How to get tested and where to check for the test results?
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-Sun, 10:00-18:00). 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
Due to the incubation period of COVID-19 infections, we ask that you remain at home for seven days from the date upon which you came into close contact, and monitor your health. Inform your general practitioner as soon as possible of any contact with a person who has COVID-19. If your health should deteriorate in that period, please inform your general practitioner and follow their instructions.
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-Sun, 10:00-18:00). 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 has not been vaccinated, or who has had COVID-19 within the last six months, or who is of a status which is equivalent to those who have been vaccinated will be subjected to a seven-day restriction to their freedom of movement, which cannot be shortened (except for children and young people up to the age of eighteen and nineteen if they are currently receiving secondary education).
In order to participate in educational activities, children and adolescents who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 within the last six months can take a PCR test on day four after having returned from a trip abroad. Children and adolescents can book an appointment at a public testing point by calling +372 678 0000 (Monday-Friday from 9:00am to 7:00pm, or Saturday-Sunday from 10:00am to 4:00pm). Your full name and ID number will be required. Testing is by appointment only.
Information on restricted countries and movement restrictions for arrivals into Estonia can be found at: www.kriis.ee/en/travelling-crossing-state-border/travelling-estonia/coming-estonia
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.
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.