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 Republic of Kenya – Intervention by the delegation of Estonia – 23 January 2020

Estonia welcomes the high-level delegation of the Republic of Kenya.

Freedom of the media, including in the internet, is an important pillar of democracy. As such, Estonia values Kenya’s active participation in the Freedom Online Coalition and we encourage Kenya to continue promoting and protecting human rights both offline and online, including by focusing more on people’s right to privacy in the online environment.

We welcome Kenya’s commitment to eradicate female genital mutilation by 2022 and encourage implementing the High Court decision and reinstating the Standards and Guidelines for Reducing Morbidity and Mortality from Unsafe Abortion.

Considering this, Estonia recommends the Republic of Kenya to:

  • Revise and enact the draft data protection bill and create a data protection framework in line with the international standards on the right to privacy.
  • Implement UNSCR 1325 and related resolutions on women, peace and security.
  • Eliminate harmful practices against women and ensure access to sexual and reproductive health services and comprehensive sexual education for all women and girls.
  • Ensure that attacks against human rights defenders and journalists are properly investigated and perpetrators prosecuted.

Finally, Estonia is concerned with the high level of gender-based violence against women and girls. We urge the Republic of Kenya to take immediate measures to eliminate the practice of child rape, most notably among the Samburu people, and ensure that victims have access to effective remedies and victim support.

We would like to wish the delegation of Kenya a successful review meeting.

Thank you!