Restrictions in force

In order to avoid the spread of the virus and getting infected, to protect the life and health of the people and to ensure the functioning of the society, it is necessary to follow the enacted restrictions and guidelines. The Government of the Republic in co-operation with the Scientific Advisory Board does a weekly assessment of the virus risk in the country and enacts or eases the measures according to the risk level.

Further information on the coronavirus and the decisions and changes in the organisation of life related to that can be received from the crisis information line 1247. When calling from abroad, +372 600 1247.

General restrictions

General restrictions apply to all people, institutions and enterprises, in order to slow the spread of the coronavirus and getting infected with it.

The requirement to disperse has to be taken into account in public indoor spaces. This means that, if possible, at least a two meter distance has to be kept from strangers.

In public indoor spaces it is obligatory to disinfect hands.

A mask must be worn by all persons 12 years of age and older in all indoor spaces meant for public use, including in rooms where the COVID certificate is checked (including entertainment establishments, events, cinemas, theatres, spas).

A mask must be worn in all activities where it is possible due to the nature of the work or activity.

A mask cannot be replaced by covering the nose and the mouth with a scarf, a collar, a visor or anything else. It is highly recommended to wear a medical mask or a mask considered equal to that (e.g. an FFP1-3 mask or a N95 respirator), which is effective in stopping the delta strain of the coronavirus from spreading.

A mask must, for instance, be worn in the store, in the pharmacy, in the service spaces of institutions and enterprises, at the post office, in the library, in public transport, at entertainment establishments, events, cinemas, theatres, spas – in all public indoor spaces where the nature of the activity allows it in the slightest.

If wearing a mask is contraindicated to a person due to health reasons, the person needs to prove it with a corresponding medical certificate.

In commercial and service establishments, the persons responsible for the operations, the service providers and traders on whose sales or service area the person is have to monitor that the obligation to wear a mask is adhered to. The service provider or trader has the right to not allow entry to their sales or service area to a person who refuses to wear a mask.

All persons 18 years of age and older must present a COVID certificate proving vaccination or recovery in order to participate in activities taking place in checked public spaces. A COVID certificate is valid with an identification document.

If vaccination is contraindicated to a person for health reasons, a corresponding medical certificate has to be presented in order to participate.

A COVID certificate has to be presented to participate in sports, training, youth work, hobby activities and informal education, refresher training; at sports competitions, and sports and exercise events; in saunas, spas, water parks and swimming pools; at public meetings and events, including at the theatre, at the cinema, at a concert (including a church concert), at a conference; at museums and exhibition facilities; at entertainment services; at catering establishments in order to eat and drink on the premises.

The organisers have an obligation to check the validity of the COVID certificates with an identification document of the presenter of the certificate.

A COVID certificate is not checked at outdoor events taking place on an unrestricted territory.

In employment relationships, the requirements regarding going to work, including the obligation to present a certificate, are based on the employer’s risk analysis.

Starting from November 1, 2021 it is also required that young people 12-17 years of age present a certificate proving vaccination or recovery or a certificate proving a negative result of a PCR or antigen RT test done by a health care service provider. The PCR test must be done no more than 72 hours and the antigen-RT test no more than 48 hours before participating in an event or activity. In addition to a test done by a health care service provider, the result of a rapid test done at a general pharmacy is also valid.

Starting from November 15, 2021: Young people from the age of 12 years and three months up to 17 years (included) have to present a certificate in order to participate in the activities.

12-18 year olds and schoolchildren and youths turning 19 during the 2021/2022 academic year do not have to present a COVID certificate to participate in informal education and hobby activities, youth work, refresher training or sports and training where the same rules regarding testing, being a close contact and self-isolation apply as do in general education and vocational schools.
 

People who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 are not allowed to leave their place of residence from the moment they have been diagnosed until they are declared healthy. This also applies to the residents of shelters and safe houses who have to remain in quarantine there.

Those who live with a person who has COVID-19 or who have come in contact with him have to stay in self-isolation for ten days.

It is only allowed to leave home for procuring what is necessary for everyday survival, if it is not possible to do it in any other way, and for being outdoors, if all measures to stop the possible spread of the disease are taken and the instructions of the Health Board are followed.

Self-isolation is not obligatory for close contacts who have

  • been completely vaccinated against COVID-19 and no more than a year has passed since the last dose of the vaccine
  • recovered from COVID-19 within the past six months and been declared healthy by a doctor
  • considered equal to vaccinated, i.e. received one dose of the vaccine after recovery from COVID-19, achieved maximum protection after the last dose of the vaccine and no more than one year has passed since the last dose, or been infected with COVID-19 after receiving the first dose of the vaccine, have recovered from COVID-19 and no more than one year has passed since doing the SARS-CoV-2 test confirming the diagnosis or the date when the diagnosis was confirmed.

Staying in self-isolation is also recommended for people who are vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19 but are living with a person who has been infected. In that case a person should stay home for at least five days and do distance work if possible. If it is not possible to work from home, a family doctor will issue a certificate for sick leave and the person will receive health insurance benefits.

If the close contact with the coronavirus carrier took place in a kindergarten of child care, a general education or vocational school, the children and youths who have not been vaccinated against or recovered from COVID-19 have to remain in simplified quarantine.

Academic and hobby activities, refresher training

Kindergartens, schools, hobby groups, and educational and youth institutions offering refresher training are open. Activities are allowed if all restrictions in force are adhered to.

Students of general education or vocational schools who have been fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 do not have to get tested or stay in quarantine after a close contact that took place in school, provided that they are not symptomatic.

Unvaccinated students and those who have not had the disease, regardless of their age, have to get tested after a close contact that took place in an educational institution, including during hobby activities and youth work: do a PCR test in a public testing location no earlier than on the 4th day after the close contact took place. If the test is negative, they are subject to a simplified quarantine during which they are allowed to participate in academic activities and informal education (including in a hobby school, hobby group, training, youth work).

This means that even if the test result was negative, it is not allowed to participate in other activities, e.g. go to the cinema, theatre, museum, cafe etc, within ten days of the close contact taking place.

Only a pre-school age child whose close contact took place at a kindergarten or child care may stay in simplified quarantine without testing.

Participants in informal education, hobby activities, refresher training and youth work who are over 18 years of age have to present a valid COVID certificate proving vaccination or recovery.

Public events and gatherings

It is important to assess the local infection situation and the specificities of the event when organising public and major events, and ensure conditions that would allow avoiding possible transmission of the disease. People in a risk group a recommended to refrain from participating in major events.

Public meetings and events are allowed but participants who are 18 years old and older have to prove that they do not pose an infection risk by presenting a COVID certificate stating vaccination or recovery.

Young people from the age of 12 years and three months up to 17 years (included) have to present a certificate proving vaccination or recovery or a certificate proving a negative result of a PCR or antigen RT test done by a health care service provider in order to participate. The PCR test must be done no more than 72 hours and the antigen-RT test no more than 48 hours before participating in an event or activity. In addition to a test done by a health care service provider, the result of a rapid test done at a general pharmacy is also valid.

If vaccination is contraindicated to a person for health reasons, a corresponding medical certificate needs to be presented in order to participate.

The organisers have an obligation to check the authenticity of the COVID certificates and ascertain the identity of the person presenting the certificate.

Provided that the organiser ensures that the infection risk status of all the participants is checked, up to 1000 people may participate indoors and up to 2 000 people outdoors. 

There is no limit to the number of participants or obligation to check infection risk status at outdoor events that take place on an unrestricted territory. An activity is taking place in an unrestricted territory if it is taking place in nature, in a city neighbourhood or residential area where people are in constant movement and it is not possible to determine a specific location and participants of the event, as random passers-by could also happen into the territory where the event or the activity is taking place.

Starting from November 1, there is a movement restriction in force in public indoor spaces between the hours of 23.00 and 06.00.

The restriction applies to night clubs and bars and other entertainment and recreational establishments like cinemas, theatres, concert halls, museums, exhibition facilities, water parks, spas, public saunas etc. Sports competitions and events must also finish by 23.00.

The restriction does not apply to the opening hours of stores and service spaces of service providers, or to buying food for takeaway at catering establishments.

Commerce

It is obligatory to wear a mask in shopping centres, stores and service facilities. Dispersion and availability of disinfectants have to be ensured in sales and service spaces.

It is obligatory to wear a mask and ensure dispersion in shopping centres, stores, and different service provision locations (e.g. banks, post offices, beauty salons).

The obligation to wear a mask must be monitored by the service providers and traders on whose sales or service area the person is staying. The service provider or the trader has the right to not allow a person who refuses to wear a mask entry to their sales or service area.

A person visiting a store, a pharmacy, a bank, a beauty salon etc does not have to present a COVID certificate.

If the shopping centre contains different service provision locations (e.g. a cinema, a sports club or a restaurant) that can be entered by presenting a COVID certificate proving vaccination or recovery from the disease, it is obligatory to do so.

Catering

Cafes, restaurants and catering establishments are open with restrictions, to visit them it is necessary to present a valid COVID certificate and wear a mask, except while eating. This makes it possible to keep the society open and the establishments in operation.

To eat on the premises of restaurants, cafes and other public catering establishments, people over the age of 18 have to present a valid COVID certificate proving vaccination or recovery from the disease. All guests 12 years of age and older must wear a mask if the nature of the activity allows.

Young people 12-17 years of age must present a certificate proving vaccination or recovery or a certificate proving a negative result of a PCR or antigen RT test done by a health care service provider in order to eat on the premises. The PCR test must be done no more than 72 hours and the antigen-RT test no more than 48 hours before participating in an event or activity. In addition to a test done by a health care service provider, the result of a rapid test done at a general pharmacy is also valid.

It is not necessary to present the certificate to pick up pre-ordered takeaway or to provide delivery service, as well as on an internal ferry transporting passengers or at a funeral service.

Doing sports and free time

Organising sports competitions, trainings, camps, sports and exercise events is allowed with restrictions both indoors and outdoors.

Doing sports and training is allowed both alone and in groups, sports facilities are open.

Children under the age of 12 do not have to present a COVID certificate or a negative test result.

12-18 year olds and schoolchildren and youths turning 19 during the 2021/2022 academic year do not have to present a COVID certificate or a negative test result provided that they are asymptomatic and studying at a general education or vocational school, as they have an opportunity to participate in rapid testing taking place at schools several times a week.

Adults (including 18+ youths who do not go to school) may participate:

  • with a COVID certificate proving that they have completed the course of vaccinations, received an additional dose or recovered from the disease and received one dose of the vaccine (equated to a vaccinated person) no more than a year ago
  • with a certificate proving that they have recovered from COVID-19 and no more than six months (180 days) have passed since the moment the diagnosis was confirmed.
  • with a medical certificate affirming that vaccination is contraindicated to the person for health reasons.

Indoors, in addition to COVID certificates, it is important to ensure dispersion and adherence to disinfection requirements, and to follow other measures necessary to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

Up to 1000 people may participate indoors and up to 2000 people outdoors.

Saunas, spas, water parks and swimming pools

Saunas, water parks, public pools and swimming facilities are open with restrictions, including the obligation to check that the visitors do not pose an infection risk.

People 18 years old and older have to present a valid COVID certificate proving vaccination or recovery to visit saunas, spas, water parks and swimming pools. All visitors over the age of 12 have to wear a mask if the nature of the activity allows.

Young people from the age of 12 years and three months up to 17 years (included) have to present a certificate proving vaccination or recovery or a certificate proving a negative result of a PCR or antigen RT test done by a health care service provide. The PCR test must be done no more than 72 hours and the antigen-RT test no more than 48 hours before participating in an event or activity. In addition to a test done by a health care service provider, the result of a rapid test done at a general pharmacy is also valid.

Travelling

Travelling to Estonia and from Estonia to other countries is allowed for everyone but there is a special order in force at the national border. Restrictions related to travelling depend on the risk level currently in force in Estonia and the risk level in the country of departure.

Estonian citizens and residents are allowed into the country regardless of whether they are symptomatic or not.

Entry into Estonia for the purposes of work, studying, tourism, sports etc is also allowed for the citizens of other countries (both European Union and third countries’). The citizens of third countries have to have a valid Schengen visa in order to be able to enter the country.

In certain cases it is obligatory to stay in self-isolation after entering the country.

Information about countries and movement restrictions to people arriving in Estonia

There are no restrictions for people arriving in Estonia from a European country where the 14 day infection rate per 100,000 people is equal to 75 or lower.

If the country’s infection rate is between 75 and 200, no restrictions apply upon entering Estonia if the person can present a valid certificate proving vaccination against COVID-19, recovery from the disease or a negative test result. People who arrive in Estonia without a certificate have to do a coronavirus test upon arrival in the country. A person has to remain in their place of residence until the test result comes in.

People who come from a European country where the infection rate is over 200 have to stay in self-isolation for 10 days, which can be shortened with two negative tests. A person who has completed the course of vaccinations and no more than a year has passed from the end of it or who has recovered from COVID-19 within the past six months and have been declared healthy by a doctor is released from the restrictions.

The list of risk countries is on the web page of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Unvaccinated people coming from outside the European Union, European Economic Area or Schengen area may enter Estonia for whatever reason only from countries listed in Annex 1 of the recommendation of the European Council on the temporary restrictions on non-essential travel to European Union and the possible lifting of restrictions. The movement restriction applies if the infection rate of a country listed in Annex 1 is higher than 75.

All persons arriving from third countries that are not in Annex 1 of the recommendation of the European Council and are allowed to enter Estonia are subject to a 10-day movement restriction.

If a minor arrives in Estonia with a parent, a guardian or an authorised companion who is exempt from the self-isolation requirement because they are vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19:

  • the children under the age of 12 are exempt from the requirements to self-isolate or test;
  • children between the ages of 12 and 18 are exempt from the self-isolation requirement if they
  • are arriving from a European Union or Schengen country, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino or Vatican, or from a country listed in Annex 1 of the recommendation of the European Union where the 14 day infection rate per 100,000 persons is over 75 and
  • have done a coronavirus PCR test up to 72 hours before entry into Estonia or a rapid antigen-RTD test up to 48 hours before arrival, or have done the test immediately after entering Estonia and the test result is negative. It is required to stay in self-isolation until the negative test result comes in.

  • Unvaccinated children between the ages of 12 and 18 who arrive are citizens of third countries not on the list in Annex 1 of the European Union recommendations and are coming from these countries can enter into Estonia if they have done a coronavirus PCR test up to 72 hours before entering Estonia or a rapid antigen-RTD test up to 48 hours before arrival and the result is negative. In order to be released from the self-isolation requirement it is necessary to do a second SARS-CoV-2 test immediately after arriving in Estonia, the result of which also has to be negative. It is required to stay in self-isolation until the negative result of the test done in Estonia comes in.
  • Unvaccinated children between the ages of 12 and 18 who arrive from third countries not on the list in Annex 1 of the European Union recommendations and are the citizens of European Union, Schengen countries, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino or Vatican are allowed to enter Estonia. In order to be released from the self-isolation requirement it is necessary to do a second SARS-CoV-2 test immediately after arriving in Estonia, the result of which also has to be negative. It is required to stay in self-isolation until the negative result comes in.

If the minor arrives in Estonian with a parent, a guardian or an authorised companion who is not vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19 then, if arriving from a third country not on the list in Annex 1 of the European Union recommendations or from a country where the 14 day infection rate per 100,000 people is over 75, the children and youths up to 19 years of age who go to school have to do a coronavirus PCR test on the fourth day after arrival in order to be released from the self-isolation requirement.

It is required to stay home until the test result comes in. If the test is negative, it is only allowed to participate in academic activities of general education and vocational schools, hobby activities and youth work within six days of the test result coming in, but it is not allowed to participate in other activities, e.g. go to the cinema, the theatre etc.

It is possible to shorten the period of mandatory movement restrictions by testing for coronavirus. For that, it is necessary to do two negative tests with an interval of no less than 6 days.

A coronavirus PCR test should be done up to 72 hours before entering Estonia or an antigen test up to 48 hours before.

People who have not done the test outside Estonia before the start of the trip can do the first test immediately after arriving in Estonia.

The second PCR test has to be done no earlier than six days after doing the first test and if the result of that is also negative, the person can continue with their everyday life. This means that after two negative tests, the person is not subject to the 10 day movement restriction that applies to those arrivals from risk countries who do not do the two tests.

Minors can also shorten their movement restriction period with two negative tests.

You can find the requirements for the test certificate from the corona testing web page.

The 10-day movement restriction and COVID-19 testing requirements are not applied (neither upon arrival from Europe nor from outside) to a person who:

  • has recovered from COVID-19 and no more than 180 days have passed since the result of a positive test or the date the diagnosis was confirmed by a doctor;
  • has completed the course of COVID-19 vaccinations (or completed the course and received an additional dose) and no more than one year has passed since the date of completion;
  • a minor travelling with a parent/companion is exempt from the 10-day movement restriction requirements if they are not applied to the parent/companion. Testing requirements are not applied to children under the age of 12.
  • is travelling through the territory of Estonia without delay (transit).

You may be asked to present proof of belonging under the abovementioned exemptions upon arrival in Estonia.

If you have been vaccinated in Estonia, you can see your immunisation data and, if necessary, print it out or download them in the Patient Portal digilugu.ee. You can also prove vaccination with a paper immunisation passport.

People who have been vaccinated in other countries can prove it by presenting:

  • an immunisation passport, its copy or a corresponding certificate (including a digital COVID-19 vaccination certificate that meets the EU standards);
  • an officially certified printout from a database of another country;
  • an immunisation passport (which can be issued by a health care service provider on paper, upon request).

A document proving vaccination performed in another country must be in Latin or Slavic alphabet, in Estonian, Russian or English, and contain the following information:

  • the disease against which the immunisation was done;
  • the date of immunisation;
  • the vaccine medicinal product that was used;
  • how many doses the person has been administered;
  • the data on the issuer of the certificate.

Estonia accepts all vaccines that have received the approval of the European Medicines Agency, as well as those that have not received an EU marketing authorisation but are recognized in the country of departure (including Sputnik V, Sputnik Lite, Sinovac, Sinopharm etc).

If you have recovered from COVID-19 within the past six months, you can get a certificate stating that from the Patient Portal digilugu.ee. The certificate can be created starting from the 11th day after a positive SARS-CoV-2 PCR test result.

People who have recovered from the disease in another country have to present an officially authorised certificate (that can also be a printout from another country’s database) or an extract of a treatment document in Latin or Slavic alphabet, in Estonian, Russian or English. A positive antibodies’ test is not sufficient to prove recovery.

The presented document must contain the following information:

  • personal data;
  • the time of recovery;
  • the clinical basis for being declared healthy;
  • if testing was done: the methodology of the analysis; its result; the time and place of doing the test; the performer of the test and their information.

Last updated: 10.11.2021