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Vaccination certificates and documents

There are multiple ways to prove that you’re fully vaccinated. The easiest and most universal is a vaccination certificate, which you can create yourself via Patient’s Portal and to print it out or present it on your smartphone. Another option is an immunization passport, and this is issued by a medical health care worker, for instance your family doctor. This document can be issued even if you got vaccinated abroad.

Always carry your ID with you to prove that the presented data is valid.

You can download the certificate to your smartphone or carry the printed version. Use to check whether your digital EU COVID-19 certificate is valid.

All offices of the Estonian Social Insurance Board accept applications to create the EU digital COVID-certificate to Estonians and foreigners with the Estonian personal ID code, who don’t have the opportunity to create them in a patient’s portal.

Certifications and documents before getting vaccinated

When you go to your vaccination, you need to take a document to prove your identity with (Passport or ID-card), when you’re a parent or a guardian and an underage gets their vaccination, both of you need ID-s, you and the child. In case you have the immuniseerimispass on a yellow paper, please take it with you — then all your vaccinations are in one place.

Foreigners living in Estonia should take a document to prove their identity (passport or an ID-card issued by their home country), and also, if they have it, residence permit or the digital ID of an e-residency and their immunization passport.

Certification is not valid immediately after the vaccination. Based on the data given by the vaccine producer, the maximum protection is achieved 7 days after the second dose of Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine Comirnaty, 14 days after the second dose of AstraZeneca vaccine Vaxzevria, 14 days after the second dose of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, and 14 days after the dose of Janssen COVID-19 vaccine.

EU digital COVID-19 certificate

The EU COVID-19 certificate is valid either as a print-out or shown from a digital device. The rppof of vaccination is valid to participate in Estonian events and travelling. (NB! Check all the restrictions of all of your destination countries before travelling!)

Who is the vaccination certificate for?

To be eligible for the vaccination certificate, you need to have Estonian Personal ID code, and be vaccinated in Estonia, or if you got vaccinated abroad, your vaccination data is recorded in Patient’s portal. Vaccination certificate is valid in all European Union member states according to their requirements.

Estonians and foreigners with the Estonian personal identification code, who can’t create EU digital COVID-certificates via patient’s portal, can apply for this using Social Insurance Board (SIB) services all over Estonia. After you’ve applied in the local SIB office, the digital EU COVID-certificate will be sent to your email address within three working days. More info can be found

In case you were vaccinated abroad, and you don’t have the Estonian personal ID-code, you can use your immunization passport instead of the EU COVID-certificate. 

How to get a vaccination certificate?

You can create yourself a vaccination certificate if you have the Estonian personal ID-code, and you’ve been vaccinated in Estonia. In order to do that, please youse your ID-card, mobile-ID or Smart-ID to log in to the patient’s portal in, then create your certificate and print it out. 

NB! If you got your certificate before the 20th of October, then you need to renew it before you travel abroad. To create a new certificate, you need to delete the old one first. Read more here.

You can use your vaccination certificate digitally as well, by showing it from your smart device.

Immunization passport

An immunization passport, also called as a yellow vaccination passport, is issued by a medical health care worker who vaccinates you, for example your family doctor. This document is available only on paper format, and you should carry it with you when you go to any vaccination after you’ve had the immunization passport. NB! Only a person who vaccinates, can add data to your immunization passport about your vaccinations.

Who is the immunization passport for?

Immunization passport is for everybody who can’t or don’t want to prove their data via, and prefer their data on paper. Also, immunization passport is for Estonians who were vaccinated abroad, but need to prove their vaccination status in Estonia until their data is automatically transferred to

NB! In most cases, immunization passport is not a valid proof of the vaccination when travelling!

How to get an immunization passport?

Ask for an immunization passport from your family doctor or the medical health care worker, who vaccinates you. Make sure you have your ID and proof of your vaccination with you.

Read more:

Everything you should know about the COVID-19 vaccination

Vaccination is free of charge for all people living in Estonia, even without the national health insurance.
  • Vaccination is voluntary.
  • Vaccination is open to all people who are at least 5 years old.
  • Compared to COVID-19 illness, vaccination is safe, and generally, the side effects pass quickly.
  • Booster doses are available only for adults, and the time for a booster jab is 2 months after finishing the vaccination course with the Janssen vaccine, and 3 months after finishing the vaccination course with AstraZeneca, Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines.
  • Booster doses for people, who are recovered from COVID-19 are recommended 6 months after their recovery or their last vaccination.
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