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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Cultural Relations

Estonian culture is introduced by many actors, artists and musicians. Artistic director and head conductor of the Estonian National Symphonic Orchestra Neeme Järvi has been the chief conductor of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and has also participated for many years in the work of the New York Philharmonic and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. From 2013 to summer 2019 Anu Tali has been the artistic director of Sarasota Orchestra. Performances of Erkki-Sven Tüür’s music are becoming more frequent in the USA. The compositions of Arvo Pärt are also appreciated and respected in the United States.

During Estonia’s Centennial year Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra and Estonian National Symphonic Orchestra all visited the U.S. In addition several other events introducing Estonian culture took place all across the United States in 2018. In Stanford and Boston was shown the outdoor exhibition by the Museum of Occupations and Freedom Vabamu „Masters of our own Homes: Estonia at 100“ and the exhibition of Michel Sittow at the National Gallery of Art in Washington.