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.

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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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The International Literature Festival brought “Ambassadors of Japanese Stories” to the Estonian Embassy in Riga

On Saturday, December 7, the Estonian Embassy hosted the event “Ambassadors of Japanese Stories” as a part of International Literature Festival “Prozas lasījumi”.

On a rainy afternoon three Latvian authors Inese Zandere, Pauls Bankovskis and Andris Kuprišs read their short stories about how they imagined the life of Japanese military attache Makoto Onodera in 1930s. He and his wife Juriko Onodera were living at a time in Riga and were close friends with Estonian military attache Saarsen. The address Skolas iela 13 played important role in the lives of Mr and Mrs Onodera, because it was the address of the Estonian Embassy in 1920s-1930s as it is today.  This is why, the Ambassadors of Japanese Stories were reading their stories at the Estonian Embassy.  The moderator Santa Remere, who is culture journalist and enthusiast of Japanese culture,  made the introduction and how the idea to write these stories was born. Firstly, the writers wrote the stories  for the performance “Heterotopia Riga” (director: Akira Takayama) of the Theatre Festival “Homo Novus”, organized by Latvian New Theatre Institute.  The prose reading was followed by the lively discussion. The writers explained how they found the angle and what details captivated them the most.