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Travelling to Estonia - foreigners

Can a foreigner enter Estonia?

Are there any people crossing the border who are not subjected to restrictions on movement?

Crossing the state border to enter into Estonia is allowed to a person who has Estonian citizenship, an Estonian residence permit or a right of residency, or whose permanent place of residence is in Estonia according to the population register.

As of June 1, the Estonian borders were re-opened for people arriving from European countries. People can enter the country, and do not have the obligation to stay at home, if:

  • they are arriving from the European Union Member State, a Schengen area country, or the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
  • they have no symptoms of the disease.
  • they have stayed in the European Union Member State or a Schengen Area country, or in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland where in the past 14 days the coronavirus infection rate is no more than 15 persons per 100,000 inhabitants.

Statistical information on the infection rate of the previous 14 days per 100 000 inhabitants are published by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on its website every Friday and is valid for the next seven days as of the following Monday.

People are allowed to enter Estonia and do not have to remain in quarantine if they have no symptoms of the disease and if they enjoyed this right previously, such as:

  • persons directly involved with transporting goods or raw materials, including loading of goods or raw materials.
  • employees at a foreign diplomatic representation or a consular office, or their family members, or foreign nationals arriving to Estonia in the framework of international military cooperation.
  • persons providing health care services or other services necessary for solving the emergency situation.
  • persons directly involved in the international carriage of goods or passengers, including crew members serving on an international means of transport and persons performing repairs, warranty, or maintenance services on a means of transport.
  • persons providing services to groups of passengers, and directly involved in passenger service provision.
  • persons whose purpose of arrival in Estonia is to ensure the performance of an essential service.
  • persons whose arrival in Estonia is related to the maintenance, repair, warranty or information and communication technology of equipment of an enterprise operating in Estonia, where this is necessary to ensure the operation of the enterprise.
  • persons who have been granted special authorisation to enter.

As regards to persons who do not fall within the exceptions mentioned in the Order by the Government of the Republic, it is still possible to allow crossing the border on the basis of a specific request to be submitted to the Police and Border Guard Board at e-mail: ppa[at]politsei[dot]ee. The application form can be found here: https://www.politsei.ee/et/juhend/eriolukord.

Restrictions still apply to foreign nationals wishing to enter Estonia from outside the European Union, the Schengen area, and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

Is it possible to apply for a visa at Estonian representations?

Estonian foreign representations that process visa applications and are located in one of the countries included in the special list of countries of the Council of Europe, it is possible to apply for a visa for visiting Estonia for all travel purposes, including tourism. See the list of countries here: https://vm.ee/et/teave-riikide-ja-karantiininouete-kohta-euroopast-saabujatele (scroll down).

In other Estonian foreign representations which process visa applications, it is possible to apply for a visa for people who come to Estonia for work or study or who are allowed to enter Estonia. See the list here: https://www.kriis.ee/et/reisimine-eestisse-valisriikide-kodanikud

 

To the family in Estonia

Can a foreigner come to Estonia to be with their partner who is in later stages of pregnancy? Who is considered to be a family member? Would a life partner, an unborn child, stepchildren/parents etc. be family members?

If this foreign national has the right of residency in Estonia, i.e. they have registered their place of residency in the Estonian population register and they have an Estonian ID card, there should be no problem with his entry into Estonia.

As of June 1, the Estonian borders were re-opened for people arriving from European countries. People can enter the country, and do not have the obligation to stay at home, if:

  • they are arriving from the European Union Member State, a Schengen area country, or the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

  • they have no symptoms of the disease.

  • they have stayed in the European Union Member State or a Schengen Area country, or in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland where in the past 14 days the coronavirus infection rate is no more than 15 persons per 100,000 inhabitants.

Statistical information on the infection rate of the previous 14 days per 100 000 inhabitants are published by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on its website every Friday and is valid for the next seven days as of the following Monday.

People are allowed to enter Estonia and do not have to remain in quarantine if they have no symptoms of the disease and if they enjoyed this right previously, such as:

  • persons directly involved with transporting goods or raw materials, including loading of goods or raw materials.
  • employees at a foreign diplomatic representation or a consular office, or their family members, or foreign nationals arriving to Estonia in the framework of international military cooperation.
  • persons providing health care services or other services necessary for solving the emergency situation.
  • persons directly involved in the international carriage of goods or passengers, including crew members serving on an international means of transport and persons performing repairs, guarantee or maintenance services on a means of transport.
  • serving groups of passengers, and directly involved in the provision of passenger transport services.
  • persons providing services to groups of passengers, and directly involved in passenger service provision.
  • persons whose purpose of arrival in Estonia is to ensure the performance of an essential service.
  • persons whose arrival in Estonia is related to the maintenance, repair, warranty or information and communication technology of equipment of an enterprise operating in Estonia, where this is necessary to ensure the operation of the enterprise.
  • persons who have been granted special authorisation to enter.

As regards to persons who do not fall within the exceptions mentioned in the Order by the Government of the Republic, it is still possible to allow crossing the border on the basis of a specific request to be submitted to the Police and Border Guard Board at e-mail: ppa[at]politsei[dot]ee. The application form can be found here: https://www.politsei.ee/et/juhend/eriolukord.

Restrictions still apply to foreign nationals wishing to enter Estonia from outside the European Union, the Schengen area, and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

A Russian citizen who resides in Estonia under a residence permit is coming home. Can he return to Russia if necessary?

Anybody who enters Estonia is subject to a restriction of movement for 14 days, and the person is prohibited from leaving their place of residence or permanent stay within 14 days of arrival in Estonia. During the established 14-day movement restriction, the person cannot also leave the country.

It is important to remember that commuting across the border is not allowed.

If a person comes back to Estonia from abroad, but lives with an elderly relative, who is in the risk group , where will this returning person be isolated?

A person coming from abroad should definitely not go into isolation to where their grandparent lives. This person should find a place to stay at a hotel or find a place with the help of friends and family in Estonia to stay for 14 days, if possible. Currently no private-sector accommodation establishments have expressed their willingness to accommodate people obliged to stay in isolation (either for free, or for a charge).

Can I enter Estonia if I am a citizen of a EU and I have children with an Estonian citizen or a person who has the residence permit or right of residence in Estonia (we are not married), but I do not have the right of residence in Estonia

Yes, you are allowed to enter.

 

Working and studying in Estonia

I am an entrepreneur, and I have citizens of foreign countries in my employment, who are currently not in Estonia. How can they return?

As of June 1, the Estonian borders were re-opened for people arriving from European countries. People can enter the country, and do not have the obligation to stay at home, if:

  • they are arriving from the European Union Member State, a Schengen area country, or the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

  • they have no symptoms of the disease.

  • they have stayed in the European Union Member State or a Schengen Area country, or in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland where in the past 14 days the coronavirus infection rate is no more than 15 persons per 100,000 inhabitants.

Statistical information on the infection rate of the previous 14 days per 100 000 inhabitants are published by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on its website every Friday and is valid for the next seven days as of the following Monday.

People are allowed to enter Estonia and do not have to remain in quarantine if they have no symptoms of the disease and if they enjoyed this right previously, such as:

  • persons directly involved with transporting goods or raw materials, including loading of goods or raw materials.

  • employees at a foreign diplomatic representation or a consular office, or their family members, or foreign nationals arriving to Estonia in the framework of international military cooperation.

  • persons providing health care services or other services necessary for solving the emergency situation.

  • persons directly involved in the international carriage of goods or passengers, including crew members serving on an international means of transport and persons performing repairs, warranty, or maintenance services on a means of transport.

  • serving groups of passengers, and directly involved in the provision of passenger transport services.

  • persons providing services to groups of passengers, and directly involved in passenger service provision.

  • persons whose purpose of arrival in Estonia is to ensure the performance of an essential service.

  • persons whose arrival in Estonia is related to the maintenance, repair, warranty or information and communication technology of equipment of an enterprise operating in Estonia, where this is necessary to ensure the operation of the enterprise.

  • persons who have been granted special authorisation to enter.

  • As regards to persons who do not fall within the exceptions mentioned in the Order by the Government of the Republic, it is still possible to allow crossing the border on the basis of a specific request to be submitted to the Police and Border Guard Board at e-mail: ppa[at]politsei[dot]ee. The application form can be found here: https://www.politsei.ee/et/juhend/eriolukord.

Restrictions still apply to foreign nationals wishing to enter Estonia from outside the European Union, the Schengen area, and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

Can I enter Estonia as a citizen of a European Union Member State when I have a company registered in Estonia, but I do not have the right of residence in Estonia?

As of June 1, the Estonian borders were re-opened for people arriving from European countries. People can enter the country, and do not have the obligation to stay at home, if:

  • they are arriving from the European Union Member State, a Schengen area country, or the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
  • they have no symptoms of the disease.
  • they have stayed in the European Union Member State or a Schengen Area country, or in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland where in the past 14 days the coronavirus infection rate is no more than 15 persons per 100,000 inhabitants.

Statistical information on the infection rate of the previous 14 days per 100 000 inhabitants are published by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on its website every Friday and is valid for the next seven days as of the following Monday.

People are allowed to enter Estonia and do not have to remain in quarantine if they have no symptoms of the disease and if they enjoyed this right previously, such as:

  • persons directly involved with transporting goods or raw materials, including loading of goods or raw materials.

  • employees at a foreign diplomatic representation or a consular office, or their family members, or foreign nationals arriving to Estonia in the framework of international military cooperation.

  • persons providing health care services or other services necessary for solving the emergency situation.

  • persons directly involved in the international carriage of goods or passengers, including crew members serving on an international means of transport and persons performing repairs, guarantee or maintenance services on a means of transport.

  • persons providing services to groups of passengers, and directly involved in passenger service provision.

  • persons whose purpose of arrival in Estonia is to ensure the performance of an essential service.

  • persons whose arrival in Estonia is related to the maintenance, repair, warranty or information and communication technology of equipment of an enterprise operating in Estonia, where this is necessary to ensure the operation of the enterprise.

  • persons who have been granted special authorisation to enter.

As regards to persons who do not fall within the exceptions mentioned in the Order by the Government of the Republic, it is still possible to allow crossing the border on the basis of a specific request to be submitted to the Police and Border Guard Board at e-mail: ppa[at]politsei[dot]ee. The application form can be found here: https://www.politsei.ee/et/juhend/eriolukord.

Restrictions still apply to foreign nationals wishing to enter Estonia from outside the European Union, the Schengen area, and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

Could a person of Russian nationality working in Estonia but living in Russia (incl. people of Estonian and Russian dual citizenship), exceptionally, be able to cross the Estonian-Russian border for work purposes?

There are no derogations for crossing the Estonian-Russian border and persons crossing the border must take into account the 14-day movement restriction in both Estonia and Russia. It is not possible to commute to work and back across the border.

A foreign student of an Estonian University went to Finland and cannot return to Estonia as a foreign national. But as a student in Estonia they have the residence permit and they are registred in the Civil Registry. What can they do?

As a student at a University in Estonia they have the residence permit, and right to return to Estonia.

 

Transit through Estonia

Can Estonia be used for transit, for example if an aeroplane arriving from Egypt has Latvian citizens on board who want to go through Tallinn to Latvia?

Foreigners can use Estonia as a transport corridor to get to their home country if they have shown no signs of being infected with coronavirus.

People who are showing signs of illness should get help in the country where they are at that moment.

How to interpret that return is prevented?

It means both the lack of transport options and the closure of national borders for transit.

 

Last updated: 16 July 2020