The Estonian authorities have introduced new and facilitated entry rules for entrants from the European Union and the Schengen area, which will become effective from today, February 21.
According to the country’s official website, those coming from the 27-nation bloc are allowed to enter Estonia by presenting a certificate of vaccination or recovery for COVID-19, TheSchengen.com reports.
On the other hand, those who have not been vaccinated can enter the country by submitting a negative COVID-19 test taken before departure or undergo a test upon entering Estonia and remain in self-isolation until the test result is released.
In addition, the seven-day quarantine requirement applies to the following countries, which have recorded more than 299 positive cases with COVID-19 for 100,000 residents in the last 14 days.
Andorra – 1,731,49 Austria – 3,269,33 Belgium – 1,577,11 Bulgaria – 1,116,21 Croatia – 1,459,17 Czech Republic – 2,405.52 Cyprus – 2,572,64 Denmark – 10,543,35 Finland – 1,088,52 France – 2,636,38 Germany – 1,812,16 Greece – 1,705,19 Hungary – 1,181,94 Iceland – 3,967,62 Ireland – 876,43 Italy – 1,330,10 Latvia – 4,552,21 Liechtenstein – 2,932,98 Lithuania – 4,075.000 Luxembourg – 1,798,14 Malta – 398,78 Monaco – 1,686,88 Netherlands – 5,249.96 Norway – 2,979,31 Poland – 1,233,97 Portugal – 4,408,41 Romania – 1,526,68 San Marino – 3,207,27 Slovakia – 4,082,05 Slovenia – 4,563, 42 Spain – 954,52 Sweden – 1,568,59 Switzerland – 4,235,10
Moreover, the state abolished the color coding system, which obliges arrivals to follow specific rules according to the list in which their country of origin or country of residence is placed. At the moment, the Estonian authorities are dividing countries into two lists, red represents the most epidemiologically dangerous countries, so arrivals have to go through stricter rules and a green category, and arrivals are exempted from additional COVID-19 requirements.
From February 21, only those coming from Vatican City are allowed to enter Estonia exempt from additional entry requirements. In addition, arrivals from Rwanda and Taiwan are allowed in Estonia as the three countries recorded 3,53 and 3.26 positive cases for 100,000 residents in the last 14 days respectively.
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According to data from the World Health Organization (WHO), the number of positive cases of COVID-19 in Estonia since the start of the pandemic has reached 44,866, with 38,456 cases recorded in the past seven days. In addition, 52 deaths related to COVID-19 were recorded at the same time, bringing the death toll to 2,152.
The country’s vaccination rates are among the lowest in the European Union, about 9 percent below the average intake of the total population in EU/EEA countries – only 62.4 percent of the population is vaccinated against the virus while 31.8 percent – accounting 42,258 people received a booster dose.