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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

  • Taara Garrison: 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: Ämari alevik, Lääne-Harju municipality, 76102, Harju County
  • Miinisadam (Navy and Guard Battalion): Tööstuse 54a, 10416 Tallinn

Last updated: 18.01.2022 12:51

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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.

Airport closures and cancelled flights of civil airlines due to the spread of the coronavirus may extend the service time of servicemen participating in foreign missions by up to two months or until air traffic resumes.

Last updated: 18.01.2022 12:52

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The servicemen deploying to military operations are vaccinated against COVID-19. The Military Operations Command is also 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.

Last updated: 14.04.2022 18:48

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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: 18.01.2022 12:55

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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: 18.01.2022 12:56

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If a conscript gets infected, they will be in isolation until the end of 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. During 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. It is also possible to send a package to the base, either by post or by leaving the package at the entrance of the military unit.

Last updated: 18.01.2022 12:58

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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.

Conscripts who have decided not to take the vaccine are limited to no more than one leave authorisation per month, to decrease the number of possible contacts and the possibility of spreading the virus. Non-vaccination also creates an obligation to get tested for COVID-19 more frequently than others.

The more vaccinated people the Defence Forces have, the smaller the possibility for the spread of the virus and that is the best chance to return to our accustomed order of life, which includes issuing leave authorisations and, for instance, organising visitation days.

Conscripts who have been infected with the coronavirus, are in quarantine and self-isolation may go on leave according to the decision of the medical service, if they have been declared healthy or if no symptoms have occurred within a certain period, as the Defence Forces do not send people who may infect their close ones to the society. The leave days not received by the conscripts who were infected, in isolation or quarantine will be compensated later.

Upon return from leave, the Defence Forces administers a coronavirus test to unvaccinated conscripts and also to those who are symptomatic. If necessary, the conscripts are sent to isolation where the whole unit participates in training in isolation from others. It is also possible for the unit to organise the arrival of conscripts in a dispersed manner, in order to avoid a large number of conscripts coming into contact with each other.

Last updated: 18.01.2022 13:00

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One of the most important measures to prevent getting ill is vaccination against COVID-19 which was provided for conscripts who reported for service and wished for it, and will continue to be provided.

Measures applied include keeping a distance, wearing a mask, use of personal protective and hygiene equipment.

Contacts between different units of conscripts have been brought to a minimum. Conscripts who have been in contact with an infected person continue their service while in isolation.

Last updated: 18.01.2022 13:02

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Conscripts are invited to appear before the medical commission at a fixed appointment time. Everyone is provided with personal protective equipment and the possibility to disinfect hands. Surfaces are cleaned regularly.

Prior to appearing before the medical commission, you should definitely open your e-health data either at the web portal of the military service www.kaitsevaeteenistus.ee (in Estonian) or at the Patient Portal www.digilugu.ee and enter your account number and, if you wish, your religious affiliation, to the military service web portal www.kaitsevaeteenistus.ee (in Estonian).

Last updated: 18.01.2022 13:04

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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 decide whether the event will take place or not. 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. 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: 18.01.2022 19:13

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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: 18.01.2022 13:06

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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 the Defence Forces certainly encourage our personnel to get vaccinated. 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: 18.01.2022 13:07

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The Defence Forces have enacted substantiated and effective measures for limiting the spread of the virus, and are actively monitoring the health condition of conscripts and active servicemen. At the training exercise, primary emphasis is put on the general rules for keeping personal and collective hygiene, like hand washing, keeping a distance, using personal protective equipment if necessary. Prior rapid testing and protective masks are also used, in order to avoid COVID positive persons getting access to training grounds.

Last updated: 18.01.2022 13:08

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