Coronavirus testing starts at Tallinn airport, ferry port Tuesday

From Tuesday, arrivals from COVID-19 high-risk countries in Estonia at both Tallinn Aiport and Tallinn ferry port can take an optional coronavirus test. Returning negative on a test, which is free to Estonian residents, means the 14-day quarantine period is eased, and fully lifted if a second test returns negative. This exemption only applies to adults.

Non-residents must make a card-payment in order to be tested.

The tests take place both at Tallinn Airport and the two main passenger ferry terminals, Terminal A and Terminal D, in the foot passenger zone.

A form must be filled out, which takes about five minutes, it is reported, with those taking the test checked in order of signing up; test points remain open through to the arrival of the last flight or ferry of the day.

Testing negative for COVID-19 can remove or shorten self-quarantine requirements for those arriving from at-risk countries, defined by the foreign ministry as countries with a reported coroanvirus risk of over 16 cases per 100,000 residents in the preceding 14 days, which at present is the majority of European countries.

Negative test results will be communicated to the subject by text message; positive results are reported via a call.

Those tested must self-quarantine until they receive their negative test result, which may be a matter of hours, it is reported.

A negative result allows the individual to leave home for essential work purposes – still maintaining social distancing from others – as well as essential purposes such as to buy food or in an emergency which apply to full quarantine.

Further information on testing on Foreign Ministry’ s web site

Source: ERR NEWS

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