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 New Zealand

Universal Periodic Review of New Zealand
21 January 2019
Intervention by Estonia

Estonia warmly welcomes the delegation of New Zealand to its third UPR.

Estonia notes positively steps taken to ensure implementation of recommendations since the previous UPR, in particular through the launch of the interactive online tool, which has increased transparency of that process.

We also recognize the efforts of the government of New Zealand over the past 4 years to increase protection and promote the rights of children, including establishing a new stand-alone Government department– Ministry for Children.

We welcome the reform on domestic violence legislation as well as number of other initiatives to ensure the full realization of all human rights by women and girls and would recommend continuing to combat sexual and gender based violence especially among ethnic minorities and domestic violence against women and children.

Finally, we would like to note positively New Zealand`s commitment to upholding the rights affirmed by the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and recommend to continue enhancing the relationship and cooperation between the government and the indigenous peoples (Government-Māori relationship).

We wish the delegation of New Zealand a successful review meeting.

Thank you!