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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Universal Periodic Review of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

Universal Periodic Review of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
21 January 2019
Intervention by Estonia

Estonia warmly welcomes the delegation of Afghanistan to its third UPR session.

Estonia notes positively the progress made since the last UPR, including introduction of a new Penal code with several progressive provisions in line with the international standards.

We also welcome the launch of the National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security (NAP 1325) and ratification of the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture (OP-CAT) as recommended among others by Estonia.

We recognize that some positive steps have been taken concerning the rights of the child and empowerment of women, we would like to note however, that further progress is needed to ensure the full enjoyment of all human rights by women as well as to prevent the violations of the rights of the child.

Estonia would like to make the following recommendations:

  • Accelerate progress regarding tackling gender-based violence, including domestic violence against women and girls.
  • Take steps to ensure a safe working environment for human rights defenders.
  • Ensure freedom of expression, offline as well as online, and improve the work concerning prevention and investigation of the attacks against journalists, media workers and media offices.
  • Ensure quality education for all children, including improving access to education for girls in all regions of the country.
  • Ratify both optional protocols to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).
  • Accede to Kampala Amendments to the Rome Statute.

We wish you a successful review.

Thank you!