Pursuant to point 3 in order No. 212 issued by the Government of Estonia “Imposition of quarantine on persons who have been diagnosed with or have tested positive for COVID-19 and on persons who have had close contact with them”, all individuals who have had close contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19 and have not been vaccinated or recovered from the disease within the past 6 months are prohibited from leaving their place of residence or permanent place of stay during a period of 7 calendar days from their most recent close contact.


The 7-day quarantine period does not extend to close contacts who:

  1. have recovered from the COVID-19 disease within the past six months, or
  2. have completed the course of COVID-19 vaccinations and no more than one year has passed since the date of completion of this course, or
  3. are considered equal to vaccinated (persons who, after recovering from the COVID-19 disease, have received one dose of the vaccine, achieved maximum protection after the last dose of the vaccine and no more than one year has passed since the last dose, or persons who have been infected with the COVID-19 disease after receiving the first dose of the vaccine, have recovered from the COVID-19 disease and no more than one year has passed since taking a SARS-CoV-2 test confirming the diagnosis or the date when the diagnosis was confirmed).

If you are a close contact:

  1. Stay at home and monitor your health
  2. You will receive an automatic message from the Health Board

The message specifies the start and end date of your self-isolation.

  1. You will receive an automated call from Health Board’s call robot

The Health Board’s robot calls you and gives guidelines for all close contacts.

  1. Contact your family doctor

Your family doctor can issue a certificate of incapacity for work, if necessary. If you develop symptoms of the disease, contact your family doctor who will decide whether earlier testing or additional treatment is necessary.

A negative test result does not exempt you from the need to self-isolate. If you have had close contact with an infected person, you are not allowed to return to work before the end of your self-isolation period.

Read the instructions HERE.


In the case of a close contact at an educational establishment (including boarding school facilities of the educational establishment), hobby school or youth work agency students who turn 19 during this academic year or are younger and who are unvaccinated or have not had the COVID-19 disease must immediately go home after they learn of their being a close contact and remain in quarantine. To shorten the period of self-isolation, a rapid antigen test can be taken on the morning of the 5th day following the occurrence of the close contact. If the test result is negative, on the same day and during the next 2 days the student is only allowed to go to school and hobby school, and to participate in youth work. All other activities where a COVID certificate is required (e.g., going to the cinema, the theatre, a concert, a spa or a café as an extracurricular activity) are forbidden during the 7 days following their being a close contact. If the student develops any symptoms of COVID-19, he or she should immediately stay home.

If a close contact occurs in a nursery school or pre-school childcare facility, the child does not have to take the SARS-CoV-2 test, and if there are no symptoms of illness, the child is allowed to continue participating in the academic work and everyday activities of the institution. NB! If the child becomes a close contact outside of the nursery school (e.g., at home and/or a hobby group outside the nursery school), he or she must remain in quarantine as usual.

If a student who is not fully vaccinated or has not had the disease becomes a close contact outside of general education, vocational or hobby school or youth centre activities (e.g., at home, at a friend’s place, in a public place), he or she is required to remain in quarantine for the full period, irrespective of the age.

Irrespective of the age, the child or adolescent is required to stay at home immediately when they show symptoms of illness after a close contact.

For further information call the crisis hotline at 1247 (24/7) or the Health Board information line at 794 3500 (Mon-Fri 10-16).