Estonian citizens and residents

As travel options are still limited and the spread of the virus varies in different countries, the need to travel should be carefully considered. This concerns, in particular, the people belonging to the coronavirus risk group. Estonian citizens and residents can always return to Estonia. If you are not vaccinated or have not had the disease, please keep in mind that you may have to self-isolate when you return from a trip.
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.

Restrictions in force
The meters of risk level

The main meters are the number on people infected with COVID-19 and the number of people hospitalised. The Government reviews the risk level once a week.

Instructions for how to behave at different risk levels

What happens when I enter Estonia?

  • Estonian citizens and residents and their family members are allowed to enter the country irrespective of the country from which they travel to Estonia and whether they have any symptoms of the disease or not. You will not be sent back from the border even if you’re ill.
  • Travel documents are checked and the person’s health is visually assessed at the border. All people with symptoms are required to remain in isolation and follow the doctor’s advice. All persons arriving by plane must fill in the traveller’s questionnaire before their arrival in Estonia. People arriving by other means of transport must fill in the questionnaire if they arrive from countries that are not member states according to the Schengen Agreement and the Convention implementing the Schengen Agreement.
  • If you are vaccinated against COVID-19 or have had the disease, you must be prepared to submit a respective certificate.
  • The obligation to get tested for the coronavirus and to self-isolate depends on the level of the risk in Estonia at the time of travelling and the country from which you arrive.
  • Different restrictions are applied after travelling depending on the risk level of the country from which you arrive, and this risk level is assessed on the basis of the infection rate per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days. Countries are divided into green, yellow and red list countries according to the risk of infection: the infection rate is up to 75 in green countries, between 75 and 200 in yellow countries and over 200 in red countries. Further information is accessible on the Foreign Ministry’s website.

How do I get home safely?

  • Be flexible and keep in mind that countries can establish measures to prevent the spread of the disease at a short notice.
  • Before you travel, check that your flight hasn’t been cancelled and that the flight schedule hasn’t changed. Even if the ticket has been issued, flights are still cancelled and postponed every day.
  • Check whether additional requirements have been established in the meantime, e.g. you may have to present additional documents.
  • Make sure you know the requirements applied in transit countries (i.e. in the case of layovers). Further information is accessible at www.reisitargalt.vm.ee.
  • On the day of the flight, go to the airport early to be one of the first to check-in.
  • Find out whether you have to self-isolate upon arrival from the country of location to Estonia or not. Check the Foreign Ministry’s website for help.

Traveller’s questionnaire

If you arrive in Estonia by plane, you must fill in the traveller’s questionnaire before the flight and be ready to present it when boarding. If you arrive by other means of transport, you must fill in the questionnaire if you arrive from a country that is not a member state according to the Schengen Agreement and the Convention implementing the Schengen Agreement.

You must submit the following data in the traveller’s questionnaire:

  • your personal data (first name and surname, ID code or date of birth, travel document number, gender and citizenship);
  • the personal data (first name and surname, citizenship) of the underage child travelling with you;
  • your contact details (email address, telephone number, postal address of your place of residence or permanent place of stay);
  • travel data (country from which you arrive in Estonia, date of arrival and countries passed through during the trip, including countries where you had stopovers or changed flights, even if you didn’t leave the transit area, and details of a foreign national’s place of stay in Estonia);
  • immunisation and testing data (data of recovery from the infectious disease COVID-19, data of vaccination against the infectious disease COVID-19).
  • You can fill in the traveller’s questionnaire up to three days before your arrival in Estonia in the self-service portal of the Health Board at iseteenindus.terviseamet.ee. The completed questionnaire will also emailed to you after you’ve submitted it.
  • You can also fill in the questionnaire on paper in Estonian (DOCX), English (DOCX) and Russian (DOCX).
  • A correctly filled in questionnaire means you can be informed of the threat of infection immediately and it will be possible to take measures that help prevent the spread of the virus.

How do I prove that I’ve been vaccinated against COVID-19 when crossing the border?

You’ve been vaccinated in Estonia during the last year

  • You can access your immunisation data and print them out or download them, if necessary, in the patient portal digilugu.ee.
  • You can also prove that you’ve been vaccinated with an immunisation passport on paper.

You’ve been vaccinated abroad during the last year

People who’ve been vaccinated abroad can prove their vaccination by submitting:

  • a vaccination passport, a copy of the passport or the respective certificate (incl. a digital COVID-19 vaccination certificate that meets the EU requirements);
  • a printout from another country’s database that has been officially validated;
  • a vaccination passport (the paper version of which can be requested from a healthcare provider).

The document certifying vaccination in another country must be in the Latin or Cyrillic script, in Estonian, Russian or English and include the following information:

  • the disease or agent targeted;
  • the date of vaccination;
  • the vaccine medicinal product;
  • the number of doses in a series of vaccinations;
  • the details of the issuer of the certificate.

All vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency as well as those that have not yet received an EU marketing authorisation but are recognised in the country of departure are accepted in Estonia.

A printout from another country’s database that has been officially validated can also be presented as a certificate.

Is a test also required?

  • When you return to Estonia from abroad, the obligation to get tested for the coronavirus depends on the risk level in the country and the manner of arrival. Check the risk levels of countries on the Foreign Ministry’s website.
  • Check the conditions established in the country of departure carefully even if you don’t have to get tested when arriving in Estonia. Many countries require proof of a negative PCR or antigen test result before you leave the country (for example, as a condition of boarding).
  • Estonian residents arriving from a high-risk country of departure or transit who are obliged to get tested can do so free of charge on the basis of an Estonian identity document (an Estonian citizen’s or alien’s (so-called grey) passport, Estonian ID card or residence permit card). Foreign nationals must pay for the test.

Where can I get tested?

  • You can give a sample at the testing point at the border (port, airport, Narva border crossing point) depending on how you arrive. The referral to testing will be prepared on the spot. Testing at the testing points after the arrival of ferries and planes takes place on a first come, first served basis. The testing points are closed at other times. You can find the testing points and further information on the coronavirus testing website.
  • If you arrive by train, by ferry in Paldiski or by other means of transport by road, book your test in advance by calling the traveller’s call centre on +372 678 0000 (Mon-Fri 9-17). If you arrive in Estonia at night or haven’t booked an appointment for testing, you can enter the country and immediately get yourself tested the next day.
  • If you got tested for the first time abroad (i.e. not at the border), you must book the second test yourself by calling the traveller’s call centre on +372 678 0000 (Mon-Fri 9-17).

What happens after the first test?

  • You must self-isolate until you get the result of the second test.
  • If the result is negative, you will receive a text message; if the result is positive, you will receive a call. You can also see the result in the patient portal digilugu.ee and in the test.me app.
  • You must get tested for the second time no sooner than six days getting the result of the first test and if the result is negative again, you can carry on with your life as usual.
  • This means that you don’t have to self-isolate anymore after two negative tests.
  • If you were tested for the first time in Estonia, the public testing call centre will call you to make an appointment for the second test.
  • If you got tested for the first time abroad, you must book the second test yourself by calling the traveller’s call centre on +372+678 0000 (Mon-Fri 9-17).

Do I have to self-isolate?

  • All people with symptoms of the disease must self-isolate.
  • The self-isolation obligation of people without symptoms depends on the country where they started their journey, which countries they passed, whether they visited countries with a high infection risk during the trip and the risk level in Estonia.
  • The list of countries where the infection risk is high and information on restrictions of movement is accessible on the Foreign Ministry’s website.

What do I have to keep in mind when self-isolating?

  • Self-isolating means that you must not leave your place of residence during the prescribed period (usually 10 days), except if ordered to do so by a health care professional or when it’s unavoidable. For example, you may leave your home when your life is at risk or you need medical care, food or essentials, medicines or fresh air.
  • In all these cases you must avoid contact with other people. This is why you may not go to work or walk on crowded forest paths. However, you may be outdoors, e.g. go jogging or cycling, if you do so without being in contact with other people.

Kuidas liikumispiirangute järgimist kontrollitakse?

  • Politsei osutab Terviseametile liikumispiirangute täitmise kontrollimisel ametiabi, mis tähendab, et kui politseinikud märkavad oma tavatöö käigus valitsuse kehtestatud liikumispiirangute rikkumisi, suhtlevad nad inimestega ning selgitavad rikkumistega kaasnevaid riske.
  • Jätkuva rikkumise korral edastab politsei info Terviseametile, kes vajadusel saab teha ettekirjutuse ja määrata sunniraha.

Last updated: 18.11.2021