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The following FAQs answer your most important questions about your travel to Estonia and requirements on self-isolation and testing. Please note there is a section for the students, who have undergone vaccination or have recovered from COVID-19 before travelling to Estonia.
As restrictions, rules may change over the summer, please make sure that you check the latest information prior your travel to Estonia.
During self-isolation you need to stay home, during quarantine you must stay home. Therefore, for medical advice please use phone counselling and call + 372 7319268 or +372 58058016 (from Monday to Friday 9.00-15.00). For video consultations, please use Video Consultation service, yet it requires the Estonian ID or TRP card (or mobile ID or Smart ID). Considering that new students do not have an ID/TRP card yet, please use phone service.
You can also call to the family doctor’s advice line 1220 for 24/7.
In the event of a serious health problem (such as difficulty breathing) call 112.
COVID-19 symptom’s are listed here.
Please find more info here
Once you feel ill, please first consult over the phone with your family doctor whether your condition requires a physical appointment or phone consultation is sufficient. Do not go to the family doctor’s office with COVID-19 symptoms! You can also call to the family doctor’s advice line 1220 for 24/7 and in the case of a serious health problem (such as difficulty breathing) call 112.
(1) have recovered from COVID-19 and no more than six months have passed since they have been declared cured;(2) have completed COVID-19 vaccination.
Information about the required certificates:
(1) Certificate of recovery - If you were ill and have recovered outside of Estonia, you must present a respective officially-verified certificate or an extract from a medical record in Estonian, Russian, or English, and in the Latin or Cyrillic alphabet.
The document must include the following information:
the patient’s personal details;
the method of analysis used;
the result of the analysis;
the place and time at which the test was taken;
the name and other details of the individual who carried out the test.
(2) Certificate of vaccination - The document which proves vaccination outside of Estonia must be drawn up in Estonia, Russian, or English and in the Latin or Cyrillic alphabet, and must include the following information:
the personal details of the vaccinated individual (including first name and surname);
the vaccination dates;
the name of the vaccine administered and the dosage;
the number from the vaccine batch;
the number of vaccine doses administered;
the name and other details of the individual who carried out the vaccination procedure.
For further information please visit Estonian Health Board website.
Please do not send your vaccination certificate to UT!
Information on countries and restriction on freedom of movement requirements for passengers can be found on Ministry of Foreign Affairs webpage.
All non-EU students either returning or coming to Estonia for the first time must inform us of the date of their travel and their address in Estonia. Please fill in this form here.
Information for the non-EU students, who have not been vaccinated nor recently recovered from COVID-19
You can start your D-visa application process if you agree to follow the rules under Question 2 and sumbit a confirmation form you can find under Question 3.
The students admitted for the academic year 2021/22 or earlier must confirm compliance with self-isolation rules before starting D-visa application process. Once you have submitted your confirmation, you can immediately proceed with D-visa application process. Please do not wait for any approval from UT, submitting confirmation is sufficient.
Students from the non-EU countries, which have visa-free entry to Estonia/the Schengen area for 90 days within the 180-day period - you also need a D-type visa for entering Estonia.
The usual visa application procedure is described here, there are no changes in the application process due to COVID -19 outbreak in the world. All visa applications must be handed in personally at an Estonian embassy. We are aware that travel restrictions across the countries are still in place. Unfortunately, we cannot help students to find out as how they can travel to the country where an Estonian embassy is located. Neither can we predict as when the travel restrictions will be lifted for different countries. Please also see info on crossing borders for entering Estonia here.
For visa/TRP application, students need to present their admissions letter (scanned version).Before you start with visa application process, please make sure you can 1) travel to the country where the Estonian embassy is located and 2) travel to Estonia and passing all the countries on your way to Estonia is possible.
If the country that you depart or transit from is not listed here, you must follow these rules:
You must fully obey self-isolation rules within after your arrival in Estonia. That means: refrain from unessential contacts and you may leave your place of residence or permanent place of stay only to see a doctor, to purchase food, essentials and medicines, or in the event of an emergency. Self-isolation period is 10 days. You must take the COVID-19 test twice and pay for your testing: once upon arrival and the second time not sooner than on the sixth day after the first test. You must register for testing yourself and pay at the testing facility. Further information is in the section titled "COVID-19 testing information", see below.Self-isolation can be shortened from 10 days to 6 -7 days, if you take a test immediately after arrival in Estonia and the second test no earlier than six days after their first test. The 10-day isolation period can be concluded earlier, if both tests are negative.
Please use a face mask when travelling. Please keep in mind that you must travel ONLY if you are healthy ( no symptoms of COVID-19).
Before travelling to Estonia, all non-EU students admitted for the academic year 2021/2022 or UT students returning to continue their studies must confirm thier compliance with the rules, regardless of whether their country is currently listed here. Please fill in the compliance form.
The students, who have been vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19 (for more details see the relevant section above), do not need to fill in the form given in the previous sentence.
If by the time of your trip to Estonia, you have been fully vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19 and the respective proof is available, you do not need to stay in self-isolation and go through testing though you have filled in the compliance form.
Yes you can, we inform embassies electronically. We do not send the confirmation about receiving your confirmation, you can start with the visa application immediately.
Please just purchase regular insurance as insurance is needed for the whole period of visa duration. In the case, there will be a need for additional medical costs due to COVID-19 infection, you just have to be prepared to pay for these.
Yes, all non-EU students either returning or coming to Estonia for the first time must inform us of the date of their travel and their address in Estonia. Please fill in this form here.
Information for the EU students not vaccinated (citizens and residents of the European Union and the Schengen area) on arriving/returning to Estonia
You must fully obey self-isolation rules after your arrival in Estonia, see below, if you are departing or transiting through an EU country indicated in the “red” category here.
Self-isolation, the usual period of which is 10 days, means: refrain from unessential contacts and you may leave your place of residence or permanent place of stay only to see a doctor, to purchase food, essentials and medicines, or in the event of an emergency. Further information is in the section titled “COVID-19 self-isolation information”, see below.
Please note that if you would like to shorten your self-isolation period (from 10 to 6 days), you either can:
1) take a PCR test abroad (in your home country) no earlier than 72 hours before your arrival in Estonia. While in Estonia, a second test can be taken no earlier than on the sixth day after the first test. The mandatory 10-day self-isolation gets shortened, if both tests come back negative. The test taken in your home country must be a PCR test for determining RNA count. A transcript of test results must be in the Latin or Slavic alphabet in Estonian, Russian or English and it must state the location and time of the test, who took the test and their details, as well as the method (PCR) and result of the test; OR
2) take a test immediately after arrival in Estonia and the second test no earlier than six days after their first test. The 10-day isolation period can be concluded earlier if both tests are negative.
The students willing to take a test upon their arrival to Estonia or take their second test in Estonia, please see further information in the section titled "COVID-19 testing information", see below.
Please use a face mask when travelling. Please keep in mind that you must travel ONLY if you are healthy (no symptoms of COVID-19).
The citizens of the European Union, the European Economic Area and the Schengen area, who began their trip from a country belonging to this region or transited a country of this region do not have to take a COVID-19 test once they arrive in Estonia.
However, the students willing to shorten their self-isolation period (from 10 to 6 days) can take tests. Please read the previous question to find out how the self-isoaltion period can be shortened. The students willing to take a test upon their arrival to Estonia or take their second test in Estonia, please see further information in the section titled "COVID-19 testing information", see below.
The source to be checked and read for that purpose is the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The list of countries from which unrestricted travel (no self-isolation requirement etc) to Estonia is possible gets updated every week.
On arrival in Estonia, a 10-day restriction on freedom of movement (self-isolation) applies to:Non-EU citizens: departing or transiting from a non-EU country not listed here or departing or transiting from an EU country indicated in the “red” category here EU citizens: departing or transiting from an EU country indicated in the “red” category here or departing or transiting from a non-EU country not listed here
Please note that this does not apply to the students who have undergone vaccination or covered from COVID-19, see above. Anyone who does not wish to self-isolate for 10 days after their arrival in Estonia can shorten their self-isolation period, please see relevant sections above (difference for EU and non-EU students).
The infection rate of Estonia (the number of cases for 100,000 people in the last fourteen days) is indicated here
During the self-isolation period, you must live in one place, you cannot move from one place of stay to another. Staying in a hotel/flat for some days and then moving to another place during your self-isolation period is not allowed.
Short-term/exchange students can: in the case of self-isolation obligation, students are divided in the order of arrival in the apartments and the entire apartment remains in isolation for as long as the last arriving student must remain in self-isolation. Short term students do not share a room with another student in their hostel.
Degree-seeking students cannot: as accommodation will be in shared rooms or apartments mixed with other students, the Tartu Student Village student residences in Tartu, Narva and Viljandi are not suitable for self-isolation. If you have a requirement to be in self-isolation, we kindly ask you to spend it somewhere else and only after self-isolation period move to the student dormitory.
More infomation can be found on their website.
The students returning to continue studies, please also spend your self-isolation period elsewhere (hostel etc). If you stay alone in the room, you can self-isolate in dormitory only if all your flatmates stay in self-isolation at the same time, so your arrival date must be the same as that of your flatmates. Please coordinate your arrival with your flatmates. Please also contact info [ät] campus.ee to find out whether there are other options to self-isolate in the dormitory, meaning outside your flat. The difference regarding new and returning students is linked to their arrival times and procedure.
For general info, please note that we have limited options to offer housing at the dormitories in Tartu.
The students sharing a flat must make sure that:
- students staying in the flat arrive at the same time;
- each student has a separate room.
Please see the section titled "medical advice" above.
If you do not follow the self-isolation and other rules set by the government and the university, you are in the risk of losing your student status and we will file an application to terminate your D-visa/residence permit.
If you must self-isolate upon your arrival in Estonia, you can work/study remotely (online) during your self-isolation period.
No. When you are in quarantine, you cannot leave your accommodation at all - this happens when you test positive for COVID-19. Self-isolation means that you must refrain from unessential contacts and you may leave your place of residence or permanent place of stay only to see a doctor, to purchase food, essentials and medicines, or in the event of an emergency.
The students of non-EU countries, if the country you depart or transit from is not listed here, you must take the first COVID-19 test once you arrive in Estonia.
The students of non-EU countries: after arrival to Estonia you need to be tested twice for COVID-19: 24 hours within arrival and re-tested no earlier than on the sixth day after the first test.
If your testing takes place later than 24 hours after arrival, since there are no vacancies in the testing labs, please take the first available time for testing.
There is a possibility to take the first test at a temporary testing point at Tallinn Airport based on a doctor’s referral note (issued on the spot, It takes about 5 minutes to complete the referral note and give a sample.) as well as in the pedestrian area of terminals A and D of the Port of Tallinn. People are tested on a first-come, first-served basis. The testing points are open each day until the last ship and air passengers arrive. Foreigners can take the test at a cost of 52 euros and can pay on the spot by card.
You can get tested in SYNLAB in different Estonian cities or in Medicum in Tallinn at the following addresses:
Read more about testing at SYNLAB here. You have to book an appointment in advance!
Read more about testing for the virus (Estonian Health Board) here.
For booking you would need to give your name, date of birth, phone number, e-mail.
If you arrive in Estonia on the weekend, stay in self-isolation and go get tested on Monday. Only Synlab Tallinn testing point is opened on Sunday from 13.00-16.00.
Price for one test is 52 euros. You can pay on spot by card or cash or SYNLAB online (available only in Estonian).
Both non-EU and EU/EEA students coming to Estonia must pay for their testing themselves. Testing is free or charge for the following international students:
1) holders of an Estonian ID card (is issued to EU/EEA citizens residing in Estonia on the basis of the right of residence);
2) holders of an Estonian residence permit card (is issued to non-EU/EEA citizens residing in Estonia on the basis of the residence permit (any type of residence permit).
Test results will be issued within 1 working day. Results will be sent to your e-mail, you will receive a code for opening the results file on your mobile phone. The answers to analyzes will arrive also to the patient portal MINU.SYNLAB.EE no later than the next working day and they will also become available in digilugu.ee environment provided that you have the Estonian ID.
Positive results (you have the virus): you will be contacted by phone and advised further.
Negative results: you can order a certificate in English for 13 € SYNLAB/10 € Medicum (while pre-booking the appointment).
If you test positive for COVID-19, you will be contacted by phone and advised further by the Estonian Health Board specialist.
Yes, as long as your country is not listed here.
Please book your testing as soon as you know your arrival date in Estonia. If your testing takes place later than 24 hours after arrival, since there are no vacancies in the testing labs, please take the first available time for testing. You have done everything correct in regards your duty to get tested.
Yes, there are no travelling restrictions within Estonia. Please keep in mind that you must travel ONLY if you are healthy (there are no symptoms of COVID-19).
Student dormitories accept new applications during the period of June 1-20, 2021 (updated 14.05.2021).Short-term students can: in case of self-isolation obligation, students are divided in the order of arrival in the apartments and the entire apartment remains in isolation for as long as the last arriving student must remain in self-isolation.Degree-seeking students cannot: as accommodation will be in shared rooms or apartments mixed with other students, the Tartu Student Village student residences are not suitable for self-isolation. If you have a requirement to be in self-isolation, we kindly ask you to spend it somewhere else and only after self-isolation period move to the student dormitory.
You can also look for a private housing. More info can be found here and you can also contact Tartu Welcome Centre: info [ät] tartuwelcomecentre.ee.
It is the student’s responsibility to check upon their specific travel track options.
Find the guidelines on finding housing in Tartu here
We suggest you provide the following information in your first email to your real-estate agent:
• Name and age
• Where you study or work
• The number of people that will live in your apartment
• The number of bedrooms needed
• Your expectations regarding the furniture (fully furnished or not), maximum cost of rent and utilities, information on parking spaces, pets, etc.
• Period of the contract
Please be realistic! Food and other basic costs in Tartu are around 400-500 EUR per month. It can be around 350 EUR (with utility costs) or more for a private flat somewhere in the centre and less expensive in the regions more distant from the centre.
For additional information please contact Tartu Welcome Centre: info [ät] tartuwelcomecentre.ee
It is unlikely to happen, unless somebody definitely wants to stay in the dorm where we have limited availability. There should be sufficient offer of other type of housing - hostels, private flats etc.
More info can be found here and you can also contact Tartu Welcome Centre: info [ät] tartuwelcomecentre.ee.
Yes, all non-EU students need to inform UT on their arrival time to Estonia and their place of stay in Estonia. Please fill in this form here.
While you are allowed to leave your accommodation during the self-isolation period to purchase food and other necessities, you can also order everything home (or pick them up from a parcel locker or a store with limited contact).
Groceries: Selver (only in Estonian, use Google Translate or any other automatic translation programme), Prisma
Food delivery from restaurants: Tellitoit, Wolt, Bolt Food.
No. It is up to you to find a suitable accommodation. We do not offer separate accommodation for self-isolation period. The students either stay at the dormitory or in their flat (or whatever type of housing they have) during the self-isolation period.
We try to do our best and make sure that our extended deadlines would help you as much as possible. UT also needs some extra time to process the documents submitted by extended deadlines. Please remember that it is your responsibility to ensure that all information you provide to UT is true and accurate. Failure to provide true information may result in the termination of your offer.
Yes, University of Tartu has extended the deadline for submitting applications for master programmes in the fields of Social Sciences and Arts & Humanities. Please see the details here. Next admission will open on Jan 2, 2021 via DreamApply Estonia.
No. All applicants need to submit their English test results to DreamApply by stipulated deadlines. Please see the details here.
The official admission letter will be issued to you after we have received by post all the required application documents that were indicated in the offer letter and, if applicable, collected the pre-payment of the tuition fee. The admission letter will be sent to you electronically via DreamApply.
No. UT does not practice deferment, meaning we do not have a system of taking a gap year.
We urge students to arrive to Estonia by the start of the academic year (30 August, 2021). However, most of our international programmes are ready to offer online teaching over September and allow students to arrive by the end of September at the latest. NB! Following programmes will not offer online teaching and require students to arrive strictly by the start of the academic year: Medicine; Robotics and Computer Engineering; Sound and Visual Technology.