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

Riigikogu supported visa-free working holidays in Japan for young Estonian adults

The Riigikogu ratified the Act on the Ratification of the Arrangements for Working Holidays between the Government of the Republic of Estonia and the Government of Japan, which allows Estonia and Japan to issue multiple-entry working holiday visas to their citizens of 18 to 30 years of age with the duration of up to one year.

The bilateral agreement allows both Japanese and Estonian young adults to work without previously registering their visa with the Police and Border Guard Board. The Japanese government determines the number of visas that may be issued to Estonian citizens annually.

The agreement will enter into force 120 days after Estonia notifies Japan of the completion of the national procedure necessary for issuing working holiday visas to Japanese citizens.

The agreement will tighten relations between Estonia and Japan, support youth tourism, allow people to stay longer in the country, and seek short-term employment in addition to holidaying.

Estonia has previously concluded similar agreements with Australia, New Zealand, and Canada.


Source: Riigikogu