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

International Labour Organisation

On 11 April 1919, at the Versailles Peace Conference that ended the First World War, the founding of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) was approved. The work of the organisation is based on the ILO Constitution and other founding texts and declarations.

The ILO is the only international organisation in the world that specialises in labour and social relations, and acts by bringing together three parties – governments, employers and workers. This makes the organisation a unique forum where 187 member states can discuss labour standards and policies in trilateral cooperation.

The ILO is dedicated to advancing social justice and internationally recognised human rights, as well as labour rights. Some of the most important guidelines in the current activities of the ILO in this area is the Decent Work Agenda. It helps improve economic and labour conditions that would in turn encourage the contribution of both workers as well as employers to achieving broader peace, wellbeing and development.

The four main strategic goals of ILO are as follows:

In 2019, the ILO is celebrating its centenary and the main focus of the ILO annual conference is the Future of Work.

Estonia was a member of the ILO in 1921-1937 and restored its membership on 13 January 1992. The Permanent Representation of Estonia in Geneva is cooperating in the area of labour with the Estonian Ministry of Social Affairs (here you can also find information about the Estonian ILO Council and the ILO conventions that are legally binding for Estonia, including the conventions ratified in 1922-1938 that continue to be legally binding for Estonia) and other partners of the trilateral format.

Estonia’s country profile in the ILO database