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 will engage more actively with the IOM on digital issues

Ambassador Katrin Saarsalu-Layachi paid a courtesy call to the Director General of the IOM Mr Antonio Vitorino. Both leaders appreciated excellent collaboration. Ambassador Saarsalu-Layachi noted that despite of the conservative migration policy, Estonia is exploring new avenues to contribute to the IOM`s work. One of the possibilities could be exchanging best practices and lessons learned in the field of data interoperability, digital ID and cybersecurity matters. DG Vitorino agreed, that there is room for closer cooperation, also in the areas of border controls and civil registries. Ambassador Saarsalu mentioned that as an elected member of the UN SC Estonia would like to raise awareness on the climate related impact to conflicts.