Coronavirus testing and self-isolation rules will change for under 19s entering Estonia from Monday, the government has agreed.
Children under the age of 12 will be required to have a PCR test on day three if they are traveling with a parent who has not recovered from or been vaccinated against coronavirus.
If the child has no symptoms, they can go to school, kindergarten or childcare immediately after the trip and also participate in hobby education.
If the test on the third day after the journey is positive, they must quarantine.
From the tenth day after the positive test was given, they can return to school or hobby education.
A child under the age of 12 who arrives in the country with a vaccinated or recovered parent or guardian and who has no symptoms of illness can participate in school work and hobbies without restrictions.
Unvaccinated young people aged 12-18, and those who turn 19 this school year, who have unvaccinated or non-recovered parents should also be PCR tested on day three.
The new rules apply from Monday, September 27 to anyone arriving from a country that has an infection rate of 75 per 100,000 inhabitants or more.
Children in simplified quarantine permitted to attend hobby activities at school
The government decided children who have come into contact with a COVID-19 patient and have been instructed to follow simplified quarantine rules will be able to, in addition to going to school, also take part in youth work, hobby education and recreational activities taking place at the same educational institution if the activity is provided only to children who go to the same institution.
Minister of Education and Research Liina Kersna (Reform) said if children and young people who go to the same educational institution take part in hobby activities provided on the same premises, their exclusion from these activities is not warranted.
"Consistent participation in hobby group activities is very important for a child's development. I am very pleased that we're able to apply simplified quarantine rules to recreational activities taking part at the same school," she said.
If a child aged up to 12 years comes into contact with a carrier of COVID-19 at a childcare facility, kindergarten or school, on the condition that the child is not exhibiting any virus symptoms, they can continue going to school or kindergarten and take part in hobby activities in which only children from the same school or kindergarten are participating.
School students aged 12-18 who have not been fully vaccinated and have come into contact with a COVID-19 patient, provided that they are not exhibiting any virus symptoms and test negative as a result of rapid or PCR testing, can continue going to their general education or vocational school.
These rules apply to youth work and recreational activities if the activities take place at the same educational institution and participants only include the children and young people who go to the same institution.
This also applies to children who turn 19 in this academic year.
Simplified quarantine now applies if a close contact occurs during recreational activities in a school or kindergarten and, on the condition that the child does not exhibit any virus symptoms, they can continue going to school or kindergarten and take part in recreational activities.
In order to expand simplified quarantine rules, the government has amended subsections 9 and 10 of section 4 of its order number 212.
Editor: Helen Wright