By order of the Government of the Republic, from June 8th, the Health Board will start free rapid coronavirus antibody testing at the Port of Tallinn and Tallinn Airport.
Testing locations are open every day, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Port of Tallinn and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Tallinn Airport. People who want to be tested have to consider that testing, including the time required for obtaining results, takes about 20 minutes. With the test it is possible to detect whether a person has been in contact with the virus, i.e. the likelihood that the person has had the illness. Rapid antibody tests donated to the state shall be used for testing.
Testing is voluntary and targeted for the inhabitants of the Republic of Estonia who travel through the Port of Tallinn and Tallinn Airport. Testing is free for passengers. After testing, the person shall also complete a questionnaire that helps to interpret the test results and later on makes it possible to assess how many of Estonian inhabitants have coronavirus antibodies.
Sample material is capillary blood drawn from fingertip.
The Health Board reminds you that in order to avoid spreading of SARS-CoV-2 causing COVID-19, it is still necessary to wash hands carefully, stay home when sick and leave enough breathing space for fellow citizens. Coronavirus spreads from an infected person to a healthy one first of all through close contact. A close contact is a situation where people are closer to each other than 2 metres for 15 minutes.
COVID-19 is airborne illness caused by SARS-CoV-2 that spreads between people when sneezing and coughing, through contaminated surfaces and unwashed hands.