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The following rules are in force for different age groups:

Going to entertainment establishments (e.g. cinema, theatre), eating on the premises of catering establishments, participating in different events and participating in other such checked activities:

Children under the age of 12 years and three months:

  • There are no restrictions: it is not necessary to present a COVID certificate or a negative test result

Age 12 years and three months to 17 (included):

  • Children and adolescents who have been vaccinated, equated to vaccinated (e.g. recovered from the disease and vaccinated) or have recovered from COVID.19 may participate in checked activities
  • It is also possible to participate with a negative test result: suitable proofs are an antigen-RTD test (up to 48 hours earlier)or PCR test (up to 72 hours earlier) done at a health care service provider before participating in the activity or the antigen-RTD test meant for self-testing done at a general pharmacy (up to 48 hours earlier).

Age 18+:

  • Adults have to be vaccinated, equated to vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19 in order to participate in checked activities
  • A negative test result is not sufficient to participate

Sports, training, youth work, hobby activities and informal education, refresher training, participating in sports competitions, and curricular visits to museums and exhibition facilities:

Children under the age of 12 years and three months:

  • There are no restrictions: it is not necessary to present a COVID certificate or a negative test result

Age 12 years and three months to 18 (included) and young people turning 19 during the 2021/2022 academic year:

  • There is no obligation to present a COVID certificate or a negative test result if they are studying in a general education or vocational school and they are not symptomatic.

For instance, a 17-year-old student can thus participate in dance practice and go to a class trip to a museum without restrictions but needs to present either a valid COVID certificate or a negative test result certificate that meets the requirements to visit a cinema or a restaurant. An 18- or 19-year-old student can participate in football practice without having to present a certificate or a negative test result but can only visit a cinema or a restaurant with a valid COVID certificate (a negative test result is not sufficient as a certificate).

Last updated: 15.11.2021 13:18

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The COVID certificate is obligatory (from the age of 12 years and three months)

At the cinema, at the theatre, at a concert (including church concerts) and at other entertainment establishments it is obligatory for all persons from the age of 12 years and three months to present a valid COVID certificate proving that they

  • have completed the course of vaccinations within the past year (or have completed the course of vaccinations and received an additional dose) or
  • have recovered from COVID-19 and no more than six months (180 days) have passed since the moment the diagnosis was confirmed or
  • cannot get vaccinated for health reasons, if they present a certificate stating that fact, issued by a doctor.

Young people between the ages of 12 years and three months and 17 years (included) may also participate in entertainment services with a certificate proving that they have done a test with a negative result at a health care service provider. Both the results of a PCR (done up to 72 hours earlier) and an antigen-RTD (done up to 48 hours earlier) test done at a health care service provider are suitable, including a rapid antigen test done at a general pharmacy. 12-17 year olds (included) may participate on the basis of a test result; for adults, a negative test result is not sufficient as a COVID certificate.

If vaccination is contraindicated to a person for health reasons, he can go to the cinema, theatre and concert with a certificate attesting to that fact, issued by a doctor.

Children that are younger than 12 years and three months do not have to present a COVID certificate or a negative test result.

The organisers have an obligation to check the validity of COVID certificates alongside an identity document. The COVID certificates have to also be checked if the activity or event takes place at a location of service provision, e.g. when a theatre or cinema hall, or a conference room is rented out for a private event or the company Christmas party.

The access of unvaccinated people to events and activities is limited because their risk of getting infected is very high and if they are infected they spread the virus more than people who have immune protection; they also have a higher risk of suffering from the disease more severely and end up in a hospital.

The COVID certificate does not have to be checked at outdoor events taking place on an unrestricted territory.

Dispersion

Indoors, in addition to checking the COVID certificates, it is important to ensure dispersion, availability of disinfectants and following of the disinfecting requirements in accordance with the instructions of the Health Board.

Limits to the numbers of participants

Up to 1000 people may participate in events and activities indoors and up to 2000 people outdoors.

A protective mask is obligatory

Wearing a protective mask is obligatory in public indoor spaces. A scarf, a tube scarf, a collar, a visor or any other object that is not clearly meant to be worn as a protective mask do not count as a mask. A preference is given to a medical mask or a mask equated to that (e.g. an FFP1-3 mask or a N95 respirator) which effectively stops the delta strain of the coronavirus from spreading. A mask is not obligatory for children under the age of 12. If a person cannot wear a mask for health reasons, he must present a medical certificate regarding the contraindication.

The doors must close for visitors at 23.00

Events and activities have to end no later than at. The person responsible for the activities must ensure that the establishment is closed for visitors during night-time (between the hours of 23.00 and 06.00) and the only people present in the room are the owner of the location of activities or his representative, the employees, and people connected to performing emergency tasks.

The objective of the restriction is to allow companies to keep operating but avoid the gathering of people indoors during evening hours, and to reduce contacts between people who do not interact with each other daily.

Requirements for the employees of entertainment establishments

It is obligatory to behave in accordance with the results of the risk analysis of the employer. In employment relationships, the basis for going to work, the requirements regarding the use of personal protective equipment and other control measures of the spread of the virus (including the presenting of COVID certificates, testing, mask wearing etc.) is the working environment risk analysis conducted by the specific employer.

Last updated: 15.11.2021 12:59

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Dispersion is not the 2+2 rule but guidance to keep a safe distance with each other in a public indoor space. A public indoor space is a room that can be entered by anyone (this also includes public transport).

People have to be and move around in a public indoor space in a dispersed manner. The restriction does not apply to families or in cases where it is not possible to ensure these conditions reasonably.

The person responsible for the activities (i.e. the trader, the service provider, the organiser of the event, the catering establishment etc.) ensures, there would not be an unreasonable amount of people in the space or room. The Government order does not prescribe an exact distance -- ensuring dispersion means that groups of persons (e.g. families) or individuals should not be too close to each other or in direct contact.

Close contacts between people who are not usually together increase the probability of the virus spreading.

Last updated: 25.10.2021 16:34

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COVID certificate

At entertainment establishments it is obligatory for all persons from the age of 12 years and three months to present a valid COVID certificate proving that they

  • have completed the course of vaccinations within the past year (or have completed the course of vaccinations and received an additional dose) or
  • have recovered from COVID-19 and no more than six months (180 days) have passed since the moment the diagnosis was confirmed.

Children and youths in the age bracket of 12 years and three months to 17 years (included) can also visit exhibitions with a certificate proving that they have done a negative test at health care service provider. Both a PCR test done up to 72 hours earlier and an antigen-RTD test done up to 48 hours earlier are suitable, as well as a rapid antigen test done at a general pharmacy. For adults, a negative test result is not sufficient as a COVID certificate.

Children under the age of 12 years and three months do not have to present a COVID certificate or a negative test result.

If vaccination is contraindicated to a person for health reasons, he can also visit museums with a certificate issued by a doctor, confirming the fact.

An exception for schoolchildren: young people up to the age of 18 (included) and those turning 19 during the 2021/2022 academic year do not have to present a COVID certificate or a negative test result if they are visiting a museum or an exhibition venue in the course of curricular activities and only students from the same class or group are participating in it.

The establishments have an obligation to check the validity of COVID certificates alongside an identity document. The COVID certificates have to also be checked if the activity or event takes place at a location of service provision, e.g. when a museum or exhibition hall is rented out for a private event or the company Christmas party.

The access of unvaccinated people to events and activities is limited because their risk of getting infected is very high and if they are infected they spread the virus more than people who have immune protection; they also have a higher risk of suffering from the disease more severely and end up in a hospital.

Dispersion

In public indoor spaces, in addition to checking COVID certificates, it is important to ensure dispersion, availability of disinfectants and following disinfection requirements in accordance with the instructions of the Health Board.

Limits to the numbers of participants

Up to 1000 people may participate in events and activities indoors and up to 2000 people outdoors.

Wearing a protective mask is obligatory

Wearing a protective mask is obligatory in public indoor spaces, except in activities where it is not possible, e.g. in doing direct sports or when coming in contact with water, as well as while eating in a restaurant. A scarf, a tube scarf, a collar, a visor or any other object that is not clearly meant to be worn as a protective mask do not count as a mask. A preference is given to a medical mask or a mask equated to that (e.g. an FFP1-3 mask or a N95 respirator) which effectively stops the delta strain of the coronavirus from spreading. Wearing a mask is not obligatory for children under the age of 12. If a person cannot wear a mask for health reasons, he must present a medical certificate regarding the contraindication.

The door must close for visitors no later than at 23.00 (the restriction is temporarily suspended between December 31, 2021 and the morning of January 2, 2022)

Events and activities have to end no later than at 23.00. The person responsible for the activities must ensure that the establishment's public indoor spaces are closed for visitors during night-time (between the hours of 23.00 and 06.00) and the only people present are the owner of the location of activities or his representative, the employees, and people connected to performing emergency tasks.

The objective of the restriction is to allow companies to keep operating but avoid the gathering of people indoors during evening hours, and to reduce contacts between people who do not interact with each other daily.

Requirements for the employees of museums and exhibition facilities

It is obligatory to behave in accordance with the results of the risk analysis of the employer. In employment relationships, the basis for going to work, the requirements regarding the use of personal protective equipment and other control measures of the spread of the virus (including the presenting of COVID certificates, testing, mask wearing etc.) is the working environment risk analysis conducted by the specific employer.

The same rules apply to museums and exhibition venues, at events (including a theatre performance, a cinema showing, a concert, a conference etc) and at the provision entertainment services.

Last updated: 22.12.2021 16:44

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The COVID certificate is obligatory (starting from the age of 12 years and three months)

At entertainment establishments it is obligatory for all persons starting from the age of 12 years and three months to present a valid COVID certificate proving that they

  • have completed the course of vaccinations within the past year (or have completed the course of vaccinations and received an additional dose) or
  • have recovered from COVID-19 and no more than six months (180 days) have passed since the moment the diagnosis was confirmed or

Young people in the age bracket of 12 years and three months to 17 years (included) may also participate in entertainment services with a certificate proving that they have done a test with a negative result at a health care service provider. Both a PCR test done up to 72 hours earlier and an antigen-RTD test done up to 48 hours earlier are suitable, as well as a rapid antigen test for which a certificate has been issued, done at a general pharmacy. For adults, a negative test result is not sufficient as a COVID certificate.

If vaccination is contraindicated to a person for health reasons, he can go to the cinema, theatre and concert with a certificate attesting to that fact, issued by a doctor.

Children younger than 12 years and three months do not have to present a COVID certificate or a negative test result.

The establishments have an obligation to check the validity of COVID certificates alongside an identity document. The COVID certificates have to also be checked if the activity or event takes place at a location of service provision, e.g. when a theatre or cinema hall, or any other entertainment establishment is rented out for a private event or the company Christmas party.

The access of unvaccinated people to events and activities is limited because their risk of getting infected is very high and if they are infected, they spread the virus more than people who have immune protection; they also have a higher risk of suffering from the disease more severely and ending up in a hospital.

Dispersion

In public indoor spaces, in addition to checking the COVID certificates and tests, it is important to ensure dispersion, availability of disinfectants and following of the disinfecting requirements in accordance with the instructions of the Health Board.

Limits to the numbers of participants

Up to 1000 people are allowed to participate in events indoors and up to 2000 people outdoors.

A protective mask is obligatory

Wearing a protective mask is obligatory in public indoor spaces, except in activities where it is not possible, e.g. in doing direct sports or when coming in contact with water, as well as during eating at a restaurant. A scarf, a tube scarf, a collar, a visor or any other object that is not clearly meant to be worn as a protective mask do not count as a mask. A preference is given to a medical mask or a mask equated to that (e.g. an FFP1-3 mask or a N95 respirator) which effectively stops the delta strain of the coronavirus from spreading. Wearing a mask is not obligatory for children under the age of 12. If a person cannot wear a mask for health reasons, he must present a medical certificate regarding the contraindication.

The door must close for visitors at 23.00 (the restriction is temporarily suspended between December 31, 2021 and the morning of January 2, 2022)

Events and activities have to end no later than at 23.00. The person responsible for the activities must ensure that the establishment's public indoor spaces are closed for visitors during night-time (between the hours of 23.00 and 06.00) and the only people present are the owner of the location of activities or his representative, the employees, and people connected to performing emergency tasks.

The objective of the restriction is to allow companies to keep operating but avoid the gathering of people indoors during evening hours, and to reduce contacts between people who do not interact with each other daily.

Requirements for the employees of entertainment establishments

It is obligatory to behave in accordance with the results of the risk analysis of the employer. In employment relationships, the basis for going to work, the requirements regarding the use of personal protective equipment and other control measures of the spread of the virus (including the presenting of COVID certificates, testing, mask wearing etc.) is the working environment risk analysis conducted by the specific employer.

The same rules apply in saunas, spas, water parks and swimming pools; at public meetings and events (including theatre, cinema, concert, performance, conference); at entertainment services.

In addition to the listed activities, raft saunas, party buses or other recreational and entertainment related activities are considered to be entertainment services. As entertainment services are partly covered by the restrictions and measures set to cinemas, music events, and theatres, these are complemented by gambling events, amusement parks (including children's playrooms) and game halls.

Last updated: 22.12.2021 16:34

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Yes, if a sauna is rented out for a private event, there is an obligation to check COVID certificates there.

Last updated: 29.10.2021 21:17

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A protective mask is obligatory

It is obligatory to wear a protective mask in libraries and other public indoor spaces. A scarf, a tube scarf, a collar, a visor or any other object that is not clearly meant to be worn as a protective mask do not count as a mask. A preference is given to a medical mask or a mask equated to that (e.g. an FFP1-3 mask or a N95 respirator) which effectively stops the Delta strain of the coronavirus from spreading.

A mask must be worn by all people over the age of 12 and the service provider has the right to refuse entry to the service area to people who are not wearing a mask. If a person cannot wear a mask for health reasons, they have to prove their contraindication with a certificate issued by a health care service provider.

Wearing a mask is generally the responsibility of each individual themselves but in commercial establishments, service facilities and other public indoor spaces the observation of the obligation to wear a mask must also be monitored by the traders and service providers.

Dispersion

In public indoor space it is important to ensure dispersion, availability of disinfectants and following of the disinfecting requirements in accordance with the instructions of the Health Board.

The door must close for visitors no later than at 23.00 (the restriction is temporarily suspended between December 31, 2021 and the morning of January 2, 2022)

Events and activities have to end no later than at 23.00. The person responsible for the activities must ensure that the establishment's public indoor spaces are closed for visitors during night-time (between the hours of 23.00 and 06.00) and the only people present are the owner of the location of activities or his representative, the employees, and people connected to performing emergency tasks.

Requirements for the employees of libraries

In employment relationships, the basis for going to work, the requirements regarding the use of personal protective equipment and other control measures of the spread of the virus (including the presenting of COVID certificates, testing, mask wearing etc.) is the working environment risk analysis conducted by the specific employer.

Last updated: 22.12.2021 16:40

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Protective mask

All participants over the age of 12 have to wear a mask. A scarf, a tube scarf, a collar, a visor or any other object that is not clearly meant to be worn as a protective mask do not count as a mask. A preference is given to a medical mask or a mask equated to that (e.g. an FFP1-3 mask or a N95 respirator) which effectively stops the coronavirus from spreading.

Dispersion

In public indoor spaces it is important ensure dispersion, availability of disinfectants and the following of disinfection rules in accordance with the instructions of the Health Board.

Limitations to the number of participants

It is allowed to carry out public worship services and religious services in a way that if the COVID certificates of every person are not checked, then up to 50 people may participate in them indoors (100 outdoors) or a 50% maximum occupancy requirement has to be observed.

COVID certificate

Participants of a worship service do not have to present any COVID certificates. The exception does not extend to church concerts which are subject to the general requirements in force for organising public events.

The door must close for visitors no later than at 23.00 (the restriction temporarily does not apply from December 31, 2021 until the morning of January 2, 2021)

Events and activities (e.g. concerts taking place in a church) have to end no later than at 23.00. The person responsible for the activities must ensure that the institution's public indoor spaces are closed for visitors during night-time (between the hours of 23.00 and 06.00) and the only people present are the owner of the location of activities or his representative, the employees, and people connected to performing emergency tasks.

Last updated: 20.12.2021 16:28

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COVID certificates that have a QR code must be checked digitally to make sure of their authenticity and validity. The web page kontroll.digilugu.ee allows checking the authenticity of the certificate and whether it meets the requirements currently in force in Estonia. The person doing the check will be displayed three colours: green (the certificate is valid), orange (the information on the certificate does not meet the vaccination or recovery conditions in force in Estonia), and red (technical error and/or the certificate is not valid).

The checking application shows whether:

  • the course of vaccination has been completed (1/1, 2/2 etc.)
  • at least 14 days have passed since the last vaccination, or at least 7 days if the vaccine used was the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine Comirnaty
  • up to one year has passed since the last vaccination
  • the sample for the PCR test with a negative result has been taken within the past 72 hours
  • the sample for the rapid test with a negative result has been taken within the past 48 hours
  • the sample of the PCR test with a positive result has been taken more than 11 days and no more than 180 days ago (i.e. whether the person has recovered from COVID-19 within the past six months)

Detailed instructions for checking the certificate can be found on the web page tehik.ee (in Estonian).

To participate in checked activities (e.g. entertainment, cinema, theatre, dining on the premises of restaurants and cafes, participating in events etc) it is generally obligatory for all participants starting from the age of 12 years and three months to present a valid COVID certificate. Young people in the age bracket of 12 years and three months to 17 years (included) may also participate with a certificate of a negative test done at a health care service provider. Both a PCR test done up to 72 hours earlier and an antigen-RTD test done up to 48 hours earlier are suitable, as well as a rapid antigen test for which a certificate has been issued, done at a general pharmacy. For adults (18+), a negative test result is not sufficient as a COVID certificate. Those younger than 12 years and three months do not have to present a certificate or a negative test result.

Last updated: 15.11.2021 14:26

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If a person cannot get vaccinated for medical reasons, i.e. vaccination is contraindicated to him (e.g. he has anaphylaxis or a strong allergic reaction to an ingredient of the vaccine, a previously occurred capillary leak syndrome etc.), they can use a certificate issued by a doctor to participate in activities. A contraindication to COVID-19 vaccination is established by a doctor who documents it with an international disease classification (ICD-10) code, on the basis of which she can issue a paper certificate.

It should be noted that it is only possible to use the abovementioned doctor's certificate to participate in activities within the country. In other countries you have to act according to the restrictions and requirements in force there. People who cannot get vaccinated for medical reasons are urgently recommended to also use personal protective equipment, e.g. a FFP2 or FFP3 respirator, while participating in activities, in order to reduce the infection risk.

Last updated: 25.10.2021 13:40

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The exceptions to disabled persons apply in sports, training, hobby activities and informal education, and refresher training. They also apply to participating in sports competitions and events.

If, for instance, the person responsible for the activity is training disabled persons, he can choose whether he checks the certificates of all individuals (including disabled persons) and then the participants are released from the obligation to wear a mask.

The other option is to not check the certificates of only those who belong in the group of disabled persons and then there is an obligation to wear a mask, even if five people out of ten have the certificate. In any case, the choice of approach should be made before the service is provided.

The obligation to wear a mask does not extend to children under the age of 12 and to persons for whom it is not possible to wear a mask for health reasons (e.g. breathing difficulties, certain mental disorders, allergies) or reasonable for other substantial considerations, e.g. special needs or disability. The person should still consider whether health reasons rule out all options of covering one's nose and mouth or whether it would still be possible to reduce the infection risk with some suitable alternative.

A mask does not have to be worn by people with special needs, e.g. if it is not possible for the person to wear a mask as required or put a mask on and take it off by himself due to a mental disorder or a physical aberration. A mask does not have to be worn by a person accompanying a hard-of-hearing person or an individual who is communicating with a person who needs to read from lips, read facial expressions, needs to hear clear speech etc. to communicate if wearing a mask complicates that.

If there are no above described health complaints related to the disability, a mask should also be worn in order to participate in the activity.

Last updated: 26.10.2021 13:23

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An unvaccinated person may participate at events only if the person:

  • is younger than 12 years and three months
  • is in the age bracket of 12 years and three months to 17 years (included) and can present a certificate proving negative results of a PCR test done up to 72 hours earlier, an antigen-RTD test done up to 48 hours earlier at a health care service provider or a rapid antigen test done at a general pharmacy.
  • has recovered from COVID-19 and no more than six months (180 days) have passed since the positive PCR test that confirmed the diagnosis
  • cannot get vaccinated for health reasons and presents a certificate issued by a doctor, confirming the fact.

For adults (18+), a negative test result is not sufficient as a proof. The access of unvaccinated people to events and activities is limited because their risk of getting infected is very high and if they are infected, they spread the virus more than people who have immune protection; they also have a higher risk of suffering from the disease more severely and ending up in a hospital.

Last updated: 16.11.2021 12:28

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In order to participate in an event you have to have completed the course of vaccinations and achieved maximum protection after the last shot.

According to the instructions of the manufacturers, it is estimated that maximum protection is achieved in 7 calendar days after receiving the second shot of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine Comirnaty, 15 calendar days after receiving the second shot of the AstraZeneca vaccine Vaxzevria, 14 calendar days after receiving the second shot of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, and 14 calendar days after receiving the single dose of the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine.

If a person has recovered from the disease and received one dose of the vaccine, the period of achieving maximum protection are calculated based on the abovementioned deadlines. In case of a third (the so-called booster or additional dose) shot, the certificate becomes valid immediately.

Last updated: 01.11.2021 21:58

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Recovery from the disease is sufficient to prove one does not pose an infection risk if less than 180 days have passed since receiving a positive test result (PCR test). This means that a COVID-19 recovery certificate is valid for six months.

Once the recovery certificate is about to expire, it would be wise to get vaccinated: according to the calculations the member of the Scientific Council and the professor of Mathematical Statistics at the University of Tartu, Krista Fischer, did based on the infection indicators from July and August, those who have recovered from the disease and then gotten vaccinated have a 20 times smaller chance of getting infected again.

The recommendation is to vaccinate people who have recovered from the coronavirus with one dose on the sixth month after recovery. After this, the course of vaccination can be considered completed and a vaccination certificate becomes valid after maximum protection is achieved. The time that it takes to achieve maximum protection is different for different vaccines: Pfizer BioNTech Comirnaty 7 days after the second dose, Spikevax (Moderna) 14 days after the second dose, Vaxzevria (AstraZeneca) 15 days after the second dose, and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) 14 days after the first dose.

It is worth noting that the status on the digital COVID certificates does not change automatically. The certificate has to be created again once the health care service provider has entered the new information to the Patient Portal digilugu.ee. If you have any questions about the information on the created COVID certificate, you can get assistance from the user support line of the Health and Welfare Information Systems Centre +372 794 3943 (from 7.00 to 22.00) or from the e-mail abi@tehik.ee.

Last updated: 27.10.2021 16:52

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A printout of the certificate, the so-called yellow vaccination passport, and also certificates issued abroad are considered equivalent to a digital certificate.

Last updated: 23.10.2021 11:41

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Yes, it is.

The yellow immunisation passport is issued at the request of a person by a family doctor or some other medical worker carrying out vaccinations. If a person already has an immunisation passport and he wishes to prove his vaccination status with it later, he should bring it along to the vaccination. In that case, the person carrying out the vaccination can make a corresponding note in the passport. People who have been vaccinated abroad can also prove their vaccination status with the immunisation passport.

Among other things, the passport contains the disease against which the immunisation was administered, the date of immunisation, immune preparation that was used, the lot number of it, and the number of doses administered, also the name and other data of the immuniser.

Last updated: 07.08.2021 19:05

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  • If the organiser finds that checking the certificates is too complicated or costly and decides to cancel the event due to that, it is obligated to reimburse the people who bought tickets.

  • If the event is taking place but the participant does not want to or is not able to present the necessary COVID certificate along with an identity document, he generally does not have the right to be reimbursed.

Last updated: 01.11.2021 21:03

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This depends on where the event is taking place.

If a natural person organises the activity in the yard of his home and is not charging for tickets, or orders catering for the employees of the company to be delivered to the office, this constitutes a private event and there is no obligation to check COVID certificates.

If, however, a restaurant, an entertainment establishment (e.g. a theatre, a cinema hall or a sauna) or some other public space is reserved for the private event, it is obligatory to check the COVID certificates of all participants starting from the age of 12 years and three months, along with an identity document. For adults (18+), a negative test result is not sufficient as a certificate.

The access of unvaccinated people to checked events and activities is limited because their risk of getting infected is very high and if they are infected, they spread the virus more than people who have immune protection; they also have a higher risk of suffering from the disease more severely and ending up in a hospital.

Last updated: 16.11.2021 12:30

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In Estonia this period is different for different vaccines. The maximum protection is considered achieved according to the manufacturer's instructions -- 7 calendar days after the second vaccine dose for the Pfizer/BioNTech Comirnaty vaccine, 15 calendar days after the second vaccine dose for the AstraZeneca vaccine Vaxzevria, 14 calendar days after the second vaccine shot for the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, and 14 calendar days after the single vaccine dose for the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine. If new COVID-19 vaccines come to the market, the period they take to achieve maximum protection is determined according to the particular manufacturer's instructions. If a person has recovered from the disease and has been vaccinated with one dose, the maximum protection is considered to have been achieved by the abovementioned deadlines.

Last updated: 21.06.2021 15:43

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There is no obligation to check COVID certificates at outdoor events that take place in an unrestricted territory, for instance events that take place in a single city neighbourhood, on the streets or in the forest where people are in constant movement and it is not possible to determine an event or activity with a certain location or number of participants.

At the same time, if a part of an event takes place in an unrestricted area and another part of the same event takes place in a specific location, i.e. a restricted area, where tickets are being checked, a starting corridor, catering, a concert, a gathering, or some similar activity is taking place, a COVID certificate along with an identity document must be presented in order to be able to participate at the latter.

Public meetings organised outdoors in an unrestricted territory and in limited conditions also public meetings taking place indoors also fall under an exception. It should be noted that in this context, a public meeting is a gathering of people at a public space in order to form or express their minds.

Last updated: 16.11.2021 12:32

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The organiser of the event or the person responsible for the activity can decide who checks the certificate, e.g. the security company, ticket sellers, guards etc.

Last updated: 23.10.2021 14:59

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A COVID certificate is obligatory starting from the age of 12 years and three months

Young people starting from the age of 12 years and three months have to present a certificate that they have either:

  • completed the course of vaccinations, received an additional dose, or recovered from the disease and received one dose of the vaccine no more than a year ago or
  • recovered from COVID-19 and no more than six months (180 days) have passed since the diagnosis was confirmed or
  • up to 17-year-olds (included) can participate at the event with a negative test result as well. Suitable proofs are a PCR test done up to 72 hours earlier or an antigen-RTD test done up to 48 hours earlier at a health care service provider, or a rapid test done at a pharmacy, for which a certificate has been issued. For adults (18-year-olds and older), a negative test result is not sufficient to be able to participate.

If a person cannot get vaccinated for health reasons, it is possible for him to participate at the event with a corresponding medical certificate as well.

Those younger than 12 years and three months do not have to present any COVID certificates or negative test results.

An event is to be attended only when healthy. People who are sick, symptomatic, or in simplified quarantine have to stay home.

An exception: children and youths who are in the age bracket of 12 years and three months to 18 years or turning 19 during the 2021/2022 academic year do not have to present a COVID certificate or a negative test result in informal education and hobby activities, youth work, refresher training, to do sports, train, and compete at sports competitions, provided that they are asymptomatic and studying at a general education or vocational school, as young people are tested several times a week at screening tests taking place in schools. They also do not have to present a certificate or a negative test result if they are visiting a museum or an exhibition as a curricular activity and only students from one class or group are participating in it.

A protective mask is obligatory

Children 12 years of age and older have to wear a protective mask in public indoor spaces, except in cases where the activity does not allow this (e.g. in doing direct sports, when coming in contact with water, during eating and drinking etc). A preference is given to a medical mask or a mask equated to that (e.g. a FFP1-3 mask or a N95 respirator) which effectively keeps the delta strain of the coronavirus from spreading. A scarf, a tube scarf, a collar, a visor or any other object clearly not meant to be used as a protective mask do not count as a mask.

Last updated: 15.11.2021 14:08

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The event does not need to be approved by the Health Board but they will definitely give advice and instructions on how to hold it and ensure safety.

Last updated: 21.06.2021 15:13

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The COVID certificate is obligatory (starting from the age of 12 years and three months)

Before the start of the event or the activity it is obligatory for all the people starting from the age of 12 years and three months to present a valid COVID certificate. The event may be attended by people who

  • have completed the course of vaccinations within the past year (or have completed the course of vaccinations and received an additional dose)
  • have recovered from COVID-19 and no more than six months (180 days) have passed since the moment the diagnosis was confirmed
  • cannot get vaccinated for health reasons, if they present a certificate stating that fact, issued by a doctor.

Young people in the age bracket of 12 years and three months to 17 years (included) may also participate in events with a certificate proving that they have done a test with a negative result at a health care service provider. Both a PCR test done up to 72 hours earlier and an antigen-RTD test done up to 48 hours earlier are suitable, as well as a rapid antigen test for which a certificate has been issued, done at a general pharmacy. For adults (18+), a negative test result is not sufficient as a COVID certificate.

The organisers have an obligation to check the validity of COVID certificates alongside an identity document of the person presenting the certificate. Certificates that have a QR code must be checked digitally to make sure that they are authentic.

The access of unvaccinated people to events and activities is limited because their risk of getting infected is very high and if they are infected, they spread the virus more than people who have immune protection; they also have a higher risk of suffering from the disease more severely and ending up in a hospital.

A protective mask is obligatory

Children who are 12 years of age and older have to wear a protective mask in public indoor spaces (including rooms where the COVID certificate is checked, e.g. entertainment venues, events, cinemas, theatres). A preference is given to a medical mask or a mask equated to that (e.g. a FFP1-3 mask or a N95 respirator), which effectively stops the transmission of the delta strain of the coronavirus. A scarf, a tube scarf, a collar, a visor, or any other object that has clearly not been meant to be used as a protective mask do not count as a mask. If a person cannot wear a mask for health reasons, he must present a certificate proving the contraindication, issued by a health care service provider.

Wearing a mask is generally the responsibility of each individual themselves but in public indoor spaces the persons responsible for the activity must also monitor that the obligation to wear a mask is adhered to.

Limitations to the number of participants

Up to 1000 people may participate in events and activities indoors and up to 2000 people outdoors.

Events must end no later than at 23.00 (the restriction is temporarily suspended between December 31, 2021 and the morning of January 2, 2022)

The venues of public events (including entertainment venues, cinemas, theatres) are subject to an opening hours restriction between the hours of 23.00 and 06.00. The person responsible for the activities must ensure that between the hours of 23.00 and 06.00 the only people present in the room for an extended period are the owner of the location of activities or his representative, the employees, and people connected to performing emergency tasks.

Requirements for the employees

In employment relationships, the basis for going to work, the requirements regarding the use of personal protective equipment and other measures aimed at controlling the spread of the virus (including presenting COVID certificates, testing, wearing a mask etc.) is the working environment risk analysis conducted by the employer. For instance, employees are released from the obligation to wear a mask if the employer's risk analysis of the specific working environment has foreseen stopping the spread of the coronavirus in some other way.

Last updated: 22.12.2021 16:35

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The activities of all law enforcement bodies can be challenged or contested in court. In case of questions or a need to specify, both an entrepreneur and a private person always have the option of pre-emptively turning to the state helpline 1247 or writing to covid19@mkm.ee.

Last updated: 22.10.2021 21:51

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