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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Human Rights

All human beings are born free and equal in their dignity and rights—this was confirmed by nations in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights almost 70 years ago in 1948. That first step to create international human rights standards was followed by a number of human rights conventions that have defined the rights due to every individual—political and civil, economic, social and cultural rights. These rights are indivisible, inalienable and universal.

Estonia is committed to widening the democratic space based on rule of law and ensuring full respect for human rights. Protecting and advancing human rights is essential to guaranteeing global peace and security.

In the promotion of human rights, Estonia pays special attention to the issues related to the full enjoyment of all human rights by women, to rights of the child and to rights of indigenous peoples as well as the right to freedom of expression, including on the internet. Estonia also supports the fight against impunity and cooperation with and inclusion of civil society in the UN led activities. These topics have been in the focus of Estonia’s human rights statements in addition to the support given to various UN funds and programmes. Strengthening gender mainstreaming in the UN policies and programmes has been one of Estonia’s priorities in the process of improving the coherence of the UN’s activities. Estonia was the vice-president of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in 2014-2015 and holds this position at the moment (2017-2019).  Estonia is also member of the UN Committee on NGOs in 2019-2022.

Estonia takes part in the main human rights meeting of the UN: UN Human Rights Council in Geneva and Third Committee of the UN General Assembly in New York.