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.

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Foreign ministers of the Baltic States and Germany: we must fight the coronavirus together

On the invitation of Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu, a video conference between the foreign ministers of the Baltic States and Germany was held on Tuesday, 17. March 2020 to discuss solutions to the coronavirus crisis.

At the meeting, the German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas affirmed that even when border checks have been re-introduced, Germany would allow for the continued transport of goods, as well as the transit of people from the Baltic States who are returning home or to their place of residence. At the border, people wishing to transit through Germany must present detailed information about their planned movements. The Estonian foreign minister thanked Germany for its help in trying to resolve the difficult situation at the German-Polish border and for offering the Estonian citizens a chance to return home through German territory.

The foreign ministers of the four countries agreed that European Union countries need to ensure that humanitarian corridors are available for people returning home, and that the international transport of goods continues. “Member states must coordinate their crisis measures to help citizens both inside and outside the European Union,” Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu said.

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Additional information:
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Communication Department
+372 6 377 627

17. March 2020 – 23:16