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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Important Visits and Meetings

The last visit of the Minister of Foreign Affairs took place in February 2014, when Minister Urmas Paet went to Moscow and signed the agreements on Russian-Estonian border and maritime delimitation in Narva Bay and the Gulf of Finland with the Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergei Lavrov.  The last meeting of Ministers of Foreign Affairs was held in New York on September 27, 2015, when the Minister of Foreign Affairs Marina Kaljurand had a meeting with the Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergei Lavrov during the UN General Assembly.

In 2015, the relations between the Estonian and Russian parliaments, which had been severed for a while, were restored. Parliamentary delegation visited Moscow from 14-15 October 2015.  State Duma elections in Russia were held in September 2016 and presumably the contacts will continue in the future.

Estonia-Russia political consultations were organised in Tallinn on 20 November 2015; and in Moscow on 18 November 2016. On 6 April 2016 consular consultations were held in Moscow.