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What is the difference between restrictions on freedom of movement, self-isolation, and quarantine?

 

RESTRICTIONS ON FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT

  • If you are arriving from a foreign country you will be required to observe the requirements to restrict your freedom of movement.
    Information on the relevant countries and the requirements covering restrictions to freedom of movement for passengers is available on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website »

  • If you have tested positive for corona virus you will be subject to restrictions on movement and you may not leave your place of residence from when you are diagnosed with the coronavirus until you have fully recovered. You may only leave if your home is told to do so by a healthcare worker or a police officer or for essential reasons if you are life or health are in danger. The families of people who have tested positive are subject to the same restrictions on movement.
    •  Exceptional cases when it is permitted to leave the home if there are no signs of illness are:
      • if a member of the family is a healthcare worker or providing other services that are vital in the emergency
      • to get essential supplies in the immediate local area when there is no other way of getting them. In this case all restrictions on movement and public spaces must be followed
      • if there has been no contact at all within the home with the person who has been diagnosed with coronavirus
      • to spend time outdoors if all the earlier restrictions on movement in public spaces are followed
  • Those individuals who are entering Estonia from third countries must take a SARS-CoV-2 test upon their arrival. They must remain at their permanent place of residence or temporary place of abode until they have received a negative test result. Six days later, those individuals are required to take another test and, if the result of this test is also negative, they may go to work.

  • No sickness benefit is paid to such an individual during any period in which their freedom of movement is restricted, unless they develop symptoms of a disease.
     

Requirements for restrictions to freedom of movement if you are arriving from a foreign country

If an individual has taken the first PCR coronavirus test upon entering the country or within 72 hours before entering the country, and the result of this test has been negative, they must still remain in limited self-isolation for the first six days of their stay in Estonia, which means that they may go to work in order to carry out essential duties which cannot be postponed once such a course of action has been agreed with their employer, and will also be able to go shopping for groceries near their home, but they must avoid any unnecessary contact with other people. 

At least six days after learning the result of the first test, a second PCR test may be taken. If the result of this test is also negative, the individual may resume their normal daily life. This means that, having tested negative twice, the individual will no longer be subjected to the ten-day restriction on their freedom of movement which is applied to anyone who has travelled from a risk country and has not taken two tests.
Please note that days following testing must be counted by assuming that the day upon which the test is taken is day zero. In other words, anyone who has been tested on Monday must wait at least until Sunday to take the second test, as Monday is day zero, Tuesday is day one, and Sunday is day six.

In the period between the two tests, the individual must observe the restrictions on their freedom of movement. Any result from a second test which has been taken less than six days after the first test will not reduce the duration of the isolation period.

Read more about testing »

Information on countries and restrictions on freedom of movement for passengers can be found on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs »

 

SELF-ISOLATION

 

QUARANTINE

  • In the event of having to quarantine, a person may not leave their place of residence or lodging at all, under any reasonable circumstances. Quarantine can be established by means of an order by the Government of the Republic or through an administrative act being executed by the Health Board if there is a risk of an especially hazardous or novel infectious disease being spread outside of the centre of infection (§ 27 of the Communicable Diseases Prevention and Control Act).
  • Quarantined individuals will receive sickness benefit.
 

Exemption from restrictions on freedom of movement

Attention: the Health Board is not authorised to exempt any individuals who arrive in Estonia from restrictions on their freedom of movement where such a restriction has been established as an order by the Government of the Republic, or to reduce the duration of any period of restriction on one’s freedom of movement.

 

A PASSENGER LOCATOR FORM

Upon arrival in Estonia, travellers are required to submit the following information to the Health Board:

  • the traveller’s personal details (first name and surname, personal identification code or date of birth, travel document number, gender, and citizenship);
  • the personal details of any minors who are travelling with the traveller (including first name and surname, plus citizenship);
  • the traveller’s contact details (email address, telephone number, and postal address for their permanent place of residence or current place of abode);
  • details concerning their travels (the country from which they departed to arrive in Estonia, their date of arrival, and any countries which were visited during the course of their travels, including any layover countries even if the individual concerned did not exit the transit zone, as well as details of their accommodation in Estonia in the case of foreign nationals);
  • details about immunisation and testing (including details about having had COVID-19, and details about having been vaccinated against COVID-19).

The traveller's declaration form can be submitted up to three days prior to arrival in Estonia or upon the day of arrival at: https://iseteenindus.terviseamet.ee.
After submitting the declaration, the completed declaration form will be emailed to you. Please keep your completed declaration form in digital format or on paper so that you will be able to present it at the border if you are required to do so.

It is also possible to complete your declaration on paper (DOCX).

Further information can be found on the Police and Border Guard Board’s website. Please read more about the restrictions and procedure which apply to travelling, via the kriis.ee website.