Estonia removes all entry requirements and reopens fully

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It was announced on Wednesday that the Baltic nation of Estonia to drop all entry requirements for international travelersfull reopening after more than two years.

The announcement was made by officials on Wednesday and the changes went into effect immediately. Which means that from June 16, 2022, travelers will no longer be subject to Covid-related entry requirements in order to be admitted to Estonia, including pre-departure testing, proof of vaccination or quarantine.

Bird's 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 from outside the EU.

“The repeal of the Border Crossing Order will remove restrictions on third country nationals arriving from outside the European Union, European Economic Area, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, from Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and the Vatican,” the government’s official statement said of Wednesday’s announcement.

Tetonian folk dancers in traditional clothes at the song festival in Pirita during the song festival

It was announced on Wednesday that the Baltic nation of Estonia to drop all entry requirements for international travelersfull reopening after more than two years.

Prior to Wednesday’s announcement, there were still entry restrictions for all non-EU travelers to Estonia.

As per entry guidelines, all travelers outside the EU/EEA region had to present proof of Covid vaccination, certificate of complete recovery from the virus OR a negative test result or the traveler had to self-isolate for 7 days on arrival.

Narrow street in the old town of Tallinn, Estonia

According to the guidelines of the official Visit Estonia website, masks are not mandatory in indoor or outdoor public spaces in the country. All services such as restaurants, bars, shops, hotels, etc. are open to everyone, regardless of their vaccination status.

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

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

New countries have been added to this list of fully reopened countries virtually every week since the start of 2022.

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

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

At the time of writing, over 70% of Europe is open to travelers with no Covid-related entry requirements, masking rules or any other pandemic-related travel restrictions.

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

Although lesser known than its Western European counterparts, Estonia is a unique country on the Baltic Sea with a lot to offer travelers. Its capital is Tallinn, where you will find a superb old town dating back to the 13th century and it is one of the best preserved of its kind.

You can easily spend a few days in Tallinn exploring the Old Town gates, castles, Orthodox churches and cathedrals, the city port and much more.

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

There are an impressive amount of small towns to explore in Estonia once you venture beyond the coast. In particular, the towns of Toila and Pärnu are well known for their wonderful public baths and spas.

Woman visiting Tallinn city landmarks Estonia vacation travel lifestyle girl tourist relaxing at viewpoint architecture old town aerial view

Estonia got a little more buzz in the world of international travel when the country announced it would create a digital nomad visa for remote workers, as more countries announce a visa for self-employees. -called digital nomads, Estonia was a pioneer in this field as it was the first to announce such an opportunity.

The visa is basically a one-year (temporary) residency program for high-end remote workers and freelancers. To be accepted for the visa, applicants must earn at least 3504 euros per month as gross salary.

Estonia digital nomad visa

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