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Emergency situation in Estonia

On March 12th, 2020, the Government called together a special Committee tasked with resolving issues arising from events related to spreading of the coronavirus, public health and the economy. This is the first time an emergency situation has been called out in Estonia after regaining its independence. The emergency situation was carried out to obstruct the spreading of the virus.

How to protect yourself?


The rule of thumb is to stay at home for whom it is possible. This applies first and foremost to those people, who have contracted the virus or show relevant symptoms. The best defence against spreading the disease is to follow everyday normal hygiene practices (e.g. regular and careful washing of hands).

Who is at risk the most?


Coronavirus can affect more severely the elderly, over 60-year-olds, or people suffering from chronic diseases. Their immune systems can be weakened and thus by contracting the virus, fighting off the disease may become more difficult.

How can I test myself?


If your general practitioner deems necessary, a digitally signed letter of referral will be administered to you. Thereafter, a representative from a specially formed testing centre will call you and agree on a specific date and place for testing.


Information from other authorities.


You can find valid and official information regarding the Emergency Situation and the limitations and activities deriving from it, from the websites of Estonian state authorities.

Webpages of governmental authorities will provide instructions and advice as well as frequently asked questions.


    Government of Estonia

    The website provides general information about the emergency situation and government commission. read more »

  • Health Board

    The website provides information about the coronavirus, its prevention, cure and spread. You can also read about the personal protective equipment. Read more »

  • Riigi Teataja

    The website provides legal acts regarding the emergency situation (Estonian, English and Russian). Read more »


Last updated: 4 April 2020