The Defence Forces and national defence

The active service and foreign operations of the Defence Forces take place as usual. The Defence Forces have taken up well-considered and effective measures for containing the spread of the virus and monitor the health condition of conscripts and active servicemen carefully.

Vaccination is subject to the general principles and recommendations common in the country. Under the conditions created by the spread of COVID, the servicemen who do not want to get vaccinated have to contend with certain limitations which are mainly necessary to protect their own and other people’s health.

Restrictions in force

In order to avoid the spread of the virus and getting infected, to protect the life and health of the people and to ensure the functioning of the society, it is necessary to follow the enacted restrictions and guidelines. The Government of the Republic in co-operation with the Scientific Advisory Board does a weekly assessment of the virus risk in the country and enacts or eases the measures according to the risk level.

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The requirement to disperse has to be taken into account in public indoor spaces. This means that, if possible, at least a two meter distance has to be kept from strangers.

In public indoor spaces it is obligatory to disinfect hands.

A mask must be worn by all persons 12 years of age and older in all indoor spaces meant for public use, including in rooms where the COVID certificate is checked (including entertainment establishments, events, cinemas, theatres, spas).

A mask must be worn in all activities where it is possible due to the nature of the work or activity.

A mask cannot be replaced by covering the nose and the mouth with a scarf, a collar, a visor or anything else. It is highly recommended to wear a medical mask or a mask considered equal to that (e.g. an FFP1-3 mask or a N95 respirator), which is effective in stopping the delta strain of the coronavirus from spreading.

A mask must, for instance, be worn in the store, in the pharmacy, in the service spaces of institutions and enterprises, at the post office, in the library, in public transport, at entertainment establishments, events, cinemas, theatres, spas – in all public indoor spaces where the nature of the activity allows it in the slightest.

If wearing a mask is contraindicated to a person due to health reasons, the person needs to prove it with a corresponding medical certificate.

In commercial and service establishments, the persons responsible for the operations, the service providers and traders on whose sales or service area the person is have to monitor that the obligation to wear a mask is adhered to. The service provider or trader has the right to not allow entry to their sales or service area to a person who refuses to wear a mask.

All persons 18 years of age and older must present a COVID certificate proving vaccination or recovery in order to participate in activities taking place in checked public spaces. A COVID certificate is valid with an identification document.

If vaccination is contraindicated to a person for health reasons, a corresponding medical certificate has to be presented in order to participate.

A COVID certificate has to be presented to participate in sports, training, youth work, hobby activities and informal education, refresher training; at sports competitions, and sports and exercise events; in saunas, spas, water parks and swimming pools; at public meetings and events, including at the theatre, at the cinema, at a concert (including a church concert), at a conference; at museums and exhibition facilities; at entertainment services; at catering establishments in order to eat and drink on the premises.

The organisers have an obligation to check the validity of the COVID certificates with an identification document of the presenter of the certificate.

A COVID certificate is not checked at outdoor events taking place on an unrestricted territory.

In employment relationships, the requirements regarding going to work, including the obligation to present a certificate, are based on the employer’s risk analysis.

Starting from November 1, 2021 it is also required that young people 12-17 years of age present a certificate proving vaccination or recovery or a certificate proving a negative result of a PCR or antigen RT test done by a health care service provider. The PCR test must be done no more than 72 hours and the antigen-RT test no more than 48 hours before participating in an event or activity. In addition to a test done by a health care service provider, the result of a rapid test done at a general pharmacy is also valid.

Starting from November 15, 2021: Young people from the age of 12 years and three months up to 17 years (included) have to present a certificate in order to participate in the activities.

12-18 year olds and schoolchildren and youths turning 19 during the 2021/2022 academic year do not have to present a COVID certificate to participate in informal education and hobby activities, youth work, refresher training or sports and training where the same rules regarding testing, being a close contact and self-isolation apply as do in general education and vocational schools.
 

People who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 are not allowed to leave their place of residence from the moment they have been diagnosed until they are declared healthy. This also applies to the residents of shelters and safe houses who have to remain in quarantine there.

Those who live with a person who has COVID-19 or who have come in contact with him have to stay in self-isolation for ten days.

It is only allowed to leave home for procuring what is necessary for everyday survival, if it is not possible to do it in any other way, and for being outdoors, if all measures to stop the possible spread of the disease are taken and the instructions of the Health Board are followed.

Self-isolation is not obligatory for close contacts who have

  • been completely vaccinated against COVID-19 and no more than a year has passed since the last dose of the vaccine
  • recovered from COVID-19 within the past six months and been declared healthy by a doctor
  • considered equal to vaccinated, i.e. received one dose of the vaccine after recovery from COVID-19, achieved maximum protection after the last dose of the vaccine and no more than one year has passed since the last dose, or been infected with COVID-19 after receiving the first dose of the vaccine, have recovered from COVID-19 and no more than one year has passed since doing the SARS-CoV-2 test confirming the diagnosis or the date when the diagnosis was confirmed.

Staying in self-isolation is also recommended for people who are vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19 but are living with a person who has been infected. In that case a person should stay home for at least five days and do distance work if possible. If it is not possible to work from home, a family doctor will issue a certificate for sick leave and the person will receive health insurance benefits.

If the close contact with the coronavirus carrier took place in a kindergarten of child care, a general education or vocational school, the children and youths who have not been vaccinated against or recovered from COVID-19 have to remain in simplified quarantine.

The Defence Forces

The active service and foreign missions of the Defence Forces are taking place as usual. All active servicemen and officials are invited to get vaccinated.

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Information given by the authorities

The Defence Forces
Information on the conscription service, the organisation of the work of the Defence Forces and the Defence League.

The Police and Border Guard Board 
Changes and restrictions to crossing the border, information on the public order and identity documents.

The Health Board 
Information about the coronavirus, its prevention, treatment and spread, instructions and information materials for the infected, close contacts, organisations and enterprises.

The State Agency of Medicines 
Information on the COVID-19 vaccines and other medicines, as well as medicines trials.

Last updated: 11.11.2021