Monday, June 21, 2021

Estonia Imposes Mandatory Quarantine for Arrivals From Latvia & Denmark

Latvia and Denmark have been added to the list of countries considered highly affected by the Coronavirus by the Estonian authorities; therefore, citizens of both countries will have to self-isolate for ten days when planning to enter the Northern European state.

According to Estonia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the decision will be kept in place until June 27 and has been taken in order to prevent another increase in the number of COVID-19 infections, as the two countries mentioned above have reported an infection rate of more than 150 people per 100,000 inhabitants, in the past two weeks, reports.

Lower infections rates have been reported in the following countries, meaning that citizens of the following states are allowed to enter Estonia without being subject to the quarantine rules:

  • European countries: Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Spain, Netherlands, Croatia, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Greece, Cyprus, Lithuania, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Norway, Poland, Portugal, France, Sweden, Romania, Germany, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Finland, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, Hungary.
  • Non-EU countries: United Kingdom.

Based on the announcement of the Estonian authorities, unvaccinated travellers from the following third countries will also be permitted to enter Estonia, even for tourism, from June 21: Albania, Australia, the United States, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Lebanon, South Korea, Macau, Northern Macedonia, Rwanda, Serbia, Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan and New Zealand.

Such a decision has been taken after the government confirmed that the countries mentioned above had reported a lower infection rate than 75 people per 100,000 inhabitants in the past 14 days.

European and third-country citizens subject to quarantine rule can shorten their self-isolation period if they take a Coronavirus test on their sixth day of the quarantine, and the result is negative.

Earlier this month, authorities in Estonia imposed a ten-day quarantine rule for arrivals from Andorra, the Netherlands, Belgium, Latvia, Greece, Lithuania, France, Slovenia, Sweden, and Denmark, after confirming that they reported an infection rate of more than 150 people per 100,000 inhabitants, in the past two weeks.

Estonia has registered a total of 130,751 cases of COVID-19 infection, according to the figures published by the World Health Organization. The same source shows that the deadly virus caused the death of more than 1,260 persons.

The damages caused by the virus have continuously pushed authorities in Estonia to find safe ways in order to help the country get out of the crisis and revive its industries, including the tourism sector.  In this regard, Estonia also launched the EU Digital COVID-19 certificate to ease the travel process for all vaccinated travellers.

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