Important travel updates regarding transit and flight options to Estonia

  • 2020-03-27
  • BNS/TBT Staff

TALLINN - The Ministry of Foreign affairs has announced updated transit and air transport options to Estonia.

Lithuania extended the transit window until midnight on April 13. Transit is allowed with a police escort only. Since all cases of transit need to be agreed upon in advance with the Lithuanian authorities, Estonian citizens need to contact the Estonian Embassy in Vilnius immediately, emailing your name, contact telephone number / email address and travel document number to sekretar@estemb.lt. National restrictions were extended until 13 April.

Transit through Turkey is no longer possible from March 27, the last flight from Istanbul to Tallinn was on March 26.

All those traveling to Estonia are advised to print out their tickets proving that Estonia is the final travel destination. Due to strict transit rules, airlines may require said proof. If problems arise, Estonian citizens should call the Ministry of Foreign Affairs by dialing  +372 5301 9999.

A large number of flights on the London-Tallinn route have been cancelled.

Repatriation flights in cooperation with other EU states are performed from locations where there are no more options to for people to return home on a regular flight. These flights are not guaranteed to take place, however. The Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs is working towards Estonians being allowed on possible evacuation flights from locations where they are not known to have any other option of returning. What must be taken into consideration however, is that the special flights are not provided free of charge and the price of the ticket depends on the plain's passenger load factor.

Additional flights of which the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is aware should regular flights be unavailable:

Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam (SGN)-Bangkok, Thailand (BKK)-Kaunas. The flight is likely to take place on 31 March.

AirBaltic added a special flight from Frankfurt to Riga on March 30 for Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian citizens, tickets can be booked only by calling +371 67207771. The ticket costs 190 euros.

People who are stranded abroad, cannot safely remain in the country and cannot find any other options for returning, are advised to get in touch by calling +372 5301 9999.