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Estonia Updates Quarantine Rules for Vaccinated EU/Schengen Area Travellers

Estonian authorities have announced that the country will no longer require travelers from EU/Schengen area countries to submit to quarantine requirements if they have been fully vaccinated, tested negative or have recovered from COVID-19 disease, even if they come from the danger zone.

In its previous announcement, the Estonian authorities announced that the country will now apply new travel rules to travelers from the European Union who have been fully vaccinated and recovered.

In line with the new rules, travelers from the European Union and the Schengen area who have completed the vaccination process or recovered from the virus will not have to follow the procedures, regardless of which list their country of origin is part of.

This means that rules are now applied based on the vaccination or recovery status of each EU traveler, reports.

“People who have been vaccinated, have passed COVID-19, or have shown a negative COVID test, do not have to remain in isolation when they come to Estonia,” the statement from the Estonian government said.

On the other hand, the authorities stressed that the color-coding system and entry rules will continue to apply to travelers who have not been vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19 if their country records more than 300 cases of infection per 100,000 residents.

The authorities have highlighted that if a traveler enters Estonia from a high-risk EU country that has recorded very high infection rates, the testing requirements will not be sufficient.

This means that non-vaccinated and non-exempt travelers from risk areas in the European Union are required to undergo quarantine upon arrival in Estonia.

“If the infection level in a country is very high (300 or more by the updated European Center for Infectious Disease Control), a negative test alone is not enough, but self-isolation must be maintained for seven days after crossing at the border,” the government added.

This statement indicates that travelers from EU/Schengen area countries with low infection rates can enter Estonia without following the testing or quarantine rules even if they have not been vaccinated or recovered.

As for the third countries, the authorities have made it clear that they will continue to monitor their infection rates and impose restrictions based on this data.

Of all the third countries, only travelers from Indonesia, Rwanda, New Zealand and Taiwan can enter Estonia without restrictions regardless of their vaccination status.

Travelers from the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Qatar, Colombia, Kuwait, South Korea, Peru, Saudi Arabia, Chile, Uruguay and the United Kingdom can also enter Estonia without being subject to restrictions provided they have been vaccinated/recovered from the virus. Unvaccinated and non-exempt travelers from these three countries are subject to seven-day quarantine requirements.

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