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It was announced on Wednesday that the Baltic nation of Estonia will be removing all of its entry requirements for international travelers, fully reopening after over two years.

The announcement was made by officials on Wednesday, and the changes immediately went into effect. Which means that as of June 16, 2022, travelers won't be subject to any more Covid-related entry requirements in order to be admitted into Estonia, including pre-departure testing, proof of vaccination, or quarantine.

birds-eye view of Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Tallinn on a sunny day

The new travel rules for Estonia will apply to all international arrivals, including those coming from outside of the EU.

“The repeal of the order governing the crossing of the border will remove restrictions on third-country nationals arriving from outside the European Union, the European Economic Area, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, and the Vatican,” says the official government statement about Wednesday's announcement.

TEstonian folk dancers in traditional clothing at the song festival grounds in Pirita during the song festival 'laulupide' held every 5 years in Tallinn

It was announced on Wednesday that the Baltic nation of Estonia will be removing all of its entry requirements for international travelers, fully reopening after over two years.

Before Wednesday's announcement was made, there were still entry restrictions for all Non-EU travelers to Estonia.

As per the entry guidance, any travelers from outside the EU/EEA region were required to show proof of vaccination against Covid, a certificate of full recovery from the virus OR a negative test result or the traveler had to isolate for 7 days upon arrival.

Narrow street in the old town of Tallinn, Estonia

According to the guidance in the official Visit Estonia website, masks are not mandatory in public indoor or outdoor spaces throughout the country. All services such as restaurants, bars, shops, hotels, and more are open to all persons regardless of vaccination status.

street building modern architecture windows and glass with stone and people silhouette girl and man umbrellas in exit urban city life Tallinn Estonia

The lifting of all Covid-related entry requirements seemed to have a domino effect this past spring when nations around the world began announcing they were reopening to international travelers without restrictions.

New countries are added to this list of fully reopened countries practically every week since the beginning of 2022.

As for the continent of Europe, there are only 7 countries left that still have entry requirements for international arrivals. The countries include:

  • The Netherlands
  • Spain
  • Portugal
  • France
  • Luxembourg
  • Finland
  • Malta

At the time of writing, over 70% of Europe is open to travelers without any Covid-related entry requirements, masking rules, or any other pandemic-related travel restrictions.

close up of a flower basket on a windowsill on an old street in Tallinn, Estonia, cobblestone roads

While it's lesser-known than its counterparts in Western Europe, Estonia is a unique country by the Baltic Sea with lots to offer travelers. Its capital city is Tallinn, where you'll find a stunning Old Town that dates back to the 13th century and it's one of the most preserved of its kind.

You can easily spend a few days in Tallinn exploring the old city gates, castles, orthodox churches and cathedrals, the town harbor, and so much more.

In many ways Tallinn is the cultural heart of the country, but travelers also enjoy heading out into the Estonian countryside to enjoy the rocky beaches, lakes, and national parks that are perfect for nature lovers.

There's an impressive amount of small towns to explore in Estonia once you venture past the coastline. In particular, the towns of Toila and Pärnu are well-known for their gorgeous bathhouses and spas.

Woman sightseeing Tallinn city landmarks vacations in Estonia travel lifestyle girl tourist relaxing at viewpoint Old Town aerial view architecture

Estonia got a little more buzz in the international travel world when the country announced it would be creating a digital nomad visa for remote workers, While more countries are announcing visa for so-called digital nomads, Estonia was a trailblazer in this area as it was the first to ever announce such an opportunity.

The visa is basically a one-year (temporary) residency program for higher-end remote workers and freelancers. To be accepted for the visa, applicants must make at least 3504 Euros monthly as a gross salary.

Estonia's digital nomad visa

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