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

Latest information about Latvia regarding transport and border crossings

In line with  the decision of March 12, 2020,  the Latvian government has declared a emergency situation and decided to

  • cancel all international passenger transport through airports, ports, by bus and rail transport from 17 March 2020.
  • The Minister for Transport has authorized special international passenger services for repatriations and these can be found on http://www.sam.gov.lv/?cat=8&art_id=9533
  • The persons in transit from Latvia to Estonia has to fulfill the following document: http://www.sam.gov.lv/images/modules/items/PDF/item_8590_anketas_LV_parvadatajs_ANGLISKI.pdf
  • close all of the EU’s external border crossing points for people and transport from the 17th of March. Restrictions will not apply to cargo.
  • The Minister for the Interior and the Minister for Foreign Affairs may make exceptions to the movement of persons and vehicles: the nationals of the Republic of Latvia and foreigners whose habitual residence is the Republic of Latvia shall be authorized to return to the Republic of Latvia through the border crossing points and the foreigners shall be authorized to leave the Republic of Latvia through the crossing points.

On March 12 the Latvian government has declared a state of emergency with a view to restrict the spread of COVID-19. The state of emergency is in effect until April 14, unless the government should decide otherwise:

  • educational institutions are being be closed, teaching will be organized remotely, except for  centralized state exams;
  • all extracurricular activities like sports training, competitions, rehearsals and shows will be cancelled.
  • All public events, meetings, processions and pickets with more than 200 participants are banned as of March 13.

More detailed information can be found from the homepage of the Cabinet of Ministers.

This situation is evolving rapidly, please follow the guidelines and instructions of the local authorities!

Daily updates from the Latvian Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. Main information also in English.

Daily updates from the Ministry of Health

Latvian Centre for Disease Prevention and Control COVID-19 help line (00 371) 67387661 (Working days from 8:30 – 21.00, on holidays 8:30-21.00.).

If you develop flu-like symptoms such as fever, cough, difficulty breathing, you should immediately call the direct emergency number 113. 

If you want to apply for COVID-19 test then call 8303.