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

Visits And Agreements

A good demonstration of tightness of Estonia and U.S relations is the number of high level visits. Since 2005 Estonian presidents and prime ministers have visited the United States 14 times. The most recent meeting of presidents took place in April 2018 when the U.S. President Donald Trump hosted the presidents of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania at the White House. The declaration the White House issued on the occasion of the meeting stresses close ties between the Baltic countries and the U.S. and highlights security, economy and people- to-people contacts as the main areas of cooperation.

Two sitting presidents of the United States have visited Estonia: President George W. Bush in 2006 and President Barack Obama in 2014. In his speech held in Tallinn President Obama emphasized the support of the United States to the principles of democracy and free market economy and assured the unity of NATO member countries.

In 2017 Vice President Mike Pence also visited Estonia.

Also worth mentioning are the visits of members of U.S. Congress to Estonia. For example in 2017 Mr Paul Ryan, Speaker of the House of Representatives visited Estonia, in December 2016 Senators John McCain, Lindsey Graham and Amy Klobuchar were in our country, in August 2015 visited senators John McCain, Sheldon Whitehouse and John Barrasso etc.

Agreements

The range of agreements signed between Estonia and the United States is very broad, comprising agreements in many areas. Cooperation continues on the basis of signed agreements, work continues as well to keep the legal framework up to date.

Examples of agreements between the U.S and Estonia:

  • Bilateral Convention for the Avoidance of Double Taxation and the Prevention of Fiscal Evasion with Respect to Taxes on Income (came into force 30 Dec 1999);
  • Agreement on research and technology co-operation (came into force 26.10.2009)
  • Treaty between the Government of the Republic of Estonia and the Government of the United States of America on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters (came into force 01.02.2010)
  • In November of 2008, the USA’s Visa Waiver Programme expanded to include Estonia, which allows Estonian citizens to travel to the USA with few formalities like other nations chosen by the USA.
  • In April of 2014 an agreement of Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act FACTA was applied (came into force 09.07.2014).