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 Estonia and Finland create a coronavirus response taskforce

Today 21 March, Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu and Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto held a video meeting for a detailed discussion on cooperation between the two countries in responding to the coronavirus crisis and new issues caused by the virus. Representatives from the ministries of the interior and social affairs from both countries also attended the meeting.

A decision was made to form an Estonian-Finnish taskforce to map the issues caused by the coronavirus crisis and decide on cooperative measures.

Both ministers wished their respective nations strength in containing the virus.

“The relations between Estonia and Finland cannot be severed even during the coronavirus crisis. We discussed various solutions for managing this pandemic together. Now the taskforce must draw up its proposals,” Reinsalu said.

Reinsalu emphasised that today’s meeting was mostly related to Finland’s decision to stop shuttle migration for Estonians working in Finland. The agenda included various other topics related to transport, public health measures and supporting each other in fighting the virus.


Additional information:

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia
Communication Department