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In view of the current security situation and the spread of the coronavirus, the Iraqi Government has proposed to postpone the current training activities for Iraqi units indefinitely. As a result, the Estonian training team, which served in Iraq as part of the Danish contingent, was sent back to Estonia. The flight home of the 6-member training team which is part of the US-led operation Inherent Resolve, is arranged by Denmark.

The Estonian Defence Forces are currently participating in nine different international military operations with slightly more than 100 active service members in total. According to the current plan, the Defence Forces will continue to participate in international military operations following already established principles.

Changes are made according to the changing situation in order to ensure the health and safety of the troops.

Due to the corona pandemic and the associated movement restrictions, the duration of the troops´ deployment may be extended. Changes are made according to the need and the changing situation.

Last updated: 05.04.2020 14:20

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The defence forces are currently participating in nine different international military operations with slightly more than 100 active service members in total.

Last updated: 04.04.2020 14:17

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According to the current plan, the defence forces will continue their participation in international military operations on the same principles, any changes made will be in accordance with the changing situation, to guarantee the health and safety of our units. Due to the spread of the corona virus, most of the countries in the world have declared an emergency situation on their territory and implemented an entry ban or restrictions to entry. As civil aviation companies are cancelling their flights due to airport closures and there are no departures or arrivals, the service time of servicemen participating in foreign missions will be extended up to two months or until air traffic is restored.

Last updated: 04.04.2020 14:03

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The headquarters of different military operations have already implemented and, if necessary, will implement further restrictions to the activities and tasks of the units in the framework of the operation to guarantee the safety of the personnel and avoid them getting infected with the virus. In addition to generally known hygiene requirements, the movement of people and contact with civilians will be restricted in necessary. The quarantine and isolation requirements already set by different countries will also apply to those going to the area of operations and returning from there.

Last updated: 04.04.2020 14:03

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Those who get sick during a military operation are guaranteed all possible medical help according to the order of things thus far. If necessary, the defence forces have the capability to extraordinarily transport the soldiers who are sick or in need of medical help back home.

Last updated: 04.04.2020 13:40

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The COVID-19 pandemic and the traffic restrictions it has caused might extend the period of time that the units spend in the area of operations. The changes are made according to need and the changing situation.

Currently all planned vacations, terrain intelligence collections and visits have been either cancelled or postponed. This is mainly due to the wish to avoid people getting infected with the virus and the restrictions countries have set to international travel.

Last updated: 04.04.2020 13:53

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Most countries in the world have implemented an entry ban or restrictions to entry and there are also compulsory quarantine periods in place upon entry into the country. Civil airlines are cancelling their flights due to airport closures. In this situation, all kind of international movement and crossing of state borders is more complicated.

The restrictions and bans are also in place in most of the countries where Estonian servicemen are participating in military operations or through which their transportation to the area of operations and home takes place. This means that the movement of people to the area of operation and back from there is currently more difficult. Taking into consideration the lowering of the infection risk of the soldiers serving in foreign missions, it is sensible to avoid their international movements until it becomes safer.

Last updated: 04.04.2020 13:48

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The defence forces, in cooperation with our allies, guarantee that the units participating in international operations have all the necessary support and supplies.

Last updated: 04.04.2020 13:40

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More information about the coronavirus and restrictions related to it is available calling 1247 (from abroad +372 600 1247).