The government approved the lifting of travel restrictions for residents of 14 non-European Union countries on Thursday. The government will start issuing visas from July 6.
Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu (Isamaa) said at a government press conference the countries agreed by the European Union are:
- New Zealand
- South Korea
Reinsalu said this does not mean Estonian citizens and residents will be able to enter these countries.
"We will start negotiations. Most of these countries will continue to keep their borders closed to citizens of the European Union. We are definitely interested in achieving a bilateral agreement so that Estonian citizens can go there," Reinsalu said.
Entry to Estonia remains subject to the restriction that individuals arriving from countries with an infection rate above 16 per 100,000 inhabitants in the past 14 days must quarantine for 14 days.
Information on countries subject to the 14-day restriction on movement is available here.
On June 30, the agreement reached at the Council of the European Union recommended lifting the restriction on non-essential travel into the EU+ region for residents of 15 countries. China was also considered but only with a confirmation of reciprocity.
"The member states will independently decide on implementing the recommendations of the Council's decision," Reinsalu said.
Travel restrictions were implemented due to the coronavirus and the emergency situation in March.
Editor: Helen Wright