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 temporarily reintroduces border controls on the whole border

The government has decided on 15 March cabinet meeting to restrict crossing of the Schengen internal and external border temporarily and reintroduce border controls in order to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

The government also supported the order of Prime Minister Jüri Ratas as the person in charge of emergency situation that specifies the rules of border crossing.

“To stop the spread of coronavirus and protect public health the government has decided to temporarily reintroduce border controls on the whole border,” Prime Minister Jüri Ratas said.

“All residents of Estonia and their next of kin can return to Estonia. We will ensure necessary transport for goods and raw materials, as long as the transporters show no symptoms of illness,” the prime minister added. “There is a sufficient food supply in Estonia, both in commercial warehouses and in state reserves. There is no need to worry about shortage of food and daily supplies. It’s reasonable to buy only as much as needed.”

Only citizens of Estonia and holders of Estonian residency permit or right of residence, among them the so-called grey passport holders can enter Estonia, as well as foreign citizens whose family member lives in Estonia.

International cargo (also food and medical supplies transport) can enter the country, as well as persons providing vital services, like fuel providers.

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.

The border control will be reintroduced from 17th March 2020. The cabinet meeting has also supported the requirement of a two-week quarantine for everyone entering the country. The government recommends to avoid travel to other countries that might also implement quarantine measures.

There are no restrictions for exiting the country.

The temporary restriction of border crossing will be in force until decided otherwise and the necessity will be reviewed every two weeks.

Estonian residents who are having trouble returning home from abroad are advised to contact the consular assistance emergency helpline +372 53 01 9999 (24 h).

The order to reintroduce border control on the whole border will be adopted by the government at e-session on Sunday.

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