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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Embassy Building

The building currently housing the Embassy of Estonia was completed in 1903. It was designed by renowned architects William J. Marsh and Walter G. Peter (bureau Marsh & Peter) and built for Dr.George Barrie and his wife Emma Sears Barrie. The first floor was designed for De. Barrie’s medical practice while the upper floors were living quarters.

The Barries lived on Massachusetts avenue only until 1905 or 1906, but owned the house until 1922. They rented the house out and many notable Washingtonians inhabited it, for example Senators William Purnell Jackson (Maryland) and James H. Brady (Idaho). 1918- 1922 the bulding served as the Embassy of Peru and 1929- 1934 it housed the Landon School. From mid-1930s until 1970s it was a rooming house targeting Young government workers and foreign travelers. It is known that in the 1940s the number of people living in the house was 36.

In 1980s the house was renovated and a failed attempt was made to turn it into a bed and breakfast type of establishment. Since 1985 it mostly stood empty. The Republic of Estonia bought the house in 1994 and after remodeling (design by architect Madis Valge) the Estonian Embassy in Washington was opened in October 1995 at 2131 Massachusetts ave NW.