The main meters are the number on people infected with COVID-19 and the number of people hospitalised. The Government reviews the risk level once a week.Instructions for how to behave at different risk levels
Where to get quick help with health concerns?
- The Family Doctor’s Advice Line 1220 operates 24/7, including on weekends and public holidays.
- The calls are answered by experienced medical professionals, family doctors and family nurses, both in Estonian and in Russian (in English every day from 15.00 to 17.00) who advise on whether the health issue necessitates turning to the Emergency Medicine Centre immediately, going to a doctor’s appointment, or solving it at home.
- If necessary, the doctor at the Family Doctor’s Advice Line will refer you to testing, opens a certificate of incapacity for work or extends a prescription of a medicine. Read more from the web page of the Advice Line.
How to get to COVID-19 testing?
If you suspect that you have the coronavirus, contact your family doctor or call the Family Doctor’s Advice Line 1220.
From there, all patients symptomatic of an upper respiratory infection are referred to testing, regardless of age, comorbidities and whether they have health insurance, including patients who are not on a family doctor’s list. You will also get instructions on what to do if you have health concerns.
The testing is paid for the Estonian Health Insurance Fund even if you do not have health insurance. Foreigners have to pay for testing.
Important to know
- A testing appointment needs to be booked ahead.
- Wear a mask when you go to testing.
- Be there at the exact agreed upon time (not earlier or later) to give a sample.
- The results are usually issued 24-48 hours after giving a sample, by means agreed upon by the institution performing the test.
- You can also see the results in the digilugu.ee environment, an Estonian personal identification number is required.
- If your test result is positive, you will be contacted by the Health Board who will issue further instructions.
- The Health Board recommends staying in self-isolation until the result comes in.
How to go to an appointment at the family doctor or a specialist safely?
- In order to protect the health of the doctors and patients and contain the spread of the virus, it is required to register before turning to health care institutions (except the Emergency Medicine Centre).
- Go to an appointment at a health care institution only if you are completely healthy (e.g. no cough, stuffy nose, fever, breathing difficulties).
- At the health care institution wear a mask, keep a distance from others, wash and disinfect your hands, and use the HOIA mobile app by keeping Bluetooth switched on in your phone.
- If possible, go to the appointment alone. A child or an adult in need of assistance is expected with one companion.
- If symptoms of a virus appear or you fall ill, let the health care institution know at first chance. A new appointment will be found for you.
What to do if you need dental care?
- In case of an acute toothache, contact your dentist who will counsel you over the phone if possible, prescribe medication or give instructions about the options of getting urgent medical care.
- In order to get free urgent dental care, turn to dental clinics that have a contract with the Health Insurance Fund. More specific information on those clinics can be found on the web page of the Health Insurance Fund.
- Go to the dentist’s appointment alone and at the exact agreed upon time. Minors and people requiring a companion can take along one companion.
- In the waiting room, wear a mask and keep a safe distance with other visitors.
- It is extremely important to take all precautions at the dental office and follow the recommendations of the doctor. The infection risk is very high in the course of procedures related to dental care, which is why the safety measures are that much stricter.
- If you have symptoms of a respiratory disease, a fever or any other illness, make a new appointment.
Last updated: 11.11.2021