COVID-19 Information

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COVID-19 Information
Last updated: 06/21/21

***  Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel. Alternatively, travelers to the U.S. may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel.  Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.

Waivers to the testing requirement may be granted by the CDC on an extremely limited basis for emergency humanitarian travel.  To request a waiver please read the requirements in the passenger section of the CDC’s website and email VisaTallinn@state.gov with the required information for the U.S. Embassy to submit to the CDC on your behalf.

Country-Specific Information:

  • The Department of State has issued a  Level 4 Advisory advising U.S. citizens to reconsider travel to Estonia due to the global impact of COVID-19. The CDC issued a Level 4 (Very High) Travel Health Notice for Estonia due to COVID-19.
  • A dispersion requirement is in effect in all indoor public spaces requiring individuals to maintain a reasonable distance from one another.
  • Mask use is recommended in enclosed and crowded places.  Health authorities or employers may require mask use in certain situations.
  • Regular flights are available out of Estonia, however flight schedules remain limited and have not returned to pre-pandemic levels.
  • Quarantine-free entry is available to travelers arriving from a list of countries, which is evaluated weekly.  The United States was added to the list effective June 21.
  • An asymptomatic fully vaccinated person may travel to Estonia from any country. Travelers from some countries may require a visa. More information about visa requirements for Estonia can be found here.
  • Travelers arriving from high-risk countries with a mandatory quarantine may shorten the requirement with two negative PCR tests, one of which may be taken up to 72 hours prior to arrival.  In some cases, quarantine-free entry is available to travelers with proof of a COVID-19 vaccination or a full recovery from the disease with in the last 6 months.  More details can be found here.
  • Travelers entering Estonia are required to complete a declaration of health prior to entering the country, vaccinated travelers and those who have already had COVID-19 are not required to complete the declaration if they can provide proof of the grounds for their exemption.  More information can be found here.  This form can be completed online, up to 72 hours prior to entry.  Fines may be imposed for those who fail to complete the declaration.  More details can be found on the Estonian Health Board’s website.

Schools and Education

– Schools, kindergartens, and daycares are permitted to reopen for in person learning.

– Indoor youth and hobby activities are permitted indoors in groups up to 600 participants and a 50% space occupancy maximum.   Outdoor hobby and youth activities are allowed in groups of up to 1000 participants.

Shopping and Service Providers

– Stores may open with a maximum of 50% occupancy.

Food and Catering Services

– Restaurants, bars, cafes, and other catering establishments are open for indoor and outdoor dining with a 50% occupancy limit indoors.

Indoor Events and Activities

– Indoor events, activities, exhibitions, and trainings are allowed with a maximum of 600 participants, dispersal requirements in effect, and a maximum space capacity of 50%.

Outdoor Events and Activities

– Outdoor events, activities, and trainings are allowed with a maximum of 1000 participants.

 Public Events and Meetings

– Indoor worship services, public meetings, and conferences are allowed with 50% occupancy and a maximum of 200 participants.
– Outdoor public events, including sports and exercise events, are allowed for up to 250 people provided participants stay in groups of 25 distanced from other groups.

COVID-19 Testing:

  • Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Estonia? Yes
  • If so, are test results reliably available within 72 hours? Yes
  • Individuals feeling sick or showing any symptoms should contact their family doctor or the family doctor help line at 1220. If necessary, your doctor will forward a testing order to a local laboratory.  There is no charge for testing through the public testing centers if ordered by your family doctor.  Full details can be found on the Estonian Health Board’s website.
  • Individuals wishing to request a COVID test, antibody testing, or are in need of a certificate for travel may contact a private laboratory, such as SynlabConfido, Medicum, or Qvalitas, directly for an appointment. Costs at private facilities are approximately €78 to €81 for nasopharyngeal/PCR testing, €18 to €23.50 for anti-body testing, and €13 for a medical certificate.
  • Testing is available at the Tallinn airport.  PCR testing is available for arriving passengers and rapid antigen testing is available for departing passengers.  Travelers planning to use the rapid antigen test prior to departure should check directly with their airline to ensure this type of test will be accepted for travel to their final destination.  
  • coronavirus testing website has been created with information on different testing options available in Estonia.
  • Information on options for obtaining a certificate of COVID-19 testing results can be found on the coronavirus testing website.
  • The Estonian Health Board has created an online questionnaire to assist individuals in determining their risk of COVID-19 infection and provide personalized recommendations.  Data collected will also aid the Health Board in assessing and predicting further disease spread within Estonia.  The questionnaire can be completed at  https://koroonatestimine.ee/en/frequently-asked-questions/

 

COVID-19 Vaccine Information:

  • Has the government of Estonia approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use? Yes
  • Are vaccines available in Estonia for U.S. citizens to receive? Yes
  • Which vaccines are available in Estonia? Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are currently authorized for use in Estonia.  More details are available here.
  • Official information on COVID-19 vaccinations in Estonia and the order of distribution can be found on the Estonian government’s Vaktsineeri website.  Vaccinations are voluntary, free, and available for anyone living in Estonia, including those without healthcare.  Additional information can be found on the Estonian Health Board’s Q&A.
  • Foreigners living or working in Estonia, including those without healthcare, are eligible to receive the vaccine for free. In Tallinn, foreigners without a family doctor may contact Ülemiste Perekliinik OÜ at +372 58 834 417 to schedule a vaccine. Outside of Tallinn, foreigners should contact the family doctor for their region. More information can be found on vaktsineeri.ee.
  • Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines in the United States.
  • The United States Government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas. Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.

 Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter?  Yes.
  • As of June 21, U.S. citizens are permitted to enter Estonia for any purpose including tourism with no restrictions on movement.
  • Travelers entering Estonia are required to complete a declaration of health prior to entering the country. Vaccinated travelers and those who have already had COVID-19 are not required to complete the declaration if they can provide proof of the grounds for their exemption. More information can be found here.  This form can be completed online, up to 72 hours prior to entry.  Fines may be imposed for those who fail to complete the declaration.  More details can be found on the Estonian Health Board’s website.
  • The Estonian government regularly reviews and updates guidelines on travel restrictions based on a country’s infection rate. The most current guidelines can be found here.
  • Travelers are reminded to check the border crossing conditions of the destination country and transit countries, as the rules may vary. Additionally, countries may impose measures to prevent new strains of the virus on short notice.
  • Restricted border crossings remain at the Estonian-Russian border.
  • There are no legal restrictions on exiting Estonia.
    • Additional information on travel restrictions can be found here.
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry?  No.
    • Individuals arriving in Estonia from high COVID-19 risk countries may show proof of a negative test result, taken no more than 72 hours prior, or undergo testing at the port of entry to shorten the 10-day restriction of movement requirement. In both scenarios, an additional negative test must be taken no sooner than 6 days after the first.  More details can be found here.
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry?  No.
  • Travelers entering Estonia are required to complete a declaration of health prior to entering the country unless they are vaccinated or have already had COVID-19 and can provide proof of the grounds for their exemption.  This form can be completed online, up to 72 hours prior to entry.  Fines may be imposed for those who fail to complete the declaration.  More details can be found on the Estonian Health Board’s website.
  • The Estonian Police and Border Guard Board has issued  this guidance  on the legal basis for the temporary stay in Estonia for foreigners who are unable to return home due to the COVID-19 emergency situation; exceptions apply. You may also contact us at acstallinn@state.gov if you have any questions on your residency status in Estonia.

Movement Restrictions:

  • Is a curfew in place?  No.
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel?  No.
  • The government replaced lifted the 2+2 rule on May 31 and replaced it with a dispersion requirement, which means strangers should keep a reasonable distance from one another in indoor spaces. More information can be found on the Police and Border Guard site.
  • An extensive list of questions and answers related to the emergency situation, can be found  here.   Up to date information on COVID-19 in Estonia can be found on the  Estonian Health Board’s English-language page. 
  • Mask use is recommended in enclosed and crowded places.  The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines on effective mask use can be found here.

Quarantine Information:

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine?  Yes.
    • Travelers arriving from COVID-19 risk countries must self-isolate for 10 days. These lists of countries and quarantine requirements will be reevaluated every week and can be found here.
    • Effective January 15, quarantine requirements may be shortened for travelers arriving with proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test result, taken no more than 72 hours prior to arrival. Testing is also available upon arrival at air and sea ports of entry. Travelers must remain in self-isolation until a second negative test is confirmed, taken no sooner than 6 days after the first test. More information can be found here.
    • In some cases, quarantine-free entry is available to travelers with proof of a COVID-19 vaccination or a full recovery from the disease with in the last 6 months.  More details can be found here. 
    • The Estonian Government has established a mandatory quarantine for all individuals diagnosed with COVID-19 and those living with and in close contact with the infected individuals.
    • If a case is identified, the infected individual will be put in isolation. The Health Board will reach out to those who were possibly in close contact with an affected individual and advise them to limit their social engagements.  People who were potentially exposed to the virus are encouraged to voluntarily quarantine themselves at home and continuously monitor their own health.
    • Individuals not complying with a quarantine requirement may be subject to a fine up to €2,000.
    • For more information on quarantine requirements, please see  the Riigi Teataja website.

Transportation Options:

  • Are commercial flights operating?  Yes.
    • Passenger flights from Tallinn Airport continue to remain limited.  However, airlines have begun to resume many previous flight paths.  See the Tallinn Airport website for the current list of available destinations.
    • Americans interested in departing Estonia for the United States are encouraged to look at the contact information for airlines at Tallinn Airport  here.
  • Is public transportation operating?  Yes.

Fines for Non-Compliance:

  • Failure to comply with restrictions can result in fines up to 9,600 Euros.

Consular Operations:

  • All visitors to the Consular Section are required to wear masks. Any visitors who have traveled outside of Estonia in the prior 10 days and are subject to a restriction of movement will not be admitted for their appointment and will be asked to reschedule for a future date.  Additionally, visitors experiencing flu-like symptoms, or believed to have been exposed to the novel coronavirus, are required to postpone their appointment by at least 10 days.
  • The U.S. Embassy Tallinn is currently offering all routine American Citizen Services but appointments are limited.  American citizens should contact us at  acstallinn@state.gov if assistance is needed.
  •  U.S. Embassy Tallinn is accepting limited immigrant visa appointments, including some transfer requests from other countries.
  • The U.S. Embassy Tallinn has limited non-immigrant visa appointments available for sea crew, student/exchange visitors, and petition-based work visas for applicants resident in Estonia
  • More information can be found here.
  • U.S. Citizens seeking information on the CARES Act, including stimulus checks for individuals and assistance for small business owners, are encouraged to visit the  IRS Coronavirus Tax Relief and Economic Impact Payment site  for more information.

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