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To find out what rules apply in the institution where the marriage is registered, you must contact the local municipality, clergyman or notary that performs the registration.

When organizing a private gathering, it is particularly important to protect older and immunocompromised people, as they are at the highest risk from the coronavirus. Responsible attitude by the person organizing a family gathering helps to prevent the spread of the virus and avoid new victims.

When planning the number of wedding guests, make sure that everybody has enough space in order to keep the necessary safe distance from others if they so wish. Before engaging in the customary embracing or handshaking, think about how this might enable the virus to spread.

More information on how to avoid the coronavirus can be found on this web page: https://www.kriis.ee/en/coronavirus-its-prevention-symptoms-and-how-it-spreads. We recommend that everybody acquaints themselves with this information before participating in the event.

Last updated: 17.02.2021 13:35

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A funeral can be organised, but it is important to bear in mind:

  • include only a small number of family and friends,
  • act sensibly;
  • in order to reduce the risk of spreading the virus, the 2+2 principle must be adhered to and a mask must be worn.

Additionally, it is recommended to avoid indoor events, the funeral ceremony should be held at the graveyard.

Foreign nationals can submit an application for an Estonian visa due to exceptional circumstances to:

  • Estonian representations.
  • Border crossing points (justified, if it was not possible to apply for a visa at an embassy).

Last updated: 09.03.2021 13:17

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If the death has occurred due to the coronavirus, then the family members and the bereaved cannot touch the body. Both casket burial and cremation are allowed.

From infection control point of view, cremation is preferable, but it is not compulsory and depends on the wishes of the family.

Open casket burial is allowed provided the bereaved will not come into contact with the body. It is the responsibility of the funeral organiser to ensure the safety of the funeral.

It is necessary to avoid gathering indoors and, if possible, to hold a funeral ceremony directly in the graveyard.

The Health Board has issued a guideline for handling the bodies of the persons infected with COVID-19 or suspected of COVID-19 infection, for both hospitals and funeral homes. (guidelines for funeral homes).

The special measures concern the storage, cremation and preparation of a body for burial. Procedures requiring direct contact with the body should be minimised, if possible, and precautions should be taken, using special personal protective equipment.

Last updated: 28.01.2021 09:42

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From March 3 to April 25, 2021, it is not allowed to organise indoor public worship services and other religious services. It is allowed to organise outdoor worship services if it is ensured that the number participants does not exceed 10 people and there is no contact with other people. Night-time events are not allowed, activities are prohibited between the hours of 21.00 and 06.00.

At the same time, it is not prohibited for people to be in the church for individual prayers or to carry out other religious services. It is, for instance, allowed to carry out a funeral service with the close ones but in that case, the 2+2 rule should be observed and masks be worn in order to reduce the risk of infection.

Several congregations stream services contact free over the internet. More detailed information about the church services or religious events can be obtained from the congregation's website or by phone.

Last updated: 01.04.2021 11:21

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A COVID-19 positive must stay in self-isolation for 10 days. Hopefully it is possible to keep the body of the close one in the cold chamber of the hospital or funeral home until the isolation period of the COVID-19 patient ends. Still, if problems occur, we recommend turning to the local municipality for help.

Last updated: 20.01.2021 15:49

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