The government supported the use of rapid antigen tests at border crossings

08.07.2021 | 07:22

Stenbock House, July 8, 2021 – Today, the government approved an order allowing a rapid antigen rapid test to be used at border crossings in addition to the coronavirus PCR test.
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Currently, a PCR test performed up to 72 hours earlier is accepted on arrival in Estonia from a country with a high risk of infection, but in accordance with the amendment, a rapid antigen test can also be performed at a health care provider up to 48 hours before crossing the border. If the result of the initial rapid test is negative, a PCR test must be taken on the sixth day to shorten the 10-day isolation period. Payment for testing at the border will continue in accordance with the current principle – the test is free of charge for Estonian residents but everyone else must pay for it.

People arriving in Estonia from third countries with a high risk of infection must perform a PCR test or a rapid antigen test immediately upon arrival in Estonia and a PCR test on the sixth day after the first test to shorten the isolation period. In accordance with the amendment, if the result of the first test performed on site in Estonia is negative, one can start performing unavoidable work tasks or participate in an unavoidable family event.

Until now, rapid antigen tests could be used for testing tourists staying in Estonia for up to 24 hours or when organising events with a larger number of participants than allowed under the general requirements, in which only people with a negative test result, people who have recovered from COVID-19, and people who have been vaccinated can participate. In accordance with the amendment, even in these cases, a rapid antigen test can be performed up to 48 hours before arrival in Estonia or participation in the event.

The order enters into force on 19 July and is published both in Riigi Teataja and on the website kriis.ee.

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