Arrivals from only three European countries free of quarantine from Monday

West Ferry Terminal in Helsinki.
West Ferry Terminal in Helsinki. Source: Port of Helsinki.

Entering Estonia without undergoing quarantining will be possible from only three European states from next Monday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Friday.

Travelers from Latvia (19,5), Finland (23,6) and the Vatican (0,0) do not need to quarantine on arrival. All other countries have exceeded the limit.

Latvia, Lithuania and Finland have a limit of 25 new cases as a two-week average per 100,000 people. For all other European counties, the limit is 16.

From Monday, October 5, a two-week quarantine period is applicable to arrivals in Estonia from:

  • Andorra 744,3
  • Austria 112,3
  • Belgium 178,6
  • Bulgaria 36,5
  • Croatia 62,5
  • Czech Republic 282,6
  • Cyprus 24,4
  • Denmark 120,6
  • France 241,8
  • Germany 32,1
  • Greece 41,8
  • Hungary 128,1
  • Iceland 157,7
  • Ireland 93,3
  • Italy 40,4
  • Liechtenstein 23,5
  • Lithuania 45,8*
  • Luxembourg 171,7
  • Malta 101,1
  • Monaco 99,7
  • Netherlands 208,2
  • Norway 28,7
  • Poland 44,5,3
  • Portugal 97,3
  • Romania 108,0
  • San Marino 26,1
  • Slovakia 90,2
  • Slovenia 86,8
  • Spain 325,9
  • Sweden 54,8
  • Switzerland 60,3
  • United Kingdom 117,9

* Since September 28, arrivals from Lithuania do not need to quarantine on arrival in Estonia if they are traveling for work, study, healthcare provision, family reasons or transit to another country, provided they are suffering potential coronavirus symptoms and have had no known recent contact with COVID-19 carriers.

Outside of Europe, passengers arriving from Canada and Georgia are also subject to a two-week restriction on the freedom of movement, while those coming from Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, and Uruguay are not subject to a requirement to self-quarantine.

From September 1, those returning to Estonia from COVID-19 risk countries will have the opportunity to be tested for coronavirus at the airport and port in order to shorten the 14-day restriction on the freedom of movement and allow them to return to work sooner.

Testing is free of charge for Estonian residents; foreigners can take the test at a cost of €67 and can pay on the spot by card.

Tests can be taken at Tallinn Airport, the Port of Tallinn and those returning from a risk country by land (train, car, on foot) can arrange a suitable time for testing with SYNLAB or Medicum.

Until the test results are known, a person must stay in complete self-isolation. In the case of a negative result, the person will be notified via text message, positive results will be communicated over the phone.

The result will also be visible when entering the health information system with an ID card. In the case of a negative test result, the person must stay in limited self-isolation for the first seven days following arrival to Estonia, i.e. the person can go to work and, for example, a shop, but unnecessary contacts must be avoided. The person should also keep their distance from others while at work.

A second test must be performed no earlier than 7 days after the results of the first test, and if it is also negative, a person can resume their daily life.

This means that after two negative tests a person will not be subjected to the full 14-day period of restriction on the freedom of movement, which applies to everyone coming from high-risk countries who did not undergo testing. The public Testing Call Centre will get in touch with a person to book a time for the second test.

More information is on the foreign ministry's website here.

The foreign ministry advises against all non-essential international travel; in the case of essential travel it recommends consulting with the foreign ministry of the destination country, the Reisi Targalt website (link in Estonian), the EU's ReOpen portal, and/or the diplomatic mission in Estonia of the destination country.

Paying attention to local coronavirus regulations in the destination country, which may be different from Estonia's, monitoring personal health before, during and after travel, and obtaining travel insurance are all best practices as well, the ministry says.

More information on the coronavirus and restrictions on the freedom of movement is available here, or by calling the national helpline on 1247 (or on +372 600 1247 from abroad).

The updated regime comes into effect Monday, October 5. The regime as things stand until then is here.


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