Estonians and foreigners who have been issued the Estonian ID-Code and who do not have the possibility to create EU COVID certificates by themselves at the Patient Portal, may fill the application for the certificate in all the service centres of the Social Insurance Board.
“The EU COVID certificates are a must for travelling, but also for participating at various events held in Estonia. This is why it was necessary to offer creating certificates for all the residents of Estonia and all over Estonia,” said Indrek Holst, the General Director of the Social Insurance Board.
“Issuing the certificates in the service centres of the Social Insurance Board was a perfectly logical solution, as we already have the necessary infrastructure for that. We are able to help people with lower digital competences and people like foreign workers and international students, who do not have access to the Estonian authentication solutions,” Holst explained. This is also a good example of different state authorities working together and finding quick solutions for a common purpose, he added.
Until now, certificates were issued by the Health and Wellness Information Systems Centre (TEHIK), located in Tallinn. “The interest has been remarkable – within two months, almost half a million digital COVID certificates have been created in the Patient Portal, most of which are created for the proof of vaccination,” said Katrin Reinhold, the Director of TEHIK. Although the service has been well-accepted, there are people who need help in creating the certificates. “We’re glad that the Social Insurance Board is able to offer us a hand here.” In addition to the Social Insurance Board, local municipalities and libraries also offer help with the certificates.
TEHIK is also involved in developing further possibilities for using EU COVID certificates. Next, the possibilities for creating COVID certificates will be developed for foreigners who do not have the Estonian ID-code, and to all people who wish to create the certificate based on the test results of a rapid COVID-19 test,” Reinhold added.
In addition to Tallinn, EU COVID certificates which involve proof of vaccination, proof of a negative coronavirus test result or proof of having had COVID-19, shall also be issued in the service centres of the Social Insurance Board in Tartu, Pärnu, Rakvere, Rapla, Türi, Valga, Viljandi, Võru, Haapsalu, Jõgeva, Jõhvi, Kohtla-Järve, Kuressaare, Kärdla, Narva, Paide and Põlva. Specific addresses and opening hours of the service centres are available here (website in Estonian): https://sotsiaalkindlustusamet.ee/et/organisatsioon-kontaktid/kontaktid/sotsiaalkindlustusameti-klienditeenindused
The foreigners who turn to the Social Insurance Board for getting a COVID certificate, must present their Estonian ID-code and a document of identification. The application form [A2] may be prefilled and printed. Please take the application to the service centre of your convenience. The EU COVID certificate will be sent to the e-mail of the applicant within three working days. Although the vaccination certificate can already be created after the first shot, please bear in mind that for participating in different events held in Estonia, the vaccination must be fully completed. The service is free for everyone.