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1. Posted by navirenuageux (Inactive 1 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Hello!

I will be travelling to Estonia next week from Germany, which according to the regulations implies to self isolate - although the official websites still say we can buy groceries and walk on our own as long as we don't meet anybody. Now, I'm visiting a friend, and I am thinking this violates the self isolation requirement in itself, even if the two of us stay inside the entire time.

So is there anybody from Estonia or who traveled there recently? Do they check on the self isolation requirements? I don't really want to get into trouble and would rather cancel everything if there's a risk :/

Also I will be leaving before the end of the self isolation period, which obviously implies to break it to go to the airport. Official websites say they will not stop anybody from leaving Estonia. Maybe I worry too much? Anyway any experience or hints are appreciated, let me know what you think :)

Thank you!

2. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 2325 posts) 4w 1 Star this if you like it!

Your trip seems to be breaking both the spirit and the rules of the lockdown measures.

There are two ways of getting caught. You could get caught by officials, or you could get caught by the virus. There are various scenarios for you to transmit the virus, coming and going, catching it or giving it, getting infected yourself or not.

Where there's an "isolate at home" order, that really doesn't seem to encompass going for a visit for a few days then going home again. You're simply ignoring their protection measures and asking for reassurance you won't get in trouble.

Whether you get caught is not the point. The point is you're harming all of us by ignoring the measures to reduce the spread.

3. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 2724 posts) 4w 1 Star this if you like it!

Read the official Estonian government information:

https://vm.ee/en/information-countries-and-self-isolation-requirements-passengers

Unless they have proof of being infected with and cured of Covid within the past 6 months or of having full vaccination within the past 6 months [u]visitors from EU countries with an infection rate over 100 per 100 000 people are required to quarantine for 10 days on arrival. Germany's rate is presently 274.1.

It is possible to reduce the period of quarantine to 6 days by getting negative PCR tests (the page above gives details).

You are only allowed to leave quarantine to >perform urgent and inevitable duties and you're only allowed to leave Estonia during the quarantine period >if the reason for travelling is inevitable duties, studies or family occasion.

It is very clear that, as Andy says, your trip will break both the rules and the spirit of Estonia's Covid entry requirements.

Rather than only thinking about yourself, try thinking about others...the ones you might infect on your way to Estonia, the ones you might infect during your trip, the ones you might infect on your way back.......

In the coming months vaccinations will, hopefully, become more common, case rates will drop and entry restrictions will be eased. Your friend will still be your friend in a few months time.

You can and should wait until you can visit your friend without deliberately breaking the restrictions that are intended to protect the Estonian population.

You are not alone: millions and millions of people haven't been able to visit loved ones in other countries for well over a year. Millions are still not allowed to leave their own country, hundreds of thousands are stuck abroad and not allowed to return to their own countries.

The right thing to do is to act for the greater good, not just for one's own selfish reasons.

[ Edit: Edited on 17 May 2021, 07:43 GMT by leics2 ]

4. Posted by zubin singh (First Time Poster 1 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Estonia is really a very beautiful place and i will plan to visit there someday.