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

World Trade Organization, WTO

Estonia is a firm believer in liberal market economy and a strong supporter of predictable, rules-based, transparent and inclusive trade and liberal market economy. Estonia has been a member of WTO, the organization working to promote these values, since 13 November 1999. This year, Estonia celebrates its 20th anniversary of WTO membership.

Estonian WTO membership is two-fold. First, it is the European Commission (until 30 November 2009 known officially in the WTO as the European Communities for legal reasons) representing all the European Union member states at the WTO in its own rights. Secondly, Estonia promotes actively its priority economic topics, both through the European Commission, as well as a WTO member in its full rights.

The priority topics for Estonia are mostly related to the trade facilitation, wherein Estonia has strong experience to use e-governance tools. In addition, Estonia focuses on promoting e-commerce and investment facilitation. Here, Estonia actively uses the WTO Public Week as an open venue to promote the WTO policymaking process in these issues. In the context of economic development, promoting the women and youth entrepreneurship and MSMEs access to global markets are also focal for Estonia. Estonia supports the WTO Aid for Trade initiative and is also a long-term and steady contributor to the, WTO’s Doha Development Agenda Global Trust Fund (DDAGTF) to help developing countries and least-developed countries (LDCs) improve their participation in global trade negotiations, and to the WTO Enhanced Integrated Framework.

Mentioning some other key issues for Estonia in the WTO regular work, one should take regard to food safety, adherence to the WTO veterinary and phyto-sanitary rules and WTO dispute settlement mechanism’s cases in these fields.