Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Tallinn, Estonia (March 15, 2020)
Event: Beginning March 17, in connection to COVID-19, the Estonian government will introduce strict entry controls at all airports, seaports, and land borders. The new controls will allow entry into Estonia only of Estonian citizens, residents of Estonia without Estonian citizenship, or family members of individuals who live in Estonia. Any Estonian citizen or any other citizen is allowed to depart the country by plane or vehicle. International cargo – including food and medical supplies – will continue to move into Estonia. American citizens residing in Estonia do not need to leave the country solely because of these entry restrictions. Up to date information can be found on the Estonian Health Board’s English-language page.
Beginning March 15, the Estonian government implemented several other facility closures in connection to COVID-19, including all gyms, swimming pools, indoor children’s play areas, and theaters. This widened the already announced closures of schools and universities, as well as museums, public gatherings, and conferences. These border closures, and all other measures, will be reassessed every two weeks.
Supermarkets, pharmacies, and most stores remain open. According to the Estonian government, there is no need to worry about shortages of supplies.
The U.S. Embassy’s Consular section is open and is fully operational for all American Citizen and Passport services. If you would like to make an appointment to renew your passport or apply for your child’s Consular Report of Birth Abroad, please contact the embassy at the number below, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The U.S. Embassy is operating with a telework and staffing policy to encourage social distancing.
The government of Latvia has closed its land border to non-Latvians and non-residents of Latvia.
Actions to Take:
- Visit the Estonian Health Board’s English-language page.
- Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information.
- Visit the COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov for the latest information.
- Check with your airlines or cruise lines regarding any updated information about your travel plans and/or restrictions.
- Visit our Embassy webpage on COVID-19 for information on conditions in Estonia.
- Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions to the U.S.