Travelling to Estonia - Estonian citizens and residents

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The test must be administered by a health care service provider.

Last updated: 30.08.2021 20:09

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The tables with the current infection rates of countries and additional information can be found on the web page of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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 is vaccinated, 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. The same also applies 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:

  • 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 second table on the web page of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs) 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 who are citizens of third countries not on the European Union list (see third table on the web page of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs) 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;
  • Children between the ages of 12 and 18 who are not vaccinated and arrive from third countries not on the European Union list (see third table on the web page of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs) 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.

Starting from September 27:

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 is vaccinated, 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, 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 school, kindergarten and child care, and participate in hobby and training activities that are attended by the same persons that participate in the academic and educational activities (i.e. the number of contacts is not extended) on the first day after returning from a trip. On the third day the child needs to do a coronavirus PCR test that is free of charge for minors (booking information: koroonatestimine.ee). It is important to keep in mind that even if the test is negative, the child cannot participate in any other activities than the ones mentioned above within 10 days of crossing the border. If the test done on the third day turns out to be positive, the child must stay home in self-isolation and the prescribed order of dealing with close contacts is initiated at child care institution where he was.

  • 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 school, kindergarten and child care, and participate in hobby and training activities that are attended by the same persons that participate in the academic and educational activities (i.e. the number of contacts is not extended) on the first day after returning from a trip. On the third day the child needs to do a coronavirus PCR test that is free of charge for minors (booking information: koroonatestimine.ee). It is important to keep in mind that even if the test is negative, the child cannot participate in any other activities than the ones mentioned above within 10 days of crossing the border. If the test done on the third day turns out to be positive, the child must stay home in self-isolation and the prescribed order of dealing with close contacts is initiated at child care institution where he was.

  • A child under the age of 18 also has to stay away from educational activities if he becomes symptomatic before the testing done on the third day or if the symptoms occur after the negative test done on the third day. In that case it is necessary to contact the family doctor. If the test is done later than on the third day, e.g. on the fifth day, this means that the child can participate in academic and educational activities for the first three days after returning from a trip but must stay at home during days 4 and 5 until the test gets done and the negative result comes in.

  • A child under the age of 12 who does not participate in educational and child care 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.

All travellers arriving in Estonia by airplane (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. Travellers arriving by ship, bus or car have an obligation to fill out the traveller's questionnaire if they are arriving from a country that has been marked as red in the table or a country equated to that.

Last updated: 27.09.2021 13:14

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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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You should be aware that although you may have your ticket, flights are still being cancelled or postponed. For this reason, you should make sure that the flight will still take off and whether the schedule has changed.

You should also check whether any additional requirements have been introduced such as additional documents (for example, to show the coronavirus test results).

You should be certain to make sure what the requirements for transit countries are. You can find this information from www.reisitargalt.vm.ee.

On the day of the flight, you should get to the airport early and be among the first to check in for the flight. No less important is whether you should remain in self-isolation after you arrive in Estonia from your country of departure. You can find information on this from the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Returning to Estonia from the countries at-risk from infection, people who want to reduce their 10-day self-isolation period need to test for coronavirus no earlier than 72 hours before arrival. The second test can then be taken in Estonia not earlier than the sixth day after the first test. The isolation can be terminated early if the results of both tests are negative.

People who have done their first test in another country (i.e. not at the border) must call to the call centre for people crossing the border 678 0000 (Monday to Friday 9pm to 5pm).

People who have not tested at least 72 hours before the trip, can test immediately upon arrival in Estonia, and can test for the second time 6 days after the first test. The period of 6 days will be calculated from the day following the first test. The 10-day isolation period can be terminated early if the results of both tests are negative.

Last updated: 15.01.2021 17:35

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You can find the latest information about the countries from where you can travel to Estonia at the moment and about the movement restrictions applicable to arrivals [on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs] (https://vm.ee/et/teave-riikide-ja-liikumispiirangute-kohta-eestisse-saabujatele).

Information about countries outside the European Union whose residents are allowed to enter Estonia, including for purposes of tourism, is found on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Estonian citizens and residents and their family members can always enter Estonia, regardless of their country of departure.

Last updated: 15.01.2021 17:34

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If testing in a foreign country is for a fee, then this fee will not be refunded when the person arrives in Estonia. No changes have been made in Estonia regarding the payment for testing. You can get tested at the port and the airport immediately upon arrival, and the test will be free with the Estonian ID-code.

Last updated: 15.01.2021 17:36

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When a person arrives from a country with a high risk of infection, they must remain in self-isolation for 10 days.

If a person wishes to reduce the self-isolation period, they have the following options:

  • be tested 72 hours before entering the country and repeat the test no earlier than on the sixth day after the first test;
  • to test on arrival to Estonia, and re-test no earlier than on the sixth day after the first test has been carried out.

During the period between the two tests, the person must remain in self-isolation.

Last updated: 15.01.2021 21:52

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It is possible to be tested when arriving in Estonia, regardless of country of departure. So, if testing is not possible before departure, the test can be done in Estonia.

Last updated: 15.01.2021 17:36

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