Latest News: Government updates list of COVID-19 highly-affected countries, travelers that need to self-isolate upon arrival (Schengen Visa Info, 18.05.2021). Estonia authorities remove quarantine obligation for Latvian cross-border workers (Schengen Visa Info, 05.05.2021)
*From within the EU:
Estonia adopts its own national classification of risk areas, hence travel restrictions for Estonia are not based on the common "EU Traffic Lights" map.
Is a coronavirus test required?
All travellers from high-risk countries are subject to the requirement for a pre-departure negative PCR test.
The test must be taken within 72 hours prior to arrival.
A second test has to be taken no earlier than on day 6 after the first test taken abroad. A person is released from the 10-day isolation obligation if the results of both tests are negative.
Those who have not taken the test up to 72 hours before arriving in Estonia can take the first test in Estonia immediately after arriving in the country, and the second test no earlier than 6 days after the first test.
An updated list of risk countries is published by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs every Friday and comes into force on Monday of the following week.
Provisions for vaccinated people
The testing requirement does not apply to persons who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 in the last six months, or who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last six months and who have been declared healthy by a doctor.
Is a quarantine required?
All travellers from high-risk countries must complete a 10-day mandatory quarantine.
As an alternative, they can submit to a double testing procedure.
The quarantine period may be shortened by taking a second RT-PCR test no less than 6 days after the first test. If the result of both tests is negative, the period of quarantine can end.
Provisions for vaccinated people
The 10-day isolation requirement does not apply to persons who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 in the last six months, or who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last six months and who have been declared healthy by a doctor.
Find out more:
Information on countries and restriction on freedom of movement requirements for passengers
Exemptions from restrictions for people who have recovered from and been vaccinated against COVID-19 | (kriis.ee)
Documents you need to travel in Europe
Health cover for temporary stays *Transit:
As a general rule, passengers in transit in the EU+ area are exempted from temporary travel restriction.
EU citizens entering the EU from a third country, as well as their family members, irrespective of their nationality, are exempted from the travel restrictions regardless of whether or not they are returning to their country of nationality or residence.
Passengers travelling from a non-EU country to another non-EU country may transit through the international transit area of airports located in the Schengen area. Rules regarding airport transit visa requirements continue to apply.*From Third Countries:
Based on the recommendation of the Council of the European Union, Estonia allows entry to residents of the following countries outside the European Union:
- Japan (*)
- New Zealand
- South Korea (*)
(*) A 10-day restriction on freedom of movement is mandatory
From 15 January, arrivals from the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland will have an isolation period of 10 days and testing obligation. After the first negative test result, they are not allowed to perform unavoidable work duties. However, they are allowed to participate in an unavoidable family event. Children under the age of 12 are exempt from testing.
An updated list of countries for which entry to Estonia is subject to limitations is available on the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.Internal Restrictions:
*Travel in Estonia: Nationwide restrictions related to coronavirus and penalty for violating the restrictions is available on thewebsite of the Estonian government. Additional nationwide restrictions are in place and are reviewed every two weeks. You must wear a mask or cover your nose and mouth in public indoor spaces, including public transport, shops and malls. People with medical exemptions and children under the age of 12 are not required to wear a mask or cover their nose and mouth if sufficient social distancing is maintained. A public indoor space is any space intended for public use that anyone can enter without registering in advance. This includes public transport. The ‘2+2 Rule’ extends to all public indoor spaces. This rule allows two people to meet, keeping two metres from other people always. Please read the full list of nationwide restrictions.
*Travel via neighbouring countries: Check country-specific details on travel restrictions in the neighbouring countries Finland, Latvia, Lithuania and Russia.