What are the different restrictions in place in Estonia to stop 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. Wearing a mask is advisory. Let's all help keep each other safe!
Below is a summary of the latest restrictions and guidelines in place in Tallinn, Estonia. The most precise and up-to-date information is available on the website of the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (travelling) and the official coronavirus crisis portal Kriis.ee.
The official crisis portal www.kriis.ee is available in Estonian, English, and Russian. You can also 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 in Estonian and Russian, in English every day from 15:00 to 17:00).
What to know before your arrival to Tallinn, Estonia?
Do I have to self-isolate upon arrival?
Estonia's borders are open to passengers with no symptoms arriving from the European Union and the Schengen Area 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 150.
You have recovered from COVID-19, and no more than six months have passed since you have been declared cured.
You have received the COVID-19 vaccination, and no more than 12 months have passed since its completion.
Detailed information on entry and self-isolation requirements is available 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 following week).
Can I take a test to reduce the compulsory self-isolation period?
You can reduce the compulsory self-isolation period (ten days) by taking two tests:
A PCR-test no earlier than 72 hours before your arrival to Estonia or immediately after your arrival at the public testing centres at Tallinn Airport and the Port of Tallinn (terminals A and D). If you arrive by car or by bus, you can pre-book your testing time by phone: +372 678 0000 (Mo-Su from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.).
A second test in Estonia, no earlier than on the sixth day after the first test
If both tests are negative, your self-isolation period is considered completed.
Remember that testing negative does not automatically exempt you from the compulsory self-isolation but can shorten it. Between the two tests, you have to avoid all unnecessary contacts and maintain physical distance in public areas.
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)
What to know about the safety measures in place in Tallinn, Estonia?
Physical distancing is essential to stop the spread of the virus. Please try to keep a reasonable distance (approx. two metres (6,6 ft)) from others, both outside and inside.
Wear a face mask or cover your mouth and nose
Wearing a mask or covering your mouth and nose is recommended in public indoor spaces, including public transport.
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. in Tallinn and Harjumaa
Museums, shops, services, restaurants, and entertainment establishments are open, provided they disperse people and comply with the rules on maximum capacity and hygiene.
Many tourism service providers have also joined our Goodwill Agreement and have the customer label 'Covid-19 Safe'.
Operating is limited to 50 per cent of maximum capacity and no more than 600 people in attendance (indoors) at a time in:
Museums, galleries, and other similar attractions
Churches and other places for worship
Theatres, cinemas, and other similar entertainment establishments
Spas, swimming pools, and other similar facilities
Operating is limited to 50 per cent of maximum capacity:
Restaurants, cafés, bars, and other similar catering establishments
Stores, shopping centres and other similar establishments
Service points (e.g. post offices, banks, libraries, car repair shops, beauty salons, hairdressers etc.).
NB! As a temporary measure, the sale of alcohol at entertainment and catering establishments is prohibited from 10 p.m. to 10 a.m.
Please keep in mind that wearing a mask or covering your mouth and nose is highly recommended in public indoor spaces, including public transport.
Public events and group activities
Indoor events (including theatre performances, concerts, movie screenings, conferences, religious services etc.): room occupancy is limited to 50 per cent of the maximum capacity of the venue and no more than 600 participants
Outdoor events: a maximum of 1000 participants per event
Night events are not allowed: all activities must end by midnight.
From 28 June: the number of participants will be limited to 1000 people indoors (filling no more than of 50 per cent of the maximum capacity) and 5000 people outdoors.
Coronavirus contact tracing app HOIA
If you have a smartphone, download the HOIA contact tracing application. The app notifies you when you have been in close contact with a COVID-19 infected person.
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)
We are committed to acting responsibly to minimise the spread of the coronavirus.
Useful contacts and links
Medical help in Estonia
Family doctor advice line: +372 634 6630 (or 1220 if you have an Estonian number). A doctor answers your health questions in English every day from 15:00 to 17:00 (24h/7 in Estonian and Russian) and can also redirect you to the emergency line 112 if necessary.