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

Estonia will temporarily stop issuing Schengen visas

Based on the government’s order, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will temporarily suspend the Schengen visa and Estonian long-stay visa applications at Estonian missions (a.i Nur-Sultan) as of March 17, 2020 due to the spread of the coronavirus. This also applies to Schengen visa applications that Estonia is processing on behalf of another Member State (a.i. Finland).

Exceptionally, a visa may be applied for for humanitarian reasons (illness, funeral of a close relative, transportation of goods or raw materials, provision of health care or other emergency services, and those whose parent, child or spouse is an Estonian citizen, Estonian residence permit or right holder).

It is not possible to enter Estonia with an emergency visa already issued and with valid visas.We would also like to remind that from March 17, Estonian citizens and residents of Estonia, including persons with temporary residence permit or right of entry, can enter Estonia. By way of exception, the Police and Border Guard Board may allow an alien whose parents or grandparents, children or grandchildren, or spouse is an Estonian citizen or holds an Estonian ID card or residence permit card, to enter Estonia without any symptoms.
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