Crossing the Estonian-Latvian border for everyday work and study in Estonia becomes easier

The government approved an amendment that will allow the Estonian–Latvian border to be crossed daily with the requirement of only one coronavirus test per week from Monday, 3 May, for work or study in Estonia. The test must be negative or the person must be declared non-infectious. The rule applies to people who cross the Estonian–Latvian border more than twice a week.

In accordance with the amendment, a person who crosses the state border to enter Estonia for work or study at least twice a week will be required to take only one coronavirus test within seven days. Without the test, a person may also cross the border for work and study if they have had COVID-19 in the last six months or if they are vaccinated.

Both the employee and the employer must continue to follow all COVID-19 safety rules, such as keeping a distance, wearing a mask, complying with disinfection requirements, and staying sick at home.

People who cross the Estonian border for other reasons (not everyday work or study) must self-isolate for 10 days. The 10-day self-isolation period can be shortened by testing. This requires two negative coronavirus tests, one taken up to 72 hours before arrival and the second no earlier than on the sixth day after the first test.

People who have recovered from the coronavirus in the last six months or who have been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus are exempt from self-isolation and testing.