The 10-day isolation requirement applies to arrivals from all European countries with a 14-day coronavirus infection rate of 50 or more people per 100,000 inhabitants in this country.
The list of countries with their 14-day coronavirus rate recently reported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is as follows: Countries whose arrivals must self-quarantine for 10 days upon arrival in Estonia bold.
- Andorra 691.8
- Austria 397.9
- Belgium 299.3
- Bulgaria 425.3
- Croatia 1113.2
- Czech Republic 757.7
- Cyprus 597.9
- Denmark 754.9
- Finland 100.2 *
- France 269.9
- Germany 393.9
- Greece 145.5
- Hungary 521.7
- Iceland 44.8
- Ireland 108.9
- Italy 371.6
- Latvia 501.4 *
- Liechtenstein 617.5
- Lithuania 1376.1 *
- Luxembourg 1039.8
- Malta 241.9
- Monaco 272.0
- Netherlands 765.8
- Norway 101.4
- Poland 366.7
- Portugal 502.6
- Romania 400.3
- San Marino 923.0
- Slovakia 634.9
- Slovenia 965.6
- Spain 249.1
- Sweden 878.4
- Switzerland 516.0
- United Kingdom 475.5 ***
- Vatican 0.0 **
* Based on Regulation No. 282 of the Estonian Government, the restriction on free movement does not apply to asymptomatic persons who have been on the territory of Lithuania, Latvia or Finland in the last 14 days and who have come to Estonia directly from Lithuania, Latvia or Finland with the following requirements:
(1) The person has had a coronavirus test within 48 hours before arriving in Estonia and the result is negative. When traveling to these countries from Estonia and returning to Estonia, it is possible to take the coronavirus test in Estonia and, in case of a negative result, return to normal life i.e. H. Without a quarantine request. People must remain in quarantine pending COVID-19 test results.
(2) The person comes to Estonia for family reasons or for transit in order to work, study or receive health services. If you are traveling to Estonia for the above reasons, it is not mandatory or required to have a coronavirus test before arriving in the country.
** While the coronavirus infection rate in the Vatican City-State is currently 0 per 100,000, those who travel via Italy when traveling to Estonia are still subject to the 10-day freedom of movement restriction.
*** The Estonian government decided on December 23rd to apply additional self-isolation requirements for passengers arriving from the UK (see below).
This means that, according to the current infection rates, only arrivals from Iceland in Estonia no longer have to quarantine under European countries or carry out a coronavirus test from Monday.
Travel restrictions in force in Estonia are checked weekly on Fridays. Changes take effect the following Monday.
Since September 1st, passengers returning to Estonia from COVID-19 high risk countries can shorten their mandatory self-isolation time and return to work by testing for COVID-19 at the airport and port of entry.
Additional travel restrictions and assessment of Estonia by other countries
The Estonian government decided on December 23rd to apply additional self-isolation requirements for passengers arriving from the UK.
In addition to excluding direct flights between the two countries with immediate effect, the required self-isolation period for arrivals from the UK will be extended to 14 days from Monday 28 December.
Passengers arriving from the UK are required to self-isolate for seven days if they pass a COVID-19 test negative on arrival and then take a second test. If this second test is negative, the person no longer needs to be isolated.
Germany will apply additional restrictions from December onwards that will apply to arrivals from Estonia that have been placed on a risk areas list.
All arrivals entering Germany from a risk area or returning to Germany from abroad after having been in a risk area within the last ten days prior to entry must be isolated for 10 days immediately after entry.
In addition, people entering Germany must register here before their arrival and present proof of registration upon entry. If you have to travel to Germany in urgent matters, you will find the latest travel advice here.
On December 17, the Council of the European Union reviewed the list of third countries in Appendix 1 of its recommendation to gradually lift temporary restrictions on non-essential travel to the EU. *
According to the list, travel to Estonia from Australia, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, Thailand and Uruguay is possible.
Passengers arriving from Japan and South Korea are subject to a 10-day movement restriction. Those arriving from the other countries listed by the Council do not have to restrict their movement.
* The press release on the revised list of countries in Appendix 1 of the Recommendation of the Council of the European Union can be found here.
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 medicines 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 on short notice. For more detailed information on the conditions of the destination country, we recommend contacting the representation or the competent authorities in the country.
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