COVID-19 grant for the tourism sector

The Government of the Republic has directed unused resources from the small entrepreneurs crisis support and tourism sector crisis support in the amount of 5.56 million euros to provide additional support to the tourism sector with the aim of providing a single instalment of non-returnable aid to partially compensate for the crisis damage caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

If you would like to receive information about the opening time of the grant application to your e-mail (the information will be sent in Estonian), please fill in the information order form (“Covid-19 toetuse info tellimise vorm”) at the bottom of the page https://www.eas.ee/covid-19-toetused/

For the further information please read the regulation of the grant or find more detailed information on following pages in Estonian:
Grant for accommodation companies
Grant for travel companies
Grant for tourist attractions
Grant for tourist service providers and guides
Grant for organisers of international regular carriage of passengers by coach and bus
Grant for confernece organisers 

NB! COVID-19 grant can only be pursued once. That includes applicants, who have received support under the following regulations (can’t apply for the grant again):

  • Minister of Foreign Trade and Information Technology Regulation 12 “Additional support for partial compensation for the damage caused by the outbreak of the coronavirus that causes the COVID-19 disease to companies in the economic sectors directly related to tourism” of 29 April 2020
  • Regulation No 13 “Support for partial compensation for the damage of small enterprises negatively affected by the outbreak of the coronavirus that causes the COVID-19 disease” of 29 April 2020
  • Minister of Culture Regulation No 14 “Ad hoc aid to owners of sports its caused by the outbreak of COVID-19” of 28 May 2020
  • the Minister of Culture Regulation No 9 “Ad hoc aid to the area of culture and sports caused by the outbreak of COVID-19” of 30 April 2020
    As an exception, travel companies that have the International Air Transport Association (IATA) accreditation can apply for the grant for a second time.

Determining and defining undertakings in difficulty upon applying for “Additional support for partial compensation for the damage caused by the outbreak of the coronavirus that causes the COVID-19 disease to undertakings in the economic sectors directly related to tourism”

  • Accommodation companies

    An accommodation company means a private legal entity registered in the Commercial Register as at 1 February 2020, which provides services subject to 9% value added tax and whose area of activity is an area of activity with the code Division I 551, 552 or 553 or Division Q 86905 set forth in Annex 16 Estonian Classification of Economic Activities (EMTAK) (hereinafter the EMTAK) to the Minister of Justice Regulation No 59 of 28 December 2005 Procedure for Submission of Documents to Court.

  • Travel companies

    A travel company is a private legal entity registered in the Commercial Register as at 1 February 2020, which holds an affective accreditation of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) for issuing plane tickets and whose principal activity is marked with EMTAK code Division N 79.

  • Tourist attractions

    A tourist attraction means a building or a facility that is open to tourists, including to single visitors, without reservations and subject to a fee, and the operator of which offers an experience for scientific, educational or entertainment purposes all year round or during its operating season.
    A tourist attraction operator is a private legal entity or sole proprietor registered in the Commercial Register or in the Non-profit Associations and Foundations Register as at 1 February 2020, except for a public undertaking, a foundation established by the state or a non-profit association in which the state is a member and to which the fee paid by visitors for admission to the tourist attraction belongs.

  • Tourist service providers and guides

    A tourist service provider means a private legal entity or sole trader registered in the Commercial Register as at 1 February 2020, which provides experience services to visitors in nature tourism or cultural tourism, or active holiday services, and which can be found in the Estonian tourist services database www.puhkaeestis.ee as a provider of services in the respective categories.
    A guide means a private legal entity or sole trader registered in the Commercial Register as at 1 February 2020, who provides tours to visitors, introduces sights, intermediates folk culture and shares information about tour programmes or services, and who can be found in the Estonian tourist services database www.puhkaeestis.ee as a provider of services in the respective categories or who was an attested or certified professional guide as at 1 March 2020.

  • Organisers of international regular carriage of passengers by coach and bus

    An organiser of international regular carriage of passengers by coach and bus means a company registered in the Commercial Register as at 1 March 2020, which holds a Community licence for the organisation of international regular services stipulated in § 39 and an authorisation for regular service.

  • Conference organisers

    A conference organiser is a company registered in the Commercial Register as at 1 February 2020, whose principal activity is marked with EMTAK code Division N 82301.

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