Travelling abroad from Estonia

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Due to the spread of the coronavirus, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs recommends that international travel should be avoided unless absolutely necessary.

If travel is unavoidable, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is asking to adhere to the following principles:

  • Before planning your trip, check the infection ratio in your country of destination on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

  • Check for possible travel restrictions in the country of destination – for information, please check the country information on the website Reisi Targalt, the ReOpen Portal of the European Union and, if necessary, contact the country's foreign representation for more details.

  • Register your trip on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website Reisi Targalt, so we could inform you about possible crises.

  • Follow the recommendations of the Health Board for a safe flight in order to keep yourself and other safe - if you have any symptoms of the disease postpone your trip and contact your family physician.

  • Purchase a travel insurance and take note of the insurance conditions (including COVID-19 related travel problems).

  • In the country of destination, follow the instructions of local authorities and keep yourself informed of possible new restrictions.

  • When returning from the trip, follow the rules in force in Estonia, monitor your health and contact your family doctor if you suspect you might have contracted the virus.

  • We draw your attention to the fact that any country may change the conditions of entering the country and staying in the country with a short notice. For more detailed information on the terms of the country of destination, we recommend contacting the foreign representation or the relevant authorities of the country.

Last updated: 01.10.2020 09:36

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Maritime traffic continues partially, but you should always check with the shipping line if this specific route is operational.

Last updated: 22.07.2020 16:40

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No, this is not currently possible.

The Russian border is generally closed for entry to foreigners. People with a Russian residence permit or Russian citizens living in the European Union may enter Russia once.

The ban on entry does not apply to drivers of international goods vehicles, pilots, crews of sea and river boats, crew on trains travelling internationally, people issued visas because of the death of a relative, and people who reside permanently in the Russian Federation. Entry is also permitted for foreign athletes and coaches, and on one occasion only for people travelling for medical care or to care for sick relatives, and highly qualified specialists.

Further information on crossing the Russian border is available from the information line of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs +7(495) 587 8860, +7(499) 244 1977, +7 (499) 244 1988 and +7(499) 244 2847.

Last updated: 22.09.2020 14:54

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Information about entry conditions to other countries can be found on the Reisi Targalt website (in Estonian).

When travelling, it is recommended to adhere to the following principles:

  • before planning a trip, check the information about the infection rate of the country of destination on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs;
  • you can find out about travel restrictions in the destination country from the Reisi Targalt website (in Estonian), the European Union ReOpen portal, and in more detail from a foreign representation of the destination country;
  • register your trip on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Reisi Targalt website, so we could inform you about possible crises;
  • follow the recommendations of the Health Board for a safe flight, if you get symptoms, postpone your trip and contact your family doctor;
  • purchase travel insurance and familiarise yourself with all the conditions (including for any travel disruptions caused by COVID-19);
  • when crossing the border, it is obligatory to fill out a declaration which can also be done electronically. The declaration can be filled out 24 hours before arrival in Estonia: iseteenindus.terviseamet.ee. Please hold on to the notification letter that you receive on your e-mail after you have filled out the form! The declarations can still also be filled out on paper, which you can find here (.docx in Estonian).
  • follow the instructions of local authorities in the country of stay and find out about possible new restrictions.
  • follow the rules in force in Estonia when returning from your trip, contact your family doctor in case of suspicion of the virus.
  • Any country may change the conditions for entry and stay in the country with a very short notice. For more detailed information on the conditions of the country of destination, we recommend contacting the foreign representation or authorities of the relevant country.

More information on the coronavirus and movement restrictions from the state information line 1247 (+372 600 1247 when calling from abroad).

Last updated: 11.02.2021 09:30

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If you are going on holiday, you should take your European Health Insurance Card with you, as it is important if you have a health problem abroad. People from Estonia who have the European Health Insurance Card can get the medical help they need in the European Union and also in Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland and Switzerland on the same terms as insured people who live in those countries.

The card can be ordered digitally from the state portal eesti.ee and is free of charge.

To get medical treatment, you should present your European Health Insurance Card or a replacement certificate for it and an identity document at a medical institution. The card only entitles you to medical assistance at public healthcare institutions.

NB! Please note that the European Health Insurance Card does not necessarily cover all the costs of the medical care you need. You must pay yourself for visitation fees, bed fees, co-payments for medicines, translation costs, etc at the prices of the country you are in. The card does not cover the cost of international transport or the costs of a private doctor. We recommend that when you travel you should sign a travel insurance contract with an insurance company to cover your costs, depending on the insurance conditions.

For more information see: https://www.haigekassa.ee/en/kontaktpunkt/healthcare-eu-and-elsewhere/european-health-insurance-card

Last updated: 06.08.2020 12:50

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Starting from February 15, transit through the territory of Latvia must take place in 12 hours. Persons transiting through the country have to do it in 12 hours after registering on the covidpass.lv web page. An exception is made for international transport service providers, international travellers, air passengers, and the crews of ships and airplanes.

NB! During the period between February 11 and April 6, 2021, it is only allowed to enter Latvia for urgent and important reasons: work, study, family and health reasons, transit, accompanying a minor, returning to a permanent place of residence, funerals. The reason for travel must be noted down on the covidpass.lv form and the traveller must be ready to prove it with documentation, if necessary.

A 10-day self-isolation requirement applies when entering Latvia from Estonia

It is possible to enter the territory of Latvia without fulfilling the self-isolation requirement (while covering your nose and mouth in public places) in the following cases:

  • in connection with work, if crossing the border is necessary to carry out work or the main tasks of a profession and the person has a document proving employment;
  • in order to receive childcare services or obtain full-time formal education at preschool level (by presenting a certificate issued by the provider of the service or the educational institution);
  • in order to obtain full-time education at basic, secondary or university level, also in educational programmes with a professional orientation in the areas of art and culture (by presenting a certificate issued by the educational institution);
  • to accompany a student who is a minor or an adult with special needs to childcare, kindergarten, school;
  • to travel through the country for transit (it is allowed to stay in Latvia for 12 hours at maximum, overnight stay is not allowed);
  • in order to take care of relatives or organise a funeral or participate in a funeral;
  • in order to receive medical care in Latvia prescribed by a doctor (by presenting a certificate or referral issued by the doctor);

The residents of Valga-Valka twin town are still allowed to move freely on the condition that during the previous 14 days their only movement has been within the municipality borders of the twin town.

All those travelling to Latvia (including for transit or transportation of goods) must fill out an electronic form on the web page https://covidpass.lv up to 48 hours before crossing the border.

An emergency situation is in place in Latvia between November 9, 2020 and February 7, 2021, which means that stricter internal restrictions apply in the country. Wearing a mask is obligatory in public transportation and in public places.

It is not necessary to stay in self-isolation upon coming to Estonia from Latvia if:

  • the person has taken a negative coronavirus test no more than 72 hours before arriving in Estonia. When travelling from Estonia to Latvia and coming back to Estonia it is also possible to take the coronavirus test in Estonia and return to regular life if the result of the test is negative. Until the test results are known, the person must stay in self-isolation
  • the goal of the person's arrival to Estonia is working, studying, getting health care services, family events, or transit. If the arrival to Estonia is for the aforementioned reasons, there is no obligation to take a coronavirus test before arrival in Estonia.

If travelling for other reasons and not taking a test, a 10-day self-isolation in obligatory.

More information on travelling to Latvia and restrictions in Latvia can be found on the Reisi Targalt (Smart Travel) web page: https://reisitargalt.vm.ee/riigid/lati/

Last updated: 26.02.2021 09:00

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At the moment it is not possible to visit Finland for purposes of tourism.

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. The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment is keeping a list which determines the professions that are important for the operation of society and security of supply. If a profession has been listed as critically important in the list, it does not automatically mean permission to enter the country. The employer needs to use a special form to substantiate why the work tasks of a worker coming to Finland are critically important and that it is not possible to postpone this work. The form must be submitted to the Border Guard along with travel documents.

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' transportation 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.

More detailed information about travel to Finland is available on the website of the Finnish Health Board, which contains instructions in Estonian for passengers and employees going to Finland: https://thl.fi/fi/web/infektiotaudit-ja-rokotukset/ajankohtaista/ajankohtaista-koronaviruksesta-covid-19/matkustaminen-ja-koronaviruspandemia/matkustajaohjeet-eri-kielilla/juhised-soome-saabuvatele-reisijatele-ja-tootajatele.

Last updated: 18.02.2021 16:44

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Due to the spread of a new strain of coronavirus in the UK, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs urges that travel to the UK should be avoided. When traveling to the UK, take into account additional possible restrictions on returning or travelling to other countries, as well as unforeseen travel disruptions.

From 14 January, a negative COVID-19 test result must be submitted when arriving in the UK. The test must be done not earlier than 72 hours before the start of the journey and is mandatory for all, regardless of whether the country of origin of the trip is on the list of the UK Government's so-called travel corridors or not.

Due to the spread of a new strain of coronavirus in the UK, additional restrictions have been in place from December 20, information is available at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/tier-4-stay-at-home (in English).

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs constantly monitors the situation and updates travel recommendations on the Reisi Targalt website accordingly https://reisitargalt.vm.ee/. If Estonian citizens have problems returning home, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs requests to contact the consular assistance helpline: +372 53 01 9999 (24 h).

Last updated: 15.01.2021 17:34

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Starting from February 23, 2021, the passengers from Tallinn to Finland must present at the terminal a certificate of a negative coronavirus test done within the previous 72 hours or a medical certificate that confirms that the passenger has had the coronavirus within the previous 6 months. A negative test result does not change the travel restrictions currently in force and the preconditions for entering the country. More info from https://www.tallinksilja.com/en/book-a-cruise or https://www.sales.vikingline.com/.

It is currently not possible to visit Finland for tourism.

More information when travelling to Finland https://reisitargalt.vm.ee/riigid/soome/

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. The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment is keeping a list which determines the professions that are important for the operation of society and security of supply. If a profession has been listed as critically important in the list, it does not automatically mean permission to enter the country. The employer needs to use a special form to substantiate why the work tasks of a worker coming to Finland are critically important and that it is not possible to postpone this work. The form must be submitted to the Border Guard along with travel documents.

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' transportation 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.

Transit through Finland to Estonia: Estonian citizens and permanent residents are allowed to transit through Finland from international airports and ports - at the point of departure it is important to have the proof (ferry ticket, plane ticket) available for the airline indicating that the final destination of the trip is Estonia.

It is possible to travel through Finnish airports with scheduled flights to the desired destination in the world if the passenger has the right to enter the destination country. The passenger must remain in the airport transit area and, if there is a long waiting time between two flights, they can stay overnight near the airport. More information: Finnish Airport website.

Starting from January 28, 2021, the airline operator Finnair will start demanding that the passengers arriving in Finland carry a proof of a negative corona test or proof of having already had the coronavirus. The test must be done no more than 72 hours prior to the start of the trip. If the proof is an antigen test, it must be done no more than 48 hours prior to the start of the trip. A passenger carrying a doctor's note stating that he has had the coronavirus within the last six months and has fully recovered from it is also allowed to board the plane. These requirements do not apply to passengers under the age of 12 and those who are transferring through Helsinki to an international connecting flight to a country that does not demand a corresponding test.

National restrictions: The Finnish National Board of Health recommends that you wear a mask in public transport and in public places if it is not possible to maintain a safe distance, or if you are waiting for the results of your COVID-19 test. It is recommended to wear a mask upon arrival in the country, when you move from a border crossing to a place of residence, and when you have to go outside during self-isolation (e.g. to see a doctor).

As of 30 November, new restrictions were introduced in the capital area, which you can read about in Estonian here.

Additional information: Finnish Border Guard information and the Estonian Embassy in Helsinki

Please note that Finland may change the conditions of entry and stay. If you have additional questions, we recommend that you contact the Finnish Embassy in Tallinn.

When travelling from Finland to Estonia

All Estonian citizens and residents and their family members can travel to Estonia. Estonian citizens and residents are admitted to the country regardless of whether they have symptoms of the disease or not.

When travelling from Finland to Estonia, you do not have to remain in self-isolation:

  • if the maximum infection rate of the country is less that 150 infections per 100,000 residents during the last 14 days;
  • if the infection rate of the country is higher than 150, a person needs to do a coronavirus test no longer than 72 hours before entering Estonia. If the test results are negative, there is no obligation to stay in isolation. When travelling from Estonia to Finland and then returning to Estonia, it is also possible to take the coronavirus test in Estonia and return to regular life if the test results are negative. There is an obligation to stay in self-isolation until the test results have come in.
  • if the purpose of a person's arrival in Estonia is to work, study, receive health care, family events or transit. For the above reasons, there is no obligation to take a coronavirus test before arriving in Estonia. When travelling for other reasons and not taking the test, self-isolation must be maintained for 10 days.

Last updated: 25.02.2021 13:31

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