When will Estonia open its borders to Russia and Russian during coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in 2021?
2019 divided the history of most countries into «before» and «after». We are talking about a pandemic that has swept the whole world. The SARS-CoV-2 virus was first identified among residents of Hubei province (China). In just a few months, a disease called Covid-19 has spread to the inhabitants of the entire planet. Russia and Estonia were not an exception.
Why is covid so dangerous? Regardless of the level of development of a particular state, medical care and other factors, millions of people have become victims of the coronavirus. According to the latest data, this figure is 178 169 979 people, among the total — 3 859 178 deaths. The main symptoms of the disease are: shortness of breath, high fever, dry cough, loss of taste and smell. The world’s leading countries have developed or are working on the production of their own vaccines that protect against COVID-19. Naturally, vaccination is not a 100% guarantee of protection against coronavirus, however, when infected, the disease is transferred much easier.
According to current data (statistics for Sunday, 20 June 2021), the number of cases in Estonia is 130 806 people, total deaths are 1268, and 2874 are sick right now. Such statistics forced the government of the state of Estonia to impose certain restrictions on flights and border crossing.
Is it allowed to enter Estonia from Russia?
Current statistics on the restrictions on entry to Estonia:
- Open to citizens: Yes
- Open to Russians: Partially
- Open to foreigners and tourists: Partially
- Quarantine (lockdown) in Estonia: Partial
During the most «acute» periods of the pandemic, the following restrictions are applied in Estonia:
- Foreigners can enter the territory of Estonia only if absolutely necessary: study in Estonia, employment, residence permit. For more information about the conditions of entry, read the official sources of the government: https://www.visitestonia.com/en/why-estonia/coronavirus-and-travelling-to-estonia
- Availability of the test: Health check is required
All countries are divided into 3 main categories by the Ministry of Health:
- «Green» (low rate of spread of coronavirus)
- «Orange» (average rate of spread of coronavirus)
- «Red» (high rate of spread of coronavirus)
In this regard, the government acts in accordance with the recommendations of the World Health Association. The distribution of states into separate categories is updated regularly. At the moment, Russia ranks among the states of the «Orange» category.
The main reasons for the introduction of new restrictions are coronavirus mutations, an increase in the number of cases, and insufficient vaccination rates.
Rules for entering Estonia from Russia in 2021
At the moment, Estonia is partially opened to foreigners, including Russians. Quarantine measures are applied to tourism and trade.
Before travelling to Estonia, Russians must pass the PCR test no earlier than 72 hours in advance and submit a written document of an international standard (in English). Also, at the time of arrival, there should be no signs of SARS (fever, chills, runny nose, cough, etc.).
Is it necessary to comply with quarantine and take a PCR test when entering Estonia?
Health check is required
Self-isolation for 10 days required for some countries.
For which countries are the borders with Estonia open?
Today (Sunday, 20 June 2021) the borders of Estonia are fully open for 21/ 32 countries, partially open for 30/ 32 countries. See how we collect data and find out why not all countries are included in the statistics.
List of countries for which the borders with Estonia are partially or completely open:
- Czech Republic
In Estonia, bars and restaurants work with restrictions, all shops work without restrictions. Public events (exhibitions, concerts, museums, etc.) are allowed but with restrictions.
Foreigners can cross the border if all the conditions for entering the country are strictly kept to:
Coming from Europe (the European Union, the European Economic Area or the Schengen area):-Restrictions do not apply on entering Estonia from a country in the European Union, European Economic Area and the Schengen area with an infection rate below 150 persons per 100 000 inhabitants in the past 14 days.-Coming from a country with an infection rate above 150, a 10-day restriction on the freedom of movement applies which can be shortened by testing. One of the tests must be taken up to 72 hours before arrival or immediately after crossing the border and the second test must be taken no earlier than on the sixth day after the first test.-People who have recovered from the coronavirus in the last six months or who have been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus are exempt from self-isolation and testing. Read about requirements for a vaccination certificate and for a certificate of recovery.Countries outside the European Union from which it is possible to travel to Estonia, including for tourism (according to the list in Annex 1 of the recommendation of the Council of the European Union) Australia Israel New Zealand South Korea Rwanda Thailand SingaporeAt the border crossing points, i.e. ports, airports and checkpoints at Russian land borders, the travel documents and medical symptoms are checked. Border control personnel have legal rights to deny entering for persons who show symptoms of COVID-19, i.e. to deport them back to the country of arrival. A person entering Estonia in a case the quarantine requirements apply will have to provide the Police and Border Guard Board their address and confirm that they will remain at their place of stay for the isolation period.
At the moment, there are no other restrictions on entering the territory of Estonia. At the same time, the government recommends waiting for travel to countries with extremely high rates of covid-19 spread (red zone).
For which countries are the borders with Russia open?
Today (Sunday, 20 June 2021) Russia’s borders are fully open to 29/ 32 countries, partially open — to 21/ 32 countries. See how we collect data and find out why not all countries are included in the statistics.
List of countries for which the borders with Russia are partially or completely open:
- United Arab Emirates
- Czech Republic
- Dominican Republic
- United Kingdom
In Russia, bars and restaurants work with restrictions, all shops work without restrictions. Public events (exhibitions, concerts, museums, etc.) are allowed but with restrictions.
Foreigners can cross the Russian border if all the conditions for entering the country are strictly kept to:
At the moment, there are no other restrictions on entry into Russia. At the same time, the government recommends waiting for travel to countries with extremely high rates of covid-19 spread (red zone).
The cheapest flights to Estonia from Russia
The resumption of full-fledged air communication is gradual. At the moment, direct flights to Estonia are limited, so it is possible to get to Estonia with transfers. We offer the best air fares from Russia to Estonia. Today you have the opportunity to book tickets at an affordable price. A pandemic is not a barrier to business and travel.
We constantly monitor the situation with the spread of coronavirus and are always ready to provide you with up-to-date information.
Actual data of COVID-19 in Estonia
Current coronavirus statistics in Estonia:
- Total cases of covid infection: 130 806
- Sick right now: 2874
- Number of deaths: 1268
- Recent morbidity: declining
Situation with lockdown in Estonia:
Hotels and other accommodation facilities. Can operate and offer breakfast, but some hotels are still closed either due to restrictions and lack of visitors or renovation.Shops and services. Shops and service points must ensure that the requirement for dispersal is adhered to with occupancy not allowed to exceed 50%.Catering services. Indoor occupancy of up to 50% is permitted and the requirement for dispersal must be considered. There is no limit on the number of people in one table. The doors must be closed at 22.00 for customers eating-drinking on the spot. From 14 June, the on-site time for eating-drinking will be extended until midnight with the occupancy restriction and requirement for dispersal remaining the same.Training. Allowed indoors for up to 200 people and from 14 June for up to 600 people, the requirement for dispersal and for 50% occupancy must be considered throughout.Saunas, spas, water parks, indoor swimming pools. The 50% occupancy and dispersal requirement must be considered. The number of participants allowed outdoors is up to 250 and up to 200 indoors, closing time at 22.00. From 14 June, a maximum of 600 people can be indoors and a maximum of 1,000 people in outdoors areas. The requirement for room occupancy and dispersal remains the same indoors. Both indoors and outdoors, the facilities need to be closed for customers by midnight.Events and entertainment. From 31 May, up to 200 people are allowed to take part in a public meeting and event indoors, such as a conference, theatre performance, concert, cinema screening, as well as entertainment and public worship or religious services. The requirement for room occupancy of up to 50% must be considered. Events must end at 22.00, but if, for example, a theatre performance, cinema screening or concert has not ended by that time, the doors may be closed for visitors within a reasonable time after 22.00.From 14 June, up to 600 people can participate in indoor events and up to 1,000 people in outdoor events. The event must end no later than by midnight. It is possible to organise events with a number of participants higher than required with the general requirements if these are attended only by people who have tested negative for COVID-19, have had COVID-19 or have vaccinated against COVID-19. Up to 3,000 people per day may participate in indoor activities and up to 9,000 people per day in outdoor activities, provided that the infection safety of all participants is ensured.Participants have to take a rapid antigen test up to 24 hours or a PCR test up to 72 hours before the start of the event. The organiser is also obligated to provide the option for a rapid antigen test on site immediately before the start of the event.People who have had the complete set of vaccines against COVID-19 in the last 12 months are allowed to participate in the event without taking the test. They will be exempted from the moment they have received maximum protection after vaccination, i.e. for vaccines currently in use, 7 to 15 days after the last injection, depending on the manufacturer. In addition, people who have had COVID-19 in the last year and later received a single dose of vaccine, or who have had COVID-19 after receiving the first dose of vaccine are also exempted from taking the test. Those people who have had COVID-19 and been declared healthy but have not received an additional dose of vaccine will be exempted from taking the test for six months after being declared healthy.In museums and exhibition facilities room occupancy may not exceed 50% and no more than 200 people can be in one room. From 14 June, up to 600 people may stay indoors in museums and exhibition facilities with a 50% dispersal requirement per room being in force. Outdoor museums and exhibition facilities will continue to have a 50% occupancy limit per visitor area. From 14 June, both indoor and outdoor areas must be closed for visitors no later than by midnight.
Actual data of COVID-19 in Russia
Current statistics on coronavirus in Russia:
- Total cases of covid infection: 5 316 826
- Sick right now: 317 493
- Number of deaths: 129 361
- Recent morbidity: declining
Situation with lockdown in Russia:
Businesses, transportation, and government institutions are largely operating as normal; most restrictions to slow the spread of the virus have been revoked. As a result, products and services are widely available as before the start of the pandemic. Grocery stores are well stocked and operating normal hours. Some jurisdictions place limitations on large gatherings and mass events.On October 28th, the government of the Russian Federation reinstated a requirement to wear masks in crowded public areas, including public transportation, taxis, parking lots, and elevators. This order applies to the entire country.
Thus, the restrictions associated with the coronavirus dictate living conditions in 2021. Each state has developed its own border crossing rules and entry rules. It all depends on the general situation with the spread of COVID-19.
However, even in a pandemic, you can leave Russia for Estonia with the necessary permits:
Health check is required
Self-isolation for 10 days required for some countries.