Estonia: COVID-19 Visa, Healthcare and Frequently Asked Questions
Find answers to some frequently asked questions about living in Estonia during COVID-19, below.
Updated at 6 May 2020
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Returning to Australia
Don’t delay making plans. Changes to flight schedules are happening with little notice. Contact your airline or travel agent as soon as possible.
We are recommending that if you’re overseas and wish to return to Australia, that you should do so as soon as possible. The decision to come home or to stay where you are is yours. Every individual will need to consider their own circumstances. Be informed and stay safe.
Please contact us for advice and assistance by calling: 46 8 613 2900, or emailing: [email protected].
Transiting through Estonia
We are doing our best to provide you with accurate and timely advice on our social media pages, but governments around the world are introducing new measures and restrictions with little or no notice.
For those transiting through Estonia:
- No matter where you’re travelling from, you will 𝙣𝙤𝙩 be able to leave the transit area of Tallinn Airport.
- The Tallinn Airport transit area does have accommodation options, but they are limited. The cost for a room per night, per person is AUD180.
- Tallinn Airport advises travellers, to carry any essential medication and food stuffs in your carry-on. Stores may be closed and options may be limited.
Staying in Estonia for short-term visitors
Important information for Australian travellers from the Estonian Police and Border Guard Board (PBGB):
Australians who have a legal basis for staying in Estonia as of 12 March, and whose return to Australia is restricted, have a legal basis for continuing to stay in Estonia temporarily. PBGP have advised there is no need to submit an application regarding the extension of stay to the Police.
The Estonian PBGB will continue processing applications for short-term employment for foreigners who are currently staying in Estonia.
Applications for short-term employment can be submitted by using the police self service portal: http://iseteenindus.politsei.ee.
To ask for additional information please contact the Estonian PBGB on +372 612 3500 (M-F 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.) or by email [email protected].
For more information please read, here.
All people living in Estonia with a temporary residence permit must be covered by insurance during their entire stay, this still applies to the current state of emergency. If you do not have appropriate health insurance, or this is soon to expire, you should contact your insurance company and seek guidance about your options.
If you have further questions about your visa expiring and health care options, please contact the Estonian PBGB on +372 612 3500 (M-F 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.) or by email [email protected].
The Estonian Health Insurance Fund (public health insurance) will finance emergency care and tests for uninsured people if they are showing symptoms of the coronavirus (COVID-19). People who do not have a family doctor can seek help from the nearest family doctor's center.
For more information please refer to: The Estonian Health Insurance Fund update.
Staying in Estonia for long-term visitors
The Embassy has been advised that Australians who were in Estonia legally on 12 March will not be affected by the Amendment to the Aliens Act, and any changes will not affect foreigners with temporary residence permits.
If you have questions about visas and residence permits, please contact the Estonian Migration Consultants on +372 612 3500, email: [email protected] or Skype: EstonianPolice_MigrationAdvice. If you require additional assistance please contact the Embassy to discuss your situation further.
If you’re living in Estonia and have a registered right of residence in the country, you may be entitled to public health insurance through Estonia’s Health Insurance Fund. This insurance is valid for people who work and whose social tax is paid for. To read more about eligibility requirements please see, here.
To get in contact with Estonia Health Insurance Fund and apply for insurance please call +372 669 6630 or email: [email protected].
If you are not eligible for public health insurance from the state, you should arrange healthcare insurance from a private provider. In any case, you should be covered by health insurance for the whole duration of your stay in Estonia
For practical information for foreigners on Estonia’s Healthcare Services please see, here.