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

Universal Periodic Review of Eritrea

Universal Periodic Review of Eritrea
28 January 2019
Intervention by Estonia

Estonia welcomes the delegation of Eritrea to its third UPR.

Estonia notes positively the progress achieved on the right to education and the steps taken towards promoting gender equality, including by abolishing discriminatory practices against women and girls (notably FGM and early marriages).

We remain however concerned about the lack of progress on independent judiciary, lack of clarity on the status of the constitution, indefinite National Service and restrictions on freedom of expression. Thereby we would also like to reiterate the fundamental importance that non-discriminatory access to  internet have for exercising the freedom to seek, receive and impart information.

We hope that the membership of the Human Rights Council will provide a positive impetus for Eritrea to cooperate fully with all international and regional human rights mechanisms.

Estonia would like to make following recommendations:

  • grant Access and cooperate fully with the Special Rapporteur on Eritrea
  • establish an independent, impartial, and transparent judiciar
  • bring the legislation on freedom of expression into compliance with the ICCPR and enable independent, diverse and pluralistic media
  • reform the penal code to bring it into compliance with international human rights law

We wish you a successful review.

Thank you!