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Focus: COVID-19 vaccination, self-isolation, Crossing the Estonian border, personal protection equipment

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Restrictions in force in Estonia

Starting from August 26 it is compulsory to cover one's nose and mouth in public transport, including in trains and ferries. Children under the age of 12 do not have to wear a mask.


Starting from August 26 it is compulsory to wear a mask in unchecked public indoor spaces. This mainly pertains to commercial and service establishments but also state and local government agencies. A mask must be worn in stores, pharmacies, service offices of telecommunication enterprises and banks, libraries, but also the service bureaus of the Police and Border Guard Board, the Social Insurance Board, or the Health Board, and elsewhere. A mask must not be worn by children under the age of 12 or people for whom wearing a mask is not reasonable due to health concerns or for other substantial reasons.


Commercial enterprises and service providers

Starting from August 26 it is compulsory to wear a mask in stores and service facilities, disinfectants must be available and disinfection requirements must be fulfilled according to the instructions of the Health Board, and the requirement to disperse people must also be followed.


Catering establishments

Starting from August 26, all customers in catering establishments must present a COVID certificate proving vaccination, recovery or a prior negative test result. It is not necessary to present a sertificate for buying food as takeaway, but a mask must be worn. Consuming on the spot is allowed only if checking the COVID-19 certificates is ensured, and this applies even if the catering establishment is rented out, e.g. for birthdays, company parties or other private events. It is not necessary to present the certificate to buy food as takeaway or provide delivery services but in that case a mask must be worn.


Worship services

Starting from August 26 it is allowed to carry out public worship services and religious services in a way that indoors up to 50 people may participate in them (outdoors up to 100) in places of worship or a 50% maximum occupancy requirement has to be observed. A mask must be worn. If the participation numbers exceed these limits, the infection risk status of people must be checked.

The exception does not extend to church concerts which fall under the requirements set to organising events.


Museums, exhibition venues

Starting from August 26 all visitors must present a COVID certificate proving vaccination, recovery or a prior negative test result. The infection risk status of all participants must also be checked if the activity or event takes place at the location of service provision, e.g. if a gallery space or a museum hall is rented out for a private event.

At events and activities where the negative test result, recovery from COVID-19 or completed course of COVID-19 vaccination is checked, up to 6000 people can participate indoors and up to 12000 people outdoors.

The restrictions apply to public meetings and events, including conferences, cinema showings, provision of entertainment services, museums and exhibitions. Additionally, they apply to doing sports and training, youth work, hobby activities, informal education, refresher training, organising sports competitions and sports and exercise events, and also in public saunas, spas, pools, water parks and swimming facilities.


Entertainment sector and public events

Starting from August 26 all visitors must present a COVID certificate proving vaccination, recovery or a prior negative test result. The infection risk status of all visitors must be checked even when the activity or event takes place in a place of service provision, for example a catering establishment in rented out or a theatre performance is ordered from a theatre.

At events and activities where the negative test result, recovery from COVID-19 or completed course of COVID-19 vaccination is checked, up to 6000 people can participate indoors and up to 12000 people outdoors.

In order to participate at the event or the activity it is possible to do an antigen rapid test up to 48 hours earlier or a PCR test up to 72 hours earlier. The testing needs to be carried out by a health care service provider. In order to participate at the event or activity, the test results need to be negative.

Starting from August 9, the organiser of the event does not have to provide for the possibility to do an antigen rapid test immediately before the event anymore. The organiser is still allowed to provide for the possibility to do the rapid test, according to the instructions of the Health Board, but if it does not provide for this, the person wishing to enter with a test result has to organise their own testing at a health care service provider.

The restrictions apply to public meetings and events, including conferences, cinema showings, provision of entertainment services, museums and exhibitions. Additionally, they apply to doing sports and training, youth work, hobby activities, informal education, refresher training, organising sports competitions and sports and exercise events, and also in public saunas, spas, pools, water parks and swimming facilities.

Last updated: 06.09.2021 15:25

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A vaccination appointment can be booked:

  • at the digital registry at http://www.digilugu.ee
  • by calling 1247 (every day between 08.00 and 20.00)
  • at a pharmacy: find a pharmacy closest to you and book an appointment at the web page vaktsineeriapteegis.ee (in Estonian)
  • by calling the registry of the local hospital or medical institution.

It is also possible to get immunised without prior registration in vaccination buses and vaccination points. You can find all the options in different towns and counties from the web page vaktsineeri.ee -- locations that have no prior booking requirement have a green label "without registration".

Within the limits of Tallinn, a group of at least ten adults have the option of ordering a vaccine ambulance for themselves. The service can be ordered by sending an e-mail to ltkhvak@keskhaigla.ee. The query must contain an address where the ambulance is ordered, a date, the desired time of day, the number of people who want to get vaccinated (10 at minimum) and their personal identification codes. The vaccination ambulance team will contact the person who submitted the order to agree upon the exact time.

The location of vaccination is not connected to a person's official place of residence: everyone can book an appointment and go to get vaccinated in an area suitable to them all across Estonia. A booking for a minor must be done by his legal representative.

In addition to hospitals and private health care service providers it is possible to get vaccinated at schools (more information: vaktsineeri.ee (in Estonian). The elderly and people in risk groups also continue to be vaccinated by family doctors.

Make certain to be on time for your vaccination appointment or let the vaccinating institution know at first chance if you will not be able to go to your agreed upon vaccination for some reason.

If you need further counselling on COVID-19 vaccinations, we recommend that you consult with your family doctor or call the Family Doctor's Advice Line 1220 or 634 66 30. The calls are answered by medical professionals 24/7. Advice is given in Estonian and Russian (advice in English every day between 15.00 and 17.00).

Last updated: 27.09.2021 19:05

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All residents of Estonia over the age of 12 can get vaccinated.

An appointment for a COVID-19 vaccination can be booked at the Patient Portal digilugu.ee, on the web page vaktsineeriapteegis.ee (in Estonian), from the state helpline 1247, and the registries of local hospitals and medical institutions. At the digital register an appointment for a minor must be booked by a parent or a guardian.

It is also possible to get vaccinated against the coronavirus at schools:

  • in general education schools and vocational schools the vaccination is organised by school nurses who, in addition to vaccinating students, are also authorised to vaccinate the staff and, if necessary, other members of the community.
  • the school nurse can organise the vaccination herself in the schools, include a health care service provider, or organise it so that the persons getting vaccinated arrive at the regional vaccination center.
  • as with other vaccinations, minors are vaccinated at educational institutions only with the consent of a parent or a guardian.

More information: vaktsineeri.ee/vaktsineerimine-koolides (in Estonian).

You can find information on different vaccination options from the web page vaktsineeri.ee. If you need further counselling in order to make a decision about the COVID-19 vaccination, we recommend consulting with your family doctor or calling the Family Doctor's Advice Line 1220 or 634 66 30. Calls are answered by medical professionals 24/7. Advice is provided in Estonian and Russian (in English every day between 15.00 and 17.00).

Last updated: 23.09.2021 15:14

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The manufacturer has determined the intervals between administering the vaccine doses according to the results of clinical studies. The period prescribed by the manufacturer provides the highest efficacy of the vaccine, based on the results of the studies. For this reason it is important to administer the second dose at the prescribed time, generally no sooner than the summary of the vaccine properties suggests. For instance, if a person becomes ill and cannot go the get the second dose at the agreed upon time, the second dose can be administered later but preferably at first opportunity after recovery.

The interval between the two shots by vaccine:

  • the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine: 6 weeks (maximum protection is achieved 7 days after receiving the second dose)
  • the Moderna vaccine: 4 weeks (maximum protection is achieved 14 days after receiving the second dose)
  • the AstraZeneca vaccine: 12 weeks (maximum protection is achieved 15 days after receiving the second dose)

Last updated: 31.05.2021 09:53

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On very rare occasions, anaphylactic shock or a severe allergic reaction might occur immediately after vaccination and in that case the doctors can give proper aid right away.

Last updated: 20.05.2021 16:26

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The state immunoprophylaxis expert committee recommends vaccinating people who have recovered from COVID-19 with one dose on the 6th month after recovery and consider the course of vaccinations completed with this.

The committee recommends vaccinating with one dose even if more than six months have passed since recovery from COVID-19, in order to ensure long term protection.

If a person gets COVID-19 within two weeks of receiving the first dose, he considered recovered from COVID-19, vaccinated with one dose on the 6th month after recovery, and his course of vaccinations should be considered completed with this.

A person who has been vaccinated with one dose and gets COVID-19 more than two weeks after receiving the first dose but before receiving the second dose, does not need to be administered the second dose and the course of vaccinations may be considered completed.

It is important to understand that these are three different certificates -- immunisation certificate, test certificate and recovery certificate. Based on scientific data, the council of Estonian doctors and scientists has issued a recommendation to vaccinate people who have recovered six months after recovery with one dose. Meaning, until then the recovery certificate is valid and later the immunisation certificate.

Last updated: 11.08.2021 12:32

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By logging into the Patient Portal (www.digilugu.ee), a person who has received the COVID-19 vaccine can create an immunisation certificate for themselves or reproduce previously created valid certificates. A certificate can be opened and downloaded in the Patient Portal. At a check point, the vaccination certificate can be presented on a smart device or printed out on a paper.

Estonians and foreign nationals with an Estonian personal identification code who cannot create their own EU COVID certificates in the Patient Portal can submit an application for it at all the service bureaus of the Social Insurance Board. All who wish to get the certificate can fill out the [application (.docx)] (https://www.tehik.ee/sites/default/files/2021-08/Sert_vormis_erikeeled.docx) beforehand and print it out. The application must be taken to the suitable service bureau of the Social Insurance Board after which the EU COVID certificate will be sent to the person's e-mail address within three working days. The exact addresses and opening times can be found on the web page of the Social Insurance Board (in Estonian).

Last updated: 26.08.2021 15:45

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Information about entry conditions to other countries can be found on the Reisi Targalt website (in Estonian).

When travelling, it is recommended to adhere to the following principles:

  • before planning a trip, check the information about the infection rate of the country of destination on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs;
  • you can find out about travel restrictions in the destination country from the Reisi Targalt website (in Estonian), the European Union ReOpen portal, and in more detail from a foreign representation of the destination country;
  • register your trip on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Reisi Targalt website, so we could inform you about possible crises;
  • follow the recommendations of the Health Board for a safe flight, if you get symptoms, postpone your trip and contact your family doctor;
  • purchase travel insurance and familiarise yourself with all the conditions (including for any travel disruptions caused by COVID-19);
  • when crossing the border, it is obligatory to fill out a declaration which can also be done electronically. The declaration can be filled out 24 hours before arrival in Estonia: iseteenindus.terviseamet.ee. Please hold on to the notification letter that you receive on your e-mail after you have filled out the form! The declarations can still also be filled out on paper, which you can find here (.docx in Estonian).
  • follow the instructions of local authorities in the country of stay and find out about possible new restrictions.
  • follow the rules in force in Estonia when returning from your trip, contact your family doctor in case of suspicion of the virus.
  • Any country may change the conditions for entry and stay in the country with a very short notice. For more detailed information on the conditions of the country of destination, we recommend contacting the foreign representation or authorities of the relevant country.

More information on the coronavirus and movement restrictions from the state information line 1247 (+372 600 1247 when calling from abroad).

Last updated: 10.05.2021 13:10

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People arriving on foot at the Port of Tallinn, terminals A and D, can take their test with a clinician from Confido, and people arriving at the Tallinn airport can approach the Qvalitas testing point with their letter of referral. The letter of referral will be provided at the airport. Issuing the letter of referral and taking the test will take about five minutes. Testing will take place on a first-come-first-serve basis at the port and airport. The testing sites are open until the last passenger by boat or plane has arrived.

Passengers arriving from a high-risk country at any other sea port or airport or by train or road transport, can get tested by booking a time with the SYNLAB and Medicum testing centres by calling 678 0000 (Monday-to-Friday 9 am to 5 pm). Priority in testing will be given to those with symptoms of the disease, therefore the waiting time will be one to two days. If you already know your time of arrival, it is recommended to book the test in advance. Testing is free for persons who have an Estonian personal identification code; foreigners can pay by card on the spot.

Additional information on testing can be found https://koroonatestimine.ee/.

People arriving to Estonia from at-risk countries who wish to end isolation earlier than the tenth day must be tested not earlier than 72 hours before they arrive in Estonia. The second test can then be done in Estonia not earlier than on the sixth day after the first test. The period of six days will be calculated from the day following the first test. Self-isolation can be terminated early if the results of both tests are negative.

Appointment for a free test (with an Estonian ID code) can be booked by calling 678 0000 (Monday-Friday 9am to 5pm). A test for a fee can be done with all service providers who offer this service.

Last updated: 13.05.2021 09:14

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Yes, it is, but the restrictions set to catering establishments need to be adhered to: when eating and drinking on the premises of a catering establishment, all customers over the age of 18 must present a COVID certificate proving vaccination, recovery or the negative results of a prior test. Consuming on the spot is allowed only if the checking of COVID-19 certificates is ensured.

At the same time, it is not necessary to present the COVID certificate if the catering establishment is entered for picking up pre-ordered takeaway or providing delivery services, but in that case a mask must be worn.

Dispersion and following the disinfection requirements according to the instructions of the Health Board must also be ensured at the indoor premises of catering establishments.

Last updated: 26.08.2021 15:38

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