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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Economic Relations

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TRADE

The UK has steadily been among Estonia’s TOP10 trade partners. While the UK dropped to 11th place in 2016, the 2017 saw a significant growth. The overall trade volume increased from 622 mln euros (2016) to 658 euros (+5%), which made up 2.4% of Estonia’s total trade turnover. Export figures remained nearly the same compared to 2016 forming 287 mln euros (2,3% of Estonia’s total export volume), imports increased by 9,6% forming 370,7 mln euros (2,5% of Estonia’s overall import volume).

Bilateral trade 2010-2017
EXPORT
(millions EUR)
IMPORT
(millions EUR)
2010 172.0 187.0
2011 240.8 436.0
2012 264.0 526.6
2013 294.6 570.1
2014 285 442
2015 327.2 351.8
2016 287 335
2017 287 370,7

Source: Statistical Office of Estonia

Main export articles to the UK in 2017:

  • Wood and wood products, wood coal (lumber, prefab articles, wood granules) – 31%
  • Machinery and equipment  – 20%
  • Other manufactured goods – 20%

Main import articles from the UK in 2017:

  • Machinery and equipment – 46%
  • Transport vehicles – 13%
  • Chemical products – 9%

INVESTMENTS

According to Bank of Estonia, as of 31 December 2017, UK direct investments in Estonia totalled 420,7 million euros, which made up 2.2% of Estonia’s FDI. The increase compared to the year before was 16,3%. Investments have primarily been made in financial and insurance related activity (56%), real estate (23%), and wholesale and retail trade (21%).

During 2017 the total of Estonia’s direct investments in the UK increased by 51,2% and accounted for 71,2 million euros by the end of the year, which was 1,1% of all Estonia’s investments abroad (14th place).

According to the Estonian Business Register there were 527 entirely or partially UK-owned enterprises registered in Estonia as of April 2016. The biggest ones being GlaxoSmithKline Eesti OÜ, Seesam Insurance AS, AS Remedia, AS TREV-2 Grupp, OÜ Tonybet, AS G4S Baltics. There are around 40 Estonian companies established in London, which keep their manufacturing and/or developing in Estonia. Of companies started in Estonia, the ones that have earned the most attention in the UK are start-ups or companies offering new IT solutions. LHV bank opened its subsidiary in London in March 2018. Estonian business interests are represented in London by the Enterprise Estonia office and by the Estonian Guild in London (Eesti Gild Londonis). In December 2015 UK branch of the BECC (British-Estonian Chamber of Commerce) in London was opened.

DIGITAL AFFAIRS

For both countries, issues related to internet governance and freedom are important, which can be reflected by their membership in Freedom Online Coalition. Practical opportunities for co-operation in cyber affairs and e-governance have also been outlined. In February 2013 a co-operation memorandum between Estonian and UK was signed, and after that good working relations in this area have been established. In 2014 UK introduced a Digital 5 initiative. It unifies leading digital governments (Estonia, Israel, South Korea, New Zealand, United Kingdom) with the goal of strengthening digital economy through changing their experiences and practices.

TOURISM

Tallinn and Estonia’s reputation as a tourist destination has grown in United Kingdom over the years. The UK is classified as a high potential market in Estonia’s tourism development plan. In 2015 around 110 000 british tourists visited Estonia, in 2016 the number increased to 116 000, and in 2017 to 138 500. The UK was visited by 78 000 Estonian residents in 2017, in 2016 the figure was 75 700, and in 2015 around 85 000.

There are several airlines that operate directly between Tallinn and London, e.g EasyJet, British Airways, Ryanair. Wizz Air has announced the launch of of Tallinn-London route in September 2018. According to Tallinn Airport data, London is the top one destination among passengers flying from Tallinn Airport.