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Estonian government restricts entry to Estonia for Russian nationals from 18 August

Estonian government approved a sanction that restricts the issuance of Estonian visas to Russian citizens and bars entry to Russian citizens with visas issued by Estonia for the purpose of tourism, business, sports or culture.

This means that if a Russian citizen arrives at a border crossing point at Narva, Luhamaa or Koidula with a Schengen visa issued by Estonia and the purpose of their visit is tourism, business, sports or culture, they will no longer be allowed to enter Estonia. Russian nationals who have a visa issued by another member of the Schengen area or who are already in the Schengen area will still be able to enter Estonia. Checks on the existence of the right of entry and its an enforcement that is carried out by the Police and Border Guard Board.

There will be restrictions on applications for Estonian visas, and visas can be issued to only those Russian nationals who come to Estonia to visit a close relative (for example, their daughter, son, mother or father) who lives in Estonia and is an Estonian citizen or has a long-term residence permit; Russian diplomats working in Estonia and their family members; staff working in the international transport of goods and passengers; individuals who are allowed entry based on European Union law, and people who Estonia considers eligible for a visa on humanitarian grounds.

Additionally, the sanction imposed on Russian students on 30 July 2022 was updated. By way of exception, students from Russia who did not graduate in the normal period can apply for an extension of their residence permit for one year to allow them to complete their studies here. An application must be submitted to the Police and Border Guard Board. We recommend booking a time at the broneering.politsei.ee website.

The sanction enters into force on 18 August.

Source: Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs