Medical care, pharmacies

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When visiting a pharmacy, it is obligatory to wear a mask, or cover your nose and mouth and follow the 2+2 rule. It is recommended to disinfect your hands and use the HOIA mobile application.

You must not go to the store or pharmacy while ill.

Medicines can be bought contact-free from an online pharmacy. More information on online pharmacies and placing orders can be found on the website of the State Agency of Medicines: .

Last updated: 16.03.2021 12:46

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During the emergency situation, treatment for the virus is considered emergency care to which uninsured persons are entitled during regular times as well (emergency room, ambulance). If an uninsured person suspects that she might be infected, she can contact the nearest family health centre by phone. From there, a person is sent to testing, if necessary, and is given instructions on how to act upon her health concerns. An invoice is presented to the Estonian Health Insurance Fund and the person does not have to pay the fee herself. You can find more info on how to get health insurance from here.

Last updated: 16.03.2021 12:44

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A foreign national staying in Estonia can get advice in case of simpler health problems, instructions for first aid and, if necessary, information on health care organisation by calling the family doctor's information line at +372 6346630 (free of charge if the foreign national has a contract with a local telephone operator and a certain amount of call minutes are part of the contract), when in Estonia, calling the helpline 1220 (price per minute 30 cents in Elisa network, 23 cents per call minute in Tele2 network and 22.78 cents per call minute in Telia network). Caller waiting list may be up to 45 minutes.

On the family doctor's information line, family doctors and family nurses provide advice 24/7 hours a day in both Estonian and Russian. Advice in English is offered every day from 3 pm to 5 pm.

In case of symptoms of the coronavirus, foreign nationals staying in Estonia, and persons without health insurance must contact the nearest family doctor centre. If viral diseases of the upper respiratory tract are suspected (fever, dry cough, difficulty breathing), patients are treated whether they are on the patient list of this centre or not - this is an emergency aid that every general physician must provide. The family doctor then decides whether a test for coronavirus is required.

It is also possible to take coronavirus test for a fee, without consulting a family doctor. There are several testing service providers who offer tests for a fee: Confido , Medicum , SYNLAB , Qvalitas Arstikeskus - this is not an exhaustive lists.

Last updated: 16.03.2021 12:41

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Foreign nationals and persons without health insurance residing in Estonia must contact the nearest family doctor centre if they display symptoms. Through the family doctor, all patients with symptoms of upper respiratory viral diseases are referred for testing, regardless of age, co-morbidities and health insurance, including patients who are not on the family doctor's list.

Patients with symptoms of upper respiratory viral disease (regardless if they have a family doctor on register or not) can also turn to the general practitioner’s helpline 1220 (Monday-to-Friday 24/7, including public holidays), where they will be referred to a doctor for COVID-19 testing, if necessary (letters of referral will be issued from Monday to Sunday 8am to 22pm). On the family doctor's helpline, family doctors and family nurses provide advice in both Estonian and Russian. Advice in English is offered every day from 3 pm to 5 pm.

Testing is performed for a fee for foreigner nationals, at the airport and ports it costs 52 euros, elsewhere according to the service provider's price list (ranging from 58-75 euros). Testing for a charge is done by:

More detailed information can also be found at

Important information:

  • Wearing a mask when giving the sample is mandatory.
  • Please come to the test at the exact agreed time (neither sooner nor later).
  • Results are usually returned within 24 hours after the sample has been given, as arranged by the testing authority;
  • The results are also available to people with an Estonian personal identification code in the environment.
  • The test results are reported by the laboratory to the Health Board, which contacts people who have tested positive.
  • The Health Board recommends remaining in self-isolation until the results have returned.

Last updated: 16.03.2021 12:38

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Specialist appointments and scheduled treatments take place, but hospitals and health care facilities have different requirements for admissions, examinations, and procedures, such as a negative corona test or wearing a mask.

Detailed information on the requirements of a health care institution can be found on the website of the medical institution or calling the institution´s information number. You can also contact your family doctor or call the family doctor hotline 1220.

In healthcare facilities, it is recommended to keep your distance, wash, or disinfect your hands, wear a mask, use the HOIA mobile app.

People diagnosed with the coronavirus, as well as their family members or other people living with them, must stay at home.

Last updated: 16.03.2021 12:35

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Scheduled dental treatments are allowed There are rules in place to prevent the spread of the infection.

When you arrive at the clinic, you must disinfect your hands and you must allow for your temperature to be taken (using a contactless method), and you must also complete the COVID-19 health declaration.

If you have any symptoms of a respiratory disease (cough, runny nose) and/or fever, you will not be able to go to the scheduled treatment.

Come to the appointment alone and on time, if possible. One person may accompany an underage patient or a person needing attendance. If you arrive early, you may be asked to wait outside the clinic, keeping the distance of at least 2 metres from other visitors.

It is very important to use all the necessary precautions in the dental office, as the procedures result in a continuous aerosol cloud covering all items within a radius of up to five metres. In such an environment, the risk of spreading infection is very high and due to that the safety measures are stricter.

In case of acute dental pain, first consult your dentist, who can advise you by phone and, if necessary, prescribe medication or provide emergency treatment, if possible.

You have the option of contacting the dental clinics who have a contract with the Estonian Health Insurance Fund for free emergency dental treatment - contacts can be found on the Health Insurance Fund webpage. Registration for appointments is necessary to ensure safety.

Last updated: 16.03.2021 12:31

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