An emergency situation has been declared in Estonia due to the pandemic spread of the coronavirus in the world.

From 17 March there will be a temporary restriction on entry to Estonia for foreign nationals who do not hold an Estonian residence permit or right of residence, or have family members in Estonia. Foreigners are allowed to transit Estonia on the way to their home country if they do not show symptoms of COVID-19. At the border control travel documents and medical symptoms will be checked.There are no restrictions on exiting the country.

We care about your and everyone’s health. For this reason and in order to stop the spread of the coronavirus and flu, we kindly ask you to seriously consider whether coming to the representation is essential, and refrain from doing so if you are not feeling well, suspect that you or a family member has become infected, or you or a family member has been in an area of the coronavirus epidemic in the past 14 days. Thank you for your understanding!

In addition to previous measures, restrictions on movement are in force in Estonia from 14 March in line with the emergency situation.

On 17 March 2020, applications for Schengen visas and long-stay visas to Estonia can no longer be submitted at representations and visa centres of external service providers. This also applies to Schengen visa applications that are processed by Estonia on behalf of another member state.

Further information

Ambassador

H.E. Mr Toomas Tirs

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Estonia to the Kingdom of Belgium and Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.

Toomas Tirs joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2007 as Desk Officer for South Caucasus countries in the Political Department. In 2009, he was posted to Brussels where he worked for 4 years in the Permanent Representation of Estonia to the European Union as a Desk Officer in Trade Policy and Transatlantic Relations. Toomas Tirs continued his service as Desk Officer in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Trade Policy and International Economic Organisations Division (2013-2014 and again in second half of 2015). In 2015, he served as a Seconded National Expert to the Secretariat of the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the EU in Riga. From 2016 until 2018 he was working at the Government Office of Estonia as the Head of Logistics for the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU.

In 2018, Toomas Tirs returned to Brussels where he began his current appointment as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Estonia to the Kingdom of Belgium and as a Head of Administration at the Permanent Representation of Estonia to the EU. Ambassador Tirs presented his credentials to His Majesty the King Philippe on 11 September 2018 and to the Grand Duke of Luxembourg on 12 December 2018.

Before joining public service, Toomas Tirs worked from 1995 until 1999 in the Estonian Telephone Company (now Telia Estonia) as Project Manager and Human Resources Director, 1999-2007 as a Consultant and Trainer in Goldratt Baltic, and also as a Lecturer of Project Management in Estonian Business School and IT College.

Ambassador Tirs has a Master’s degree in Business Administration (Strategic Management) (Cum Laude) from University of Tartu, Estonia and Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration  (Magna Cum Laude) from University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA.

Ambassador Tirs speaks fluently Estonian, English and Russian and in an intermediate level French, Latvian, and Finnish.

He enjoys Estonian folk dance, swimming and takes part at AIESEC alumnus.

He is married to Mrs Gunda Tire and has three children.