The Estonian government has announced that it will waive mandatory quarantine requirements for travelers who can prove they’ve been vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus. Even though three vaccines have been approved by the European Union – Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca – Estonia will admit travelers if their vaccine has been provided by one of nine agreed global suppliers.
Travelers have to provide vaccination records, including manufacturer and batch numbers in English, Russian or Estonian. Those who have recovered from COVID-19 in the previous six months can also claim exemption from quarantine, but they need to supply a doctor’s certificate containing a set of required details. Estonia currently requires all inbound travelers from countries in the European Union, European Economic Area and the Schengen area with a high prevalence of COVID-19 to quarantine for ten days on arrival. This is where with the infection rate is above 150 people per 100,000 inhabitants in the past 14 days.
Exceptions to the quarantine requirement is made for low-risk European countries on a regularly-updated list. To reduce the isolaton period, travelers arriving from a country in the European Union, European Economic Area and Schengen area can take a PCR test during the 72 hours before their arrival or else upon arrival, and take a second test on the sixth day after the first test. The ten-day isolation period can be concluded earlier if both tests are negative.
Further information on Estonian regulations can be found on the website here.
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