On 13 January 2021 the Estonian government approved an order whereby people arriving in Estonia from states where the COVID-19 infection rate is high, must be tested both prior to and after entering the state.

On 13 January 2021 the Estonian government approved an order whereby people arriving in Estonia from states where the COVID-19 infection rate is high, must be tested both prior to and after entering the state.

People arriving in Estonia from states with a high infection rate and seeking to be exempted from the self-isolation requirement, will be required to take a COVID-19 PCR test from 15 January 2021.

Starting from 15 January, people who seek to exempted from the requirement to self-isolate for 10 days upon their arrival in Estonia, must undergo coronavirus PCR testing up to 72 hours before arriving to Estonia. A second test can be taken in Estonia no earlier than on the sixth day from the first test taken abroad.

The person will be exempt from the 10-day self-isolation obligation if the results of both tests are negative.

People who have not been tested for the COVID-19 up to 72 hours before arriving in Estonia can take their first test immediately after their arrival in the state and their second test no earlier than on the sixth day after the first test. Their 10-day self-isolation can be terminated early if the results of both tests are negative.

From 15 January the “high infection rate” definition will be changed to 150 positive cases per 100,000 inhabitants. All persons arriving from high infection rate countries must self-isolate for 14 days. The obligation also applies to citizens and residents of Estonia arriving from such states. People arriving from states where the infection rate is below 150 will not be required to self-isolate.

The government decided to harmonize the testing times pertaining to traveling between Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Finland with the other states. Upon arrival from Latvia, Lithuania and Finland, testing will likewise be required up to 72 hours prior to entering the state if the passenger wants to be exempt from the self-isolation obligation.

Other currently valid exemptions to the isolation and testing obligations pertaining to traveling between Estonia, Finland, Latvia and Lithuania, such as the exception made for border towns Valga and Valka, will remain in force.

According to the changes, the obligatory self-isolation period for people arriving from the United Kingdom will be ten days – starting from 15 January. After their first negative test result, people arriving from the United Kingdom may not go to work or resume their urgent duties; they are only allowed to take part in unavoidable family-related events. Children under the age of 12 will be exempt from the testing obligation.

For the practical information about the COVID-19 testing at the border please see: https://koroonatestimine.ee/en