The Estonian Convention Bureau follows the recommendations of the Estonian authorities in regards to Covid-19. Below you will find links to relevant sites along with main measures and temporary adjustments imposed in Estonia.
Last updated August 25th 2021:
Business meetings, conferences and public events
From August 26, all events in Estonia are required to check visitors’ infection safety – to ensure all attendees have been fully vaccinated, received a negative test result or recovered from COVID-19 within 6 months. In such cases, there may be up to 6,000 attendees indoors and up to 12,000 outdoors.
Events and activities
- As of August 26, COVID certificates are required for individuals 18 and older at most events including sports events, hobby activities and education, saunas, spas, public meetings, theaters, cinemas, museums, entertainment, and for eating and drinking on site in catering establishments. Event organizers may also ask for an identity document.
- A COVID certificate is proof of vaccination status, a negative COVID test, or evidence of having recovered from the coronavirus.
- The COVID-19 certificates of all attendants must be checked, their authenticity and validity must be verified, and in case of doubt, the identity of the person providing the certificate must be established.
- Persons who do not prove their infection safety cannot participate in the event or activity.
- For unvaccinated, a rapid antigen test can be taken up to 48 hours in advance or a PCR test up to 72 hours in advance to participate in an event or activity. To participate in an event or activity, the test result must be negative. Event organizers may provide also rapid antigen testing on site. But if they decide not to, the person wishing to enter on the basis of a test result must arrange the testing on their own at a health care provider.
- This applies to public meetings and events, including conferences, theatre performances, concerts, cinema screenings, entertainment services, museums, exhibitions, saunas, spas, water parks, and swimming pools. These limits also cover education, sports, trainings, youth work, hobby activities and education, refresher training and courses, and the organization of sports competitions and sports and fitness events.
- Certificates are not required for people under 18.
- The COVID certificate is not required for outdoor events with unlimited territory.
- COVID certificates are not required in shopping centers or stores, or when buying takeaway from a restaurant or café, but masks must be worn in these places.
What must be kept in mind when doing the rapid tests?
The following needs to be considered:
Rapid tests that are valid for 48 hours:
- antigen rapid tests that are used have been approved in the EU and meant for professional use
- are done by a health care service provider, generally in their own medical centeres or special testing locations (e.g. Confido’s 17 locations across Estonia)
- the test results are entered into the health information system
- a person gets a certificate to prove a negative result
- a person pays for the service herself
Rapid tests that are valid only for the specific event, for providing a service on the spot:
- antigen rapid tests that are used have been approved in the EU
- the tests are done by the visitor herself, on the spot, upon arriving to consume the service
- doing the test is guided by a vaccinated person responsible for the activity; there is also a possibility to hire a health care service provider
- an operator may charge for the service
If the test result is positive or unclear, the person must stay in isolation and contact their family doctor to confirm the diagnosis with a PCR test.
EU Digital COVID Certificate
The easiest way to prove infection safety is with an EU Digital COVID Certificate
Estonians can download the certificate from the digital registry
- Individuals wishing to request a COVID test, antibody testing, or are in need of a certificate for travel may contact a private laboratory, such as SYNLAB, Confido, Medicum, or Qvalitas, directly for an appointment.
- Testing is available at the Tallinn airport. PCR testing is available for arriving passengers and rapid antigen testing is available for departing passengers. Travelers planning to use the rapid antigen test prior to departure should check directly with their airline to ensure this type of test will be accepted for travel to their final destination.
- A coronavirus testing website has been created with information on different testing options available in Estonia.
- Information on options for obtaining a certificate of COVID-19 testing results can be found on the coronavirus testing website.
There is not any special requirement for event catering in Estonia.
Hotels are are open. Starting August 26 a COVID certificate (proof of vaccination status, a negative COVID test, or evidence of having recovered from the coronavirus) is required.
Restaurants and cafes
Restaurants, bars, cafes, and other catering establishments are open for indoor and outdoor dining with a dispersal requirement. Starting August 26 a COVID certificate (proof of vaccination status, a negative COVID test, or evidence of having recovered from the coronavirus) is required.
COVID certificates are not required when buying takeaway from a restaurant or café, but masks must be worn then.
Shops, supermarkets, shopping centers
Stores are open and must ensure that people maintain a reasonable distance indoors. COVID certificates are not required in shopping centers or stores, or when buying takeaway from a restaurant or café, but masks must be worn in these places.
No Social Distancing Rule
There is no exact social distancing rule in place in Estonia. However, a dispersion requirement is in effect in all indoor public spaces requiring individuals to maintain a reasonable distance from one another.
- Starting August 26, masks are required in public indoor spaces where COVID certificates are not checked. This includes public transportation, shops, shopping centers, banks, post offices, etc.
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