Coronavirus testing to be made available at Tallinn airport, port from Tuesday

  • 2020-08-31
  • BNS/TBT Staff

TALLINN - From Tuesday, those returning to Estonia from COVID-19 risk countries can get tested for coronavirus at the airport and port of Tallinn in order to shorten the isolation obligation.

Passengers can get tested in the A and D terminals of the port of Tallinn in the pedestrian area with the help of Confido medics and at the Qvalitas temporary testing point at Tallinn Airport on the basis of referral, the Estonian Health Board said.

It takes about five minutes to complete a referral and take a sample and people are tested on a first-come, first-served basis at the port and airport. The testing points are open until the last ship and air passengers arrive.

Testing is free for Estonian residents, foreigners can pay on site via card payment.

Those arriving from an at-risk country either by train or by land can arrange a time for testing as a person arriving from travels. To do this, the public testing call center set up by SYNLAB and Medicum will open a separate hotline. People with symptoms are tested first and foremost in Estonia. Therefore, the queues are 1-2 days, which is why, upon knowing the time of arrival in Estonia, it is recommended to book in advance for testing. Testing is available at public testing points all over Estonia in Tallinn, Tartu, Parnu, Narva, Kohtla-Jarve, Viljandi, Paide, Rakvere, Kuressaare and Kardla.

Foreigners can have a coronavirus test done for a fee in order to shorten their self-isolation -- to book a time, those interested must call the hotlines of service providers offering paid services.

The testing will be performed by a public testing organization, whose samples will be analyzed by the SYNLAB laboratory, on the basis of an agreement with the Health Board.

Until the result of the test is known, the person must be in complete self-isolation. Negative results are delivered to the person via text message, positive results are announced via phone call, the result is also visible when entering the health information system with an ID-card.

In case of a negative test result, the first seven days must be spent in limited self-isolation, meaning people can go to work and, for example, a shop, but unnecessary contacts must be avoided. People should also keep their distance from others while at work.

A second test must be performed no earlier than seven days after the result of the first test, and if this one is also negative, normal life can be resumed. This means that after two negative tests, a person will not be subjected to 14-day self-isolation, which applies to all those coming from high-risk countries who do not take the test. To agree on the time of the second test, the one to be tested will be called from the public testing call center.

A country with coronavirus infection of 16 cases per 100,000 people or higher in the last 14 days is considered a high-risk country.

The list of high-risk countries is updated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs every Friday and will come into force on Monday of the new week.