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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Estonia presented its report on the compliance with the UN International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in Geneva

On 19-20 February, Estonia presented its third periodic report at the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights on the implementation of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

The Estonian delegation briefed the committee on recent developments in Estonia related to areas covered by the pact. The committee was particularly interested in progress made and challenges faced by Estonia in the social sphere, with issues such as the pay gap, poverty, and the system of pensions and incapacity for work benefits.

The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights was opened for signature on 19 December 1966 in New York. Estonia joined the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights by the decision of the Supreme Council of the Republic of Estonia in 26 September 1991. The covenant entered into force for Estonia in 21 January 1992.

All parties to the covenant must submit a periodic report within two years after the covenant takes effect in the respective participating country, and must subsequently submit a report every five years. In the report, the state indicates which measures it has taken to implement the rights recognised in the covenant, and what kind of progress has been made in exercising these rights.

The Estonian delegation included representatives from the Ministry of Social Affairs, Ministry of Education and Research, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of the Interior, and Ministry of Foreign Affairs.