Since travelers traveling to Estonia from the Holy See would definitely have to travel through Italy, the requirement for self-isolation is general in practice.
The latest regulations
As of Monday, December 7th, the mandatory self-isolation will no longer apply to passengers arriving from an EU, EEA or Schengen area with an infection rate of less than 50 people per 100,000 inhabitants reported in the last 14 days were coming to Estonia.
The leeway for travel from Estonia’s closest EU neighbors, Latvia, Finland and Lithuania, without quarantine is given if arrivals test negative for coronavirus and / or meet other requirements (see below).
A list of infection rates in European countries is published below. Countries in bold are above the threshold:
- Andorra 1081.7
- Austria 749.8
- Belgium 293.1
- Bulgaria 591.1
- Croatia 1083.5
- Czech Republic 542.3
- Cyprus 395.5
- Denmark 305.3
- Finland 107.8 *
- France 267.9
- Germany 302.2
- Greece 257.5
- Hungary 720.2
- Iceland 58.0
- Ireland 81.7
- Italy 611.8
- Latvia 365.7 *
- Liechtenstein 763.5
- Lithuania 1011.2 *
- Luxembourg 1213.2
- Malta 314.5
- Monaco 169.3
- Netherlands 409.3
- Norway 121.6
- Poland 634.5
- Portugal 660.1
- Romania 519.2
- San Marino 954.9
- Slovakia 354.3
- Slovenia 990.0
- Spain 286.2
- Sweden 669.3
- Switzerland 656.4
- United Kingdom 343.5
- Vatican 0.0 **
Further information on entering Estonia can be found here.
* Based on Regulation No. 282 of the Estonian Government, the restriction on freedom of movement does not apply to asymptomatic persons who have been on the territory of Lithuania, Latvia or Finland in the last 10 days and who have come to Estonia directly from Lithuania. Latvia or Finland with the following requirements:
- The person had a coronavirus test within 48 hours of arriving in Estonia and the result is negative. If you are traveling to these countries from Estonia and returning to Estonia, you can take the coronavirus test in Estonia and return to normal life in the event of a negative result. It is necessary to self-isolate while waiting for test results.
- The person came to Estonia to work, study or receive health services, or for family or transit reasons. If you are traveling to Estonia for the above reasons, there is no need to have a coronavirus test before arriving in Estonia.
Restrictions on arrival from third countries
Since October 22nd, it has been possible to travel to Estonia from Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand and Uruguay.
Passengers arriving from Uruguay and Japan are subject to a 10-day movement restriction.
Anyone flying to Estonia via a European airport with a coronavirus rate above the threshold must also be quarantined.
What does quarantine mean?
This means that within 14 calendar days of arriving in Estonia, people have to refrain from unnecessary contact and can only leave their place of residence or permanent accommodation to see a doctor and buy food, essentials and medication or in an emergency.
Who has to restrict their freedom of movement?
All symptomatic Estonian citizens and residents arriving in Estonia.
Passengers from countries in the European Union, the European Economic Area and the Schengen Area who started their journey from a country in this region or who have passed through a country in this region, based on the infection rate:
- The mandatory self-isolation does not apply to passengers coming to Estonia from a country with an infection rate below 25 per 100,000 inhabitants.
- If the country’s infection rate is between 25 and 50, the need to self-isolate depends on whether the infection rate is below or above the rate of Estonia times 1.1;
- If the infection rate is below that of Estonia, the person does not need to self-isolate.
- If it is above the infection rate of Estonia, a two-week mandatory self-isolation will apply.
State Department: Essential Travel Only
Due to the spread of the coronavirus, the State Department advises against non-essential international travel.
In cases where travel is essential, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs recommends the following:
- Before planning your trip, find out about the infection rate in your planned destination country on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.
- Stay up to date on possible travel restrictions in your destination – consult the Reisi Targalt website (link in Estonian), the EU ReOpen portal and, if necessary, contact the destination country’s overseas mission for more information.
- Register your trip on the Foreign Ministry’s Reisi Targalt website so that we can notify you of any travel restrictions.
To protect your health and that of others, follow the Estonian Health Board’s recommendations for safe flight. If you show symptoms please postpone your trip and contact your GP.
- Take out travel insurance and read the terms and conditions of your insurance carefully (also for travel interruptions due to COVID-19).
- At your destination, follow instructions from local authorities and keep up to date with any new restrictions.
- When you return, follow the rules introduced in Estonia, monitor your health and contact your general practitioner if you suspect you may be infected with the virus.
- The Foreign Ministry emphasizes that countries can change their entry conditions and stay short term. For more detailed information on the conditions of the destination country, we recommend that you contact the representation or the responsible authorities in the country.
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