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From Monday, in the event of a negative coronavirus test, it is allowed to come to Estonia from the Baltic states and Finland without having to self-isolate

16. October 2020 - 13:44

Stenbock House, 16 October 2020 – Estonia wishes to restore the common movement zone between the Baltic states and Finland, since the COVID-19-related epidemiological situation is similar in the region, and a common movement zone creates an opportunity to keep life as normal as possible in the region. The recommendation to only travel in the case of unavoidable need is still in effect; this is especially topical considering the upcoming school holiday.

“With the decision of the Government, we wish to ensure on the Estonian side that the region maintains crucial normal life and the opportunity to travel in the case of unavoidable need. In spring, the extended Baltic cooperation proved its worth very well, and now, we also wish to harmonise the regional approach that will help our countries and our people to go through the international COVID-19 pandemic more smoothly,” said the Minister of Social Affairs Tanel Kiik. “It is clear that right now, it is reasonable to postpone travelling abroad for the purpose of tourism. At the same time, our countries and nations are intertwined in terms of human relationships and economic relations, and it is important to create a framework so that these important relations are not severed.”

The Minister of Foreign Affairs Urmas Reinsalu stated that in the current situation, it is very important to revive regional cooperation. “Today, each Baltic state and Finland has their separate model on how countries impose quarantines against one another. For this reason, life in the region is becoming fragmented, and Estonia’s interest is to restart cooperation between our countries,” he said. “Estonia wishes to be the leader here and to establish an exception for travelling in the region that would not interrupt the inevitable everyday relations on a human level.”

Pursuant to yesterday’s decision of the Government, in situations where the infection rate of countries is higher than 1.1x the Estonian average, or above 50, a person is allowed to come to Estonia from Latvia, Lithuania or Finland without the self-isolation obligation, if the person has taken a coronavirus test within 48 hours before arriving to Estonia, and the result of the test has been negative. At that, it must be taken into account that the person must not have travelled outside the Baltic states or Finland in the past two weeks.

When travelling from Estonia to Latvia, Lithuania or Finland, and returning to Estonia, a person may take the coronavirus test in the home country as well, and in the event of a negative result, they may return to their normal life. Until the test result is known, a person must remain in self-isolation.

When arriving from Latvia, Lithuania and Finland, the exception will remain in effect, in the case of which a person travelling to Estonia is not required to remain in self-isolation or to take a test in five cases: they are coming to Estonia to work, study, visit a health care institution, in the case of unavoidable family events, or for the purpose of transit.

The new regulation will enter into force on Monday, 19 October.