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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Bilateral Relations

Bilateral relations between Estonia and the United States of America (U.S.) have been steady and strong since the Republic of Estonia declared its independence.

The United States recognised the Republic of Estonia on July 28, 1922. The first Estonian diplomatic mission to the United States was commenced in the same year. It continued its activities throughout the illegal occupation of Estonia by the Soviet Union from 1940 to 1991. The recognition of the legal continuity of the Republic of Estonia has been the cornerstone of Estonian-U.S. relations. The United States has never recognised the annexation by the Soviet Union.

The United States reopened its Embassy in Tallinn on September 4, 1991, soon after the restoration of Estonia’s de facto independence on August 20, 1991. Since then, the development of relations between the two countries has been constructive and stable.

The Estonian Ambassador to the United States is Jonatan Vseviov. The previous Estonian Ambassador, from 2017 to 2018 was Lauri Lepik. Estonia has a Consulate General in New York, where the Consul General is Kairi Künka. In the United States Estonia is also represented by 14 honorary consuls.

The bilateral relations are strong, which is demonstrated by the dialogue between the countries in several matters of great importance to both. Since March 29, 2004 Estonia is a member of NATO, which means a strengthened allied relationship between Estonia and other members of the organization, including the United States. In addition to direct security policy aspects, co-operation in areas like cyber security and internet freedom, joint projects to support developing democracies between the two countries are continuously gaining importance. Also both countries focus on continuing active economic cooperation.