Estonia officially reopened the border for tourism June 1, 2020, starting with select countries within the EU. As of July, Estonia has now reopened for additional third-party countries and has launched their digital nomad visa program.
As of mid-2021, Estonia has started allowing unrestricted access to a list of third-party safe countries.
Below we have compiled two lists of countries that are currently allowed to visit Estonia. One for EU nations, and the other for third-party countries. Both lists also have which countries will need to quarantine on arrival and which ones do not.
Countries Allowed To Travel To Estonia
Here are both the EU nations and third-party nations that can travel to Estonia right now.
Please note: These lists will change every two weeks. The countries permitted (as well as the quarantine requirements) are based on the relative case rate in each country. If the active case rate per 100,000 population goes too high, then quarantine is needed.
EU Countries Allowed To Visit Estonia
The below EU countries are able to travel to Estonia:
(accurate as of June, 2021)
- San Marino
- Vatican City
The list is updated weekly HERE
Third-Party Countries Allowed To Visit Estonia
Accurate as of June 21 2021, residents of the below countries can travel to Estonia:
- United States of America
- Hong Kong
- North Macedonia
- New Zealand
- South Korea
Testing to Shorten/Circumvent Quarantine from High-Risk Nations
From 1 September, those returning to Estonia from high risk countries will have the opportunity to be tested in order to shorten the 10-day quarantine.
Passengers can provide both a 72-hour negative PCR test before boarding, and other done on Day 6 to shorten the quarantine.
Those who have been fully-vaccinated or have recently recovered within 180 days with proof from a doctor can circumvent the quarantine.
Is entry into Estonia based on location, nationality, or residency?
Estonia states it is allowing tourists into the country based on their residency.
Will I have to Quarantine upon arrival into Estonia?
The above lists will clearly tell you if you are required to quarantine or not upon arrival into Estonia.
Other Entry Requirements in Estonia
All other normal border/immigration rules will apply for countries permitted to visit.
In-bound tourists should also expect a health screening and/or temperature check upon entering.
Can I transit through Estonia?
Foreigners are allowed to transit Estonia on their way home only if they do not show symptoms. If you have a layover in Estonia on your way to another country for tourism, contact the airline and the airport to see if you are permitted to transit through in your specific case.
Are masks mandatory in Estonia?
Estonia was one of the last countries to mandate masks. The new rule came into effect November 23rd.
Is There a Digital Nomad Visa for Estonia?
Yes! Estonia is finally launching their Digital Nomad Visa, a type of Visa that will allow freelancers, entrepreneurs, and location-independent professionals to live and work in Estonia for a year at a time.
Final details about the DNV program are being announced and applications will be open soon.
The long awaited #digitalnomadvisa is here! From 15 July, you can apply for a new #remotework visa to stay in #Estonia for up to 12 months. 🙌 Learn about how to apply, the eligibility criteria, the idea behind it, and more from our MD @ottvatter 👉https://t.co/x9AWB1mjhh— e-Residency: Estonia (@e_Residents) July 8, 2020
What’s Open in Estonia?
Most things reopened in Estonia on June 1. Here is a list of everything you will find open again in the country, most with 50% capacity limits:
- Saunas, spas and swimming pools
- Bowling, billiards and play rooms
- Casinos and arcades
- Movie theatres, plays and performances (max 500 px)
- Outdoor events (max 1000 px)
- Sporting competitions with spectators
- Museums, galleries and exhibitions
- Restaurants, cafes and bars
- Hotels and other accommodations
Have Flights Resumed To Tallinn?
Yes. Daily direct flights have resumed all over Europe. Tallinn flies direct to dozens of cities. You will find the most availability of flights with these airlines: Wizz Air, Air Baltic, RyanAir, Belavia, and EasyJet.
Can the USA visit Estonia?
Yes, as of June 21, 2021 the USA can once again visit Estonia.
Disclaimer: Estonia’s reopening news is ever-changing and being updated constantly. We do our best to keep this article up to date with all the latest information, but the decision to travel is ultimately your responsibility. Contact your consulate and/or local authorities to confirm your nationality’s entry and/or any changes to travel requirements before traveling.
Article originally published July 11, 2020