The Republic of Estonia reopened its borders to travellers arriving from outside countries within Europe on Monday, June 1, and some visitors will have the bonus of not having to quarantine once they get there.
“Estonia will admit people with no symptoms arriving from the European Union, the members of the Schengen area or the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland,” the country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs website explains.
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According to the Ministry, the necessity for individuals to quarantine when arriving in Estonia is contingent on the condition that the “relative coronavirus infection rate in their country of origin is about 15.” What this means is that no more than 15 people per 100,000 residents are infected in the passenger’s origin country in the past two weeks.
Travellers arriving in the country with a point of origin that has a higher infection rate will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days on arrival. Travellers arriving from the United Kingdom, Sweden, Belgium, Ireland, Portugal, Malta, and Spain must adhere to the two-week self-isolation rule.
“We are taking it one step at a time when it comes to lifting travel restrictions. The safety of our population is always our priority,” said Foreign Minister of Estonia Urmas Reinsalu in a statement. “We can currently open Estonia to Europe. It is difficult to predict now when we can welcome people from across the world again because everything depends on developments in the spread of the virus.”
The list of countries where visitors are permitted to enter Estonia without having to quarantine is updated every Friday. As of Tuesday, they are:
- The Netherlands
- The Czech Republic