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.

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History of Diplomatic Relations

On February 2, 1920, Estonia and Russia (Soviet Russia at the time) signed the Tartu Peace Treaty, which stated that both countries recognise each other’s independence.

During the period between the two World Wars, the following people acted as Estonian Ambassadors in Moscow: Tõnis Vares (1921-1922); Ado Birk (1922-1926); Heinrich Laretei (1926-1928);  Julius Seljamaa (1928-1933); Karl Tofer (1933-1936);  August Traksmaa (1936-1937); August Rei (1938-1940).

Russia recognised the re-independence of Estonia on August 24, 1991. Diplomatic relations between the two countries/nations were restored on October 24, 1991. After regaining independence, the first Estonian Ambassador in the Russian Federation was Jüri Kahn, who presented his credentials on February 4, 1992. The succeeding Estonian Ambassadors in Moscow were Mart Helme (1995-1999), Tiit Matsulevitš (1999-2001), Karin Jaani (2001-2005), Marina Kaljurand (2005-2008), Simmu Tiik (2008-2012) and Jüri Luik (2013-2015) and Arti Hilpus (2015-2018). Estonia is currently represented in Moscow by Ambassador Margus Laidre.

After the re-independence of Estonia, the first Russian Ambassador in Estonia was Aleksander Trofimov, who presented his credentials on September 9, 1992. The succeeding Russian Ambassadors in Estonia were Aleksei Gluhhov (1997-2000), Konstantin Provalov (2001-2006), Nikolai Uspenski (2006-2009), Juri Merzljakov (2010-2015). The current Russian Ambassador, Aleksandr Petrov, presented his credentials on October 15, 2015.

In addition to an Embassy in Moscow, Estonia also has a Consulate General in St. Petersburg and a Chancery of General Consulate in Pskov. In addition to an Embassy in Tallinn, Russia also a Consulate General in Narva and a Chancery of General Consulate in Tartu.