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Guidelines for Tartu residents

Guidelines for Tartu residents

Dear residents of Tartu!

Due to the rapid spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), we are consolidating on this page the instructions and guidelines to be observed in regard to the spreading of the virus. COVID-19 is a droplet infection spread from person to person via sneezing and coughing, and the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which spreads through contaminated surfaces and unwashed hands.

A mask must be worn by all persons 12 years of age and older in all indoor spaces meant for public use, including in rooms where the COVID certificate is checked

How to stop the spread of the coronavirus?

  • The most effective way to prevent infection is to keep your distance. It is recommended that a mask be worn in crowded areas and especially indoors, where it is not possible to keep your distance from other people. Enclosed crowded spaces should be avoided, if possible.
  • Hand hygiene must be observed. Warm water and soap should be used for hand washing, with alcohol-based hand sanitizer being utilised in public places.
  • When sneezing or coughing, you must cover your mouth and nose with a disposable tissue. The used tissue should be thrown away immediately, after which you should wash your hands. If there is no napkin, use your sleeve (inside elbow portion), not your bare hand.
  • If you are sick, you should remain at home, even if your symptoms are mild. If you are experiencing any symptoms, you should suspect infection with the coronavirus and contact your family doctor.

The following guidelines will be updated on a running basis. Find more info: kriis.ee/en.

Foto: Ragnar Vutt


The testing tent is located in the lower parking lot of the Tartu Song Festival Grounds. Free testing is only available with a referral from your family doctor.

Instructions from the Health Board:

  • You must arrive for testing at the agreed upon time, not significantly earlier or later.
  • A person who suspects that they are infected with the corona virus may not travel by public transport to take the test.
  • It is recommended that you wear a personal mask and disinfect your hands, while keeping a distance of two metres.
  • If you are exhibiting coronavirus symptoms and it is not possible to visit the testing tent in person, this should be stated when agreeing on the test time, in which case providing a sample at home is recommended.

Public transportation and waste management


Entrances to city buses are equipped with disinfectants. Wear a medical mask on public transport and elsewhere in public where COVID certificates are not checked but the virus may be quick to spread. 

Autumn timetables can be viewed in greater detail in the https://web.peatus.ee/ travel planner.

Tartu Smart Bike Share 

The city is doing its best to make the use of Smart Bike Share system bicycles as safe as possible during the period when viruses are spreading, and will be disinfecting the bicycles every day, as required, at bicycle docking stations and in the workshop. Smart Bike Share system users must also be responsible and comply with important health safety regulations:

  • if possible, wear gloves when riding,
  • after you have finished riding the bicycle, wash or disinfect your hands immediately,
  • keep your distance from other road users at bicycle docking stations and while riding the bicycle,
  • the 2+2 rule also applies to Tartu Smart Bike Share bicycles; don’t ride in groups.

waste management

  • The Tartu City Waste Station, located at Jaama 72c and Selli tn 19, is open Mon–Fri 10.00–18.00 and LP 10.00–16.00. 
  • Very important - please don’t collect waste separately by type if you are sick or suspect that you have been exposed to the virus. All waste must be placed in a plastic bag, sealed carefully and thrown away as mixed municipal waste (subject for incineration or landfilling).



It is obligatory to wear a mask and ensure dispersion in shopping centres, stores, and different service provision locations (e.g. banks, post offices, beauty salons).

The obligation to wear a mask must be monitored by the service providers and traders on whose sales or service area the person is staying. The service provider or the trader has the right to not allow a person who refuses to wear a mask entry to their sales or service area.

A person visiting a store, a pharmacy, a bank, a beauty salon etc does not have to present a COVID certificate.

If the shopping centre contains different service provision locations (e.g. a cinema, a sports club or a restaurant) that can be entered by presenting a COVID certificate proving vaccination or recovery from the disease, it is obligatory to do so.


Students of general education or vocational schools who have been fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 do not have to get tested or stay in quarantine after a close contact that took place in school, provided that they are not symptomatic.

Unvaccinated students and those who have not had the disease, regardless of their age, have to get tested after a close contact that took place in an educational institution, including during hobby activities and youth work: do a PCR test in a public testing location no earlier than on the 4th day after the close contact took place. If the test is negative, they are subject to a simplified quarantine during which they are allowed to participate in academic activities and informal education (including in a hobby school, hobby group, training, youth work).

This means that even if the test result was negative, it is not allowed to participate in other activities, e.g. go to the cinema, theatre, museum, cafe etc, within seven days of the close contact taking place.

Only a pre-school age child whose close contact took place at a kindergarten or child care may stay in simplified quarantine without testing.

Participants in informal education, hobby activities, refresher training and youth work who are over 18 years of age have to present a valid COVID certificate proving vaccination or recovery.

Restaurants and food delivery

To eat on the premises of restaurants, cafes and other public catering establishments, people over the age of 18 have to present a valid COVID certificate proving vaccination or recovery from the disease. All guests 12 years of age and older must wear a mask if the nature of the activity allows.

Young people 12-17 years of age must present a certificate proving vaccination or recovery or a certificate proving a negative result of a PCR or antigen RT test done by a health care service provider in order to eat on the premises. The PCR test must be done no more than 72 hours and the antigen-RT test no more than 48 hours before participating in an event or activity. In addition to a test done by a health care service provider, the result of a rapid test done at a general pharmacy is also valid.

It is not necessary to present the certificate to pick up pre-ordered takeaway or to provide delivery service, as well as on an internal ferry transporting passengers or at a funeral service.

Food delivery

Based on the need to minimize contact between people, the Tartu City Government recommends that you avoid visiting shops and instead order delivery of food to your home or a parcel machine, if possible. If visiting a shop is unavoidable, it is recommended that you carefully plan your shopping list and also plan ahead. The City Government is also calling on people to help family members and relatives who lack the ability or skills to place orders online.


Doing sports and training is allowed both alone and in groups, sports facilities are open.

Children under the age of 12 do not have to present a COVID certificate or a negative test result.

12-18 year olds and schoolchildren and youths turning 19 during the 2021/2022 academic year do not have to present a COVID certificate or a negative test result provided that they are asymptomatic and studying at a general education or vocational school, as they have an opportunity to participate in rapid testing taking place at schools several times a week.

Adults (including 18+ youths who do not go to school) may participate:

  • with a COVID certificate proving that they have completed the course of vaccinations, received an additional dose or recovered from the disease and received one dose of the vaccine (equated to a vaccinated person) no more than a year ago
  • with a certificate proving that they have recovered from COVID-19 and no more than six months (180 days) have passed since the moment the diagnosis was confirmed.
  • with a medical certificate affirming that vaccination is contraindicated to the person for health reasons.
  • Indoors, in addition to COVID certificates, it is important to ensure dispersion and adherence to disinfection requirements, and to follow other measures necessary to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

Up to 1000 people may participate indoors and up to 2000 people outdoors.

Information about Coronavirus disease COVID-19

The national coronavirus crisis hotline is 1247.

  • If you suspect that you have been infected with the coronavirus, you should contact your general practitioner (GP), ask for assistance through the GP hotline 1220 (if calling from outside of Estonia: +372 634 6630) or in case of need, call the ambulance at the emergency number 112.
  • COVID-19 symptoms are similar to those of the flu. The virus may cause coughing, fever, and trouble breathing.
  • The best defence against infection is washing hands and avoiding contact with infected people.
  • After returning from abroad, you have to stay in home isolation for 14 days.

Read more about the coronavirus on the website of the Health Board.

Emergency situation

Last changed 11.01.2022