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Travelling to Estonia - Estonian citizens and residents

If the test has to be done up to 72 hours before arrival, will the person travelling need to pay for the test themselves? Will this amount be refunded later?

If testing in a foreign country is for a fee, then this fee will not be refunded when the person arrives in Estonia. No changes have been made in Estonia regarding the payment for testing. You can get tested at the port and the airport immediately upon arrival, and the test will be free with the Estonian ID-code.

Who is required to self-isolate when entering the country?

The obligation to self-isolate for 10 calendar days after arriving in Estonia applies to:

  • all symptomatic persons,

  • people who are returning to Estonia from the countries with a high COVID-19 risk, or who have travelled through an at-risk country,

  • all persons entering Estonia who started their journey from a country, or travelled through a country where there is no data on the infection rates,

  • third-country nationals who are not included in the EU joint list of third countries (including, for example, the Russian Federation and Ukraine).

Information about at-risk countries and self-isolation requirements for people arriving in Estonia is available at the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Asymptomatic persons returning to Estonia from COVID-19 risk countries that are member states of the European Union, the European Economic Area, and the Schengen Area who want to end their self-isolation in less than 10 days need to do a test for coronavirus no earlier than 72 hours prior to arriving in Estonia. The second test can then be done in Estonia no earlier than on the sixth day after the first test. The period of six days will be calculated from the day following the first test. The isolation can be terminated early if the results of both tests are negative. Children under the age of 12 have to also go through testing if they want to reduce the self-isolation period.

All persons who have had their first test in another country (i.e. not at the border) must call to the call centre for people crossing the border by dialling 678 0000 (Monday to Friday 9.00-17.00).

People who have been vaccinated against or recovered from the coronavirus within the last six months are exempt from having to quarantine as a close contact or self-isolate after crossing the border. As an exception, the requirement to stay in a place of residence or a permanent place of stay for 10 days and the testing requirements are not applied to a person who crosses the border into Estonia having had the coronavirus within the past six months and been declared recovered by a doctor, or having been vaccinated against the coronavirus within the past six months. This person must still adhere to the restrictions in force in Estonia and follow all measures that have been enacted to stop the spread of the virus.

From which third countries is it possible to travel to Estonia at the moment?

You can find the latest information about the countries from where you can travel to Estonia at the moment and about the movement restrictions applicable to arrivals [on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs] (https://vm.ee/et/teave-riikide-ja-liikumispiirangute-kohta-eestisse-saabujatele).

Information about countries outside the European Union whose residents are allowed to enter Estonia, including for purposes of tourism, is found on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Estonian citizens and residents and their family members can always enter Estonia, regardless of their country of departure.

If a person arrives in Estonia, do they have to have a document which confirms they have tested negative for coronavirus during the previous 72 hours? And thereafter they have to remain in isolation for six days?

When a person arrives from a country with a high risk of infection, they must remain in self-isolation for 10 days.

If a person wishes to reduce the self-isolation period, they have the following options:

  • be tested 72 hours before entering the country and repeat the test no earlier than on the sixth day after the first test;
  • to test on arrival to Estonia, and re-test no earlier than on the sixth day after the first test has been carried out.

During the period between the two tests, the person must remain in self-isolation.

I managed to get plane tickets back to Estonia. What should I consider when I travel back to Estonia now? Should I do something differently than usual?

You should be aware that although you may have your ticket, flights are still being cancelled or postponed. For this reason, you should make sure that the flight will still take off and whether the schedule has changed.

You should also check whether any additional requirements have been introduced such as additional documents (for example, to show the coronavirus test results).

You should be certain to make sure what the requirements for transit countries are. You can find this information from www.reisitargalt.vm.ee.

On the day of the flight, you should get to the airport early and be among the first to check in for the flight. No less important is whether you should remain in self-isolation after you arrive in Estonia from your country of departure. You can find information on this from the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Returning to Estonia from the countries at-risk from infection, people who want to reduce their 10-day self-isolation period need to test for coronavirus no earlier than 72 hours before arrival. The second test can then be taken in Estonia not earlier than the sixth day after the first test. The isolation can be terminated early if the results of both tests are negative.

People who have done their first test in another country (i.e. not at the border) must call to the call centre for people crossing the border 678 0000 (Monday to Friday 9pm to 5pm).

People who have not tested at least 72 hours before the trip, can test immediately upon arrival in Estonia, and can test for the second time 6 days after the first test. The period of 6 days will be calculated from the day following the first test. The 10-day isolation period can be terminated early if the results of both tests are negative.

Is it possible to arrive in Estonia without having been tested before the trip, and then do the test upon arrival?

It is possible to be tested when arriving in Estonia, regardless of country of departure. So, if testing is not possible before departure, the test can be done in Estonia.

 

Last updated: 24 March 2021