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Packages can be sent to conscripts by post. The name and subdivision of the conscript (battalion) must be written on the package. Do not put highly perishable goods in the package, as the delivery of packages might take some time.

For units located in Tallinn (Navy, Headquarters Support and Signal Battalion, Guard Battalion), package can be delivered to the entrance gate check-point. Safe conditions for receiving packages have been established at the gate.

Delivery addresses for packages

  • Kuperjanov Infantry Battalion: Kose tee 3a, Võru, 65603, Võru County
  • Tapa Garrison: Loode 35, 45106 Tapa, Lääne-Viru County
  • Paldiski Garrison: Rae põik 1, 76806 Paldiski, Harju County
  • Jõhvi GArrison: Pargi 55, 41537 Jõhvi, Ida-Viru County
  • Headquarters Support and Signal Battallion: Filtri tee 12, 10132, Tallinn, Harju County
  • Miinisadam (Navy and Guard Battalion): Tööstuse 54a, 10416 Tallinn

Last updated: 03.03.2021 12:05

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If a conscript gets infected, they will be in isolation until the end of the treatment.

Conscripts and active servicemen who have been potentially exposed to people infected with the coronavirus will be excluded from active training activities for two weeks. At that time, food will be provided for them from the canteen with a thermos and left behind the door. Empty thermoses are disinfected. It is possible to contact the conscripts and servicemen who have been excluded from active training or who do not have the permission to leave the base by calling them on their mobile phones. They can receive packages, if the package is sent by post, or left for them at the entrance to the military unit.

Last updated: 03.03.2021 12:05

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It is up to the head of each unit to issue or limit leave authorisations during the period until the vacations. The decision is based on the measures taken by the commanders to prevent the spread of the virus in a specific unit.

Last updated: 03.03.2021 12:06

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Measures applied include keeping a distance, wearing a mask, use of personal protection and hygiene equipment. Contacts between different units of conscripts have been minimised. Conscripts who have been in contact with an infected person continue their service while in isolation. In order to organise the service of active servicemen and officials, the commanders of units have been allocated the task to develop a plan for remote work; meetings are held virtually.

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Conscripts are invited to appear before the medical commission at a fixed appointment time and one person at a time. Everyone is provided with personal protective equipment and the surfaces are cleaned after each appointment.

Prior to appearing before the medical commission, you should access the www.digilugu.ee patient portal for your e-health data, and to enter your account number and, if you wish, your religious affiliation, to the military service web portal www.kaitsevaeteenistus.ee.

Last updated: 03.03.2021 12:23

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The Estonian Defence Forces have restricted the movements of active troops abroad and have reviewed the needs and objectives of foreign missions very critically. All service personnel arriving from other countries will be working from home for the restriction period, if possible. If possible, as a preventive measure, the service personnel who might have been exposed to potential carriers of the virus when abroad will also be working from home.

For each planned operation in Estonia, the heads of the structural units will make a decision whether or not to cancel the operations. If participants from outside the Defence Forces are invited to the event, the unit commander has the right to cancel the event or use remote work possibilities. Events that will become public events will be coordinated with the local governments.

Symptomatic service personnel have to work remotely.

Depending on the situation, the Commander of the Defence Forces has the right to impose restrictions on the movement of the members of the Defence Forces, and it is within the competence of the commanders of military units to authorise leave permits.

Last updated: 04.03.2021 13:15

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As a precautionary measure, quarantine and isolation are used in the Defence Forces.

Quarantine -- in rooms separated from others -- is used for service members who have become infected.

Isolation is used for service members who are not symptomatic but there is a suspicion that they might have come into contact with a virus carrier.

Last updated: 04.03.2021 13:15

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According to the current plan, the defence forces will continue their participation in international military operations on the principles that have been in force thus far. Any changes will be made according to the changing situation to ensure the health and safety of our units.

The spread of the coronavirus means that many countries around the world have placed bans or restrictions on entry. As civil aviation companies are cancelling their flights because airports are closed, and arrivals and departures are largely not taking place, the time served by those participating in foreign missions may be extended by up to two months or until air traffic is resumed.

Last updated: 04.03.2021 13:15

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The Military Operations Command is implementing various other restrictions pertaining to the activities and tasks of the units in the framework of the operation to guarantee the safety of the personnel and prevent them from getting infected with the coronavirus.

In addition to the implementation of generally well-known hygiene requirements, the movement of people and contact with civilians will be further restricted if necessary. In addition, quarantine and isolation requirements already established by different countries will also apply to those moving to and from the area of operation.

Last updated: 03.03.2021 10:30

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All those who fall ill during a military operation are guaranteed comprehensive medical care in accordance with the existing order. The Defence Forces have the capability to provide emergency transport home to all servicemen who are sick or in need of medical assistance.

Last updated: 04.03.2021 13:15

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Due to the pandemic and the resulting movement restrictions, the period of stay of the units in the area of operation may be extended. The changes are made as needed and as the situation changes.

Last updated: 04.03.2021 13:16

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Many countries in the world have implemented an entry ban or restrictions to entry. Mandatory quarantine periods also apply on arrival. Due to airport closures, civil airlines are cancelling their flights.

In the current situation, any international movement and crossing of state borders is unfortunately more complicated.

Restrictions and prohibitions have been established by most of the countries where Estonian Defence Forces participate in military operations or through which Defence Forces are transported to the area of operations and home. This means that the movement of people to the area of operations and back from there is currently more difficult. Taking into consideration the need to reduce the risk of infection for soldiers serving in foreign missions, it is sensible to avoid international movements of soldiers until it becomes safer.

Last updated: 04.03.2021 13:16

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The principles that apply to vaccination in the Defence Forces are the same that apply in the rest of Estonia: vaccinations started with the medical workers and units that are important for the daily functioning of the Defence Forces. The vaccines are the best possibility for conquering the coronavirus and returning to the regular order of life, and we certainly encourage our personnel to get vaccinated once the vaccines become available to them. The Defence Forces consider it normal that, due to the goal of our activities -- to maintain the defence capabilities of the state, our staff and servicemen are willing to protect themselves, their companions and close ones by getting vaccinated.

Last updated: 04.03.2021 17:00

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At the beginning of the current year, an amendment was made to the reservist trainings schedule of the first semester, according to which only critically important trainings are being held. Currently there are no changes to the larger exercises of the spring, including the exercise Spring Storm, and the plan is to hold them. The general coronavirus situation in the country is definitely being monitored and there is a readiness to make amendments if necessary. The goal of the Defence Forces is still to achieve the necessary training goals and the exercise Spring Storm has an important role to play here.

Last updated: 04.03.2021 17:00

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