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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Foreign Minister Reinsalu attends a UN Security Council discussion on Thursday 

On Thursday 9 January, Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu will speak at an open discussion organised by the Security Council President Vietnam, which is dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the UN and the UN Charter. It is the first high-level event that Estonia attends as an elected member of the UN Security Council. The talks will mostly focus on the veto rights of the members of the Security Council.

Ahead of the meeting, Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu said that the Security Council was one of the main bodies responsible for peace and stability in the world, and recent increased tensions in the wider Middle East region, including today’s missile strikes, were worrying. “On the subject of the UN Charter, we cannot ignore the security situation in the Middle East and must find ways to come up with diplomatic solutions to deescalate tensions,” he said.

He added that he would definitely raise the issue of the aggression against Ukraine and Georgia in his speech, and present Estonia’s positions on limiting veto rights in cases that concern genocide or other crimes against humanity.

The meeting is chaired by Vietnam’s Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh, the rapporteur is the Secretary-General of the UN António Guterres.

The discussion is followed by a lunch for Security Council members and the UN Secretary-General. Foreign Minister Reinsalu also plans to hold a series of bilateral meetings.