Coronavirus in Estonia: All you need to know

SARS-CoV-2.
SARS-CoV-2. Source: Pixabay.

Following the first cases of coronavirus in Estonia in February 2020, the Health Board (Terviseamet) and government have issued advice, recommendations and restrictions to residents of Estonia. ERR News has rounded up this information and put it all in one place.

In the below article you can find information about:

  • Restrictions
  • Visas and registration
  • Schools and universities
  • Public spaces
  • Shopping centers, restaurants and bars
  • Leisure facilities and culture
  • International travel
  • Quarantine
  • Domestic travel
  • Coronavirus data
  • Testing
  • Vaccinations
  • Emergency contacts
  • Advice from ministries

This page is regularly updated.

Overview - coronavirus in Estonia:

  • A crisis phone line has been launched to answer coronavirus-related questions and for psychological first aid. The free number to call is 1247.
  • Information about how to get tested for coronavirus is here.
  • As of October 20, a total of 175,782 people have been diagnosed with the disease.
  • As of October 20, 1,438 have died after contracting the COVID-19 virus.
  • As of October 20, 773,457 people have been vaccinated with at least one dose against COVID-19, while 730,372 have finished the vaccination cycle.
  • Currently, 413 people are being treated in hospital.
  • In total, 2,048,430 tests have been carried out by the Health Board since January 31 2020.
  • There are estimated to be 14,654 active cases in Estonia.
  • Estonia has a new case rate of 1,125.23 per 100,000 people as an average of the last 14 days.
  • Most of the cases are in Harju, Tartu, Pärnu, Viljandi and Võru counties.
  • Online data analysis and visualization tools have been developed by the University of Tartu, the Health Board and Koroonakaart.
  • You can download "HOIA" Estonia's coronavirus exposure notification app.
  • Coronavirus vaccination certificates can be generated on the Patient Portal and printed at Tallinn and Tartu council offices and libraries.

The above graph was made and is maintained by Koroonakaart.

Vaccination information

  • Anyone over the age of 12 can get vaccinated in Estonia.
  • Uninsured people and foreigners living in Estonia can get vaccinated against COVID-19 free of charge. Read more here.
  • Estonia is using the Pfizer BioNTech, Moderna and Janssen vaccines. AstraZenca is being used for the over 50s.
  • You can register for vaccination online on the Patient Portal with an ID card or by calling the 1247 hotline if you do not have one. Some vaccination centers, such as Tartu, do not need prior registration.
  • You can also get vaccinated in selected pharmacies and can book an appointment online at www.vaktsineeriapteegis.ee.
  • Information about vaccinations against COVID-19 in Estonia can be read on the government's vaccination information page.
  • Read ERR News' vaccination FAQ feature here for information about vaccination certificates.

Testing information

  • Information about who can be tested and how to get tested can be found here. You can also call the 1247 helpline for more information.
  • A sick note for sick leave can be opened online.
  • Synlab or Confido will carry out testing for a fee.
  • Testing is taking place at Tallinn Airport and the Port of Tallinn. It is free for Estonian citizens and residents but others must pay a fee.

Restrictions in place in Estonia

Below is a list of restrictions implemented to stop the spread of coronavirus. New restrictions and changes are marked below. The latest news from the Estonian government can be viewed here.

New restrictions

  • Masks must be worn on public transport from August 2.
  • Proof of vaccination will be required at many events and venues from August 9.

Masks

  • Masks should be worn on public transport from August 2.

Schools and universities

  • Kindergartens are open.
  • Schools, colleges and universities are teaching in person and online.

Public spaces

  • 2+2 rule no longer applies.
  • Masks are recommended but not required.
The PPA demonstrate the 2+2 rule in force during the emergency situation. Source: PPA

Shopping centers, restaurants and bars

  • Restaurants and bars are open but with capacity restrictions.
  • Vaccination or coronavirus certificates are needed to enter venues.

Leisure facilities and culture

  • Theaters and cinemas are open.
  • Entertainment facilities, such as casinos, nightclubs, bowling and billiard courts and children's playrooms, are open.
  • Gyms, spas and swimming pools are open.
  • Vaccination or coronavirus certificates are needed to enter venues.

International travel

  • Vaccinated arrivals do not need to quarantine on arrival.
  • Arrivals from countries with a covid rate below 150 per 100,000 inhabitants do not have to quarantine on arrival. All other travelers must quarantine for 10 days on arrival.
  • If a person transits through a country with a high infection rate he or she must self-isolate.
  • If you're traveling to or visiting Estonia, you can also download "HOIA" Estonia's coronavirus exposure notification app.

What does quarantine really mean?

The Police and Border Guard Board's (PPA) definition of what a 10-day quarantine period is and what the rules are, is published below:

"It means that a person may not leave his or her place of residence within 14 days, except on the instructions of a healthcare professional or a police officer, or for unavoidable reasons.

"For instance, you may leave home if your life is in danger or you need medical attention, to renew your food supplies, purchase essentials or medicines. In all these cases, you must avoid contact with other people.

"Therefore, you must not go to work or too crowded hiking trails. However, you can, for instance, go running or cycling if you do so without coming into contact with others."

For more information visit the Police and Border Guard Board's website.

Domestic travel

  • Masks should be worn on public transport.

Additional e-services

Social distancing "Stay Healthy!" sign on Tallinn's Reidi Road. Source: Aron Urb/ Stenbock House

Coronavirus data

The first and second graphs show the total amount of new cases and new cases added each day. If you hover over the line the number of cases will show for each day. The third chart shows the estimated number of active cases in Estonia.

You can add or take away counties from the graphs by clicking the coloured dots below.

Cases

Cases by day

Hospitalizations by day

Tests and distribution by sex by day

Vaccine doses by week

Vaccine doses by manufacturer

Vaccination coverage by age

Emergency contact numbers:

  • On March 16, a crisis phone line launched to answer coronavirus-related questions and for psychological first aid. The free number to call is 1247.
  • The family doctor helpline can be called on 1220 and is the first point of contact. It is staffed by Estonian, Russian and English speakers.
  • Estonian citizens and residents who need travel assistance can contact the consular assistance emergency helpline: +372 53 01 9999 (24 h).
  • In an emergency, or if your health suddenly deteriorates, call the emergency services on 112.
  • The Health Board's advice in English is here.
  • Confido walk-in clinics have a new paid health consultation line 1500, with the service available in English. Their walk-in clinics are closed.
A social distancing sign outside Tartu railway station which translates as "I'll love you from afar". Source: Helen Wright / ERR

How to protect yourself: Advice from the Health Board

  • Wash your hands with warm water and soap and in public places use alcohol-based hand disinfectant. 
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Dispose of the tissue immediately after use and then clean your hands.
  • Avoid contact (keeping a distance of at least 1 meter) with people with external symptoms of illness, such as cough or sneezing.
  • In public places, your hands are exposed to many objects and surfaces that may have recently been contaminated by viruses.
  • If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing seek medical help early.
  • Tell your healthcare professional if you have recently visited a risk area, where COVID-19 has been reported, or if you have been in close contact with someone who has visited China and has symptoms of respiratory illness 
  • Do not wear a mask unless you are already sick.
  • Use hand sanitizer where it has been provided, such as supermarkets and shopping centers.
  • The latest information from the Health Board can be viewed here.

Travel advice

If you have returned from abroad and are experienced fever, cough or breathing difficulties within 14 days of your travel, do the following:

  • First, contact your family physician by phone or ask for advice by calling the family physician advisory line 1220 or call ambulance 112.
  • Inform your doctor and ambulance about your recent travel.
  • Stay indoors and avoid contact with other people.
  • When you arrive at a health care facility, you may be given a mask. This is to protect healthcare professionals and other people.

If you have been in an area with ongoing coronavirus transmission and you do not have any symptoms, do the following:

  • Stay at home for 14 days and monitor your health.
  • Avoid public transport and crowded places where possible.
  • Use the help of friends, family, or a food courier to replenish your food supplies as needed.
A sign at the Port of Tallinn reading: "Everything is the same as before. Only with a little more space." Source: Siim Lõvi /ERR

General coronavirus information

  • The virus is transmitted from person to person through droplet spread.
  • The incubation period of the virus is about 2-14 days, with an average of 5 days.
  • It is not yet known exactly how effectively the virus spreads and how long the contagious period lasts.
  • Transmission of the disease from asymptomatic carriers has been observed on a case-by-case basis.
  • The new coronary virus SARS-CoV-2 is most likely of animal origin.
  • The outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus originated in the city of Wuhan, China, on December 31, 2019.
  • COVID-19 is genetically similar to SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus) and is also referred to by the Health Board as SARS-CoV-2.

Where to find the latest news:

  • The government's crisis information in English is here.
  • The latest news from the City of Tallinn is here.
  • News from Tartu can be viewed here.
  • The Estonian government's latest news in English is here.
  • WHO's situation report dashboard is here.
  • The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control's version is here.
  • The Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) dashboard at Johns Hopkins University is here.
  • The latest information from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs can be found here.
  • The Health Board's English information is here.
  • The Health Board's latest coronavirus data for Estonia is displayed here.

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Editor: Helen Wright, Andrew Whyte, Kristjan Kallaste

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