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

Human rights and conflict prevention

Conflict prevention

The aim of the UN Secretary-General Guterres is to ensure that in addition to ongoing conflicts, the Security Council would also cooperate more actively with the Secretary-General and other UN institutions towards preventing conflicts. UN conflict prevention focuses on three main activities: protecting peace and security, human rights and human dignity, and sustainable development. Secretary-General Guterres underscores the need for a better integration of these three conflict prevention policies.

Estonia supports an approach to conflict management that considers the root causes of crises. The working methods used in peace processes must also be more flexible: a more efficient inclusion of women, more cohesion between the different activities of the UN, including the countries concerned more extensively in peace building. According to Estonia’s position, this is the kind of broad approach that is required when ensuring peace. We support the Secretary-General in his ambitions.

Human rights

Advancing and protecting human rights is one of the objectives and principles of the UN. Ensuring rights such as human rights is a prerequisite for international security and stable relations between states. As early as the late 19th century, the Pärnu-born professor of international law Friedrich Martens (1845-1909) noted that, “the internal and political structure and general way of life of countries have /…/ a decisive effect on a state’s relations with foreign countries. /…/ The more recognisant the government is of its responsibility towards all of its subjects, the more respectful it is of their rights and legal interests, the stronger the internal structure of the state and the more solid the peaceful and legal development of international life”.

Increased tensions in the global security situation have created a need for a more open outlook when analysing the root causes of problems, and more inventiveness in international prevention activities. Grave violations of international law often occur in conflict zones, with women and children too often subjected to the greatest injustice. Sexual violence continues to be used as a common instrument of warfare.

Recruiting and using children in conflict, as well as blocking humanitarian aid is sadly still a daily occurrence in armed conflicts. We consider it crucial to include women in all stages of conflict resolution and post-conflict reconstruction efforts both on local as well as UN level. The rights of children should also be protected during and after conflicts. As an elected member of the Security Council Estonia would take part in discussions on human dignity and human rights. We will boost the image of Estonia as a country that advocates human rights.