for entry.

More information on the risk levels and control levels in force upon entry into Estonia can be found at kriis.ee. The infection rates of the countries are updated once a week, on Friday afternoon.

Last updated: 20.12.2021 17:11

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Self-isolation is not obligatory:

  • for persons, who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (or vaccinated and received an additional dose) and no more than one year has passed from the day the course was completed.
  • for persons who have recovered from COVID-19 and no more than 180 days have passed since the positive test result or the confirmation of the diagnosis [1]
  • for minors travelling with their parent or companion, whose patent or companion does not have to remain in self-isolation (if the minor travels with two parents and at least one of them is released from the isolation requirement, the same release also applies to the child (does not apply to groups of minors travelling together)); children under the age of 12 also do not have to get tested when arriving in Estonia.
  • for people who are passing through the territory of Estonia without delay (transit)
  • For employees of a diplomatic representation or a consular post of a foreign country or the Republic of Estonia, and their family members; for owners of a diplomatic passport of the Republic of Estonia; for people who are arriving in the framework of international military cooperation; for members of a foreign delegation who are arriving in Estonia at the invitation of the state or local government institution in order to carry out professional duties.
  • for people who are directly involved in the transport of goods or commodities, including the loading of goods or commodities, and are arriving in Estonia to carry out their professional duties.
  • for those travelling to Estonia for professional reasons
    • people who are providing health care services or other services necessary for solving the emergency situation
    • employees directly involved in international transport of goods and passengers, including a crew member servicing an international transport vehicle and a person doing repair, warranty or maintenance work on the transport vehicle.
  • for people who are arriving to provide direct passenger transport services and are taking care of groups of travellers who are coming with the aim of maintaining the functioning of a vital service.
  • people arriving in Estonia for up to 24 hours for tourism purposes who are allowed to enter Estonia if they present a certificate proving a negative PCR test done no more than 72 hours before arriving in Estonia or a rapid antigen test done no more than 48 hours before arriving in Estonia at a health care service provider.

If a person arriving in Estonia is unvaccinated or has not recovered from COVID-19 within the past six months, the requirement to stay in self-isolation (and/or testing) depends on the infection rates of the country or countries where the person has been within the ten days preceding the border crossing [1]. You can find the current infection rates, along with the rules in force upon crossing the border, from the web page kriis.ee: the tables of countries.

[1] The residents of countries not in Annex 1 of the Council of the European Union can travel to Estonia only if they are fully vaccinated. A person who has a recovery certificate, is unvaccinated or has not recovered from COVID-19 can only come to Estonia in order to work, study, join their family or on the basis of a special permit. You can find the countries that are in Annex 1 of the Council of the European Union from the web page kriis.eethe web page of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Last updated: 10.01.2022 03:54

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If you are an Estonian citizen or resident, you will not be turned back from the border even if you have symptoms of the disease. Also, those foreign citizens, whose family members reside in Estonia, will also be allowed to enter the county.

At the border

  • your travel documents will be checked, as well as your reason for entering the country and
  • the state of your health will be visually checked.

Last updated: 25.01.2021 09:56

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Police provides official assistance to the Health Board in monitoring compliance with restrictions on movement. This means that when police officers see the movement restrictions set be the government being violated in the course of their every-day work, they talk with people and explain the risks involved in public gatherings. If the infringement continues, the police inform the Health Board, which may, if necessary, issue a prescriptive order and impose a penalty payment.

Last updated: 06.10.2020 17:06

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Information about entry into the country, transit and testing on the border can be found here: https://reisitargalt.vm.ee/riigid/soome/ (in Estonian).

Last updated: 19.10.2021 11:55

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