Travelling to Estonia - Estonian citizens and residents

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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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If you are in the US with a visa, you have to fill out forms I-539 and I-912 (both can be found at [https://www.uscis.gov/i-539-addresse] with explanations as to why you could not leave in time. If the date of validity of your visa is about to expire in the coming days, you should contact the US Citizenship and Immigration Services [https://www.uscis.gov/about-us/find-a-uscis-office.]

Last updated: 27.08.2020 12:07

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First, contact your family and friends. If they cannot help you, you should contact your local government in Estonia.

If you cannot find a solution, call +372 5301 9999, but please remember that state support is only possible in cases of extreme emergency and any assistance is a loan, not a gift. Any money given to help you must be repaid within 90 days after you return to Estonia.

Last updated: 27.08.2020 12:09

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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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From 1 January, people who are travelling to Estonia from the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, need to test for SARS-CoV-2 at least 72 hours before the start of the trip, and are obliged to remain in their place of residence or place of permanent stay for 10 calendar days upon arrival to Estonia. The obligation to test does not extend to children under 12 years of age. People who arrive to Estonia from the UK and who are unable to test for coronavirus 72 hours before the trip due to a short notice period, can test immediately upon arrival in Estonia. To reduce the 10-day self-isolation period, the second test must be done no earlier than the sixth day after the first test. Both tests must be negative.

The obligation to self-isolate for 10 calendar days when returning from other countries to Estonia applies to:

  • all symptomatic persons,

  • people who are returning to Estonia from the countries with a high COVID-19 risk, or who have travelled through an at-risk country,

  • all persons entering Estonia who started their journey from a country, or travelled through a country where there is no data on the infection rates,

  • third-country nationals who are not included in the EU joint list of third countries (including, for example, the Russian Federation and Ukraine).

Information about at-risk countries and self-isolation requirements for people arriving in Estonia is available at the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Asymptomatic persons returning to Estonia from COVID-19 risk countries that are member states of the European Union, the European Economic Area, and the Schengen Area who want to end their self-isolation in less than 10 days need to do a test for coronavirus no earlier than 72 hours prior to arriving in Estonia. The second test can then be done in Estonia no earlier than on the sixth day after the first test. The period of six days will be calculated from the day following the first test. The isolation can be terminated early if the results of both tests are negative. Children under the age of 12 have to also go through testing if they want to reduce the self-isolation period.

If the first test result is negative, the person may leave their home in the following cases:

  1. If they have received an order from a health care worker or a police officer to leave the place of residence or permanent stay.

  2. They leave their place of residence or permanent place of stay at the direction of a health care worker to receive health care services or in the event of an emergency which threatens the life or health of a person.

  3. If they fulfil immediate and unavoidable work obligations upon the decision of the employer or participate in an unavoidable family event, and have done at least one test for coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 causing COVID-19 disease after their arrival in Estonia, and the test results are negative.

  4. When they need to leave their place of residence or stay for an essential reason, while remaining nearby their residence as no other option is available.

  5. When they go outdoors and avoid any contacts with other people.

  6. When they have signed a confirmation of compliance with the instructions and current requirements of the Health Board, confirming the obligation to comply with the above requirements.

People who have had their first test in another country (i.e. not at the border) must call to the call centre for people crossing the border by dialling 678 0000 (Monday to Friday 9.00-17.00).

People arriving from the third countries which are not included in the EU joint list of third countries (including, for example, the Russian Federation and Ukraine) need to remain in self-isolation for 10 days when returning to Estonia to work or study, and need to take two tests (first upon arrival to Estonia, second no sooner than on the sixth day). Third country nationals do not have a possibility to reduce their self-isolation period.

Starting from February 2, there is a derogation from having to self-isolate as a close contact for people who have been vaccinated against or had the coronavirus within the last six months. As an exception, the requirement to stay in a place of residence or a permanent place of stay for 10 days, and the testing requirements are not applied to a person who crosses the border into Estonia having had the coronavirus within the past six months and been declared recovered by a doctor, or having been vaccinated against the coronavirus within the past six months. This person must still adhere to the restrictions in force in Estonia and follow all measures that have been enacted to stop the spread of the virus.

Last updated: 03.02.2021 14:55

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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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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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Starting from January 15, 2021, the maximum infection rate with which a person who has stayed at least the last 10 days in a member state of the European Union or the Schengen convention, European Economic Area, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, or in the Principality of Andorra, the Principality of Monaco, Republic of San Marino and Vatican City (Holy See) and is arriving in Estonia has no obligation to stay in self-isolation or go through testing to reduce the isolation period is 150 infected persons for 100,000 residents within the last 14 days.

Thus, if the rate in a country is less that 150, everybody who wishes is allowed to enter regardless of their reasons and has no obligation to stay in isolation.

If the rate in the country is higher, then starting from January 15, a person who arrives in Estonia for reasons other than studying, health, family has the possibility to do a test up to 72 hours before arrival if they want to be released from the obligation to isolate.

Last updated: 28.01.2021 09:41

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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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If a person is travelling for the abovementioned reasons, it is not necessary to get tested before returning to Estonia. This applies to both Baltic countries and Finland.

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.

Last updated: 18.02.2021 16:46

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