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Restrictions in force in Estonia

Key messages

  • Get yourself vaccinated against COVID-19! If you would like to speak to a specialist before getting vaccinated, call the family doctor help line on 1220 or speak to your own doctor. Information about vaccination hubs is available by calling the hotline 1247 or online at vaktsineeri.ee. Vaccination is the most effective way of protecting yourself against acute cases of coronavirus.

  • Help keep public spaces safe! If you go to a restaurant, the cinema, the theatre or similar, be prepared to show the staff your COVID certificate indicating that you are fully vaccinated or have contracted and recovered from the virus.

  • Help stop the spread of the virus! Wear a medical mask in stores, on public transport and elsewhere in public where COVID certificates are not checked but the virus may be quick to spread. Make use of remote working opportunities to limit your contact with other people. If you feel unwell, stay at home.

Restrictions in force

  • Requirement for dispersal

    The requirement for dispersal mandates that indoors strangers must be kept at a reasonable distance for the purpose of containing the spread of the virus.

     

  • Disinfect hands

    One must disinfect hands in public indoors.

     

  • Masks must be worn indoors where COVID infection safety is not checked

    Masks must be worn in all public spaces where anyone can enter and where there are many people who do not come into contact with each other on a daily basis.

     

    This applies to trade and service institutions, but also to state and local government institutions. For example, masks must be worn in shops, pharmacies, service points of telecommunication companies or banks, post offices, libraries, as well as in the service points of the Police and Border Guard Board, the Social Insurance Board, or the Health Insurance Fund, and public transport.

     

    The obligation to wear a mask does not apply to children under the age of 12 or if wearing a mask is not reasonable for health or other valid reasons.

     

    A change from October 25, 2021: a COVID certificate proving vaccination or recovery must be presented to prove that one does not present an infection risk.

     

  • Where the COVID certificate is required, the certificate must be presented by all

    All participants (from age of 18) must present the COVID certificate for evidence of vaccination, proof of recovery from COVID-19, or showing a negative test result in most organised activities.

     

    This means that the COVID certificate must be presented for sport, training, youth work, hobby activities and education, refresher training and refresher courses; at sports competitions and sports and exercise events; in saunas, spas, water parks, and swimming pools; at public meetings and events, including in theatres and cinemas, at concerts (including in churches) and conferences; in museums and exhibition halls; for entertainment services; and for eating and drinking on site in catering establishments.

     

    The COVID certificate does not need to be presented for outdoor events with an unlimited territory. The organisers are obliged to check the validity of the COVID certificates. In case of reasonable doubt, the person must be asked for an identity document.

     

    A change from October 25, 2021: a COVID certificate proving vaccination or recovery must be presented to prove that one does not present an infection risk.

     

  • 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.

     

    Self-isolation do not apply to close contacts who have suffered from COVID-19 and who have been declared healthy by a physician (within 6 months), or to those who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 (within a year). 

     

 

Education

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  • Hobby activities are allowed allowed with restrictions

    From 1 September, vaccinated students in general education or vocational schools will not be required to remain in quarantine after close contact with a person that has COVID-19 disease. Unvaccinated students will be tested at school, to avoid quarantine.

     

    COVID-19 evidence verification extends to in-service training, hobby education and activities.

     

 

Public events and meetings

  • Public spaces are opened with restrictions

     

    Public meetings and events are allowed, but participants must prove their safety against infection. This means that before participating in the event, participants must prove their infection safety by submitting a COVID-19 certificate of vaccination, passage or a previous negative test result.

     

    The organizers are obliged to verify the authenticity of the COVID-19 certificate and the data on it. In case of reasonable doubt, the person responsible for the activity is obliged to establish the identity of the person submitting the certificate or test.

     

    In the case of a public event with unrestricted outdoor conditions, there is no limit to the number of participants, nor is there an obligation to check for infection safety.

     

    Indoor events and activities with more participants can only be organised if the infection safety and monitoring thereof is ensured. In such cases, there may be up to 6,000 attendees indoors and up to 12,000 outdoors.

     

    A change from October 25, 2021: a COVID certificate proving vaccination or recovery must be presented to prove that one does not present an infection risk.

     

Shops and shopping centers

  • Shops and service points are open

     

    Using COVID-19 certificate is not mandatory in stores, including grocery stores and other convenience stores, pharmacies, providers of telecommunications or mobile repair services, and the provision of banking services, and so on. Both in shops and in various places where the service is provided (eg banks, post offices, beauty salons), a mask must be worn, and dispersal of people or hand disinfection must be provided.

     

    If the shopping center is the location of different services (eg cinema, sports club or restaurant) that are subject to the COVID-19 certification requirement, the certificate must be presented at these service points before participating in the activity.

     

    A change from October 25, 2021: a COVID certificate proving vaccination or recovery must be presented to prove that one does not present an infection risk.

     

     

 

 

Catering establishments

  • Eating in the outdoor dining areas and indoors is allowed

     

    Catering establishments are opened

     

    When eating in restaurants, cafes and other public catering establishments on site, the obligation to prove the safety of infection applies. The requirement does not apply to the purchase of pre-ordered food or the provision of a courier service or to a domestic passenger ferry or funeral home.

     

    A change from October 25, 2021: a COVID certificate proving vaccination or recovery must be presented to prove that one does not present an infection risk.

     

     

 

Sports

  • It is allowed to do sports with restrictions

    Exercising and training alone or with companions is allowed.

     

    If the activity involves profit earning, all participants from the age of 18 must prove their infectious safety at sports, training, sports competitions and sports and exercise events. It is done by submitting a COVID-19 certificate of vaccination, passage or a previous negative test result.

     

    The COVID certificate does not need to be checked for outdoor events with unrestricted territory.

    Indoors, in addition to checking COVID certificate or tests, it is important to ensure dispersal and use of disinfection to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

     

    If the infection safety and monitoring is ensured, there may be up to 6,000 attendees indoors and up to 12,000 outdoors.

     

    A change from October 25, 2021: a COVID certificate proving vaccination or recovery must be presented to prove that one does not present an infection risk.

     

     

 

Spas, saunas, pools, water parks and swimming facilities

  • Saunas and pools are opened with some restrictions

     

    Saunas, spas, water parks and swimming pools must be COVID-19 certified.

     

    A change from October 25, 2021: a COVID certificate proving vaccination or recovery must be presented to prove that one does not present an infection risk.

     

 

Travelling

  • 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 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 75.


    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 a year 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.

     

    From 1 July, people will be allowed to visit Estonia for up to 24 hours without the obligation to self-isolate on the condition that the person has been tested for the coronavirus with a PCR test up to 72 hours before arrival in Estonia or an antigen RDT test 24 hours before arrival in Estonia and received a negative test result. Persons who have recovered from COVID-19, have been vaccinated, or are considered equivalent to a vaccinee do not need to be tested. Children under the age of 12 also do not need to be tested. 

     

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

     

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  • One-day tourism to Estonia

    From 1 July, people will be allowed to visit Estonia for up to 24 hours without the obligation to self-isolate on the condition that the person has been tested for the coronavirus with a PCR test up to 72 hours before arrival in Estonia or an antigen RDT test 24 hours before arrival in Estonia and received a negative test result.

     

 

Last updated: 22 October 2021