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

Estonia temporarily suspends issuing Schengen visas

Based on the order of the government, from 17 March 2020 the Foreign Ministry is temporarily suspending the admission of applications for Schengen visas and long-stay visas to Estonia at Estonia’s representations and visa centres due to the spread of the coronavirus. This also applies to Schengen visa applications processed by Estonia on behalf of another member state.

By exception, visa applications can be submitted on humanitarian grounds (illness or funeral of a close relative), for transporting goods or raw materials, for providing medical or other services essential for the resolution of the emergency, as well as by individuals whose parent, child or spouse is an Estonian citizen or holds an Estonian residence permit or right of residence.

During the emergency situation, previously issued and valid visas cannot be used to enter Estonia.

We would also like to remind you that from 17 March, entry to Estonia is possible for Estonian citizens and residents, including persons with a fixed-period residence permit or right of residence. As an exception, the Police and Border Guard Board may admit foreign nationals who have no symptoms of the virus and whose parents or grandparents, children or grandchildren are Estonian citizens or hold an Estonian ID card or residence permit card.

More information: https://vm.ee/en/17-march-2020-applications-schengen-visas-and-long-stay-visas-estonia-can-no-longer-be-submitted

Frequently asked questions (KKK): https://vm.ee/en/coronavirus-2019-ncov