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What are the rules for providers of hobby activities and informal education?

In hobby activities and informal education, and refresher training, all participants over the age of 18, regardless of the number of people, must present a COVID certificate for vaccination, recovery or a negative result of a prior test. Infection risk status need to also be proven if the activity or event takes place at a location of service provision, for instance if a theatre hall or a conference room is rented out for a hobby activity.

The organisers have an obligation to check the validity of COVID certificates. If there is substantiated doubt, the person must be asked to present an identity document.

COVID certificate does not have to be checked at outdoor events that take place in an unrestricted territory.

Indoors, in addition to checking the COVID certificates or tests, it is also important to ensure dispersion and the following of disinfection requirements, and to follow other measures aiming to stop the spread of the coronavirus in accordance with the instructions of the Health Board.

Events and activities where the participants' negative test results, recovery from COVID-19 or completion of a course of COVID-19 vaccination is checked are allowed to have up to 6000 participants indoors and up to 12000 participants outdoors.

The same rules apply activities taking place both indoors and outdoors: sports, training, youth work, hobby activities and informal education, refresher training; sports competitions, and sports and exercise events; saunas, spas, water parks and swimming pools; public meetings and events (including in theatre, in cinema, at a concert, including a church concert, at a conference); in museums and exhibition venues; at entertainment services.

Do parents who are accompanying children to the class and coming to pick them up after also have to present a certificate or do a rapid test?

The restrictions both indoors and outdoors have been set regardless of what is the purpose or length of the stay. This means that parents entering the building also have to present a certificate or do a rapid test.

Is the organiser of a children's camp allowed to demand that the children are tested?

Children going to camp have the possibility to do a corona test so that going to the camp shift would be more secure and the risk of infection be brought down to a minimum. Doing a test is recommended but not an obligation. The Ministry of Education and Research has forwarded the information on testing options to the camp organisers.

Testing is free of charge both to the children participating in the camp and the teachers and supervisors. In order to do the test, everyone has to book their own appointments by calling the phone number of the call centre of public testing, 646 4848 (Monday to Friday 8-18, Saturday and Sunday 10-16). At the testing locations, the children can choose whether they want to give a nasopharyngeal or a throat rinse sample. The results will come in about 24-48 hours to the environment and to the application. The sample should be given no more than 72 hours before going to the camp.

What rules apply to athletes arriving from third countries?

Third country nationals who are participating in international high level competitions or who are directly connected with organising sports competitions are able to carry out their professional tasks after arriving in Estonia if they have done at least one COVID-19 test with negative results after entering the country, or if a doctor has declared that the person is not an infection risk.

If these athletes would not have a chance to participate because of the restrictions, it would notably lower the level of competition compared to previous years, and might also decrease the athletes' interest in taking part of the competition in the following years.

Can the instructors of performance and sports groups demand a vaccination certificate from the members of the group and limit access to the group if one is not presented?

All persons over the age of 18 who participate in performance and sports activities have to present a COVID certificate proving vaccination, recovery or a negative result of a prior test, regardless of the number of participants.

Events and activities where a person responsible for the activities is checking the infection risk status of the persons are allowed to have 6000 participants indoors and 12000 participants outdoors, if the order described is followed.

There are exceptions for the activities aimed at disabled persons. Disability as a term is defined based on the definition in §2 subsection 1 of the Social Benefits for Disabled Persons Act (PISTS). The severity level of the disability of participants does not have to be determined but it should be kept in mind that if COVID certificates are not being checked, the participants have to wear a mask.

Are the customers of a swimming pool or a sports club allowed to do a rapid test on their own?

According to the restrictions, it is allowed to participate in the activity if a certificate with a negative result is presented to prove that a test was done (an EU approved antigen test up to 48 hours before participating in the activity or a PCR test up to 72 hours before participating in the activity). It is also possible to do the SARS-CoV-2 antigen-RTD test meant for self-testing at a holder of an activity permit for general pharmacy services.

If a test has not been done, the swimming pool or the club can organise doing the rapid test on the spot according to the instructions of the Health Board. In order to participate in the activity, the results of the test have to be negative.

The instructions of the Health Board can be found here: (in Estonian).


Last updated: 18 August 2021