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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UN Security Council´s press elements on Democratic Republic of Congo

The members of the Security Council met today for their first video-conference on the United Nations Organisation Stabilisation Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo, with the participation of the Special Representative of the Secretary General, Leila Zerrougui, and Undersecretary General for peace operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix.

They recognized the improved political and security situation in most parts of the country, and stressed that the continued cooperation between members of the ruling coalition and their commitment to broad political dialogue are critical to further normalization in the country and encouraged the DRC government to continue its efforts for political reforms.

They expressed concern at the continued instability in the East of the country. They welcomed the Government’s commitment to work with MONUSCO in addressing the security challenges, including through the planning and conduct of joint military operations.

They welcomed MONUSCO’s efforts to adapt to the changing environment in the DRC and called on TCC/PCCS to improve its overall efficiency.

They welcomed the important role played by regional member states, as well as regional and sub-regional organisations including the AU, SADC and ICGLR.

They encouraged the Government to engage with the Security Council and the Secretariat on working on the transition compact for a sustainable exit of MONUSCO, including a joint strategy and benchmarks for drawdown.

They expressed concern at the current humanitarian situation, especially the current measles epidemic, and called on partners to step up their support. They welcomed the progress made on combating the Ebola virus, noting the absence of new cases over the last month.

They welcomed the steps taken by the Congolese authorities to contain COVID-19, and called on the United Nations to continue working with the Congolese authorities to prevent the further spread of the virus, while ensuring the safety and security of UN personnel.

They reiterated its calls on the international community for capacity building and support to the Government of DRC.