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

Business Relations

Since 2014, the economic relations and trade between Estonia and Russia have been affected by the economic sanctions that were imposed against Russia by the EU, and by the counter-sanctions enforced by Russia. Russia continues to be an important economic partner for Estonia, but the Russian economic state and economic sanctions have set limitations to trade. In the recent years, Russia has fallen from its usual spot on the top five list of Estonia’s trade partners

Trade between Estonia and Russia amounted to more than 10% in 2011 but since 2012, turnover started to decrease gradually and in 2016 amounted to 6% of the total turnover. From the position of a third biggest trading partner in 2012, Russia has fallen to the sixth position in 2016. Estonian export to Russia started to decrease in 2013, when the export volume was €1.4 billion. By 2016, the volume had decreased to €0.8 billion. However, based on the data from 2016, export increased by 0.2% compared to 2015. Reduction of imports started in 2012 and it has continued until today (with exception in 2014 when it grew more than 8%). From largest import partners, Russia has fallen from the sixth position (2012) to the eight.

Trade between Estonia and Russia in 2012-2017 (million euros)

Export Proportion Import Proportion Turnover Proportion Balance
2011 1,312.3 10.9% 1,264.6 9.9% 2,576.9 10.4% 47.7
2012 1,511.5 12.1% 1,003.7 7.1% 2,515.2 9.4% 507.8
2013 1,411.5 11.5% 787.2 5.7% 2,198.7 8.4% 624.3
2014 1,186.5 9.9% 852.3 6.2% 2,038.8 7.9% 334.2
2015 771.6 6.7% 785.5 6.0% 1,557.1 6.3% -13.9
2016 773.4 6.5% 747.6 5.5% 1,521.1 6.0% 25.8
2017 932.4 7.3% 930.0 6.3% 1,862.4 6.8% 2.4

Source: Statistics Estonia www.stat.ee (http://www.stat.ee)

Export and import in 2016

Export to Russia has decreased in virtually all commodity groups compared to 2012/2013. From main export articles, export of animal products, machinery and equipment, chemical products and prepared  foodstuffs and beverages  dropped the most. Main export articles to Russia in 2016 were machinery and equipment (36% of the export), chemical products (16%), prepared foodstuffs and beverages  (11%) and textile products (6%).

Investments

Main products imported from Russia are mineral products (ca 50% of the import), timber and timber products (16-17%) and basic metals and fabricated metal products (11%).

Russian direct investments to Estonia made up 0.7 billion euros at september 2016, which places Russia on a fifth position in the ranking (3.9% of all direct investments to Estonia). The largest amounts of Russian direct investments went into the following sectors: real estate 39%, wholesale and retail 33%, financial and insurance activities 11%.

According to the Estonian Business Register, at April 2016 there were around 3000 commercial enterprises  with Russian participation registered in Estonia.
Estonia’s direct investments to Russia at the same time constituted €242 million, which made Russia the seventh target country for direct investments (4% of Estonia’s direct investments abroad). Investments to Russian manufacturing industry 21%, financial and insurance activities 15%, wholesale and retail 14%, made up the largest shares of Estonian direct investments to Russia.

Tourism

Estonia remains a popular destination for Russian tourists. In 2016, more than 200,000 Russian tourists stayed in Estonian tourist accommodation establishments. After a sharp decrease in 2015, the amount of Russian tourists rose by 8% in 2016 and the nights stayed by 5%. Overnight stays increased most in Tallinn and Ida-Virumaa, followed by Tartumaa, Pärnumaa and Lääne-Virumaa. In 2016, Russian tourists formed 9.8% of all foreign tourists.