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

Working holiday visa agreement between Estonia and Japan to take effect on 11 March 2020

The Act on the Ratification of the Arrangement 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, will come into force 11 March, 2020.

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 Embassy of the Republic of Estonia in Tokyo will start accepting applications for working holiday visas from 11 March, 2020.

For specific requirements, refer here.