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How to get tested and where to check for the test results?

An overview of how to get tested in the event that you suspect you may have been infected.
There are various options in Estonia for getting yourself tested.

 

1. GETTING TESTED BY OBTAINING A REFERRAL FROM YOUR FAMILY PHYSICIAN AND/OR BY CALLING 1220

If you have any symptoms (such as respiratory problems, a runny nose, fever, breathing difficulties, weakness, or muscle pain), please get in touch with your family physician or, if this is not possible, with the family physician advisory line (1220) which is issuing referrals for testing, Monday to Friday from 08:00 to 22:00.

After receiving your family physician’s referral via the public testing system, adults who are to be tested (anyone from the age of eighteen upwards) will receive a text message based on which they will be able to book a time slot for testing. You can check whether or not there is a referral which has been issued for you by visiting the online register. Please use your ID card, Mobile-ID, or Smart-ID to log in.

Anyone who has not yet booked their own time slot for testing will receive a phone call from the Medicum and SYNLAB call centre to arrange a test for them. If you have not received a call from the call centre within 48 hours, please contact your family physician in order to check whether you have a referral, and make sure that your telephone number which is specified in the referral is actually correct. If you have a referral and the telephone number is correct then please contact the call centre for testing on: 646 4848 (Mon-Fri, 08:00-19:00; Sat, 10:00-16:00). Please note that parents cannot book test time slots for their children via the koroonatestimine.ee website, but are instead required to use the aforementioned number.

Test samples can be provided at twenty-one different locations across Estonia. Details of the testing sites can be found via the following address: koroonatestimine.ee/en/testing-sites.

 

2. CLOSE CONTACTS

Anyone who has come into close contact with an individual who has been infected with COVID-19 is required to quarantine for ten days (except those individuals who have recovered from the disease, or who have been vaccinated, or who is deemed to be on a level with those individuals who have been vaccinated). It is important to monitor the condition of one’s health during this period. In the event that you appear to be developing the symptoms of a virus, please immediately contact your family physician (see paragraph 1).

Anyone who has come into close contact with an infected individual but who does not appear to be developing any visible symptoms may still get a PCR test at the end of the quarantine period if they so wish. For a referral and in order to book a time slot for testing, please call 646 4848 (Mon-Fri, 08:00-19:00; Sat, 10:00-16:00), advisedly on the eighth or ninth day after having come into close contact with the infected individual.

As of 1 November 2021, any students who have come into close contact with an infected individual at school or at a hobby group gathering can get a PCR test at least four days after the close contact event. For a referral and in order to book a time slot for testing, please call 646 4848 (Mon-Fri, 08:00-19:00; Sat, 10:00-16:00). If the test result is negative, the student concerned may return to school and can continue to take part in normal hobby group activities.

 

3. GETTING TESTED AFTER ARRIVING FROM ABROAD

Anyone who arrives in Estonia from risk countries can get themselves tested in the pedestrian area of the A and D terminals at the Port of Tallinn, or at Tallinn Airport, and at the border crossing point in Narva. Referrals for testing are drawn up on-site and those testing sites are the only ones to use a system which sees people based on their order of arrival. The testing sites are open only to match up with the arrival times for ferries and planes, and are closed in-between. The testing site at Narva operates around the clock. Anyone who arrives in Estonia by road must call 678 0000 to book a time slot for testing (Mon-Fri, 09:00-17:00). Samples can be given at various public testing sites in Estonia, with those testing sites being listed on the following website: koroonatestimine.ee.

Estonian residents can get a free PCR test of their nasopharyngeal or mouth rinsing liquid sample by presenting their identity documents. Residents of other countries are required to make a payment of €67 by using a credit or debit card. If the test result is negative, a test message will be sent to cross-border travellers.

In connection with the new and somewhat worrying B.1.1.529 coronavirus variant which was first identified in the republic of South Africa, the Health Board now advises all travellers to get a PCR test upon their arrival in Estonia, irrespective of their vaccination status. The PCR test is free for all residents of Estonia, no matter whether they are arriving from an at-risk country or from a country in which the infection rate is low.

 

4. PAID TESTING

Prices for paid testing are determined individually by each service provider. Prices can be found by visiting the websites of the service providers, with those providers being listed on the following website: koroonatestimine.ee/en/for-patients/paid-testing. Prices generally range between €44-60. Time slots for testing must be booked through the service provider by contacting the service provider directly and quickly.

Paid testing services are provided by SYNLAB Eesti (in Tallinn, Tartu, Pärnu, Jõhvi, and Narva), by Medicum (in Tallinn), Confido (in various cities across Estonia), Qvalitas (in Tallinn), and HeBa (in Tallinn), along with sites at several hospitals and other locations.

 

5. SCREENING

Researchers at the University of Tartu have launched various screening projects. If you are selected for random sampling, you will receive an email which contains instructions to guide you through the completion of a questionnaire, after which you will be able to get tested. You cannot be tested before you have filled in the questionnaire. Detailed instructions are sent separately to each individual who has been included in the sample.

GENERAL REMINDERS FOR TESTING

  • An identity document with a photo (such as an ID card or driving licence) must be presented in order to get tested.
  • Children who do not hold an identity document can get tested by presenting their student card.
  • Please arrive on time at the testing site.
  • Please wear a mask at the testing site.
  • At most testing sites, you will be required to wait outside for your turn to get tested in order to minimise the potential spread of the virus. Please dress appropriately.
  • You will be asked to remove your mask for a moment for identification purposes.
  • In the event that you require a nasopharyngeal sample, please blow your nose before having your sample collected.
  • If mouth rinsing liquid is used for sampling, it is important that you have not been drinking or eating for an hour before testing. It is also not permitted to smoke or chew gum for an hour before testing or during testing.
  • During the provision of a mouth-rinsing liquid sample (while you are gargling), you must still cover your mouth with a mask.
  • The test results will be uploaded into the digilugu.ee environment within 24-48 hours after testing, and will also be made available via the TESTI smartphone app which can be downloaded from the following website: testi.me.