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Estonia - Covid travel rules, EU Digital Covid Certificate, restrictions and measures in place

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To ensure safe travel during the continued coronavirus pandemic, the EU has agreed on a common approach to free movement restrictions. A traffic-light system to classify EU countries (EU 27 + Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland) according to their epidemiological (rate of infection) situation has been put in place. This information is available online providing travellers with the latest data and details on any restrictions and special rules in place (such as quarantine and testing requirements).

As some countries may have stricter rules, check here for more information on the specific rules that apply when travelling to Estonia.

What are the rules to enter this country with or without the EU Digital COVID certificate from an EU Member State or Schengen Associated country?

This country is already connected to the Gateway and is issuing and/or verifying at least one EU Digital COVID Certificate (Vaccination, Recovery, Test)

Entering this country with the EU Digital COVID certificate

Provisional information subject to further revision and confirmation from National Authorities

Estonia is expected to start accepting "EU Digital COVID certificates" (EUDCC) from 1 July 2021.

Holders of EUDCC will be allowed to enter Estonia, without being subject to further restrictions (testing or quarantine), at the condition that their certificate contains either:

  • Certificate of vaccination, valid 1 year from the administration of the second dose of the vaccine (or unique dose, for single-dose vaccines).
  • Certificate of recovery from COVID-19. Validity: 180 days.

Travellers from risk-countries may enter the country with proof of a negative test result.

Entering this country without the EU Digital COVID certificate or with a certificate not compliant with national requirements

Estonia adopts its own national classification of risk areas, hence travel restrictions for Estonia are not based on the common "EU Traffic Lights" map.

All travellers from risk or high-risk countries are subject to the requirement for a pre-departure negative PCR test. For high-risk countries also a second test after entry and a 10 quarantine is required. The quarantine period can be shortened after a negative test result for the second test on day 6. 

Special rules apply to children.

vaccination-benefits Provisions for vaccinated people

The testing and quarantine requirement does not apply to persons who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in the last twelve months, or who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 180 days and who have been declared healthy by a doctor.

Find out more:
Information on countries and restrictions 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

What is the EU Digital COVID Certificate?

Information on "EU Digital COVID Certificates" issued in Estonia

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The EU Digital COVID Certificate Regulation entered into force on 01 July 2021. EU citizens and residents will now be able to have their Digital COVID Certificates issued and verified across the EU. National authorities are in charge of issuing the certificate. 

The certificate provides a standardised recognition of the holder's status related to vaccination, recovery from Covid-19, or test result. Despite the European Digital COVID Certificate, each country continues to be responsible for the definition of its own entry requirements and rules, which are not standardised at the EU level. This means that what is required to enter upon presentation of this certificate, depends on the measures and entry rules in place at your destination. 

 

Find out more: 

Information on the "EU Digital COVID Certificate" 

Press Release 

Questions & Answers 

Factsheet 

As a third-country national coming from outside the EU and Norway, Switzerland, Iceland and Liechtenstein, may I enter this country without exceptional restrictions?

Travel to Estonia from outside the European Union, the European Economic Area or the Schengen area is possible for non-vaccinated people, including for tourism, only from the countries listed in Annex 1 of the recommendation of the Council of the European Union on the gradual lifting of the temporary restrictions on non-essential travel into the EU.

An updated list of countries for which entry to Estonia is subject to limitations is available on the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.

Testing (before and after entry) and a 10-day quarantine period is mandatory for passengers arriving from a country on the list with an infection rate above 200 cases per 100.000 inhabitants in the last 14 days.

When arriving from third countries that are not listed in Annex I, mandatory testing (before and after entry) and a 10-day quarantine period is always required.  

The quarantine period can be shortened after a negative test result for the second test on day 6. 

Special rules for children apply. 

vaccination-benefits Provisions for vaccinated people

The testing and quarantine requirement does not apply to persons who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in the last twelve months, or who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 180 days and who have been declared healthy by a doctor.

All passengers arriving by plane (including children for whom the data is provided by their parents) must fill in the traveller’s questionnaire before arrival. You can do this up to three days before arriving in Estonia. The border guard or the airline may ask for confirmation of the border crossing declaration sent by e-mail either electronically or on paper. Those arriving by ship, bus, or car are obliged to fill in the traveller’s questionnaire when arriving from a high-risk country (marked in red).

What are the rules if I go abroad from this country, and when I return from abroad?

Information about entry conditions to other countries can be found on the website "Reisi Targalt".

Estonian citizens, their family members and residents are allowed entry regardless of whether or not they show symptoms of the disease. Those returning to Estonia from COVID-19 risk countries will have the obligation to self-isolate for 10 days.

People with no symptoms returning to Estonia from COVID-19 risk countries which are member states of the European Union, the European Economic Area, and the Schengen Area, can reduce their 10-day self-isolation period by taking two coronavirus tests, provided both results are negative. The first test must be taken immediately after arrival in Estonia. Until the test results are returned, the person must remain in self-isolation at their place of residence or permanent stay.

Find out more:
Travelling abroad from Estonia
Travelling to Estonia - Estonian citizens and residents

Can I transit this country?

Yes

As a general rule, passengers in transit in the EU+ area are exempted from temporary travel restrictions.

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.

May I enter this country by road, rail, air or ship?

Mode of transport

Yes/No/Partly

Useful information

Air

You can find the latest information on air travel regulations for this country on the IATA website.

You can also find information about air passenger rights on our portal for citizens.

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