Crossing the Estonian border

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All persons with the symptoms of the disease have an obligation to self-isolate.

The obligation of self-isolation for persons without any symptoms of the disease depends on the country of departure or transit.

Information about the restrictions on countries and freedom of movement for arrivals from European countries is available on the page of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs: https://vm.ee/et/uudised/uuendatud-teave-riikide-ja-eneseisolatsiooninouete-kohta-euroopast-saabujatele-21-juuni.

Staying in self-isolation means that a person cannot leave their place of stay within 14 days, except at the order of a health care worker or police officer or for essential trips. For example, you can leave your home if your life is in danger or you need medical care, you need to renew food supplies, buy essential goods, purchase medicines. In all these cases, contact with other people must be avoided. Therefore, you cannot go to work or go hiking on a populated hiking trail. But you can go running or ride a bike, for example, if you do it without coming into contact with other people.

Last updated: 17.07.2020 14:21

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The restriction on freedom of movement confirmation is a document that a person entering Estonia signs at the border. The signature is confirmation that the person is

  • aware of the restriction on freedom of movement and
  • obligated to stay at their residence or place of stay for 14 calendar days.

The person signing the document also includes their personal and contact information, as well as the address of the residence or place of stay. If the address provided at the border changes during the obligation to not leave that address, the Police and Border Control should be notified by e-mail at: ppa@politsei.ee

The restriction of freedom of movement (self-isolation) imposed by the Order of the Government of the Republic applies regardless of whether the confirmation document was signed upon arrival in Estonia.

Last updated: 17.07.2020 14:21

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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: 22.07.2020 16:33

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During the emergency situation the police was responsible for ensuring compliance with the 2+2 rule. As the emergency situation ended, the government assigned this responsibility to the Health Board by order of the government. The virus has not disappeared at all, and the police now 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 normal 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, who can issue a prescriptive order and impose a penalty payment.

Last updated: 04.08.2020 17:02

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The purpose of the restriction on freedom of movement is to avoid possible contacts of an infected person with other people in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus. During the 14-day isolation period, it would be advisable to maintain distance with the family members or roommates.

Last updated: 05.07.2020 11:40

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Both Estonia and Russia have established restrictions for border crossing.

Additional information regarding:

Crossing the border takes longer than usual.

Last updated: 22.07.2020 16:35

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No, it is not possible to organise the receipt of the animal this way, as the officials of the Police and Border Guard Board are not allowed to bring any animals across the border. You will therefore have to find another solution or wait for the movement restrictions to be lifted.

The Police and Border Guard Board will allow you to leave Estonia, in case you decide to go to the neighbouring country to get the animal. However, entry into another country may be subject to restrictions. If necessary, contact the border guard of the neighbouring country and apply for a special permit to enter the country. You can also ask a foreign embassy or a foreign representation for further information on entry conditions and applying for a special permit.

If the seller of the animal wishes to come to Estonia, they must apply for a special permit to enter Estonia from the Police and Border Guard Board. You can find more information on the website https://www.politsei.ee/en/instructions/emergency-situation

Last updated: 14.09.2020 10:48

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If you have tested positive for corona virus you will be subject to restrictions on movement and you may not leave your place of residence from when you are diagnosed with the coronavirus until you have fully recovered. You may only leave if your home is told to do so by a healthcare worker or a police officer or for essential reasons if you are life or health are in danger. The families of people who have tested positive are subject to the same restrictions on movement.

Exceptional cases when it is permitted to leave the home if there are no signs of illness are:

  • if a member of the family is a healthcare worker or providing other services that are vital in the emergency
  • to get essential supplies in the immediate local area when there is no other way of getting them. In this case all restrictions on movement and public spaces must be followed
  • if there has been no contact at all within the home with the person who has been diagnosed with coronavirus
  • to spend time outdoors if all the earlier restrictions on movement in public spaces are followed

Last updated: 06.08.2020 12:49

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If a person wishes the Police and Border Guard Board (PBGB) to review the imposition of the restriction of movement, or wishes to change the contact details on the confirmation sheet, they must contact the PBGB. To this end, please send the following to ppa@politsei.ee:

  • your contact details (first and last name, personal identification code, telephone number, address)
  • time and place of border crossing
  • explanation (e.g. justification for an exemption)

Last updated: 08.09.2020 16:35

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It is currently safest to plan a flight to or from Estonia one week in advance at most, as beyond that there is no certainty that the infection level of the given country will not exceed the permitted level. The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications looks at the infection rates for countries each Friday afternoon and then opens or closes flight corridors accordingly.

The current restriction on flight corridors applies until the end of August and allows travel corridors to be opened with countries where the infection rate has been below 25 per 100,000 people over the past 14 days. The government may extend these restrictions.

The list of countries permitted is updated every Friday afternoon, so the list of countries that you can fly to directly from Estonia can change each week. More information on the list of countries can be found here: https://www.mkm.ee/et/uudised/info-lennupiirangute-kohta

Last updated: 12.08.2020 09:36

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People who are allowed to enter Estonia:

  • All who hold Estonian citizenship, have a residence permit or a right of residence in Estonia, or a permanent residence in Estonia according to the population register, regardless of whether they have any signs of disease or not.

  • Citizens and residents of the European Union, the European Economic Area countries, the Swiss Confederation, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland or the Principality of Andorra, the Principality of Monaco, the Republic of San Marino and the Vatican City State (the Holy See), as well as persons holding a long-stay visa who show no signs of disease and their family members who show no signs of disease.

  • All who arrive to the Republic of Estonia from the European Union or the Schengen Area countries or from the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland if they show no signs of disease.

  • Persons who hold the citizenship, residence permit or right of residence of the Republic of Latvia or the Republic of Lithuania, or whose permanent residence according to the population register is in the Republic of Latvia or the Republic of Lithuania, and they show no signs of disease.

  • Persons who hold the citizenship, residence permit or right of residence of the Republic of Finland, or whose permanent residence according to the population register is in the Republic of Finland, and who show no signs of disease if:

    1. Their purpose of arrival in Estonia is to work or fulfil other contractual obligations
    2. They study at an educational institution registered in Estonia
    3. They arrive in Estonia for unavoidable family reasons, especially funerals, weddings, cases of illness and meeting close relatives
  • Foreign nationals from third countries who arrive in Estonia for work or study if they show no signs of disease.

Self-isolation is mandatory for everyone showing symptoms. Self-isolation for individuals without any symptoms depends on the country from which they departed or countries through which they transited. Information on countries and self-isolation requirements for people arriving in Estonia can be found on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. If a person arrives from or transits through a country that is not listed on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, or is listed with red, he or she must self-isolate.

From 1 September, those returning to Estonia from COVID-19 risk countries will have the opportunity to be tested for coronavirus at the airport and port in order to shorten the period of self-isolation and allow them to return to work sooner. People are required to self-isolate completely until they receive their test results. In the case of a negative test result, a person must stay in limited self-isolation for the first seven days, which means that he or she can go to work and, for example, a shop, but must avoid unnecessary contacts. A second test must be performed no earlier than 7 days after the results of the first test, and if the results of this test are also negative, a person can resume their daily life.

Last updated: 14.09.2020 11:13

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