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Restrictions in force in Estonia

 

  • Wear a mask

    The obligation to wear a mask or cover your nose and mouth is in force in public indoor spaces, including public transportation and service facilities. An exemption is given to children under the age of 12 and persons for whom it is not possible to wear a mask due to health considerations, special needs, the nature of their work or activity, or other substantial reasons.
     

  • Follow the 2+2 rule

    The 2+2 rule must be followed in all public spaces, meaning that up to two people can move around together, keeping a distance of two metres from others. The restriction does not apply to a family moving around together, or if what it prescribes cannot be ensured reasonably.
     

  • Adhere to the 25% occupancy rule

    It must be ensured that the occupancy of indoor stores and service points of service providers, as well as the public areas of commercial enterprises, does not exceed 25%.

  • People who are sick stay in quarantine

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

     

  • Close contacts stay in self-isolation for 10 days

    People who live together with a COVID-19 patient of have come in close contact with one must stay in self-isolation for 10 days and may have limited movement outside their place of residence only if they are asymptomatic.


    It is allowed to leave your home in order to obtain essential goods for everyday subsistence if it cannot be done in any other way, and to be outside if all measures are taken to stop the possible spread of the virus and the guidelines of the Health Board are adhered to.

     

 

Education

  • Students are doing distance learning

    Starting from March 11, all students of general schools, vocational schools and institutions of higher education are doing distance learning. Even students who are preparing to take the final exams of basic school and state exams are not allowed to have contact learning, as well as those preparing for Olympiads.


    Being on the school premises is allowed for a student who requires educational support services, consultations to achieve learning results, or is taking exams or tests.


    There is an exemption foreseen for primary school students who, in urgent cases, are allowed to be in school buildings and participate in activities organised there.


    Practical learning in vocational schools should be postponed if possible. If doing this is not possible or feasible, all precautions must be used so that the virus would not spread.

     

  • A kindergartner should stay at home

    The government is issuing a very strong recommendation to not take children to kindergarten or child care if there is no urgent need.


    Children whose parent or guardian does not have the option to do distance work or find another way to leave the child at home must still have the possibility to go to the kindergarten or child care.

     

  • Indoor hobby activities are prohibited

    It is prohibited to carry out hobby activities, informal education, youth work and refresher training indoors. If possible, these activities should continue in distance form.


    In the course of outdoor activities, up to 2 people may be and move around together, keeping a distance of 2 meters from others.


    The restrictions do not apply to those refresher training courses and connected exams (for instance driving exams) that are necessary to obtain a fixed-term certificate confirming that a qualification has been achieved.

     

 

Public events and meetings

  • Public indoor spaces are closed for visitors

    The public indoor spaces of all theatres, cinemas, museums, exhibition and conference facilities, children’s playrooms, bowling and pool halls, night clubs, casinos etc must be closed for visitors until April 25.


    The organisations where it is possible to continue in-house work may keep doing it, provided that the requirements aiming to stop the spread of the coronavirus are adhered to. This, for instance, pertains to rehearsals in performing arts institutions or research in museums.


    Organising privately ordered events is prohibited in all public indoor spaces.

     

  • Religious and church services are prohibited

    The churches may stay open for individual prayers, public worship services and religious services are not allowed. It is still allowed to carry out funeral services but the recommendation is to perform those only in a small circle of close ones.
     

  • Outdoor public gatherings are allowed with strict restrictions

    Going forward, the only outdoor facilities where it is allowed to be are the outdoor spaces of museums, at public meetings, and at public worship services and other religious services. The prohibition to be in those places or participate in these events between the hours of 21.00 and 06.00 will remain in force.


    At the outdoor spaces of museums it must be monitored that the occupancy does not exceed 25 percent, and the 2+2 movement restriction must be adhered to. Organising outdoor public meetings and public religious services will remain allowed but no more than ten people may participate in them.

     

 

Commercial enterprises

  • The sales areas of stores, except for stores selling essential goods, are closed

    Starting from March 11, only stores selling essential goods may stay open, meaning grocery stores, pharmacies, stores selling aid equipment and medical devices, the sales points of the representations of telecommunications enterprises, optics stores, pet stores and filling stations. It is not allowed to offer catering on the premises of the filling station cafes.


    The requirement of no more than 25% occupancy, the 2+2 rule and the obligation to wear a mask must be adhered to in the stores that may remain open, and in the public areas of shopping centres.


    All other stores must remain closed. It is only allowed to trade if the customer does not need to enter the sales area of the enterprise in order to receive their goods. The goods may be sold and issued only at an outdoor sales or issuing area of the store, or at a roofed parking area of a shopping centre by creating an issuing point there. If goods are being issued outside the indoor sales area, the customers must be spread out, for instance by marking down 2-meter distances in the line to the issuing point. It is recommended to use a delivery service or e-commerce.


    The public areas of shopping centres providing access to, for instance, the grocery store continue to be open. Access must also be ensured to the service providers located in the shopping centre and to the parcel terminals.

     

 

Service providers

  • Strict restrictions must be followed when consuming services

    Enterprises providing services may continue their activities but the occupancy limitation will become stricter from March 11. The occupancy limit is reduced from 50 percent to 25 percent. All rules aiming to stop the spread of the coronavirus must be followed: the 2+2 rule, the obligation to wear a mask, adherence to disinfection requirements in accordance with the guidelines of the Health Board.


    The service providers that may continue their activities are, for instance, post offices, bank offices, libraries, beauty and hair salons, shoe and watch repair shops, car repair shops, tire change points etc. Mobile phone stores that offer mobile phone/computer repair services are also service providers.

     

 

Catering establishments

  • It is not allowed to eat or drink at a cafe, a restaurant or any other catering establishment

    Starting from March 11, it is prohibited to eat or drink on the premises of the sales or service areas of catering establishments.


    Selling food for takeaway continues to be allowed. When selling food for takeaway, it must be monitored that the occupancy of the venue does not exceed 25 percent, the obligation to wear a mask is in force and the 2+2 rule must be followed. It is not allowed to provide services on outdoor terraces.


    The restriction also applies to catering in hotels and other accommodation providers. It is allowed to sell food to customers to go, or offer catering through room service, for instance.

     

 

Sports

  • It is not allowed to do sports indoors

    Starting from March 11, it is prohibited to do sports, including training, in indoor public spaces.


    The only ones who may continue to train indoors (including in water parks) are professional athletes who belong to the competition system of a sports federation, the members and candidates of the Estonian national adult and youth teams, and the athletes in the teams of the highest national divisions of sports games. The participants in the second national divisions are not allowed to train indoors.


    Similarly to the current setup, the restriction will not extend to the activities of people with  or rehabilitation (including in water parks).

     

  • Sports must be done outdoors

    Doing sports and training is allowed outdoors only if the 2+2 rule is adhered to. This means that up to two people (including an instructor) may move around and do sports together, and a distance of at least 2 meters must be kept from others. The restriction does not apply to families moving around together.


    The restrictions on doing sports outdoors do not extend to professional athletes, members and candidates of the national team. The restrictions also do not extend to the activities related to the military defence and internal security of the state, the activities of people with special needs, and rehabilitation.

     

  • Competitions are only allowed for professional athletes

    Starting from March 11, both indoor and outdoor competitions are allowed only if the participants are professional athletes competing in the competition system of a sports federation, members and candidates of Estonian national adult and youth teams, and athletes in the teams of the highest national divisions of sports games. Competitions in the second national division are prohibited.


    The number of participants in sports competitions and sports and exercise events cannot exceed 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors.

     

 

Spas, saunas, pools, water parks and swimming facilities

  • Saunas and pools are closed

    Saunas, spas, pools, water parks and swimming facilities intended for public use must remain closed until April 25.


    As an exception, people who do not have washing facilities at home may use the sauna as a service provided by the local municipality.

     

 

Travelling

  • Travel only if it is unavoidably necessary

    Due to the coronavirus, we are recommending avoiding travelling if there is no urgent need.

     

  • Entry into Estonia is possible

    Estonian citizens and residents are allowed into the country regardless of whether they are symptomatic or not. Citizens and residents of the Schengen area are allowed to enter the country if they are not symptomatic. Only asymptomatic citizens who are coming to Estonia to study or work or under some other exception are allowed to come to Estonia from third countries.


    Information of countries and movement restrictions for people arriving in Estonia »

     

  • You may be subject to a 10-day movement restriction after you cross the state border

    A person is not subject to a movement restriction if he arrives into Estonia from a European Union, European Economic Area or Schengen area country where the infection indicator is less than 150 people per 100 000 residents within the past 14 days. If the indicator is higher, the person must adhere to the 10-day movement restriction.


    Entering Estonia from outside the European Union, European Economic Area or Schengen area, for tourism, among other things, is only allowed from countries listed in Annex 1 of the recommendation enacted by the Council of the European Union. The movement restriction applies if the infection indicator of a country listed in Annex 1 is higher than 16.


    Arrivals into Estonia from countries that are not listed in Annex 1 of the recommendations of the Council of the European Union are subject to a 10-day movement restriction.


    The 10-day self-isolation and COVID-19 testing requirements are not applied to persons who have had the COVID-19 disease and no more than six months have passed since they were declared recovered by a doctor, or have been fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 disease and no more than six months have passed since the completion of the vaccination.

     

  • The period of movement restrictions can be reduced with two tests

    People may do the PCR test no more than 72 hours before arriving in Estonia or immediately after arriving in Estonia. The second test must be done no earlier than six days after doing the first test. The 10-day movement restriction can be ended early if the results of both tests were negative.


    The requirements for the test certificate from the web page of corona testing »

     

 

Hospitals, care homes, shelters, prisons

  • Visitations are allowed

    Visitations are allowed in hospitals, care homes, shelters and safe houses. You can get more information on the visitation requirements from the social welfare institutions.

  • It is possible to leave a care home if necessary

    People staying in general and special care homes are allowed to leave the territory of the care home, provided that they are wearing personal protective equipment if necessary.

  • Visiting prisoners is restricted

    Long-term visits to Estonian prisons have been suspended. Short-term visits to all prisons are taking place only in a room separated by a glass. The visits to open prisons are also taking place.


    The restrictions on visits do not apply to meetings with the prisoner’s attorney, attorney’s representative, clergy, notary public and consular worker.

     

 

 

Last updated: 6 April 2021