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 the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

Universal Periodic Review of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
24 January 2019
Intervention by the delegation of Estonia

Estonia warmly welcomes the delegation of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia to its third UPR.

Estonia notes positively the steps taken by the government in order to accelerate reforms in the country, among others in the justice system, public administration and improving the media landscape and we encourage to continue the reforms under the Plan 18.

We welcome the ratification of the Kampala Amendments to the Rome Statute as recommended among others by Estonia in the last round of UPR.

Whereas the overall climate for civil society organizations, human rights defenders and media reporting has improved, we would encourage your government to take further steps to accelerate the progress.

Estonia would like to make the following recommendations:

  • Amend legislation concerning media regulation in order to ensure a transparent and independent public broadcasting service;
  • Ensure respect for freedom of expression and right to privacy, including online
  • Continue with reforms in order to build an independent, impartial, professional and efficient justice system;
  • Accelerate progress towards ensuring the protection of human rights defenders against physical attacks, threats, verbal assaults and stigmatization;
  • Take further steps to eradicate discrimination based on sexual orientation

We wish the delegation a successful review meeting.

Thank you.