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 Periodical Review of the Kingdom of Sweden – Intervention by the delegation of Estonia – 27 January 2019

Estonia warmly welcomes the high level delegation of the Kingdom of Sweden to the UPR’s  35th session. We thank Sweden for their work in preparing the report.

We acknowledge Sweden’s progress in human rights areas since the last UPR and in the implementation of the previous UPR recommendations. Estonia notes Sweden’s great role as an international humanitarian aid donor. Sweden exceeds the UN target for donors, as the Swedish aid allocation is 1% of the GNI.

Estonia highly values the undertakings of Sweden in ensuring full gender equality and the enjoyment of all human rights by women and girls, including by ensuring a high rate of representation of women in political and public life. We encourage taking further steps in supporting the representation of disadvantaged groups of women in decision-making.

Estonia would like to recall its previous recommendation to decriminalize defamation. In addition, we recommend continuing with steps to ensure the Sami people full enjoyment of their indigenous rights, which include access to ancestral lands and maintenance of their traditional ways of living.

We wish the delegation of Sweden a successful review meeting.

Thank you!