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 Republic of Turkey – Intervention by the delegation of Estonia – 28 January 2020

Estonia warmly welcomes the delegation of the Republic of Turkey.

We welcome the efforts of Turkey to improve the independence, impartiality and transparency of its judiciary through the judicial reform strategy and encourage Turkey to enhance it further by ensuring for a full separation of powers.

Estonia commends Turkey´s efforts in hosting the world’s largest refugee population of nearly 4 million refugees and providing them with humane living conditions.

Considering this, Estonia recommends the following:

  • Accede to and fully align its national legislation with the Rome Statute of the ICC.
  • Decriminalize defamation and to ensure that the right to freedom of expression is consistent with international human rights standards.
  • Explicitly criminalize gender based and domestic violence and to.
  • Establish independent mechanisms for reporting and investigation of allegations of unlawful detention, torture, and inhumane treatment in the hands of police and security forces.

Moreover, Estonia encourages establishing a special unit within the Ombudsman Institution to deal with rights of the child and adopt a national action plan to help prevent violence against children.

Estonia remains concerned by the violations to the freedom of expression and by the high number of journalists and human rights defenders in jail. We urge Turkey to protect democratic values by bringing its national legislation on counter terrorism in line with international standards.

We wish the delegation of Turkey a successful review meeting.

Thank you!