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Estonia travel restrictions

Open for citizens: yes Open for foreigners: partial Open for tourism: - Quarantine: partial
Movement restrictions

National movement restrictions: Free

Restrictive measures mandatory between 18 May 2020 to TBD

The main movement restrictions are between the mainland and the islands. It is not possible to go back and forth, unless employers work for critical industries.
No national movement restrictions with some exceptions to protect people living on the islands of Hiiumaa, Saaremaa, Muhumaa, Vormsi, Kihnu and Ruhnu. Only people with a permanent residence on the islands are allowed to travel there. An exception is made for those needing to travel in order to help resolve the crisis caused by the outbreak of COVID-19 virus. Travel is also permitted for those transporting goods and raw materials and providing public transport services, so that the economy may continue to function. Those who live within the affected area are also permitted to travel home.

Update (29.04.2020)
As of May 4, the people residing on the islands can travel between the mainland Estonia and the island.

People can travel between the islands of Saaremaa, Muhumaa, Hiiumaa, Vormsi, Kihnu, Ruhnu and Manija and the mainland Estonia, if they have their permanent place of residence, or registered second address, such as a summer house, or they have an address for a place of stay (e.g. care home, nursing home) on the island according to the Population Register. Their family members can travel with them (a spouse, partner, siblings, children, parents, or grandparents).
As of May 18, people are allowed to move freely between the islands and the mainland Estonia.

Traffic between the islands and the mainland will be resumed gradually in order to avoid a new outbreak of the virus. If the virus returns, the government may change its decision.

Update 04.05.2020

As of May 4, people living on the islands are allowed to travel unrestricted to mainland Estonia and back. The movement between the islands and the mainland Estonia will be resumed gradually in order to avoid a new virus outbreak.

Unrestricted movement between Saaremaa, Muhumaa, Hiiumaa, Vormsi, Kihnu, Ruhnu and Manija islands, and the mainland Estonian is permitted for persons:

whose permanent place of residence or registered additional address, e.g. a summerhouse is on an island according to the Population Register. Their close relatives may also travel to the islands (primarily a spouse, life partner, brothers and sisters, children, parents, and grandparents.)

As of May 18, the movement between the islands and the mainland is unrestricted.

Update 07.05
As of tomorrow, the restriction on freedom of movement will be lifted, people can travel feely between the islands and the mainland Estonia, and from one island to another, regardless of their place of residence. Since the risk of spreading the coronavirus due to movement between the islands and the mainland has decreased considerably, lifting the movement restriction is a proportional response.

International movement restrictions: Partially banned

Restrictive measures mandatory between 01 June 2020 to TBD

Update of the 23rd of March: sanitary inspections introduced at border crossing points; package cruises on the Tallin-Stockholm route are prohibited.

Restrictions: crossing of the Schengen internal and external border temporarily and reintroducing border controls in order to contain the spread of the coronavirus. Only citizens of Estonia and holders of Estonian residency permit or right of residence, among them the so-called grey passport holders can enter Estonia, as well as foreign citizens whose family member lives in Estonia. Foreigners are only allowed to transit Estonia on their way home if they do not show symptoms of COVID-19.

Foreign citizens coming from a risk area or with virus symptoms are asked to postpone plans to travel to Estonia. People who live in Estonia according to the Population Register but work in Finland may enter Estonia without the 14-day quarantine requirement if they do not have symptoms of illness. The order was supplemented with a restriction pursuant to which cross-border commuters can travel between Estonia and Finland without a quarantine requirement once every seven days. This means that they cannot return to Estonia more than once a week.
The reintroduction of border controls means that the current Estonian-Latvian border with free movement must not be crossed outside the temporary border crossing points.

The departures of the Tallinn-St.Peterburg-Moscow train have been temporarily suspended as of March 20, and tickets already purchased can be returned. The decision to stop the train traffic was taken by the Russian Railways to prevent the spread of the virus and to ensure the safety of passengers.

Update 30.03.2020
Restrictions on entering the state entered into force on 17 March and their necessity is being reevaluated every two week

Update 06.05.2020
the Prime Ministers of the Baltic states, Jüri Ratas, Krišjānis Kariņš and Saulius Skvernelis, have agreed during a video meeting held today to work towards opening the Estonian-Latvian and Latvian-Lithuanian borders on 15 May.

Update: 18.05.20
The restrictions to crossing the state border will remain in force (excluding the exceptions in force for Latvia, Lithuania and Finland).
Estonia is only letting in Estonian citizens or residents of Estonia with a residence permit or right of residence, including holders of the so-called grey passport (stateless persons).

Update 04/06
The government approved a decision allowing people arriving from a member state of the European Union, the Schengen Area, or the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to cross the Estonian state border from 1 June. A person may enter the Republic of Estonia if they have no symptoms of illness and have stayed in those countries for the last 14 days, which is the incubation period of COVID-19.

Upon arrival in Estonia, a person must be in quarantine for 14 days if they have arrived from a country where the number of COVID-19 cases per 100,000 inhabitants has been more than 15 in the last 14 days. Persons coming from a country with a smaller number of infected persons are not required to be in quarantine.

Update 11/06/20
As of June 1, the Estonian borders were re-opened for people arriving from European countries. People can enter the country, and do not have the obligation to stay at home, if:

they are arriving from the European Union Member State, a Schengen area country, or the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
they have no symptoms of the disease.
they have stayed in the European Union Member State or a Schengen Area country, or in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland where in the past 14 days the coronavirus infection rate is no more than 15 persons per 100,000 inhabitants.
Statistical information on the infection rate of the previous 14 days per 100 000 inhabitants are published by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on its website every Friday and is valid for the next seven days as of the following Monday.

Restrictions still apply to foreign nationals wishing to enter Estonia from outside the European Union, the Schengen area, and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

People are allowed to enter Estonia and do not have to remain in quarantine if they have no symptoms of the disease and if they enjoyed this right previously, such as:

persons directly involved with transporting goods or raw materials, including loading of goods or raw materials.
employees at a foreign diplomatic representation or a consular office, or their family members, or foreign nationals arriving to Estonia in the framework of international military cooperation.
persons providing health care services or other services necessary for solving the emergency situation.
persons directly involved in the international carriage of goods or passengers, including crew members serving on an international means of transport and persons performing repairs, warranty, or maintenance services on a means of transport.
serving groups of passengers, and directly involved in the provision of passenger transport services.
persons providing services to groups of passengers, and directly involved in passenger service provision.
persons whose purpose of arrival in Estonia is to ensure the performance of an essential service.
persons whose arrival in Estonia is related to the maintenance, repair, warranty or information and communication technology of equipment of an enterprise operating in Estonia, where this is necessary to ensure the operation of the enterprise.
persons who have been granted special authorisation to enter.
As regards to persons who do not fall within the exceptions mentioned in the Order by the Government of the Republic, it is still possible to allow crossing the border on the basis of a specific request to be submitted to the Police and Border Guard Board at e-mail: ppa@politsei.ee.

Additional update 11.06
Tallinn, Stenbock House, 11 June 2020 – The government clarified its previous order and provided that a person arriving in Estonia from a country with a higher COVID-19 infection rate would be subject to a 14-day restriction on freedom of movement. Quarantine was previously required, but for the sake of legal clarity, the wording of the order was clarified by adding a restriction on freedom of movement.

Similarly to the current regulation, the specified order stipulates that the restriction of freedom of movement is applied during the latent period of infection, or 14 days. This means a prohibition on leaving the place of residence or permanent residence, except on the instructions of a healthcare professional or a police officer or in the event of an emergency endangering a person’s life or health. People can also leave home to receive healthcare services or if it is not possible to obtain food, basic necessities, or medicine in any other way.

The decision of the government does not change the established list of people who are allowed to enter Estonia when crossing the state border. The established exceptions, which are not subject to the requirement of restriction of freedom of movement upon entry, will also not be changed.

The order will enter into force upon signature.

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Flight Restrictions

published 03.06.2020
1. Passengers are not allowed to enter Estonia.
-This does not apply to:
– nationals and residents of Estonia;
– parent, child or spouse of nationals or residents of Estonia;
– passengers arriving from Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland or United Kingdom. They must have no symptoms of illness and have stayed in those countries in the last 14 days;
– nationals and residents of Latvia and Lithuania;
– passengers who are entering Estonia in order to go back home. They must not show any symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID-19);
– nationals and residents of Latvia who work in Estonia. They must not show any symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID-19).
2. Passengers are subject to quarantine.

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Quarantine

People are subject to a mandatory quarantine if they come from countries that had 15-25 COVID cases per 100 000 persons in last 14 days. [https://vm.ee/en/information-countries-and-quarantine-requirements-passengers].

Insurance
Certification

COVID-19 negative certification not required / not known

Vaccination

Yellow fever (2019)
Country requirement at entry: no
WHO vaccination recommendation: no

Shop and Events

Non-essential shops closure: Open

Restrictive measures mandatory between 11 May 2020 to TBD

All museums and cinemas closed.

All shops that have a separate entry are opened. Even if they are not essential.

Update 07.05.2020
The Government Committee decided to allow the opening of shopping centres on 11 May under limited conditions. The 2-by-2 rule must be still observed in shopping centres, and safety of the employees and customers assured. Customers are strongly recommended to wear masks or cover their nose and mouth.
Entertainment facilities for children and adults located in shopping centres (e.g. cinemas, casinos, bowling, gaming rooms, etc.) will remain closed.

as of May 11, all stores and services at shopping centres can re-open, provided that 2-by-2 rule will be observed, and disinfectants will be available for both employees and customers. Customers are strongly recommended to wear a mask when visiting the stores, or to cover their mouth and nose. It is recommended to prepare your shopping list in advance, so you would spend the least time possible in the shop and avoid touching products unnecessarily. If you have any symptoms of the disease, do not visit the stores.

s of May 11, restaurants and catering establishments are allowed to open (including consuming food on the premises), 2-by-2 rule must be observed, disinfectants must be provided both for the employees and the customers. Provision of service at the table is mandatory, and the clients can only serve themselves if the food has been packaged.

At the same time, the restriction remains which allows consumption of food at the premises of the catering establishment until 22:00, to prevent people from gathering in the evenings.

Events stop: Partially banned

Restrictive measures mandatory between 01 June 2020 to 30 June 2020

All public gatherings are prohibited (update of the 23th March).
All performances, concerts, and conferences are prohibited. All sports competitions are prohibited until 1 May.

In all public places: at least 2 meters apart from people. Gathering of more than 2 people is forbidden.

April 28th: The government decided to supplement the previous order by allowing people to visit open-air museums and exhibits in the outdoor areas of museums and to organise outdoor sports events from 2 May.

The organisation of sports and exercise events is allowed provided that there are a maximum of 10 participants in the group and the 2 + 2 rule is followed (you can move alone or in pairs and keep a distance of 2 metres with other people). The organiser of exercise events must ensure that disinfectants are available.
Visits to open-air museums and exhibits in the outdoor areas of museums will also be allowed if there are a maximum of 10 visitors in the group and they follow the 2 + 2 rule, and the service provider ensures the availability of disinfection equipment. It is still not allowed to enter the exhibits – for example, it is not allowed to visit the farmhouses on the territory of the open-air museum.

However: The decision that no major events will be held in Estonia until 31 August was also approved at the cabinet meeting.
https://www.kriis.ee/en/news/no-public-events-will-be-held-estonia-may-and-june

Update May 2
As of Saturday, May 2, it is allowed to use the training equipment outdoors provided:

the owner or the holder guarantees the disinfection of the equipment after each use, but no less than every 24 hours.
The users comply with the 2+2 rule.
According to the 2+2 rule, the gym can be used alone or with one other person and need at least 2-metres of distance must be maintained from others. This does not apply to families exercising together.

The supervision of the requirement is carried out by the local governments.

Access to indoor gyms is still not allowed, as the risk of infection is high indoors.

NB! Local municipalities may impose their own rules on outdoor gyms, i.e. the rules may differ by municipality, depending on the local circumstances.

Update 18.05.20
Public events will not be taking place in May and June. Public events, including cinema sessions, plays, concerts and conferences are allowed starting from July 1. The organizer of the event must guarantee the adherence to:

the 2+2 rule;
the requirement that at indoor events, the occupancy can be 50% at the most, but no more than 500 people;
the requirement that no more than a 1000 people can participate at an outdoor event.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE IS A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN EVENTS AND MEETINGS:
Public meetings can resume from May 18.

From May 18 until the end of May, the organizer of a public meeting must ensure the adherence to:

the 2+2 rule;
the requirement that indoors the occupancy can be 50% at most but no more than 10 people;
the requirement that outdoors there can be no more than 100 participants.

Starting from June 1 it is allowed to hold a public meeting indoors with a higher number of participants than previously. The organizer of the meeting must ensure the adherence to:

the 2+2 rule;
the requirement that indoors the occupancy can be 50% at most but no more than 50 people;
the requirement that outdoors there can be no more than 100 participants.
Starting from July 1, the number of allowed participants will go up again.

Public meetings are allowed, provided that the organizer ensures the adherence to:

the 2+2 rule;
the requirement that indoors the occupancy can be 50% at most but no more than 500 people;
the requirement that outdoors there can be no more than 1000 participants.

Drive-in cinemas and concerts may be held in suitable indoor conditions

Regarding drive-in cinemas and concerts, the government lifted the restriction that required such events to be held outdoors. This means that under special conditions, drive-in events can be held in suitable indoor conditions, e.g. in a large hall. The 2 + 2 rule must be followed, it is not allowed to leave the car without good reason, and there must be sufficient distance between parked cars. As with outdoor events, disinfectants must also be provided at indoor events where necessary.

Public events, such as film screenings, theatre performances, and concerts, are allowed from 1 June.

From 1 June, public events, such as film screenings, theatre performances, fairs, festivals, conferences, etc., will be allowed both indoors and outdoors. However, the organiser must ensure compliance with the 2 + 2 rule and the 50 per cent capacity requirement, and no more than 50 persons may take part in the event. Public events held outdoors may not be attended by more than 100 persons.

Museums and exhibitions

For museums and exhibitions, the 10-person limit for visiting groups will be waived from 1 June. The 2 + 2 rule must be observed.

Casinos and arcades will be opened in June

From 1 June, casinos and arcades can be opened again, but establishments must comply with the 50 per cent capacity requirement and no more than 50 visitors are allowed on the premises. In addition, disinfectants must be available for staff and visitors.

From 1 June, restaurants and bars may be open for visitors after 10 p.m.

Catering establishments may host visitors at their premises after 10 p.m. without restrictions from 1 June. The 2 + 2 rule must be observed and disinfectants must be made available. From the same date, catering establishments may also sell alcohol after 10 p.m.

From July, sports competitions can be held with spectators indoors and outdoors

From 1 July, sports competitions can be held with spectators, provided that the 2 + 2 rule is observed, the organisers comply with the 50 per cent capacity requirement, and no more than 500 persons take part of the event. It is allowed to organise a sports competition outdoors with up to 1,000 participants if the rules are followed. The total number of participants includes both competitors and spectators.

In the interests of readability and comprehensibility, the wording of the order has also been improved and some technical clarifications have been made which do not change the content of the restrictions.

Update 04/06
The restriction limiting the number of participants of indoor events is relaxed from 50 to 100

From 1 June to 30 June, public events may be organised with 100 participants instead of a maximum of 50 people. Indoors, the 50 per cent occupancy limit and the 2+2 rule must be observed.

This applies to public events (cinemas, theatres, concerts, etc.) as well as to meetings, casinos, and arcades.

Similarly, the requirements imposed on public events also apply to basic schools, upper secondary schools, vocational education institutions, refresher training institutions, open youth centres, hobby activities, and hobby education, with the exception of the research and development activities of universities and research institutions.

Until 30 June, the 2+2 rule and the limit of 100 participants also apply to sports competitions held indoors without spectators.

It is allowed to organise a sports competition outdoors with spectators if the number of participants does not exceed 100. The organiser must ensure that disinfectants are available.

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Schools/Univercity closure

Schools/Univ. closure: Open

Restrictive measures mandatory between 18 May 2020 to TBD

As of March 16th, schools are required to suspend regular classrooms.
The situation will be reassessed every 14 days and, if necessary, a decision will be taken on the need to extend the distance learning period.
For kindergartens: local governments take decisions. Kindergartens will initially remain open, and, if necessary, the closure of kindergartens will be decided on a case-by-case basis.
Nevertheless, all parents who are able to leave the children at home are encourage to do so. Schools for students with special educational needs will remain open. Their closure will be decided on a case-by-case basis in cooperation with schools and school managers.

Update (19.04.2020):
If the situation in the country allows, the current form of education i.e. distance learning, will continue until May 15.

After May 15, the transition period starts. Not all students will have to go to school during the transition period, but arrangements can be made by all parties concerned (student, teacher, school), to organise individual learning or learning in groups of ten students.

Contact learning proposals will be made by the teacher, but the parent has the right not to allow the child to return to school if justified (e.g. family member is in the risk group). In this case, it is necessary to find a suitable solution for all parties, for example, to continue distance learning, but to increase teacher support, to involve support specialists, etc.

Schools also have the right to continue with distance learning after May 15, if it is considered necessary, reasonable, and possible.

Update on May 5

During the time when emergency restrictions are being eased, educational activities may be organised on school premises for groups of up to 10 people.

Update 18.05
After May 15, the transition period starts, when partial contact learning will resume. Not all students will have to go to school during the transition period, but arrangements can be made by all parties concerned (student, teacher, school), to organise individual contact learning or learning in groups of up to ten students.

Contact learning proposals will be made by the teacher, but the parent has the right not to allow the child to return to school if justified (e.g. family member is in the risk group). In this case, it is necessary to find a suitable solution for all parties, for example, to continue distance learning, but to increase teacher support, to involve support specialists, etc.

Schools also have the right to continue with distance learning after May 15, if it is considered necessary, reasonable, and possible.

Update 01.06.20
With the order of the Government of the Republic, the restrictions on informal education and activities were eased considerably as of June 1. Easing of restrictions apply to basic schools, secondary schools, vocational education institutions and higher education institutions, as well as in the organisation of activities of supplementary education institutions, informal education and hobby activities providers, and open youth centres.

The organisation of the work of pre-school children’s institutions is still decided by the owner of the institution, following the instructions of the Health Board.

As of June 1:

indoor activities are allowed, if no more than 50 % of the capacity of the premises is used but no more than 100 persons at the same time.
outdoor activities are allowed for no more than 100 participants.
As of July 1,

indoor activities are allowed, if no more than 50 % of the capacity of the premises is used but no more than 500 persons at the same time.
outdoor activities are allowed for no more than 1000 participants.
The 2+2 rule must still be observed unless it is not reasonably possible due to the nature of the activity.

When organising events for end of the school year, all existing restrictions must be taken into account, including the need to stop the spread of the virus. End of the year events can be organised in a flexible manner, dispersing the students (for example by classes or groups), preferably outdoors or in smaller circles, also different smart solutions can be used.

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Other

Other: closed/cancelled

Restrictive measures mandatory between to TBD

On 12 March, the Government of Estonia declared an emergency situation in response to the pandemic spread of the coronavirus in the world. In order to stop the spread of the virus, there are certain recommendations and measures in place.

24.03 Additional measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 have been agreed by the Government Emergency Committee. The new measures concern people-to-people distance in public space and the closure of shopping malls and additional entertainment facilities starting tomorrow.

The government decided to prohibit public gatherings and implement distance learning in schools, to implement sanitary checks at borders, and to close cultural and sports institutions until 1 May 2020.

The external sea border crossing points at Åland, Hanko and Helsinki are closed.

Maritime traffic
The ports of Helsinki, Mariehamn, Turku and Vaasa remain open to Finnish citizens, residents and other EU citizens for returning home and for other essential travelling. The transport of goods is permitted.
All other ports are open only for the transport of goods.
Åland, Haapasaari, Hanko and Helsinki coast guard stations, as well as the Port of Nuijamaa, and Santio remain open to Finnish citizens, residents and other EU citizens wishing to return home for vital work and other strictly necessary reasons.

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  • Estonia Government lifts Emergency Situation; some restrictions still in place (OSAC, 18.05.2020) The Estonian government has banned direct flights to several high-risk coronavirus countries in Europe: Belarus, Belgium, Denmark, The Russian Federation, Sweden, Turkey, U.K. from 17 May. (ERR, 18.05.2020)

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    International restrictions:

    Travellers must come from countries with less than 25 COVID cases per 100 000 persons in last 14 days. From 1 June, Estonia admits people with no Covid-19 symptoms arriving from the European Union, the members of the Schengen area or the United Kingdom, but quarantine requirements may apply. The compulsory quarantine for people arriving in Estonia depends on whether the coronavirus infection rate in the country of departure – where they have spent at least 14 days before departure – is above 15 per 100 000 inhabitants. Anyone arriving in Estonia from a country with a higher infection rate must self-isolate for two weeks on arrival. Information on countries and quarantine requirements is updated every Friday. No third country nationals are allowed. Transit travellers: At the border crossing points, i.e. ports, airports and checkpoints at the Russian land borders, the travel documents and medical symptoms will be checked. Foreigners are allowed to transit Estonia on the way to their home country if they do not show symptoms of COVID-19. Detailed information is provided by border control officials. There are no restrictions for exiting the country. The temporary restriction of border crossing will be reviewed every two weeks.

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    Internal restrictions:

    Free movement is allowed throught the country.
    The “2+2” distancing requirement was eased on June 19 and replaced with a dispersion requirement calling for individuals to maintain a safe distance from others whenever possible both indoors and outdoors. This applies to all public spaces, including shopping centers, religious institutions, saunas, spas, entertainment venues, schools, sports venues, and museums. More information can be found here. Cafes and restaurants are open and may resume normal operating hours and sales. Outdoor exercise areas, playgrounds, skate parks, and dog walking areas are open. Outdoor gyms and playgrounds will be fully disinfected and opened over the following week. Adult open-air sports activities and training sessions can take place for groups of ten or less. Sports teams may resume indoor training. Disinfectants must be available for use, and all sports equipment must be regularly disinfected. Open air museums, indoor museums, and the zoo are open. Interactive exhibits, such as touch screens, will not be permitted. Disinfectants must be available for use. Public church services and other religious services may resume as long as disinfectants are available for use.
    Shopping centers, as well as service points, restaurants, and catering establishments are open. The “2+2” social distancing requirements must be maintained and disinfectants must be readily available for use by consumers and staff. Leisure facilities within shopping centers, including cinemas, bowling alleys, children’s playrooms, and casinos may reopen provided a 50% maximum capacity is allowed on the premises. In-person learning has resume at some educational institutions in groups of no more than 10 students plus one instructor. Tallinn public schools will be limited to contact groups with a maximum of five students. Gyms and fitness clubs are open with social distancing measures in place. Nightclubs, water pipe cafes, and adult clubs may reopen as of 1July. Public events including movies, performances, concerts, conferences, fairs, festivals, and sporting competitions may resume provided facilities are filled to no more than 50% capacity. The Estonian Government has taken the following measures. Events will be limited to 100 participants indoors and 100 participants outdoors through the end of June. Starting July 1, events will be limited to 500 participants indoors and 1000 participants outdoors.

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    27.06.2020
  • Estonia Government lifts Emergency Situation; some restrictions still in place (OSAC, 18.05.2020) The Estonian government has banned direct flights to several high-risk coronavirus countries in Europe: Belarus, Belgium, Denmark, The Russian Federation, Sweden, Turkey, U.K. from 17 May. (ERR, 18.05.2020)

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    International restrictions:

    1. Passengers are not allowed to enter Estonia.
    -This does not apply to:
    – nationals and residents of Estonia;
    – parent, child or spouse of nationals or residents of Estonia;
    – passengers arriving from Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland or United Kingdom. They must have no symptoms of illness and have stayed in those countries in the last 14 days;
    – nationals and residents of Latvia and Lithuania;
    – passengers who are entering Estonia in order to go back home. They must not show any symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID-19);
    – nationals and residents of Latvia who work in Estonia. They must not show any symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID-19).
    2. Passengers are subject to quarantine.

    The borders of the Baltic states – Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania – opened to one-another on May 15. Individuals with citizenship, residence permits, and permanent place of residence in Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania can freely cross national borders between the three countries provided they are free of any COVID-19 symptoms. No obligatory quarantine will be required, however local guidance and containment measures must be followed.
    As of June 15, individuals traveling from Estonia to Finland may enter Finland without a required quarantine. Travelers must abide by local hygiene and distancing requirements. More information can be found here.
    At this time, foreigners are allowed to transit Estonia on the way to their home country if they do not show symptoms of COVID-19. This includes entering at the southern border with Latvia and driving to Tallinn Airport. At the border control, travel documents and medical symptoms will be checked.
    There are no legal restrictions on exiting Estonia.

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    Internal restrictions:

    All public events indoors are banned until 30 June. Schools and universities are closed until further notice. Museums, movie theatres, shopping centres will remain closed until further notice. A two-meter distance should be kept between people in public places. Gatherings of more than two people are prohibited; the ban does not apply to people living in the same household.

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    Relaxation of restrictions:

    Announcement on 17 May confirms: Schools are gradually reopening. Sports can be played with up to ten people participating with available disinfectants. Public meetings of up to ten people are allowed. From 1 June the following are opening: entertainment venues, saunas, spas, water centres, informal education and hobby classes, sports can be played with up to 100 people watching, or up to 50% capacity without an audience. Public meetings of up to 50 people will be allowed. From 1 July: catering establishments can open without restrictions, cinema, concerts, conferences, festivals and more are allowed to restart operations up to 50% capacity. Public meetings of up to 500 people will be allowed.

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    22.06.2020
  • Estonia Government lifts Emergency Situation; some restrictions still in place (OSAC, 18.05.2020) The Estonian government has banned direct flights to several high-risk coronavirus countries in Europe: Belarus, Belgium, Denmark, The Russian Federation, Sweden, Turkey, U.K. from 17 May. (ERR, 18.05.2020)

    1. Passengers are not allowed to enter Estonia.
    -This does not apply to:
    – nationals and residents of Estonia;
    – parent, child or spouse of nationals or residents of Estonia;
    – passengers arriving from Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland or United Kingdom. They must have no symptoms of illness and have stayed in those countries in the last 14 days;
    – nationals and residents of Latvia and Lithuania;
    – passengers who are entering Estonia in order to go back home. They must not show any symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID-19);
    – nationals and residents of Latvia who work in Estonia. They must not show any symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID-19).
    2. Passengers are subject to quarantine.

    International restrictions:

    The only travellers that will be allowed to enter will be: citizens of Estonia, holders of an Estonian residency permit or right of residence, including socalled grey passport holders, as well as foreign citizens whose family members live in Estonia. Foreigners will be allowed to transit Estonia on the
    way to their home country if they do not show symptoms of COVID-19. No exit ban will be imposed. Citizens of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania are free to move between the three countries without restrictions or quarantine – however anyone crossing the border should wear a facemask.

    Internal restrictions:

    All public events indoors are banned until 30 June. Schools and universities are closed until further notice. Museums, movie theatres, shopping centres will remain closed until further notice. A two-meter distance should be kept between people in public places. Gatherings of more than two people are prohibited; the ban does not apply to people living in the same household.

    Relaxation of restrictions:

    Announcement on 17 May confirms: Schools are gradually reopening. Sports can be played with up to ten people participating with available disinfectants. Public meetings of up to ten people are allowed. From 1 June the following are opening: entertainment venues, saunas, spas, water centres, informal education and hobby classes, sports can be played with up to 100 people watching, or up to 50% capacity without an audience. Public meetings of up to 50 people will be allowed. From 1 July: catering establishments can open without restrictions, cinema, concerts, conferences, festivals and more are allowed to restart operations up to 50% capacity. Public meetings of up to 500 people will be allowed.

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    03.06.2020
  • Estonia Government lifts Emergency Situation; some restrictions still in place (OSAC, 18.05.2020) The Estonian government has banned direct flights to several high-risk coronavirus countries in Europe: Belarus, Belgium, Denmark, The Russian Federation, Sweden, Turkey, U.K. from 17 May. (ERR, 18.05.2020)

    1. Passengers are not allowed to enter Estonia.
    -This does not apply to:
    – nationals and residents of Estonia;
    – parent, child or spouse of nationals or residents of Estonia;
    – nationals and residents of Latvia and Lithuania;
    – passengers who are entering Estonia in order to go back home. They must not show any symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID-19);
    – nationals and residents of Latvia who work in Estonia. They must not show any symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID-19).
    2. Passengers are subject to quarantine.

    International restrictions:

    The only travellers that will be allowed to enter will be: citizens of Estonia, holders of an Estonian residency permit or right of residence, including socalled grey passport holders, as well as foreign citizens whose family members live in Estonia. Foreigners will be allowed to transit Estonia on the
    way to their home country if they do not show symptoms of COVID-19. No exit ban will be imposed. Citizens of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania are free to move between the three countries without restrictions or quarantine – however anyone crossing the border should wear a facemask.

    Internal restrictions:

    All public events indoors are banned until 30 June. Schools and universities are closed until further notice. Museums, movie theatres, shopping centres will remain closed until further notice. A two-meter distance should be kept between people in public places. Gatherings of more than two people are prohibited; the ban does not apply to people living in the same household.

    Relaxation of restrictions:

    Announcement on 17 May confirms: Schools are gradually reopening. Sports can be played with up to ten people participating with available disinfectants. Public meetings of up to ten people are allowed. From 1 June the following are opening: entertainment venues, saunas, spas, water centres, informal education and hobby classes, sports can be played with up to 100 people watching, or up to 50% capacity without an audience. Public meetings of up to 50 people will be allowed. From 1 July: catering establishments can open without restrictions, cinema, concerts, conferences, festivals and more are allowed to restart operations up to 50% capacity. Public meetings of up to 500 people will be allowed.

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    29.05.2020
  • Estonia Government lifts Emergency Situation; some restrictions still in place (OSAC, 18.05.2020) The Estonian government has banned direct flights to several high-risk coronavirus countries in Europe: Belarus, Belgium, Denmark, The Russian Federation, Sweden, Turkey, U.K. from 17 May. (ERR, 18.05.2020) Passengers are not allowed to enter Estonia. -This does not apply to: – nationals and residents of Estonia; – parent, child or spouse of nationals or residents of Estonia; – nationals and residents of Latvia and Lithuania; – passengers who are entering Estonia in order to go back home.

    They must not show any symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID-19); – nationals and residents of Latvia who work in Estonia. They must not show any symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID-19); – passengers directly involved in transporting goods and raw materials, including the loading of goods; – persons related to the international transport of goods and passengers, members of the team or crew servicing the international means of transport, and the persons performing repair, warranty or – maintenance operations on the means of transport; – passengers related to the business continuity of critical services; – passengers whose arrival in Estonia is related to the maintenance, repair or warranty activities of a device, or operations related to information and communication technology, if these are necessary for ensuring the operation of a company;

    International restrictions:

    The only travellers that will be allowed to enter will be: citizens of Estonia, holders of an Estonian residency permit or right of residence, including socalled grey passport holders, as well as foreign citizens whose family members live in Estonia. Foreigners will be allowed to transit Estonia on the way to their home country if they do not show symptoms of COVID-19. No exit ban will be imposed. Citizens of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania are free to move between the three countries without restrictions or quarantine – however anyone crossing the border should wear a facemask.

    Internal restrictions:

    All public events indoors are banned until 30 June. Schools and universities are closed until further notice. Museums, movie theatres, shopping centres will remain closed until further notice. A two-meter distance should be kept between people in public places.

    Gatherings of more than two people are prohibited; the ban does not apply to people living in the same household.

    Relaxation of restrictions:

    Announcement on 17 May confirms: Schools are gradually reopening. Sports can be played with up to ten people participating with available disinfectants. Public meetings of up to ten people are allowed. From 1 June the following are opening: entertainment venues, saunas, spas, water centres, informal education and hobby classes, sports can be played with up to 100 people watching, or up to 50% capacity without an audience. Public meetings of up to 50 people will be allowed. From 1 July: catering establishments can open without restrictions, cinema, concerts, conferences, festivals and more are allowed to restart operations up to 50% capacity. Public meetings of up to 500 people will be allowed.

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    27.05.2020
  • Estonia The Estonian government has banned direct flights to several high-risk coronavirus countries in Europe: Belarus, Belgium, Denmark, The Russian Federation, Sweden, Turkey, U.K. from 17 May. (ERR, 18.05.2020) The only travellers that will be allowed to enter will be: citizens of Estonia, holders of an Estonian residency permit or right of residence, including so-called grey passport holders, as well as foreign citizens whose family members live in Estonia. Foreigners will be allowed to transit Estonia on the way to their home country if they do not show symptoms of COVID-19. No exit ban will be imposed. Citizens of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania are free to move between the three countries without restrictions or quarantine – however anyone crossing the border should wear a face mask. Due to new restrictions from Finnish authorities, effective April 11, all passenger traffic on ferries from Tallinn to Helsinki is currently suspended.

    Internal restrictions:

    The state of emergency will be lifted at 00.00, 18 May. All public events indoors are banned until 30 June. Schools and universities are closed until further notice. Museums, movie theatres, shopping centres will remain closed until further notice. A two-meter distance should be kept between people in public places. Gatherings of more than two people are prohibited; the ban does not apply to people living in the same household.

    Relaxation of restrictions:

    Announcement on 17 May confirms: Schools are gradually re-opening. Sports can be played with up to ten people participating with available disinfectants. Public meetings of up to ten people are allowed. From 1 June the following are opening: entertainment venues, saunas, spas, water centres, informal education and hobby classes, sports can be played with up to 100 people watching, or up to 50% capacity without an audience. Public meetings of up to 50 people will be allowed. From 1 July: catering establishments can open without restrictions, cinema, concerts, conferences, festivals and more are allowed to restart operations up to 50% capacity. Public meetings of up to 500 people will be allowed.

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    18.05.2020
  • Estonia Passengers are not allowed to enter Estonia. -This does not apply to: – nationals and residents of Estonia; – parent, child or spouse of nationals or residents of Estonia; – effective 15 May 2020, nationals and residents of Latvia and Lithuania; – passengers who are entering Estonia in order to go back home. They must not show any symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID-19); – nationals and residents of Latvia who work in Estonia. They must not show any symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID-19); – passengers directly involved in transporting goods and raw materials, including the loading of goods; – persons related to the international transport of goods and passengers, members of the team or crew servicing the international means of transport, and the persons performing repair, warranty or – maintenance operations on the means of transport; – passengers related to the business continuity of critical services; – passengers whose arrival in Estonia is related to the maintenance, repair or warranty activities of a device, or operations related to information and communication technology, if these are necessary for ensuring the operation of a company;

    International restrictions:

    From 15 May, citizens of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia will be able to move between the three countries without restrictions. Ferries to Finland will also resume. Estonia has reintroduced temporary border controls with all neighbouring countries within the Schengen area which will remain effective until 17 May. The only travellers that will be allowed to enter will be: citizens of Estonia, holders of an Estonian residency permit or right of residence, including so-called grey passport holders, as well as foreign citizens whose family members live in Estonia. Foreigners will be allowed to transit Estonia on the way to their home country if they do not show symptoms of COVID-19. No exit ban will be imposed.

    Internal restrictions:

    A ‘state of emergency’ is in place until 17 May. All public gatherings will be banned until 17 May. Schools and universities are closed until further notice. Museums, movie theatres, shopping centres will remain closed until further notice. A two-meter distance should be kept between people in public places. Gatherings of more than two people are prohibited; the ban does not apply to people living in the same household.

    Relaxation of restrictions:

    As the first step of the exit plan unveiled on 23 April, museums, informal hobby education, and open-air sports activities would resume first. Schools may gradually start reopening from 15 May. Shops and services in shopping malls may follow. Further details are yet to be released from the authorities.

    Source: https://www.iatatravelcentre.com/international-travel-document-news/1580226297.htm https://pandemic.internationalsos.com/2019-ncov/ncov-travel-restrictions-flight-operations-and-screening https://ee.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/

    Published on 14.05.2020

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    14.05.2020
  • Estonia Passengers are not allowed to enter Estonia.
    -This does not apply to nationals and residents of Estonia.
    -This does not apply to nationals of Andorra, Monaco, Montenegro, North Macedonia (Rep.), San Marino, Serbia and Vatican City (Holy See) returning via Estonia to their country of residence.
    – This does not apply to passengers who are entering Estonia in order to go back home with a transport other than the plane. They must not show any symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID-19).
    – This does not apply to nationals and residents of Latvia who work in Estonia. They must not show any symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID-19).
    – This does not apply to:
    – passengers who are asymptomatic and who are directly involved in transporting goods and raw materials, including the loading of goods;
    – persons related to the international transport of goods and passengers, members of the team or crew servicing the international means of transport, and the persons performing repair, warranty or – maintenance operations on the means of transport;
    – passengers related to the business continuity of critical services;
    – passengers whose arrival in Estonia is related to the maintenance, repair or warranty activities of a device, or operations related to information and communication technology, if these are necessary for ensuring the operation of a company.

    International restrictions:

    Estonia has reintroduced temporary border controls with all neighbouring countries within the Schengen area which will remain effective until 17 May. The only travellers that will be allowed to enter will be: citizens of Estonia, holders of an Estonian residency permit or right of residence, including so-called grey passport holders, as well as foreign citizens whose family members live in Estonia. Foreigners will be allowed to transit Estonia on the way to their home country if they do not show symptoms of COVID-19. No exit ban will be imposed.

    Internal restrictions:

    A ‘state of emergency’ is in place until 17 May.
    All public gatherings will be banned until 17 May.
    Schools and universities are closed until further notice.
    Museums, movie theatres, shopping centres will remain closed until further notice.
    A two-meter distance should be kept between people in public places.
    Gatherings of more than two people are prohibited; the ban does not apply to people living in the same household.

    Relaxation of restrictions:

    As the first step of the exit plan unveiled on 23 April, museums, informal hobby education, and open-air sports activities would resume first.
    Schools may gradually start reopening from 15 May.
    Shops and services in shopping malls may follow. Further details are yet to be released from the authorities.

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    09.05.2020
  • Source [https://reopen.europa.eu/en/map/EST]
    [https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/estonia]
    [https://ee.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/]
    [https://www.osac.gov/Content/Browse/Report?subContentTypes=Alerts%2CTravel%20Advisories]
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