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

Estonia – State of Maryland

In 1992 US National Guard created a State Partnership Program to develop relations with the countries that regained independence after Soviet occupation. In 1993 Estonia was partnered with Maryland National Guard. Early on the Maryland National Guard added a civilian component to the military cooperation fostering people to people exchanges.

As a result of more than 25 years of cooperation many Estonian towns have sister cities in Maryland. For example Tallinn and Annapolis, Tartu and Salisbury, Bel Air and Narva, Viljandi and Cumberland have formed partnerships. Maryland- Estonia Exchange Council is actively promoting Estonia- Maryland ties.

Also the cooperation between Maryland National Guard and Estonian Defense League and Defense Forces continues. Maryland National Guard participated regularly at exercises in Estonia (for example cyber training Locked Shields). Their A-10s visit Estonia every second year on average.