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

Estonian government declares emergency situation against coronavirus

On 12 March the government has declared an emergency situation due to the pandemic spread of the coronavirus in the world and the likely further spread of the virus within Estonia. Unless decreed otherwise by the government, the emergency situation remains in force until 1 May 2020.

The changes in the normal routine affect, among other things, schools, cultural activities, and cruises. No public events are allowed.

“The absolute priority of the government is the protection of the health of the Estonian people in the current situation,” stressed Prime Minister Jüri Ratas. “The emergency situation is necessary to combat the spread of the coronavirus in Estonia in the most efficient manner. The state must be able to provide its citizens with clear and, if necessary, mandatory instructions to help limit the spread of the virus.”

The prime minister added that the actions of the state alone are no longer enough to overcome the crisis. “We have come to the point where every person must contribute to the protection of public health. I understand the inconvenience the emergency situation imposes on all of us, but this is not just about protecting the health of people, but also about saving lives.”

Continue reading from the website of the Government of Estonia HERE.