Foreign nationals

People from all over the world are allowed to travel, work and study in Estonia. The additional requirements for coming to Estonia depend on the restrictions in force in Estonia at the time as well as on the risk level of the country from which the person arrives.
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?

  • 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.

What is the 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.

Do I need to get tested or self-isolate?

  • The obligation to present a coronavirus test and the obligation of isolation depends on the level of the risk in Estonia at the time of travelling and the country from which you arrive. Check the effective restrictions and rules on the website of the Health Board.
  • Foreign nationals arriving from high-risk countries can get tested for a fee (PCR or antigen test). Testing is voluntary and shortens the mandatory 10-day restriction of the freedom of movement. This requires you to take another test on the 6th day.
  • Even if a coronavirus test is not directly mandatory 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).
  • If a test is required in Estonia, but the traveller has not tested themselves before arriving in Estonia, the first test can be done in Estonia immediately after their arrival in Estonia.

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Where can I get tested for the coronavirus?

  • You can get tested in the area for passengers travelling without a car at terminals A and D of the Port of Tallinn, the Tallinn Airport and the Narva  border crossing point on the basis of a referral.
  • The referral is prepared on the spot at the testing points on borders and you’re asked about the country and time of departure. Preparing the referral and taking a sample takes about 5 minutes and it’s done on a first come, first served basis. The testing points are open at the arrival of ferries and planes, and closed at other times.
  • 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 hotline of the public testing call centre on +372 678 0000 (Mon-Fri 9-17). As people with symptoms are tested first in Estonia, the waiting lines may sometimes be 1-3 days long and it would be reasonable to make an appointment for testing if you know the day when you’ll arrive. Find the public testing point that suits you best on the coronavirus testing website. 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.
  • Foreign nationals must pay for the test and card payments are accepted at the testing points.
  • You must self-isolate until you get the test result.

How do I find out the test result?

  • 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 test result in the patient portal digilugu.ee (when you log in with an Estonian ID card).
  • Foreign nationals can have themselves tested for the second time (for a fee) to shorten the self-isolation period. An appointment for the second test must be made with a coronavirus test provider.
  • As there may be a waiting list for testing, you should make an appointment a couple of days in advance.
  • The second test must be done no sooner that on the sixth day after the first test. You don’t have to self-isolate if the results of both tests are negative.

What can and can’t I do when self-isolating?

  • Self-isolating means that you must not leave your place of residence for 10 days, except if ordered to do so by a health care professional or when it’s unavoidable. For example, you may leave your place of residence 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. Therefore, you may not go to museums, on excursions or to other crowded places. However, you may take a walk outside if you do so without being in contact with other people.
  • The Health Board checks compliance with movement restrictions with the police. If you fail to comply with the isolation obligation, the Health Board can issue a precept and impose a penalty payment.

    Certificates issued abroad

    Recovery certificate

    People who had the disease in another country must submit an officially authenticated certificate in Latin or Cyrillic script in Estonian, Russian or English (that may be a printout from another country’s database) or an extract of a medical document. A positive antigen test is not enough to prove recovery from the disease.

    The document must include the following data:

    • personal data;
    • time of illness;
    • clinical basis on which you were declared healthy;
    • if you were tested: method of analysis; the result; time and place of test; name and details of analyst.

    Vaccination

    People who’ve been vaccinated abroad can prove this 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.

    Last updated: 15.11.2021