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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The Architecture of the Embassy Building

The Embassy building designed by Konstantin Bölau is in principle a simple white block whose laconic Doric architecture is emphasised by double columns on both sides of the entrance lying on the central axis. In this sense, the house contains a great deal of the Nordic neo-classicism of the 1920s, but the division of upright windows into two halves instead of into several small squares belongs to the functionalism of the 1930s. The vertical stretch of the main floor windows refers to the 18th century Parisian hotel particulier, that evergreen source of palace architecture.

The reception rooms were located on the main floor; after entering, the hall and the lounge were on the right hand side, the dinning room was in the middle and the Ambassador’s office was on the left. The rooms were predominantly furnished with 19th century neo-style furniture, obviously taken from the old building. Offices and apartments were on the upper floor.

In the 1930s, Helsinki’s architecture was one of the most progressive ones in the world, but it should be kept in mind that diplomatic architecture can never be avant-garde and that state representative functions always bring in historical styles. Therefore, we should not place the architecture of our Embassy building in the context of Helsinki functionalism, but in that of the other embassy buildings and in this context of modernised historicism the Estonian quality is impressive.

written by Mart Kalm