From 1 September, in the event of a negative COVID-19 test result, it will be possible to go to work after coming from countries at risk if this is absolutely necessary and a negative virus test is given immediately upon arrival in the country. Until the result of the test is known, the person must be in complete self-isolation. In case of a negative test result, the person must stay in self-isolation for the first seven days, i.e. they can go to work and, for example, a shop, but must avoid unnecessary contacts. A second test must be performed no earlier than 7 days after the result of the first test, and if it is negative, normal life can be resumed. This means that a person will not be subjected to 14-day self-isolation after two negative tests, which applies to all those coming from high-risk countries who do not take the test.
This does not apply to people who have come to work and study from a third country on the EU’s single list.
The 14-day restriction on travel-related freedom of movement still does not apply to existing exemptions, such as for foreign diplomats, vital service providers, staff involved in passenger and freight transport, and so on. Foreigners whose arrival in Estonia is related to maintenance of equipment of a company operating here or to other essential work necessary to ensure the operation of the company must now take the test to work when crossing the state border.
For further information on the government’s amendments to the COVID-19 movement restriction regulations: https://www.kriis.ee/en/news/government-amending-covid-19-movement-restriction-regulations