Travelling to Estonia – foreigners

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Vaccinated persons are released from the obligations to self-isolate and test.

Last updated: 10.01.2022 03:50

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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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When crossing the border back and forth, the requirements and self-isolation rules of the states need to be taken into account.

Persons with Russian residence permits or Russian citizenship residing on the territory of the European Union may travel to Russia once a month. You can enter Russia under exceptional circumstances, information of which can be obtained from the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. When travelling to Russia, you must present the result of the coronavirus test or take a test and observe the 10-day self-isolation obligation.

Travelling from Russia to Estonia is permitted if you come to Estonia to work or study, and if you have no symptoms of the disease. When entering Estonia to work or study, 10-day self- isolation period must be observed, which means that the employer or educational institution ensures:

  • transportation for the employee or the student, and the possibility to remain in self-isolation (10 days) as of the date of arrival to Estonia

  • the employee or the student tests for the coronavirus immediately upon arrival and re-tests not earlier than the 10th day of their arrival in Estonia

  • the employee shall not enter into employment or commence their studies during the first 6 days from arrival to Estonia

  • the employee may start working and studying on the 11th day of their stay, provided that their second coronavirus test is negative.

Starting from July 12 a test prior to entering Estonia is required from enterting from those third countries that do not belong to the so-called green list of the European Union. The list of countries belonging to the green list has published on the web page of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs https://vm.ee/en/information-countries-and-self-isolation-requirements-passengers.

A PCR test no more than 72 hours or, as a new possibility, an antigen rapid test no more than 48 hours prior to entering Estonia needs to be done and a certificate on the negative results needs to be presented by all citizens of third countries not on the green list who have not completed the course of vaccinations and who are coming to Estonia to work, study, join their family or based on a special permit.

Additional information on crossing the Estonian-Russian state border is available on the website of the Police and Border Guard Board: https://www.politsei.ee/en/instructions/emergency-situation, and on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Reisi Targalt website: https://reisitargalt.vm.ee/riigid/venemaa/.

Information on the conditions and exceptions to travel to Russia is available from the Russian Embassy in Estonia, on the website of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and on the hotlines: +7 (495) 587 8860, +7 (499) 244 1977, +7 (499) 244 1988, +7 (499) 244 2847.

Last updated: 05.10.2021 11:30

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It is possible to come to work or study in Estonia from all the countries in the world.

Last updated: 25.11.2021 20:44

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