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Travelling abroad from Estonia

Will maritime traffic continue between Estonia and Finland or Estonia and Sweden?

Maritime traffic continues partially, but you should always check with the shipping line if this specific route is operational.

I wish to travel abroad. How can I get information about entry to other countries?

Information about entry conditions to other countries can be found on the Reisi Targalt website (in Estonian).

When travelling, it is recommended to adhere to the following principles:

  • before planning a trip, check the information about the infection rate of the country of destination on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs;
  • you can find out about travel restrictions in the destination country from the Reisi Targalt website (in Estonian), the European Union ReOpen portal, and in more detail from a foreign representation of the destination country;
  • register your trip on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Reisi Targalt website, so we could inform you about possible crises;
  • follow the recommendations of the Health Board for a safe flight, if you get symptoms, postpone your trip and contact your family doctor;
  • purchase travel insurance and familiarise yourself with all the conditions (including for any travel disruptions caused by COVID-19);
  • when crossing the border, it is obligatory to fill out a declaration which can also be done electronically. The declaration can be filled out 24 hours before arrival in Estonia: iseteenindus.terviseamet.ee. Please hold on to the notification letter that you receive on your e-mail after you have filled out the form! The declarations can still also be filled out on paper, which you can find here (.docx in Estonian).
  • follow the instructions of local authorities in the country of stay and find out about possible new restrictions.
  • follow the rules in force in Estonia when returning from your trip, contact your family doctor in case of suspicion of the virus.
  • Any country may change the conditions for entry and stay in the country with a very short notice. For more detailed information on the conditions of the country of destination, we recommend contacting the foreign representation or authorities of the relevant country.

More information on the coronavirus and movement restrictions from the state information line 1247 (+372 600 1247 when calling from abroad).

I have health insurance. What do I need to know about health insurance when travelling in the European Union?

If you are going on holiday, you should take your European Health Insurance Card with you, as it is important if you have a health problem abroad. People from Estonia who have the European Health Insurance Card can get the medical help they need in the European Union and also in Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland and Switzerland on the same terms as insured people who live in those countries.

The card can be ordered digitally from the state portal eesti.ee and is free of charge.

To get medical treatment, you should present your European Health Insurance Card or a replacement certificate for it and an identity document at a medical institution. The card only entitles you to medical assistance at public healthcare institutions.

NB! Please note that the European Health Insurance Card does not necessarily cover all the costs of the medical care you need. You must pay yourself for visitation fees, bed fees, co-payments for medicines, translation costs, etc at the prices of the country you are in. The card does not cover the cost of international transport or the costs of a private doctor. We recommend that when you travel you should sign a travel insurance contract with an insurance company to cover your costs, depending on the insurance conditions.

For more information see: https://www.haigekassa.ee/en/kontaktpunkt/healthcare-eu-and-elsewhere/european-health-insurance-card

Exceptionally, could an Estonian citizen or resident with a job in Russia cross the border for work?

No, this is not currently possible.

The Russian border is generally closed for entry to foreigners. People with a Russian residence permit or Russian citizens living in the European Union may enter Russia once.

The ban on entry does not apply to drivers of international goods vehicles, pilots, crews of sea and river boats, crew on trains travelling internationally, people issued visas because of the death of a relative, and people who reside permanently in the Russian Federation. Entry is also permitted for foreign athletes and coaches, and on one occasion only for people travelling for medical care or to care for sick relatives, and highly qualified specialists.

Further information on crossing the Russian border is available from the information line of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs +7(495) 587 8860, +7(499) 244 1977, +7 (499) 244 1988 and +7(499) 244 2847.

What conditions apply to travelling between Estonia and Latvia? Am I allowed to go to Latvia without staying in self-isolation?

Starting from February 15, transit through the territory of Latvia must take place in 12 hours. Persons transiting through the country have to do it in 12 hours after registering on the covidpass.lv web page. An exception is made for international transport service providers, international travellers, air passengers, and the crews of ships and airplanes.

NB! During the period between February 11 and April 6, 2021, it is only allowed to enter Latvia for urgent and important reasons: work, study, family and health reasons, transit, accompanying a minor, returning to a permanent place of residence, funerals. The reason for travel must be noted down on the covidpass.lv form and the traveller must be ready to prove it with documentation, if necessary.

A 10-day self-isolation requirement applies when entering Latvia from Estonia

It is possible to enter the territory of Latvia without fulfilling the self-isolation requirement (while covering your nose and mouth in public places) in the following cases:

  • in connection with work, if crossing the border is necessary to carry out work or the main tasks of a profession and the person has a document proving employment;
  • in order to receive childcare services or obtain full-time formal education at preschool level (by presenting a certificate issued by the provider of the service or the educational institution);
  • in order to obtain full-time education at basic, secondary or university level, also in educational programmes with a professional orientation in the areas of art and culture (by presenting a certificate issued by the educational institution);
  • to accompany a student who is a minor or an adult with special needs to childcare, kindergarten, school;
  • to travel through the country for transit (it is allowed to stay in Latvia for 12 hours at maximum, overnight stay is not allowed);
  • in order to take care of relatives or organise a funeral or participate in a funeral;
  • in order to receive medical care in Latvia prescribed by a doctor (by presenting a certificate or referral issued by the doctor);

The residents of Valga-Valka twin town are still allowed to move freely on the condition that during the previous 14 days their only movement has been within the municipality borders of the twin town.

All those travelling to Latvia (including for transit or transportation of goods) must fill out an electronic form on the web page https://covidpass.lv up to 48 hours before crossing the border.


From April 5, the same requirements apply for arrivals from Latvia to Estonia as do for arrivals from other European countries. This means that starting from April 5, all persons who have crossed the Estonian national border must stay in self-isolation for 10 days. The self-isolation and testing requirements do not apply to people who have had COVID-19 within the previous 6 months, or have received a full course of vaccinations.

Similarly to arriving from other countries, the 10-day self-isolation can be reduced with testing. That requires two coronavirus tests with negative results. One of them up to 72 hours before arriving in the country or immediately after crossing the border, and the other test no sooner than six days after the first test.

The order creates an opportunity to return to Latvia before the end of the self-isolation period remains, if the reason for returning is unavoidable work, studying or a family event. In this case, the person must also have a coronavirus test with negative results, done no sooner than 72 hours before leaving in Estonia. The change is necessary primarily for enabling labour and educational mobility.

More information on travelling to Latvia and restrictions in Latvia can be found on the Reisi Targalt (Smart Travel) web page: https://reisitargalt.vm.ee/riigid/lati/ (in Estonian).

What are the conditions for travelling between Estonia and Finland?

Starting from January 27, 2011, entry into Finland is allowed for:

  • an Estonian citizen who resides in Finland and his family members. Residing means that the person has a right of residency that has been registered at the Finnish Immigration Service;
  • a person studying in Finland;
  • an unavoidable family reason (e.g. a funeral, a wedding, becoming ill, meeting with a close relative);
  • persons doing work that is important for the functioning of the society (including healthcare workers performing their professional tasks);
  • persons and special groups travelling for another unavoidable reason.

The restrictions are in force until April 17, 2021.

More info from the web page of the Finnish Border Guard in Finnish and in English.

Everyone arriving in Finland via ports in Helsinki or the Vantaa Airport and are not carrying a SARS-CoV-2 certificate for a negative corona test that has been done within the past 72 hours must do a test at the port or at the airport.

Testing is not required from persons who have a medical certificate on having had the coronavirus within the past 6 months, freight transport and logistics personnel, transit passengers going to a connecting flight at the airport, and children born in 2008 and later. If a person cannot do a test for valid reasons, the authorities have the right to assign him to isolation. Persons who do not follow the orders of the authorities can be punished with a fine or an arrest. The decision is in force until April 30, 2021 but may be extended.

Starting from February 23, 2021, the passengers (starting from 13 years of age) going to Finland on a ship must present a coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 certificate (the corresponding test must be done within the previous 72 hours) or a medical certificate attesting to the passenger having had COVID-19 within the previous 6 months. More information (including about the exceptions) from the web pages of the ship companies: https://www.tallinksilja.com/book-a-cruise, https://www.eckeroline.com/ or https://www.sales.vikingline.com/.

People travelling to Finland on Finnair need to present a coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 certificate or a medical certificate, more info on the web page of Finnair.

More information for travellers and workers arriving in Finland can be found here

More information when travelling to Finland https://reisitargalt.vm.ee/riigid/soome/


From April 5, the same requirements apply for arrivals from Finland to Estonia as do for arrivals from other European countries. This means that starting from April 5, all persons who have crossed the Estonian national border must stay in self-isolation for 10 days. The self-isolation and testing requirements do not apply to people who have had COVID-19 within the previous 6 months, or have received a full course of vaccinations.

Similarly to arriving from other countries, the 10-day self-isolation can be reduced with testing. That requires two coronavirus tests with negative results. One of them up to 72 hours before arriving in the country or immediately after crossing the border, and the other test no sooner than six days after the first test.

The possibility of returning to Finland before the end of the self-isolation period remains, if the reason for returning is unavoidable work, studies or a family event. The person must have done a coronavirus test with negative results no sooner than 72 hours before leaving Estonia in these cases as well. The change is necessary primarily for enabling labour and educational mobility.

This allows people who have not done a corona test immediately after arriving in the country but during the isolation period have an avoidable need to urgently return to a foreign country due to work, studies or a family event, to do this test and leave the country.

 

Last updated: 24 March 2021