All people arriving in Estonia (including Estonian citizens and residents) coming from countries with a cumulative number of positive virus tests of more than 200 per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days must remain in self-isolation for 10 days. The obligation to self-isolate is not applied if the corresponding number is less than 200. Up-to-date information on the list of countries can be found HERE.
Mandatory self-isolation of 10 days can be shortened if two coronavirus PRC tests have been taken (the last one must be PCR), though not less than 6 days apart.
When looking to shorten the period of self-isolation, only tests performed for RNA detection by PCR method are taken into account. In this case, the performance of the test and its negative result must be proven by an extract from the test result in either the Latin or Cyrillic alphabet, in Estonian, Russian or English, indicating the place and time of the test, the test performer and its details, the methodology (PCR) and the test result.
The imposition of a 10-day quarantine period in the place of residence or in the permanent place of residence or testing requirements do not apply to a person who has had the COVID-19 disease in the last six months and who has been declared healthy by a doctor, or who has been vaccinated against COVID-19. At the same time, the person must continue to comply with the restrictions in force in Estonia and follow all the measures taken to prevent the spread of the disease.
ARRIVAL IN ESTONIA AND TESTING OF ESTONIAN CITIZENS
When returning to Estonia from abroad, it is recommended that you take a coronavirus test. Both Estonian citizens and persons holding Estonian residence permits who arrive from high-risk countries as countries of origin or transit can be tested free of charge on the basis of their Estonian identity document (Estonian citizen’s passport or Estonian alien’s passport, Estonian ID card or residence permit card). The mask must be removed by the moment of identification. Only paid testing is available for foreign nationals. Testing is voluntary and the second negative test shortens the mandatory 10-day restriction on the freedom of movement.
The sample can be given according to the means of arrival (PCR or antigen test):
- By ship: at the A and D terminals of the Port of Tallinn, in the pedestrian area;
- By plane: at Tallinn Airport with the help of Medicum medics at a temporary testing point;
- Via the Narva border crossing point: in the Narva border zone in the border crossing point (the service is available 24/7);
- By train, ship to Paldiski or by other means of transport by land: at a public testing point on the basis of pre-booking. To book an appointment, please contact the public testing call centre at +372 678 0000 (Mon-Fri 9-17). As in Estonia people with symptoms are tested first and there may be queues of 1-3 days, it is advisable to book an appointment in advance once the day of arrival is known. Your most suitable public testing point can be found HERE.
At the border testing point (Port of Tallinn, Tallinn Airport and Narva border point), the referral letter is prepared on site, for which the country of origin and time of arrival are requested. Completing the referral letter and giving the sample takes about 5 minutes. Testing follows the ‘first come, first served’ principle. The testing points are open according to the arrival schedule of ships and planes but are closed at other times.
If an Estonian citizen or a person holding an Estonian residence permit has taken a test in another country immediately before arriving in Estonia, but wishes to take it again when returning to Estonia, it is provided free of charge.
ARRIVAL IN ESTONIA AND TESTING OF FOREIGN NATIONALS
Foreign nationals arriving from high-risk countries can receive a test for a fee (PCR or antigen test). Testing is voluntary and shortens the mandatory 10-day restriction on the freedom of movement.
Foreign nationals can give a sample according to the means of arrival:
- By ship: at the A and D terminals of the Port of Tallinn, in the pedestrian area. You can pay on site and only card payments are accepted.
- By plane: at Tallinn Airport with the help of Medicum medics at a temporary testing point. You can pay on site and only card payments are accepted.
- Via the Narva border crossing point: at the Narva border crossing point at a temporary Corrigo testing point. You can pay on site and only card payments are accepted.
- By train, ship to Paldiski or by other means of transport by land: on the basis of a pre-booking with a medical service provider that offers a paid coronavirus testing. You can find more information HERE.
At the border testing point (Port of Tallinn, Tallinn Airport and Narva border point), the referral letter is prepared on site, for which the country of origin and time of arrival are requested. It is necessary to take your identity document with you. The mask must be removed by the moment of identification. Completing the referral letter and giving the sample takes about 5 minutes. Testing follows the ‘first come, first served’ principle. The testing points are open according to the arrival schedule of ships and planes but are closed at other times.
If a foreign national has taken a test in another country immediately before arriving in Estonia, but wants to take another in Estonia, it is possible to obtain the test at the Port of Tallinn and Tallinn Airport for a fee.
ARRIVAL AND TESTING OF CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 12
For children under the age of 12, a requirement has been established that children who travelled to a yellow or red country with a parent or caregiver who has not been vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19, will need to take a COVID PCR test on the third day after their return to no longer be subject to self-isolation.
For example, if they arrived on Sunday, the test should be taken on Wednesday. If the child has no symptoms of illness, they are allowed to go to school, kindergarten, or nursery on the first day after their trip, as well as participate in hobby education organised there. If the result of the test taken on the third day after the trip is positive, they must remain in quarantine. From the 10th day, the child is allowed to participate in hobby education outside of school or kindergarten.
Children under the age of 12 arriving in the country with a parent or caregiver who is vaccinated or has recovered from COVID-19 and shows no symptoms of illness, can participate in schoolwork and hobby education without any limitations. Youngsters aged 12–18 and those turning 19 during the current academic year whose parent or person accompanying them has not been vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19 and who are not vaccinated themselves, will also need to take a COVID PCR test on the third day after returning from their trip to no longer be subject to self-isolation. In other respects, the same rules apply as those that apply to children under 12 years of age.
- Testing is only available at public testing points based on a prior reservation.
- An appointment can reserved for a child by calling +372 678 0000 (Mon-Fri 9.00-17.00). You will be asked to provide the child’s first and last name, and personal identification code.
- If the child gives a sample from pharyngeal washings, he or she is required to refrain from eating and drinking, chewing gum and brushing teeth for 1 hour before giving the sample.
Testing is performed by a public testing organisation. All samples are analysed in the SYNLAB Tallinn laboratory.
Until the result of the test is known, the person must comply with all the restrictions on the freedom of movement. In case of a negative result, the person is notified via text message. In case of a positive result, the person receives a phone call. The result is also visible in the health information system at digilugu.ee, which is accessible with an ID card, Mobile ID or Smart-ID.
SECOND TEST TO SHORTEN SELF-ISOLATION
If the first coronavirus PRC test has been performed upon arrival or 72 hours before arrival in Estonia or antigen test has been performed by healthcare provider upon 48 hours and the result is negative, limited self-isolation is requested for the first 6 days from arrival, i.e., you can go to work to perform urgent and indispensable duties at your employer’s request and buy groceries in a shop near your place of residence. However, it is important to avoid unnecessary contacts. Even while at work, you should maintain a safe distance from others, wear a mask and take other necessary measures.
The second PCR test must be taken no earlier than 6 days after the first test, and if it is also negative, normal life can be resumed. This means after two negative coronavirus PRC tests a person is not subject to a 10-day restriction on the freedom of movement. The 10-day restriction on the freedom of movement applies to all those coming from high-risk countries who do not take the two tests.
NB: It must be calculated in such a way that the day of taking the test is day 0, i.e., a person who takes the test on Monday can take the second test no earlier than on Sunday.
The restriction on the freedom of movement must be observed between the two tests.
Taking the second test earlier than six days does not shorten the mandatory self-isolation.
How does the second test take place (six days after the first test)?
- In case of re-testing of an Estonian citizen or a person holding an Estonian residence permit, including a holder of an Estonian identity document (Estonian citizen’s passport or Estonian alien’s passport, Estonian ID card or residence permit card), who has given the first sample in Estonia upon arrival in Estonia, the testing call centre will contact the person to book an appointment. The second test is free of charge if the country of origin or transit was a high-risk country (i.e., a country listed in red on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs).
- In case of re-testing of persons holding an Estonian identity document who have given the first sample abroad immediately before arriving in Estonia, an appointment must be booked for the second test. To do this, please contact the public testing call centre for cross-border travellers at +372 678 0000 (Mon-Fri 9-17). It is recommended to phone a few days in advance, but the appointment should be booked no earlier than for day 6.
- A foreign citizen who gave the first sample immediately before arriving in Estonia or at the Estonian border for a fee must book an appointment for the second test with a paid coronavirus testing service provider. Contacts can be found HERE. It is recommended to call a few days in advance (as there may be a queue for testing), but the appointment should be booked no earlier than for day 6.
The list of high-risk countries is updated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs every Friday and the list comes into force on Monday of the following week. Up-to-date information can be found HERE.
You can submit a border crossing declaration in the self-service section of the Health Board. More information can be found HERE.
See also the Travel Wisely (Reisi Targalt) page HERE.