What are the different restrictions in place in Estonia to restrtict the spread of coronavirus? Read our overview and do not forget to remain vigilant about social distancing, wash your hands, and stay home when sick. Let's all help keep each other safe!
Estonia's borders are open to passengers with no symptoms arriving from the European Union, the Schengen Area, the United Kingdom, and selected non-European countries. You do not have to self-isolate upon arrival if:
The relative coronavirus infection rate (cases per 100 000 habitants) in your country of origin is less than 25 or no more than 1.1 times the Estonian average.
You are coming from Finland, Latvia or Lithuania and are, first, equipped with a negative coronavirus test result taken within 48 hours before arriving in Estonia, and second, have not travelled outside the Baltic states or Finland in the past two weeks (14 days).
For the latest instructions and additional information related to the coronavirus epidemic in Estonia, consult the official crisis portal www.kriis.ee (in Estonian, English, and Russian) or call the crisis hotline at 1247 (+372 600 1247). For medical advice, please call the family doctors' helpline at 1220 (+372 634 6630, open 24h/7).
What to know about the safety measures in place in Tallinn, Estonia?
In public areas, both outside and inside, please keep a safe distance of at least two metres (6,6 ft).
Protective masks are not compulsory in Estonia. However, their use is recommended in crowded indoor spaces where keeping a social distance is difficult, such as shopping malls, public transport, and medical facilities. You can find more information about when and where to use a mask in Estonia on the kriis.ee website.
Public spaces: museums, attractions, restaurants, theatres, spas etc
The following attractions, shops, and entertainment establishments are open provided they comply with the rules on social distancing and hygiene:
Malls, shopping centres, and individual shops
Public playgrounds and outdoor sports grounds
Gyms and sports clubs
Bars and restaurants
Spas, saunas, and swimming pools, although they can only operate at 50% of their maximum capacity
Bowling alleys and billiard halls
Theatres, cinemas, and casinos provided they follow the rules for indoor events (see below)
Nightclubs, shisha-bars and other similar recreational establishments provided they follow the rules for indoor events (see below).
Tallinn's public beaches.
NB! As a temporary measure, the sale of alcohol is prohibited at entertainment and catering establishments from midnight (00:00) until 10 a.m.
Event organisers must disperse people to ensure social distancing and follow the restrictions on the number of participants and room occupancy.
Indoor events: a maximum of 750 participants filling no more than 50% of the venue or having clearly marked seats for everyone.
Outdoor events: a maximum of 2000 participants
Travel restrictions, compulsory self-isolation period, and testing
As a temporary measure, Estonia has reintroduced border control. You can find more information about crossing the Estonian border during the global coronavirus epidemic on the kriis.ee website.
Who can enter the country?
Estonian citizens and holders of an Estonian residency permit or right of residence
People with no symptoms arriving from the European Union, the members of the Schengen area, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and selected non-European countries. The full list is availaible on the website of the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Please bear in mind that if you enter the country, you may need to self-isolate. The compulsory quarantine for people arriving in Estonia depends on whether the relative coronavirus infection rate (cases per 100 000 habitants) in their country of origin is less than 25 and no more than 1.1 times the Estonian average.
See if you are required to self-isolate on the website of the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (the infection rates are updated every Friday afternoon and come into force on Monday of the new week).
I am arriving from a high-risk area. Can I take a test to reduce the compulsory self-isolation period?
You can reduce the compulsory self-isolation period by getting tested at the public testing centres at Tallinn Airport and the Port of Tallinn (terminals A and D) upon arrival. If you arrive by car or by bus, you can prebook your testing time by phone: +372 678 0000 (Mo-Su from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.).
Keep in mind that testing negative does not automatically excempt you from the compulsory self-isolation but can shorten it.
You are required to take two tests: the first, upon arrival, and the second no earlier than seven days after the result of the first test.
Test yourself at the Tallinn airport or port. When awaiting test results, isolate yourself fully
If your result is negative, you are required to self-isolate in limited form for seven days: you can go to work or get groceries, but you have to avoid all unnecessary contacts and maintain social distance in public areas
In no later than seven days after receiving the first result, take a second test. If this one is also negative, you can resume normal activities.
Read more about the procedure, specific requirements, and potential fees on the website of the Estonian Health Board.
What else should I know about travelling to Estonia?
You can transit through Estonia to your home country if you have no symptoms of COVID-19.
There are no restrictions on exiting the country.
Many flight, bus, and ferry connections have temporarily stopped or reduced their services - for details about your travel connection, please contact your travel company or service provider.
International cruises: the start of the cruise ship season at the ports of Estonia has been delayed.
Read more about travelling to Estonia and crossing the border on the crisis information portal kriis.ee (in English, Russian, and Estonian) or call the crisis hotline 1247 (+372 600 1247).
If you need consular information or have questions about travel restrictions in other countries, you can find the contacts of diplomatic representations in Tallinn on the website of the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (24h-helpline: +372 53 01 9999)
Tallinn Tourist Information Centre: opening times
The staff at Tallinn's conveniently located Tourist Information Centre are always happy to assist you! The centre is open daily from 09:00 to 18:00.
You can contact us by phone, e-mail or via social media. When in Tallinn, you can also simply drop by to ask questions, take free maps and brochures, or use the centre's free Wi-Fi to do your own research.
Address: Niguliste 2, 10146 Tallinn, Estonia (map)